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by RichardIC
21 Apr 2021, 07:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3745
Views: 836650
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Yes the only improvement over the Rivers is the helicopter after all the 3d radar, Sea Ceptor, 40mm Canon, 57mm Gun, possibly some interim ASuW missile, better survivability, better range, faster speed plus whatever is in the boat/mission bays is irrelevant. All of the above could also be applied t...
by RichardIC
19 Apr 2021, 14:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4340
Views: 1001671
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Timmymagic wrote:Not sure if a T26 would fit...


It doesn't fit at Govan.
by RichardIC
19 Apr 2021, 12:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4340
Views: 1001671
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

MBDA’s Sea Ceptor ordered for Canadian Surface Combatant So it looks like Canadian T26s will be equipped with ExLS. https://www.mbda-systems.com/press-releases/mbda-sea-ceptor-ordered-for-canadian-surface-combatant/ https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EzVSvmrVkAUjMxs?format=jpg&name=medium
by RichardIC
14 Apr 2021, 07:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122792
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

ETH wrote:My understanding is that a terrain-following maritime land-attack capability was one of the requirements of I-SSGW, does Gabriel V have this capability?

Yes.
https://www.iai.co.il/p/sea-serpent
by RichardIC
13 Apr 2021, 11:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122792
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Rest of the thread:
by RichardIC
13 Apr 2021, 09:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122792
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles



Sea Serpent is the Gabriel V.
by RichardIC
08 Apr 2021, 12:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A321 (RAF)
Replies: 34
Views: 4361
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A321 (RAF)

This is in no way new Titan use to move HMG people around before in the 737 BBJ and also had the Falklands service contact with the 767 the only thing now is the plane is painted up HMG have used spot charters with lots of different airliners. They've also contracted out regular milk runs as you sa...
by RichardIC
08 Apr 2021, 12:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12984
Views: 3096818
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Video on the 4 F-35B ISO container housed mission simulators to be carried on board HMS QE. Two sims per container.
by RichardIC
08 Apr 2021, 10:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122792
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

If we want the simplest solution to which system to purchase for the Interim SSM requirement then the Boeing upgrade of the Block I Harpoon to Block II is the best answer in my opinion. It totally refurbishes the missiles and bring them up to the latest standard. Our existing launchers can be used ...
by RichardIC
08 Apr 2021, 07:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 33
Views: 4069
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

No moon pool? Would that not be the best way to deploy UUVs. Though that'd limit the size available i guess? There is a 7.2m x 7.2m moonpool ( third item on front page of spec document). Plus: ROV HANGAR A double ROV hangar, housing two ROVs, is situated aft of the accommodation area. The hangar ma...
by RichardIC
07 Apr 2021, 10:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 33
Views: 4069
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

Been at Plymouth since February https://www.swirespo.com/getmedia/510880b5-8027-4cfa-b9b6-d11f000f190b/Datasheet_Pacific_Constructor-280220.pdf.aspx Best known for search for MH370 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/imageserver/image/%2Fmethode%2Ftimes%2Fprod%2Fweb%2Fbin%2Fcaa1523e-f27c-11e7-873f-467bbb10cf...
by RichardIC
07 Apr 2021, 07:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 33
Views: 4069
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

Currently subject to some speculation on social media.

by RichardIC
06 Apr 2021, 12:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A321 (RAF)
Replies: 34
Views: 4361
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A321 (RAF)



Carrying Boris to Teesside last week. Civil registration, contractor operated. Not RAF.
by RichardIC
06 Apr 2021, 12:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 292
Views: 96249
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Ho hum. Slow news day.

by RichardIC
01 Apr 2021, 20:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 33
Views: 4069
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

http://qnadailyreport.blob.core.windows.net/qnadailyreportxml/Written-Questions-Answers-Statements-Daily-Report-Commons-2021-04-01.pdf HMS Scott Luke Pollard: [174267] To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace HMS Scott. Jeremy Quin: The out of service date for HMS Scot...
by RichardIC
30 Mar 2021, 10:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122792
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

In theory, a dual use (two-different seeker heads) Tomahawk would be a nice addition as the tube-launched version for subs will be discontinued... so once we fire away the current inventory; that will be it I'm absolutely cool with tube launched Tomahawk going. It hugely compromises our SSNs. There...
by RichardIC
30 Mar 2021, 09:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122792
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

We also need an AShM cleared for use on at least the Typhoon if not the P-8A and F-35B in addition to the Martlet, that is the bigger one isn't it? It's going to be Spear 3 (the bigger one is Sea Venom). As an interim purchase, my money would go with Tomahawk block V. :- The interim purchase is for...
by RichardIC
29 Mar 2021, 15:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6839
Views: 1441078
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Here Is Babcock’s Frigate Proposal For The Hellenic Navy https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/03/here-is-babcocks-frigate-proposal-for-the-hellenic-navy/ https://g7a6v6x7.rocketcdn.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Here-is-Babcocks-Frigate-Proposal-for-the-Hellenic-Navy-770x410.jpg.webp British sh...
by RichardIC
28 Mar 2021, 12:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 34489
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Defiance wrote:Black Hawk could be an option, depending on the programme’s requirements.

Can it be built at Yeovil? That's the only requirement.
by RichardIC
27 Mar 2021, 19:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A321 (RAF)
Replies: 34
Views: 4361
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A321 (RAF)

Another indication these are going to be contractor operated, not RAF. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/101940-uks-titan-airways-to-operate-a321neo-for-the-government UK's Titan Airways to operate A321neo for the government Titan Airways (ZT, London Stansted) is set to operate its first A321-...
by RichardIC
26 Mar 2021, 16:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 43
Views: 3074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

Caribbean wrote:Give it time, give it time!

It can take forever and a day. I'm good with that.
by RichardIC
26 Mar 2021, 14:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 34489
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Leonardo encouraged by UK commitment to new medium-lift helicopter and national industry https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/leonardo-encouraged-by-uk-commitment-to-new-medium-lift-helicopter-and-national-industry Leonardo is encouraged by the UK government’s recent announcements that it...
by RichardIC
26 Mar 2021, 13:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 43
Views: 3074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

One saving grace is that there's no mention in the Integrated Review or Defence Command Paper of the Littoral Strike Ships or hospital/international aid ships.
by RichardIC
26 Mar 2021, 13:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 43
Views: 3074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

You do know where you are, right???????? Point taken, but believe it or not it isn't compulsory. And depending what it is you want to achieve you can be obliged to go into eye-watering degrees of detail if you want to avoid a judicial review. It just doesn't apply to anything relating to defence be...
by RichardIC
26 Mar 2021, 12:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 43
Views: 3074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

Do we know if this is intended to be one class of 6 identical vessels or a class a 6 varying vessels using the same basic hull design ? Do we know what exactly they will be replacing, will it be just the 3 Bays and 2 Albion’s or will it also include others such as the Waves and Argus ? We know what...

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