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by abc123
21 Apr 2019, 18:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1348
Views: 61457

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

At l east we are keeping some, and if these reduction lead to the remainder being properly modernised to keep them effective into the 2030s I will be happy, but that does entail a new gun. It doesn't matter how good your situational awareness and targeting capabilities are if you cannot take out th...
by abc123
20 Apr 2019, 18:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1348
Views: 61457

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Number of tanks in the British Army goes down by 1/3- from 227 to 148 https://defence-blog.com/army/british-army-decides-to-reduce-its-tank-fleet-size-by-a-third.html Disgrace. :thumbdown: And all of that in time of such big evil Russian-Threat-from-the-East ( TM ). :o Oh, here's a better title from...
by abc123
12 Apr 2019, 08:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23255

Re: Merlin helicopters

Lord Jim wrote:Please Sir can we have some more?


Yeep, if that's the cost, I would order another dozen right away.
by abc123
11 Apr 2019, 18:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23255

Re: Merlin helicopters

So, 90 mil. euros for 4 AW101 Merlin?

Damn cheap if you ask me...

https://defence-blog.com/news/poland-to ... pters.html


Sorry, that's just the cost of the offset contract, not the actual cost of the deal. Brainfart by me.
by abc123
09 Apr 2019, 16:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23255

Re: Merlin helicopters

Scimitar54 wrote:Russian Submarines operating in the Baltic, effectively outflanking them?


Considering that the Polish Navy currently consists of 1 old Kilo, 2 very old Koebben, 2 old Perry's, 3 FAC and a single patrol boat, I do wonder is it even possible to outflank them. :think:
by abc123
09 Apr 2019, 13:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23255

Re: Merlin helicopters

As much as i'm happy because of Yeovilton, but I do wonder why Poland needs such expensive and high-end ASW helicopter? I mean, considerning the importance of ASW and Navy in general for Poland... ( land-power )
by abc123
07 Apr 2019, 13:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 518893

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

serge750 wrote:More likely, lets hope QE would have a few F35 and helicopters onboard by then, if not I could imagine the headlines... :yawn:


Well, if that happens, then, for once, the headlines will be right... :problem:
by abc123
01 Apr 2019, 13:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 541
Views: 25622

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Too simplistic. What do you expect an FLSS could achieve with 35 sponsored reserves? The answer is very little apart from move from A to B and keep the lights on and the props turning. I think that's exactly what it's suppose to do. What else does the LSS need to do beside transport a couple of hel...
by abc123
01 Apr 2019, 08:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 518893

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It's official, QE-class carriers will get CAMM as soon as possible.

Link: http://www.ukarmedforces-aprilfoolsjokes.com
:clap:
by abc123
31 Mar 2019, 12:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 541
Views: 25622

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Someone mentioned before some novel with seabasing as the plot, what's the name?
by abc123
31 Mar 2019, 11:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9294
Views: 292188

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As T31e, I guess the best hope with Leander is [as built] - a simple 76 mm gun - 12 CAMM muchroom tubes with Artisan 3D - 2x 30mm guns, ESM/Chaff/Flare launcher, - a Wildcat [fit-to-receive (FTR)] (with wiring/prep.) - a CIWS, Sea Sentor torpedo-defense decoy system, 8 SSM (which will come as indep...
by abc123
31 Mar 2019, 11:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 541
Views: 25622

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

It was just an idea for discussion how to best use what the RN currently has, not a definite proposal...

And yes, I agree that RUBB hanger on Bays should be IMHO, great thing.
by abc123
31 Mar 2019, 10:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 541
Views: 25622

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

And how about using the other Albion in that role? OFC, the rotary component will not be as good, but with some sort of hanger added, for say 2 Wildcats, maybe could do?
by abc123
30 Mar 2019, 19:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 518893

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Even a fourth Phalanx would be a great improvement.
by abc123
30 Mar 2019, 09:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 4834

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

I must admit that I have a small hope that both the P-8 and E-7 programmes have, in the end, similarities with hoe the RAF purchased the C-17 regarding numbers. That is to say over time the respective fleets are increased by an aircraft here and an aircraft there when funding permits. This may allo...
by abc123
29 Mar 2019, 14:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 4834

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

shark bait wrote:Exactly, when was the last time the RAF encountered a hostile air force?


Korea?
by abc123
26 Mar 2019, 14:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9294
Views: 292188

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Escorts have 2 full time medical staff, the amphibs have 5 full time medical staff, both have more part time first aiders on board. http://qna.files.parliament.uk/qna-attachments/93773/original/20141028%20-%20MOD%20-%20Crew%20compliments%20of%20Royal%20Navy%20Ships%20and%20Submarines%20by%20rank%20...
by abc123
26 Mar 2019, 14:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9294
Views: 292188

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote:
abc123 wrote:If not, how do they solve major medical issues?


Rum + Ibuprofin :D


:shock: :? :clap:

But I do wonder, is it so hard to find 20-30 doctors for major fleet units? :thumbdown:
by abc123
25 Mar 2019, 13:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9294
Views: 292188

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A question: Do RN major ships ( like frigates, destroyers, SSNs, LPDs etc. ) have a medical doctor ( or a dentist ) on board during deployments?
If not, how do they solve major medical issues?
by abc123
24 Mar 2019, 18:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 541
Views: 25622

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

One of the core reasons for the FLSS is that it would conduct operations using SF and small RM detachments where and when needed. In theory they could have quite a high operational tempo being sent to areas where they are needed on a year round basis. This is the criteria they would need to be desi...
by abc123
23 Mar 2019, 17:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 4834

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

As for replacing the Sentinel, once thing calm down in Syria etc we will have to see if the platform finally bites the dust. It will probably be in the crosshair of the efficiency savings bureau with a jam tomorrow solution being the additional sensor fit for the P-8 at some pint in the future. But...
by abc123
23 Mar 2019, 12:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 4834

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

OK, I know this is over-simplifying, but why didn' the UK also bought Boeing 737 ( or Airbus A330 ) and put there all the electronics from Airseeker? Yes, I know, it would cost more, but I don't think that maintenance of just 3 aircrafts ( 50 years old ) can be cheap either?
by abc123
22 Mar 2019, 14:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 4834

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

One way or another. This is a cut, and it should always be referred to as such. Agreed, but considering the current UK procurement climate, I think that 5 Wedgetails is plenty. If they install AAR gear on them, that should be a great thing... Given that we now have the Rivet Joint, Poseidon and Wed...
by abc123
22 Mar 2019, 13:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 4834

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

RetroSicotte wrote:One way or another. This is a cut, and it should always be referred to as such.


Agreed, but considering the current UK procurement climate, I think that 5 Wedgetails is plenty. If they install AAR gear on them, that should be a great thing...
by abc123
22 Mar 2019, 13:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9294
Views: 292188

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Better to avoid Gibraltar then... :roll: Would be enormously childish, but sitting QE in British waters asking the pilot to confirm his takeoff location and destination, and denying launch until the pilot confirms would be somewhat hilarious. In a more serious tone, I'd love to see a Harrier land o...

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