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by abc123
04 Jun 2019, 17:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 603905

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It would be nice if we sent a beginners CSG over for Westlant19, with in addition to HMS Dragon a T-23, Fort Victoria and a Tide. Not only would if give a good impression, but would allow the vessels involved to start to get used to operating together over an extended period of time. Don't see a re...
by abc123
28 May 2019, 21:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 603905

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

2 squadrons acheive full operating capacity. 36 is for surge, I imagine it will be tried sometime after 2023 in the form of briefly embarking the OCU or a USMC squadron for training purposes. It will be a while after that. We've got 35 F-35B on order or delivered to the end of 2022. That will give ...
by abc123
24 May 2019, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243220

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well, I think that 57 mm is too small a caliber for a frigate.
by abc123
22 May 2019, 16:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 586
Views: 32018

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

A question- wouldn't it be smart to just plug in into this Belgian-Dutch programme? As a replacement for current Hunt/Sandown classses...

https://navaltoday.com/2019/05/22/belgi ... y-awarded/
by abc123
22 May 2019, 09:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361708

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Well here is a slightly different tack to start you off again. Is it felt that 2 x Type 45s and 2 Type 26s are really adequate for Escorting a QEC Carrier? Of course they could (and probably should) be accompanied by an SSN as well. ? I'm afraid that 90% of time you will have just one T45 and one T...
by abc123
16 May 2019, 16:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1721
Views: 93925

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Badge is irrelevant. Let's hope so. Really. But I doubt that long standing RAFs animosity towards any fixed wing naval aviation in the UK will go away so easily just because some Government 20+ years ago decided to make Joint Force Harrier/Lightning etc. After all, let's remember how Harrier ended ...
by abc123
16 May 2019, 15:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1721
Views: 93925

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

One thing of interest I spotted, it seems the RAF has different Squadron sizes when it come to the Typhoon and F-35B. The former seems to be between ten and twelve aircraft at the squadron at any one time, whereas with the latter is seems there are planned to be only eight to ten. Well, it's only n...
by abc123
16 May 2019, 14:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361708

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

FREMM cost's around €1,000m/unit @ 2028 prices. FTI will cost around €760/unit @ 2028 prices. Not insignificant. Interesting. But it means 4 FREMM full or 5 FTI. On the other hand, FTI cost includes detailed design and initial costs. For example, Naval’s person said now 300 engineer is working on F...
by abc123
15 May 2019, 19:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361708

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

About foreign escort ships being a part of British carrier battle group:

https://navaltoday.com/2019/05/14/spani ... of-hormuz/
:think:
by abc123
14 May 2019, 15:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 603905

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:So in a article on the Save the RN site for the F-35 they say that the USMC are planning to eventually have one squadron permanently designated to deploy on UK carriers



If this thing with Iran heats up, could she maybe see some combat earlier than planned?
by abc123
14 May 2019, 14:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing RC-135W Airseeker (RAF)
Replies: 80
Views: 7007

Re: Boeing RC-135W Airseeker (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote:Well if you only have one guy doing it in his garage, how long should it take :D


:?:
by abc123
14 May 2019, 08:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361708

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

shark bait wrote:
donald_of_tokyo wrote:French Navy ordered 5 FTI with the cost the same as that needed to buy 5 FREMM

Not quite, the FTI price is the future price including inflation.


Well maybe, but the difference isn't that big.
by abc123
10 May 2019, 15:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 188069

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

Strange that Canadian T26 has no CIWS whatsoever?
by abc123
09 May 2019, 19:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 42906

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

SKB wrote:
abc123 wrote:What's that?

T-boats are the Trafalgar class SSN's. Their names all begin with T.
Their thread: https://www.ukdefenceforum.net/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=219


I know what are Trafalgar class boats. I'm asking what's "WAKE DETECTION"?
by abc123
09 May 2019, 14:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 42906

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

shark bait wrote:Likely the wake detection trailed on a T-boat a couple of years ago.



What's that?
by abc123
02 May 2019, 13:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 105
Views: 7166

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

IMHO, if we were living in a ideal world where RN has enough money for all it's basic needs ( including manning ), then I would say that having one or even two dedicated hospital ships wouldn't be a bad thing at all. But, considering that funding ( and manning ) is so scarce that the RN is forced to...
by abc123
02 May 2019, 08:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 9697

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

It's a compromise. What is more valuable; ⋅ five patrol vessels and three support ships ⋅ five frigates and two support ships? If the T31 comes into fruition with a hard £250m price tag it will be a burden the RN will have to carry for decades. Finding the funds to make these ef...
by abc123
01 May 2019, 12:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 716
Views: 53275

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Scimitar54 wrote:Yes, but the other nations do not have the special "low friction" paint. :mrgreen:


Low friction paint can add 2-3 knots, but not 7 knots...
by abc123
28 Apr 2019, 14:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75496

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

Until the Government realises that the level of spending, together with the amount of equipment and personnel required by the military to actually fight a high intensity war at short notice are far greater than the 2% of GDP they are so proud of, if a major war breaks out we will probably get there...
by abc123
22 Apr 2019, 11:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75496

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

Strike Brigades with Ajax- they should strike at who? Talibans? Russia? China? Houthies? Because, they are overkill for one group, and woefully weak for another...
by abc123
22 Apr 2019, 10:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75496

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

My comment was meant somewhat sarcastically as I wouldn't put it past our Government to follow Belgium amongst others and decide that we no longer need Heavy formations and the future is that of Medium ones based around the Boxer and Ajax, the result all the Challengers are retired. So retaining tw...
by abc123
21 Apr 2019, 18:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75496

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: 1427
Views: 75496

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: 393
Views: 27421

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: 393
Views: 27421

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.

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