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by abc123
18 Feb 2020, 18:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 146
Views: 25732

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

RetroSicotte wrote:https://www.janes.com/article/94360/uk-faces-astor-capability-gap-from-2021

Another major capability to be lost with basically no intent to replace.

First RAPTOR, then Sentinel.

They just do not care.


:thumbdown:

I'm afraid that's just the beginning of the cuts... :thumbdown:
by abc123
18 Feb 2020, 17:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 146
Views: 25732

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote:
The Service Chiefs need to grow a pair and fight to defend what they have and make the case for the capabilities we desperately need to be an effective military


But, peerages and perks... :o
by abc123
17 Feb 2020, 15:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6340
Views: 508893

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

By the way, on FOST, I always has a question. We all know River B2 and Bay class get though FOST. Not only escorts. Apparently, all FOST is tailored to each ship's design. Requiring the same ASW training to T45 and T26 is pointless. AAW as well. "Passed FOST", to my understanding, means t...
by abc123
15 Feb 2020, 16:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote: I think RN shall call T31 a "long-range corvette", much better reflecting what it is.

T31 is NOT a frigate.


Long-range patrol ship maybe?
by abc123
14 Feb 2020, 14:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With the P-8 using Harpoon in RAF Service, at least initially, and these being the latest standard, wouldn't the cheapest and simplest way to achieve an interim ASHM capability to go to the US and either purchase or even borrow say 48 of the latest Harpoons. We would have to carry out some minor mo...
by abc123
13 Feb 2020, 13:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1 wrote:or just gap the requirement all together.


Yep.

www.lessismore-nothingisthemost.uk
by abc123
11 Feb 2020, 09:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

IMHO, the real question is how armed will T26 be? If without ASMs, ASROC and land strike missiles, and at the moment it seems so, then I really don't see any reason why spend precious pounds on more of them, while reducing the numbers of rest of fleet. Rather the opposite. 11 T26 (and zero T31) is g...
by abc123
11 Feb 2020, 09:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Part of me would be happier for the escort fleet to drop to 14 than for the T-31 to be built and join the fleet. In my eye it sets a very bad precedence for future warship design for the Royal Navy. It is such a drop in capability over its predecessor that to call them a replacement is so far from ...
by abc123
09 Feb 2020, 14:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6340
Views: 508893

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What's the price of that 57 mm gun?

Edit: Found it: US Navy payed for one about 9,5 mil. USD ( with inflation added ) in 2008, for their LCS.
by abc123
07 Feb 2020, 17:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1002
Views: 114664

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote:Well this is interesting.
https://www.janes.com/article/94103/lra ... a-poseidon


Only normal.
by abc123
05 Feb 2020, 15:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 146
Views: 25732

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Another country following a trend the RAF started years ago yet failed embrace properly. https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2020-01-29/germany-opts-manned-pegasus-platform Germany has finally abandoned its plans to acquire four Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton UAVs configured for signals ...
by abc123
05 Feb 2020, 14:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 146
Views: 25732

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

RC-135 is a fantastic capability, but you have to wonder if a ELINT Sentinel would have been a better buy in the long term. We could have had spare funds and crew to get an EW version like the Australians... And in other news... https://www.wsj.com/articles/bombardier-in-talks-to-sell-business-jet-...
by abc123
01 Feb 2020, 07:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129488

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

swoop wrote:The popularity of the DAVE-B's must be spreading. Singapore has signed up for a squadron.
Potentially a good stopping point on a World Cruise to show the flag, and conduct some op's with the Singaporean AF?


I actually wonder why Israel, Poland and S. Korea didn't buy it as well.
by abc123
31 Jan 2020, 16:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

. My point is that the RN risks becoming below credible, through an inability to actually engage with its ships. . Or to have such small number of ships ( because they cost so much that just a few are bought and operated, not to mention under-equipped because of need to pay for some gold-plated equ...
by abc123
31 Jan 2020, 07:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote:






UK do not need to confront China in single.


Or at all?
by abc123
30 Jan 2020, 13:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

shark bait wrote:
Are there any other options in the works?



A lot of swearing and fist waving in general direction of the sub? :think:
by abc123
30 Jan 2020, 09:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1002
Views: 114664

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Digger22 wrote:This whole P8 purchase is a complete and utter waste of money, and if it's just me that doesn't want anymore of the bloody things, then I'm comfortable with that.


But why?
by abc123
30 Jan 2020, 09:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would a ASROC type missile/torpedo system be high up on the list ? just incase the merlin cannot fly due to the weather/maintenance or whatever reason as ASW is the raison d'etre of the T26. Absolutly not. The weather will allways be just fine and helicopter in the air. Who needs ASROCs or torpedos...
by abc123
29 Jan 2020, 17:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

BAES reportedly proposed that if they get the 8 ships order at once, they will build 9 ships with the same money. Yeah, just the problem is- the RN/MoD don't wants to have 9 T26, because they don't have enough sailors for them. Not sure. I think they do. Currently ~12 out of 19 escorts have crew (I...
by abc123
29 Jan 2020, 14:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846872

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote:BAES reportedly proposed that if they get the 8 ships order at once, they will build 9 ships with the same money.


Yeah, just the problem is- the RN/MoD don't wants to have 9 T26, because they don't have enough sailors for them.
by abc123
27 Jan 2020, 14:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412708

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

I think it is a safe bet that there are people in the MoD and Pentagon looking into this as we speak. We are deploying a joint air wing and that air wing has to be able to fight, no matter how unlikely it may be on next years cruise. Well that is what I think should be happening logically. You mean...
by abc123
26 Jan 2020, 10:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 178754

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

dmereifield wrote:Germany holding up the often touted rumour of a second KSA purchase of 48 Typhoons

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailym ... urder.html


Well, they will probably buy Rafale instead. Or more F-15s...
by abc123
24 Jan 2020, 06:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 103
Views: 12171

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

Just erase the contract, and go back to the second (and only other bidder) - err, that was done once already, though never explained as to 'why' and, actually, they went back to the winner - and here we are, now, three years behind Good thing we went with the simple OTS solution... Unlike the simpl...
by abc123
23 Jan 2020, 20:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 103
Views: 12171

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

I saw an artice in some Spanish naval forum ( Foro Naval ) about problems with testing of Crowsnest. Something like that the radar system is too sensitive to use. It doesn't seem as too realistic to me, but does anyone has any more informations?
by abc123
21 Jan 2020, 16:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129488

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Yeah, really a "Global Britain", starting with "Global PoW". :lol:

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