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by abc123
18 Jul 2019, 12:59
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4141
Views: 212982

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

Turkey kicked out of the F-35 programme: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49023115 :clap: :clap: :clap: I do not think the founding documents allow for the expulsion of a member - minor legal issue! "In a statement on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "Unf...
by abc123
18 Jul 2019, 12:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4141
Views: 212982

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

Turkey kicked out of the F-35 programme:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49023115

:clap: :clap: :clap:
by abc123
17 Jul 2019, 09:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76431

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

A smaller fleet would give less ship availability not the same. A flawed argument. We need 19 Escorts min. As this is T45 thread, I think to have 2/3 ships in refit at the same time is a scandal. If we needed to deploy a Task group today we couldn't. On the other hand, with their engine issues, how...
by abc123
15 Jul 2019, 11:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 78
Views: 5414

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

IMHO, 60 mm for platoon/company level, 81 mm for battalion level and 120 mm for brigade level- light forces. On the other hand, especially in mechanised units, having a 120 mm in a battalion level would be a good choice. That is debateable. By brigade level light forces I assume you mean atleast 16...
by abc123
15 Jul 2019, 09:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 78
Views: 5414

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

IMHO, 60 mm for platoon/company level, 81 mm for battalion level and 120 mm for brigade level- light forces. On the other hand, especially in mechanised units, having a 120 mm in a battalion level would be a good choice.
by abc123
14 Jul 2019, 09:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 213318

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

Do we agree that T26 will probably be the base for future T45 replacement?
With maybe problems about propulsion/power production if laser weapons replace missiles as AD weapons?
by abc123
14 Jul 2019, 07:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76431

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

SKB wrote:https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1149940271586693120


Considering her engine issues, how smart was to send her, especially in summer?
by abc123
09 Jul 2019, 13:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668885

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I The killer tomatoes are designed not to collapse as they're hit, so there may be rounds going through the target that are unseen. When engaging missiles the gun fires in bursts with the MMW radar adjusting the next burst after it tracks the progress of the previous batch. If just one burst is fir...
by abc123
08 Jul 2019, 09:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668885

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Another thing, during shooting on red cube on sea, not quite accurate shooting, and that's pretty big and relativly still target... I wonder how would they show against real missiles?
by abc123
07 Jul 2019, 19:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668885

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SDL wrote:https://twitter.com/HMSQNLZ/status/1147891366820810753


But why only two Phalanxes? When will they put the third one?
by abc123
06 Jul 2019, 10:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9795
Views: 416384

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Article on DefenseNews yesterday, interesting comments made by Fincantieri on upgrades made to FREMM for their contender for the FFG(X) contract as USN insisting on better survivability. Fincantieri added about 300 tons of steel "the extra steel is going into scantling, ballistic and frag prot...
by abc123
02 Jul 2019, 12:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Replies: 54
Views: 4505

Re: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Don't know where to put this news because I don't see any thread about RFA in general, so I'll put it here, mods can move it somewhere else:

https://navaltoday.com/2019/07/02/rmt-r ... -over-pay/
by abc123
04 Jun 2019, 17:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668885

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: 10021
Views: 668885

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: 5941
Views: 276519

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: 594
Views: 36474

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: 9795
Views: 416384

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: 1729
Views: 104472

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: 1729
Views: 104472

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: 9795
Views: 416384

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: 9795
Views: 416384

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: 10021
Views: 668885

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: 7966

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: 9795
Views: 416384

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: 3838
Views: 213318

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

Strange that Canadian T26 has no CIWS whatsoever?

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