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by abc123
26 Oct 2019, 11:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 734
Views: 73637

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Why offload in Emden if one is headed for Estonia?


Because Baltic countries have fallen on Day 2 or 3?
by abc123
25 Oct 2019, 14:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 26139

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

But why without AAR probe?
by abc123
24 Oct 2019, 06:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 69025

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

Even 8 is too small number.
by abc123
19 Oct 2019, 18:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2522
Views: 171266

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

One-commando task force RMs are IMHO useless and should be disbanded. Either a proper brigade-sized force with all things that go with it, or save a few pounds. How about a Cdo assault force quickly followed by an Army Brigade? How many Army Brigades are ready to do so? Are the UKs amphibious capab...
by abc123
19 Oct 2019, 15:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2522
Views: 171266

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

One-commando task force RMs are IMHO useless and should be disbanded. Either a proper brigade-sized force with all things that go with it, or save a few pounds.
by abc123
19 Oct 2019, 09:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2522
Views: 171266

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Why 1 for the RN and 3 for the RFA? One would be full kitted out with a full suite of modules to act as the ready amphibious platform. The other three under RFA Control would operate with fewer modules and hence require fewer crew and so on. Any of these three at any one time could be operating as ...
by abc123
18 Oct 2019, 06:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2522
Views: 171266

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I still think we would be better replacing the Albions and Bays with three or four Common design LSD/LPD modular platforms, one operated by the RN and the remainder by the RFA. Based on the Enforcer, able to house and operate 4 Merlin sized helicopters and able to be reconfigured for various tasks....
by abc123
01 Oct 2019, 10:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 30683

Re: Future ASW

Poiuytrewq wrote: In that case, what is the point of the FTI?


New export product for DCN?
by abc123
29 Sep 2019, 19:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 11
Views: 1216

Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

Colour me as unconvinced about future of these large unmanned vessels. Because of: a) communications and b) maintenance/repairs. OK, smaller "drones" for say MCM purposes, working relativly close to manned platforms, yes. But we sorta have that allready. But anything more than that, nope. ...
by abc123
29 Sep 2019, 12:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 11
Views: 1216

Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

With specific concerns around Russian aggression, the proliferation of quiet SSK technology and limited funds (resulting in limited T26 and P8 numbers), surely a semi-autonomous RN version of the Sea Hunter should be looked at? Discuss :crazy: On the other hand, with such limited funds and just abo...
by abc123
27 Sep 2019, 14:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 18272

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

A cheap(er) way to get it?

https://navaltoday.com/2019/09/27/germa ... -hospital/

Simply, put it on Tde class and future SSS?
by abc123
24 Sep 2019, 21:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921509

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Spoke to a senior RAF officer at last years Remembrance Day, who was the bastion of OPSEC, couldn’t get any scoops from him. What he did offer to me after a few beers was that in his personal opinion the F35 negated the need for Poseidon. Still getting my head around this. I presume that if you hav...
by abc123
22 Sep 2019, 16:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658310

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

However the Type 31 program is not without its money questions i.e the fact we paid 3 companies 5 million pounds for design work this lead to two good ship designs with the winning bid from Babcocks and a well developed design that BAE can still push so money well spent in my book . But as for the ...
by abc123
16 Sep 2019, 19:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 12925

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

On the T31 guns: As addition of two new types of guns (57 mm and 40 mm) looks like a bit in-efficient, I have some proposal. How about carrying two 57 mm, in double end . one at the bow, another on top of the hangar. Arrowhead 140 has an additional "top-space" at the back end of the Merli...
by abc123
12 Sep 2019, 19:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 114
Views: 18082

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Didn't the Indians wanted to buy a pair of Sentinels?
by abc123
10 Sep 2019, 10:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412359

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Potteries? WTF? :o
by abc123
10 Sep 2019, 10:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 41026

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

The Americans aren't bound by that constraint. They seem quite happy putting their Combat Air Support and Troop Transport aircraft on the same carrier. Why can't the Brits can't operate similar to their American friends? Because USN has 20+ CVN/LPH ships, while the RN just 2. They can afford to los...
by abc123
08 Sep 2019, 16:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658310

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Good 3D/4D radar good CMS good HMS good soft kill systsem 1 x 76mm , 2 x 40mm , 24 to 30 CAMM , 8 x NSM , FFNBW 2 x Phalanx Baring the 76mm gun as opposed to a 5” this is what a type 26 will be equipped with at launch. So how can one be built at a 3rd of the cost of the other? Acoustic quietening c...
by abc123
05 Sep 2019, 10:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412359

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

shark bait wrote:
At the end of the day its still not as good as the ship it replaces, with the RN having to accept a capability climb down.


Why not?
by abc123
04 Sep 2019, 10:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921509

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think (and I know that you will say I'm wrong) that we might allready see some first cracks between RAF and FAA, about way of use of F-35B... An argument for a split buy IMHO. There’s wide talk now of a split buy, with the B model at around 70-90 airframes and the rest made up of the A model. I m...
by abc123
04 Sep 2019, 10:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921509

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think (and I know that you will say I'm wrong) that we might allready see some first cracks between RAF and FAA, about way of use of F-35B...

An argument for a split buy IMHO.
by abc123
03 Sep 2019, 06:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658310

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The other side of that is if they do select the a140 for type 31 it is a fully capable warship hull by any definition and used as the bases for the principle anti air warfare vessel of a professional nato navy and the air warfare system is used by a further 2 nato navies albeit on different hulls. ...
by abc123
02 Sep 2019, 17:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658310

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

if these were FFBNW 2 x Phalanx and I-SSWG there become a very good CIW ship able to operate with CBG or Amphib group Yes, but only if money was found to add the FFBNW kit and they sailed as part of a larger group with T45s and T26s. Agreed. On the other hand, can you point me the period from 1918 ...
by abc123
02 Sep 2019, 17:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658310

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ah yes, so T45 isn't one mission? Ocean without a dock, Bay without a hanger, Albion without a hanger, Astute without a VLS, F-35 without ASM etc. I think you misunderstand, by one mission I’m talking about a 1982 fleet optimised towards fighting the Russians rather than flexible to address a broad...
by abc123
02 Sep 2019, 14:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658310

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ah yes, so T45 isn't one mission? Ocean without a dock, Bay without a hanger, Albion without a hanger, Astute without a VLS, F-35 without ASM etc. I think it is all two fold. For 1st-rate war-fighting mission = all good - T45 is single mission AAW specialist. Good . Putting ASW assets on noisy hull...

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