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by Halidon
28 Jun 2019, 22:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275022
Location: United States of America

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Dahedd wrote:What are Atlas Electronik putting forward as their offering? Or did I misread that & they're in with Babcock?

MEKO A-200 Variant.
by Halidon
24 Jun 2019, 05:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 60583
Location: United States of America

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

Why is there no MAD boom on the standard p8? Is it cos it’s designed to be mostly high altitude or were methods seen to be more effective? USN decided to save the weight/cost. Bouys and other detectors (hydrocarbon detector) were judged adequate, and yes it was envisioned to do more at higher altit...
by Halidon
20 Jun 2019, 20:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 668
Views: 50412
Location: United States of America

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

whitelancer wrote:One can just imagine some poor matelot being sent on deck in a North Atlantic storm with a spanner in hand desperately trying to unbolt the mushrooms!

Seems like a recipe for being caught in a bad way.
by Halidon
13 Jun 2019, 17:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212366
Location: United States of America

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

Is the superstructure built in the same shed, another, or outside?
by Halidon
04 Jun 2019, 21:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666038
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Have to imagine that by "DC area" they mean Baltimore, unless they're just planning to anchor in the Chesapeake somewhere and call it close enough.
by Halidon
30 May 2019, 23:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212366
Location: United States of America

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

Interesting development in the FFG(X) program that might have T26 implications So LM aren't doing the competitive design stage, but that doesn't stop them bidding for the final build contract, and they could bid the T26. Is that right? That is the case, as I am aware. Interesting that FREMM has got...
by Halidon
30 May 2019, 16:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212366
Location: United States of America

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

Agreed with Ron here: While there's nothing preventing them from changing their mind again, LM has stated rather flatly that they're not going to be lead on an FFG(X) anymore. That said, I don't think the announcement means much for T26 prospects one way or the other as LM wasn't well positioned to ...
by Halidon
18 May 2019, 10:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666038
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Not exactly an option to maintain deep bench of command officers with CV experience given 2 hulls.
by Halidon
15 May 2019, 15:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9592
Location: United States of America

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Small, low-quality image, but Boeing showed a glimpse at the new battle management stations: https://twitter.com/RAeSTimR/status/1128671026240421889 https://twitter.com/RAeSTimR/status/1128673521389981697 Nice, big displays. And 2 wide screens per station rather than the single on the first generati...
by Halidon
15 May 2019, 00:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9592
Location: United States of America

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote:That is interesting, so the E-7 and P-8 are both build on the 737NG airframe are they?

Yep. The E-7 uses (before mods) an -700ER airframe, P-8 an -800ERX. Same family, different lenghts.
by Halidon
14 May 2019, 18:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9592
Location: United States of America

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

More on the second-hand aircraft : Dr Julian Lewis, chair of the Defence Committee, asked in a letter: “For what reason are you confident that the aircraft will be delivered in four and a half years, when the production line has been closed for five years and historically the minimum time between c...
by Halidon
11 May 2019, 16:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41119
Location: United States of America

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Maybe a stupid question but would it be possible at this late stage on design to omit 4 tubes (so just have the 8 tube CMC) to save a bit of money & replace the space with better accomadation for the crew? If you want to add more accommodation, likely no. There would be long-term savings from n...
by Halidon
10 May 2019, 16:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666038
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Hope the QE has plenty of crayons on hand. Will they be allowed to use the bar? If so, will some Michelob or Bud/Coors light be served! 8-) I don't think the RN wants to find the QE lying on her side in front of a Waffle House with the hazard lights blinking, so quite possible the bar will be a no-...
by Halidon
09 May 2019, 22:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 47658
Location: United States of America

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

abc123 wrote:
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"?

Works by smell.
by Halidon
08 May 2019, 16:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 47658
Location: United States of America

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

Interesting that they went with a new fin to house it.
by Halidon
08 May 2019, 15:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666038
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ianmb17 wrote:The marines are coming hope they bring ospreys too

https://www.military.com/daily-news/201 ... ssion=true

Hope the QE has plenty of crayons on hand.
by Halidon
06 May 2019, 15:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4126
Views: 211510
Location: United States of America

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


Lockheed Martin unveils potential maritime follow-on version of DARPA’s Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept at #SAS2019 today. Externally mounted to F-35C.
by Halidon
03 May 2019, 14:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41119
Location: United States of America

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Cooper wrote:Terrible name....for a submarine.

It's a capital surface ships name, not a subs.

:thumbdown:

They've all been Battleship names thus far, KGVI fits that mold. Doesn't seem any more out of place on a SSBN than on a CVF.
by Halidon
02 May 2019, 17:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9767
Views: 413121
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

TACTICOS now has a foot in the door
by Halidon
02 May 2019, 17:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212366
Location: United States of America

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

Along with D-E applications, the USN has been looking at FESS for Railgun's energy storage needs.
by Halidon
25 Apr 2019, 16:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212366
Location: United States of America

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

The Canadians intend that a trio of their T26s will be Air Defense-focused... It will be interesting to see how that turns out. Any idea if it's the first three or the last three? I've not seen firm plans as of yet, but the intention as I understood it was to start with the AAW hulls and switch to ...
by Halidon
25 Apr 2019, 15:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212366
Location: United States of America

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

This wasn't just any Proceedings article, this was a Proccedings article by Norman Friedman . Even with Greenert's gang of dunces still running things, there are plenty of Navy people who take special note when someone like Friedman opines. Similarly, where did that "two versions" thing fo...
by Halidon
07 Apr 2019, 01:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275022
Location: United States of America

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

To me I don’t understand why the RN would want to introduce an new CMS, no matter what way you cut it a new CMS would require extra training and no matter how larger the customer base it would require a new maintance line with all the cost that this creates. I can’t see why the RN wouldn’t say in t...
by Halidon
25 Feb 2019, 16:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275022
Location: United States of America

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

It's interesting that they've updated their mast, and now the Combat Systems page basically just says "hey we'll put whatever radar you won on it, but that NS100 sure is cool." Definitely keeping their options open. ....when looking at what constitutes a light frigate in today's world.... ...
by Halidon
22 Feb 2019, 15:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666038
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Why wouldn't maintenance requiring a dry dock be at Rosyth lol The linked article doesn't explicitly mention drydocking the CVs, it simply refers to the port having the depth and space to accommodate them. Duqm has a pair of rather gigantic dry docks , but it's big selling point for the RN is likel...

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