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by Simon82
15 Jun 2019, 13:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5889
Views: 241836

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Some new T31e concepts from BAE: https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/bae-systems-issues-updated-imagery-of-leander-type-31e-frigate-concept/ Btw. No anchor? It uses a revolutionary braking mechanism based around a series of extending, tensile "air brakes" constructed of a durable, environmen...
by Simon82
26 May 2019, 12:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43630

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Definitely preferred the look of the old forward bridge design. https://ukdj.imgix.net/ed2182d994f00704c9fafb5cfa3e0c79_/MARS-Solid-Support-Ship.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&ixlib=php-1.2.1&q=80&s=347e684adef9517fdf080de7cc26a514 Not that appearance is particularly important or reflective ...
by Simon82
05 May 2019, 01:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 647
Views: 36257

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

I’ve long thought the addition of a King George VI to the fleet was long overdue, both as a mark of respect for the monarch who led Britain, the Empire and the nations of the Commonwealth through the darkest days of World War II, and also as a polite and touching gesture to his daughter, Her Majesty...
by Simon82
11 Apr 2019, 11:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 48
Views: 4102

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The requirements seem to not match up to any full ability. Things like Caesar aren't well protected enough, things like PzH2000 may not be fast/available/light enough, things like Boxer AGS much the same. How about the Swedish Archer artillery system? I understand that provides much better protecti...
by Simon82
16 Jan 2019, 22:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4110
Views: 189231

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

Four of those (no pods) on the Hunter ground-attack version... was it the Swiss who ordered them. - we seem to be going backwards ? Four 30 mm ADEN revolver cannon was the standard internal armament of most Hawker Hunter variants. Must be a contender for the most over-gunned fighter aircraft to act...
by Simon82
12 Jan 2019, 13:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1344
Views: 70773

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Stormshadow certainly would have been a very big lump to hang under an F-35 wing! I believe that particular plan has been abandoned now though. Would have been interesting to see one leaving the aircraft carrier’s ski jump carrying a pair of Stormshadow though. I guess SRVL would have been essential...
by Simon82
09 Jan 2019, 18:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9943
Views: 601346

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Just in case anyone is interested HMS Queen Elizabeth is going back to Rosyth for dry-docking in the summer. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/scottish-yard-awarded-hms-queen-elizabeth-contract?utm_source=924696db-7f47-4b0a-9e9f-5ebe4b9c9e66&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications...
by Simon82
02 Jan 2019, 13:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 4647

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Any of the American tilt rotor options will result in much reduced number being bought. While either the Bell/Lockheed Martin or Sikorsky/Boeing products will undoubtedly be expensive that might be offset to some extent against European rivals by the massive numbers ordered by the US Army, which wi...
by Simon82
01 Jan 2019, 17:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 4647

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

As has been said before, AW139 or 149 would have been a better option for AAC. Maybe even NH90 (still probably an option to replace Puma if the bugs get fixed). Or the U.K. could piggy-back on the US Future Vertical Lift program, perhaps even get a bit of industry participation if they jump in earl...
by Simon82
19 Dec 2018, 20:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 127
Views: 9375

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Let's revisit our F-111 project and get a squadron of B-1s

If money was limitless two squadrons of B-21s to replace the Tornadoes would be lovely. I can see long-range global strikes becoming the norm in future decades with long-range and stealth becoming ever more desirable.
by Simon82
06 Dec 2018, 21:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 647
Views: 36257

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Whilst the name Valiant has a proud Royal Navy history and is far from being a bad choice I’m not sure it’d be on my shortlist of four based on fame and historical resonance. Surely Invincible, Conqueror, Warspite, Warrior or Temeraire* would all rank above Valiant in the public conscience and that’...
by Simon82
05 Dec 2018, 20:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 647
Views: 36257

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Four historical names from a technical innovation point of view: HMS Dreadnought (first turbine powered, all big gun battleship / first Royal Navy nuclear submarine) HMS Devastation* (first battleship to dispense with sails and broadside guns in favour of steam engines and turrets) HMS Warrior (firs...
by Simon82
26 Nov 2018, 00:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 187269

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

I suspect it’s most likely to be Edinburgh. A new HMS Exeter would be nice, but I suspect it’ll have to wait like Liverpool and York for the yet to be announced improved Type 26 Batch 2 order ;)
by Simon82
24 Nov 2018, 11:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 794
Views: 41283

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

At the very end of that Janes video, before it stops with a teaser about JLTV, Ajax and Boxer are shown together - with a turreted version for the latter? If you mean the computer generated image right at the end, I don’t think that’s a Boxer. In fact it looks more like a member of the Piranha/LAV ...
by Simon82
08 Nov 2018, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 42724

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

Why waste the space... when you can have a big gun: https://cdn1.lockerdome.com/uploads/bfd ... 5a95_large Quite a clever idea those M-class submarines. Getting round the slow running speeds of period torpedos by firing a supersonic, sea skimming 12” missile from a virtually submerged position befo...
by Simon82
08 Nov 2018, 01:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1089
Views: 67222

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

abc123 wrote:"The destroyer used her sonar and Wildcat helicopter – armed with Sting Ray torpedoes – to hunt the Trafalgar-class boat...”


Optimistic perhaps, but not particularly strange.
by Simon82
03 Nov 2018, 13:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 359428

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would we be perhaps best admitting that the Type 31e as it stands will be an ineffective waste of money (too large and expensive for patrol and training, unsuitable for disaster relief and all but useless in warfare), reallocating their budget to something the armed forces actually need and acceptin...
by Simon82
01 Nov 2018, 13:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 359428

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For the lowest cost just use the Army’s launcher, the one that already comes with every CAMM missile. ExLS is pretty much a marinised by design equivalent of the Army’s CAMM launcher. However, to start with the existing army launcher and then secondarily marinise it might be a much more expensive p...
by Simon82
28 Oct 2018, 15:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 187269

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

Ron5 wrote:I thought 2023 was in service.


Yes it is. In fact on the graphic I saw I’m sure all five Type 31s are supposed to be commissioned Royal Navy warships before HMS Glasgow is finally handed over in 2027 following what sounds like it’ll be a 5 - 6 year sea trial period.
by Simon82
27 Oct 2018, 13:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 907
Views: 53522

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

Iam not saying it would be an accident,I am saying that they already saying that P8 are controlling drones and are now looking as hostile targets when the next time it seems drones are attacking their airfield. If the Syrians (Russians) wanted to shoot down a P-8 orbiting over the Mediterranean to ...
by Simon82
27 Oct 2018, 12:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 359428

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If the RN does ever develop a sea launched version of Spear 3, its primary role will probably be land attack. It would supplement naval gunfire support, providing a precision strike capability against fixed and mobile targets. In terms of range, I suspect the RN would want at least 70 km and desire...
by Simon82
26 Oct 2018, 19:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 359428

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Iv heard rumours that the future spear 3 will have a naval version with the possibility of it being quad packable in mk41 Could this combined with say LRASM ( then future Anglo French ASM ) make a very could base point for the T26 and other T class vessels. It depends if anyone is willing to pay fo...
by Simon82
26 Oct 2018, 16:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 187269

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

And hull completion by the end of 2020 and possible launch early 2021. Seems to be a very long time to outfit and test prior to commissioning in 2025. The aircraft carrier was outfitted and tested quicker than that. I’d honestly be surprised if the Type 31e beats the Type 26 into service now as I b...
by Simon82
26 Oct 2018, 13:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 187269

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

Anyone got a clear picture of the front silos? Still uncertain how many are on it. I don’t have a clear picture I’m afraid, but it looks like it’s 4 x 8 cell modules on the model at Euronaval 2018. So, 32 Mk.41 silos in all. Although you’re right, the configuration seems to differ depending in whic...
by Simon82
26 Oct 2018, 12:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 359428

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

" performance of the Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship [compared] with five similar international frigates and corvettes in a littoral combat environment. The alternative ships are: Formidable class frigate, Singapore Navy; MILGEM (Milli Gemi) class corvette, Turkish Navy; Steregushchiy class...

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