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by Simon82
09 Nov 2019, 09:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 952
Views: 88426

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

Just in case anybody missed this and might be interested. Compatibility testing of LRASM on the US Navy P-8s...
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... ventually/

Thank you Xavier :)
by Simon82
09 Nov 2019, 09:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10707
Views: 662768

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Anyone done the two together yet: FPP for drifting (slow speed), and bringing along CPP(s) for higher speeds? The only way I can imagine that working is if you used fixed-pitch propellers for slow speed/quiet work and somehow lifted them out of the water flow to switch to a water-jet sprint mode. H...
by Simon82
22 Oct 2019, 11:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2547
Views: 172978

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Two (or even three) Trieste class, or similar would be just the thing to replace HMS Ocean, Bulwark and Albion. Not that the U.K. would really require the Trieste’s ability to operate the F-35B, so the design could be altered to place more of an emphasis on vehicle stowage and rotary-winged aviation...
by Simon82
03 Oct 2019, 21:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10675
Views: 927024

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Has anyone ever looked at the faesibility of mounting the T45's radar on a qe? With the sensor mounted so high the radar horizon would be much larger yes? How much higher could one be mounted on a qe compared? How many extra seconds could it buy the ops room? The Queen Elizabeth Class were original...
by Simon82
15 Sep 2019, 11:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6195
Views: 415100

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I’m not sure of the wisdom of adding so many new systems to the Royal Navy. Unless the new gun systems are going to be gradually rolled out across the fleet (e.g. the Bofors 40 mm could be used in the near future to up-gun the River class and others) it is adding a lot of logistical complexity and e...
by Simon82
08 Sep 2019, 19:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1348
Views: 105212

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Jake1992 wrote: Now this is what we need on our boxers, it’d not only give your heavy and medium formations what they need but really give the strike brigades part of punch needed. A Brimstone armed overwatch vehicle would certainly be a sensible addition to the U.K. armed vehicle fleet and certain...
by Simon82
07 Sep 2019, 11:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 336635

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

SW1 wrote: If we give back the small ones do u think they would give us the large one? The B2 is an exquisite aircraft. A couple of squadrons of B-21s would be a nice replacement for Tornado, although perhaps more in the spirit of Vulcan. Perhaps if the nation collectively scoured down the back of ...
by Simon82
04 Sep 2019, 18:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 53010

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

“ The MoD is reported to therefore be considering buying new hulls instead of upgrading the 30-year-old vehicle. An upgraded engine, tracks, and cannon would then be fitted to the new hulls. ” That doesn’t sound like a very cost effective way of getting a 21st Century AFV to me. https://ukdefencejou...
by Simon82
01 Sep 2019, 13:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 25355

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I do wonder if FCASW will ever appear in an affordable and usable form or whether the Royal Navy might be better piggybacking on the US Navy LRASM programme. Although not such an advanced missile as the FCASW promises to be it will be ordered in larger numbers and the US will continue to invest to k...
by Simon82
23 Aug 2019, 21:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 304890

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

“There is also now increasing doubt that Type 31e will ever live up to its expectations on cost, capability and delivery schedule. Perhaps it might be best to emulate what Canada and Australia are doing and focus our efforts on an increased drumbeat of Type 26 production at a purpose built national...
by Simon82
16 Jul 2019, 13:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10707
Views: 662768

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think the issue is the Royal Navy can’t afford the luxury of single purpose vessels, the size of the fleet is too small and there’s no way they could man a larger fleet. Modern British warships must be general purpose vessels, to cope with whatever eventuality they find themselves in. To clarify h...
by Simon82
06 Jul 2019, 18:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6195
Views: 415100

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

RichardIC wrote:It'll come down to cost though.


Exactly, otherwise the Royal Navy would simply be getting a fleet of 13 Type 26 frigates.
by Simon82
15 Jun 2019, 13:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6195
Views: 415100

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: 1019
Views: 80812

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: 651
Views: 59686

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: 247
Views: 19830

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: 4348
Views: 336635

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: 1495
Views: 130275

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: 10675
Views: 927024

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: 7719

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: 7719

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: 217
Views: 25355

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: 651
Views: 59686

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: 651
Views: 59686

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: 3924
Views: 304890

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 ;)

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