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by RetroSicotte
17 Apr 2019, 14:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3669
Views: 154350
Location: United Kingdom

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

Utterly stupid to name a RN warship after city whose population voted for the break up of the UK in 2014, if you ask me. The people in Glasgow who actually care what it's called are the ones who would have voted "Naw". If anything, the association is for the shipbuilders, who overwhelming...
by RetroSicotte
16 Apr 2019, 15:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 54199
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Interesting when he refers to the result of Tempest possibly not being a sixth generation platform. From that I get the feeling they are possibly looking beyond and really keeping all options open. This seems a very positive way to go rather than already having a set of customer requirements in pla...
by RetroSicotte
16 Apr 2019, 09:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9728
Views: 512040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

There was a wonderful writeup by someone on the exact manpower rest and redeploy requirements of having a few Crowsnest Helos vs a couple E-2s elsewhere not long ago. Extremely detailed, good in thought (at least seemingly) that showed the difference isn't that gigantic. E-2 clearly has speed, range...
by RetroSicotte
11 Apr 2019, 12:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 48
Views: 2425
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Simon82 wrote:How about the Swedish Archer artillery system? I understand that provides much better protection for the crew than Caesar, although no doubt there’s an associated weight and cost penalty.

The Archer has seen a lot of doubt and pulling out. Makes me question what it really is like.
by RetroSicotte
09 Apr 2019, 15:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 455
Views: 23380
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Although I do not believe the CTA40 could actually penetrate and destroy a T-80 from the form it could possibly achieve a mission kill, taking out optics and/or tracks, so its utility should not be underestimated. I would hazard against thoughts of achieving mission kills. Autocannon armed IFVs aga...
by RetroSicotte
09 Apr 2019, 12:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 455
Views: 23380
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

- Armata is (will be?) close to 50t when the best other MBTs weigh in at around 70 T-14 is well above 50t. Unless the Russians either have it possessing little armour, have not factored in anything but the very baseline chassis, or have broken how physics works. It's likely on par with the other NA...
by RetroSicotte
04 Apr 2019, 14:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9728
Views: 512040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Does the Kuznetsov count for the Type 001A design? Not sure stealing counts as an export contract though... The thought did occur, although I dismissed it. Kuz didn't "win" the design in that case as an export like this would be. It was just China happened to have one, and copied it to le...
by RetroSicotte
04 Apr 2019, 13:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9728
Views: 512040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I honestly cannot bring to mind a large aircraft carrier design that has ever been exported as a design for someone else to build due to wanting the design.

That is quite a coup for British design if that goes through, the only large carrier in modern times to achieve an export contract!
by RetroSicotte
04 Apr 2019, 09:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 48
Views: 2425
Location: United Kingdom

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. It sounds like they want a platform as fast as a wheeled APC, as well protected as a tracked SP...
by RetroSicotte
02 Apr 2019, 12:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9728
Views: 512040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Let me ask something: Why did the RN choose te Artisan 3D instead of an AESA radar? I'm asking this because Brazil has selected the Artisan for its new frigates, i would like to know the peculiarities of this radar. Greetings Artisan is an AESA radar. Oh thank you for the information So its a rotat...
by RetroSicotte
29 Mar 2019, 18:04
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4049
Views: 157320
Location: United Kingdom

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

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Seem to be getting there nicely...

Makes it clear that maintenance is only one part of the puzzle, and that there are massive improvements in other ways.
by RetroSicotte
29 Mar 2019, 16:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 3733
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Exactly, when was the last time the RAF encountered a hostile air force? Korea? Gulf War. May not have directly shot at them, but the Iraqi Air Force definitely needed worked around until it was dealt with, and the RAF was part of the collaborative effort in destroying them through means other than...
by RetroSicotte
29 Mar 2019, 13:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9282
Views: 285362
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Italian gun, British SAM, French AShm, Swedish autocannon, German hull, Spanish ESM...

Modern shipbuilding. What a world.
by RetroSicotte
28 Mar 2019, 15:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 455
Views: 23380
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Can those turrets actually traverse? How does it handle horizontal acquirement?
by RetroSicotte
27 Mar 2019, 13:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 54199
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I would be enormously surprised if a jet even with this lacks physical controls. I figure this will be an enhancement, not a replacement. The truly exciting thing isn't the "can control in VR" to me, it's how much easier it would be to change and adapt the layout. Current plane needs to ad...
by RetroSicotte
24 Mar 2019, 12:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 3733
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

RichardIC wrote:You can count to seven. You’ve shown that beyond any reasonable doubt.

Seems you missed my point entirely.
by RetroSicotte
24 Mar 2019, 02:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 3733
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Comparing only against failures is just looking for cheap praise. The intention was 6-7 aircraft in service. Now it's only 5. It's a cut. Sorry, but it’s nonsense. I hate to quote Mark “I was in the army” Francois, but he recently told the Defence Select Committee that when he was Defence Minister ...
by RetroSicotte
23 Mar 2019, 11:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 3733
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Hardly like for like when it's going from 6 to 5...and 6 (even without the maintenance issues) was still below what was needed. Considering two were grounded and hanger queens it seems an improvement. 5 will generate one on station, two at a push 24 hours every day if the U.K. requires it. Also Boe...
by RetroSicotte
22 Mar 2019, 19:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4049
Views: 157320
Location: United Kingdom

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

Now compare that with availability of each new generation of fighter during its first entry to service. Until we know that level of comparison, these reports are pretty much just scaremongering without anything to show this is anything different from normal. The marine declared IOC 4 years ago and ...
by RetroSicotte
22 Mar 2019, 16:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4049
Views: 157320
Location: United Kingdom

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

Now compare that with availability of each new generation of fighter during its first entry to service.

Until we know that level of comparison, these reports are pretty much just scaremongering without anything to show this is anything different from normal.
by RetroSicotte
22 Mar 2019, 15:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9282
Views: 285362
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

abc123 wrote:Reminds me about a hillarious scene from Torrente... :clap: :lol:

But I presume that the Spanish would pull a stunt like: "Pass the newspapers, please..." ;)

Well, just depends how long said pilots are happy to hold their bowels in a cockpit. :D
by RetroSicotte
22 Mar 2019, 13:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 3733
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

One way or another. This is a cut, and it should always be referred to as such. I get your point, but gayways availability was so shit that this might see an improvement in some respects. I don't disagree. But I feel a current capability should always be compared to the previous intended capability...
by RetroSicotte
22 Mar 2019, 13:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 3733
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

One way or another. This is a cut, and it should always be referred to as such.
by RetroSicotte
22 Mar 2019, 12:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 3733
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Hardly like for like when it's going from 6 to 5...and 6 (even without the maintenance issues) was still below what was needed.
by RetroSicotte
22 Mar 2019, 12:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9282
Views: 285362
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Better to avoid Gibraltar then... :roll: Would be enormously childish, but sitting QE in British waters asking the pilot to confirm his takeoff location and destination, and denying launch until the pilot confirms would be somewhat hilarious. In a more serious tone, I'd love to see a Harrier land o...

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