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by RetroSicotte
19 Nov 2018, 16:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote: Sampson Mk2 should be ready about then

Is any such thing being worked on? After Artisan things seem to have gone silent. (And the MoD wanting to investigate CEAFAR doesn't bode well as to their confidence behind the scenes that something new from the Isles is incoming.)
by RetroSicotte
19 Nov 2018, 16:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3738
Views: 91216
Location: United Kingdom

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

SDL wrote:Am i the only one that thinks the RAF & RN should be put in a room and locked in there until they agree on the best for the F35?

Pretty certain they've been in that room for the past 20 years.
by RetroSicotte
16 Nov 2018, 14:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The discussion here is basically going round and round, repeating the same arguments. I think we need to take a break until some actual news emerges regarding the T-31e. Carry on regarding the next generation that follows the T-26 or T-45 by all means but the T-31e discussion is getting kind of bor...
by RetroSicotte
16 Nov 2018, 11:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3738
Views: 91216
Location: United Kingdom

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

We will have max of 12 for some years. Any additional will be USMC. With the "issues" with the USS Ford it will create a partial solution for both of us. Pretty certain it's been stated there will be 24 on it by 2022/23. I'm actually looking forward to the USMC coming to visit it. The ine...
by RetroSicotte
16 Nov 2018, 08:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Them saying "Tempest can join later" is basically a low key attempt to belittle and perceptualise the British aerospace industry as a second tier player compared to them, given it would (In such case) just be "hey come here and give us some of your money and we'll let you put a couple...
by RetroSicotte
14 Nov 2018, 18:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

topman wrote:
RetroSicotte wrote:You have to account for possible peer warfare when its all hands on deck, always.

That's fine, how do we pay for all this?

Given they're already set up to pay for it already on the E-7, just go ask them. MoD is clearly trying to take the better option.
by RetroSicotte
14 Nov 2018, 10:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

"In response, Admiral Jones asserted that the GPFF frigates would “not only fill in the gaps but do more”." When their only response to a detailed, researched, expert opinion with examples and specific points is a vague 9 word statement with absolutely no details on exactly what it "d...
by RetroSicotte
14 Nov 2018, 09:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

ASW is critical no matter what. Gabe knows more about it, but don't forget even in Libya the presence of one Libyan sub caused some headaches.
by RetroSicotte
14 Nov 2018, 08:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

We sent 3 tankers to Libya to support 26 fastjets and 11 to telic to support 60 odd fast jets. Number of deployable jets is closer to Libya than telic and the tankers more reliable with more offload capacity we can talk about hoses in the sky but reality is the likelihood of fully utilising the sur...
by RetroSicotte
13 Nov 2018, 14:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

I repeat this is the surge fleet we currently don’t use or will unlikely use because the fleet was sized for a fast jet fleet so much larger than today. We don't use them all because we're not at war right now, if we were then they would absolutely be in use. "Planning for peacetime" is h...
by RetroSicotte
13 Nov 2018, 12:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

He would of had a difficult time doing that as Saab specifically said installing the radar would not affect the aircraft primary missions of aar. It would. It is factually impossible for it not to. How can it conduct AAR ops and AWACS control in two places at the same time? Not to mention they're a...
by RetroSicotte
13 Nov 2018, 12:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1199
Views: 30327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Note the US doesn't put TUSK on their M1s in Eastern Europe either. Yes. The other thing to note is that Russia has omitted ERA from their recently modified tanks, from those angles on the turret that are in any way sloping downwards ... to keep any "close protection" infantry, or even th...
by RetroSicotte
13 Nov 2018, 10:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1199
Views: 30327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Certainly. But also what happens to a tank force advancing through wooded areas. As for Estonia, I guess we will be using the reverse gear, so no hostiles on the flanks ;) Anything Russia would be firing at tanks won't care if there's the Streetfighter ERA or not. Every MBTs side modules like that ...
by RetroSicotte
13 Nov 2018, 09:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1199
Views: 30327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Cheers for the info, I am not up to date with the full TES set up for the CR2. Makes you wonder why the eight or so CR2s that are part of "Goat" Force in the Baltics are not fitted out. It might seem counter-intuitive, yeah, but there's really no point in doing so. Anything hitting the si...
by RetroSicotte
13 Nov 2018, 09:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Surprised that Gav didn't just make the simple point that Saab's offer would have cut the RAF by an entire fleet of crucial aircraft. It's sort of the ace-in-the-hole debate killer on this issue. Going with this madness would savage the RAF's fleets and result in yet another unnecessary cut of airfr...
by RetroSicotte
09 Nov 2018, 10:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1199
Views: 30327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

The kit fitted to the CR2s is quiet interesting, especially the side skirts. They seem to have evolved from those in GW2 being a lot deeper so they do the roll of the sheets used to reduce the wear and tear due to sand in the running gear. They are the same side skirts from Streetfighter, it's just...
by RetroSicotte
08 Nov 2018, 16:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1001
Views: 36740
Location: United Kingdom

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

a torpedo somewhere in the rough area, and whilst it probably has very little chance of hitting Why would you say the chances are low? Even with torps launched from a sub, after "Wire-guided stage" to get it near enough to target, they then proceed to use an autonomous, active terminal-ho...
by RetroSicotte
07 Nov 2018, 15:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

These two? (If not i recommend them, they're good videos I enjoyed the comments about what the French were up to. That's the ones, well spotted. Been years since I last saw them, glad to know at least the vague content of my memory was accurate to it. :D And yeah, the bit about the French was somew...
by RetroSicotte
07 Nov 2018, 15:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Seem to remember that's why the F-22 lost to tiffies at red flag (close range), the raptor just bleed energy... Pilot skill. Raptor has no need to lose any more energy than other aircraft if it doesn't want to. It stems mostly from less experienced pilots over-using the vectors. There's an excellen...
by RetroSicotte
07 Nov 2018, 14:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1495
Views: 42606
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Can't see the tweet (silly work blocks) but if it's them going for it for the Luftwaffe then yes, it'd be great. Especially given the Saudi order looks like it's more unlikely now with pressure regarding political affiliations with them. (Regardless of whether you believe we should or shouldn't, the...
by RetroSicotte
06 Nov 2018, 14:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1001
Views: 36740
Location: United Kingdom

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

90%+ that it's just keeping it all going, and not actually anything physically different. (Which is important, yes, but still.)
by RetroSicotte
05 Nov 2018, 15:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5494
Views: 113554
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Does that mean £250m for design, and then £250m for each unit? If so its a little better than previously thought. "The other significant component is the £1.5bn funding received from Head Office to cover the purchase cost of the Type 31e Frigates" Sounds like it's just a flat 250m on top ...
by RetroSicotte
02 Nov 2018, 14:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5494
Views: 113554
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

For me, the degradation in T23GP to Leander is negligible to those capability increase. As has been said many times, I'm afraid, this logic is not sound. 8x ASW frigates being replaced by 8x ASW frigates is a equal replacement, not an increase. The only way it is an "increase" is if the e...
by RetroSicotte
02 Nov 2018, 14:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Not convinced that's something to be repeated. Its not good to design a bespoke subsystem for an aircraft that takes so long to develop end to end its obsolete by the time its in service. Some form of modular payload, with a life cycle isolated from the air frame, would be a step in the right direc...
by RetroSicotte
02 Nov 2018, 11:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Probably better off just doing the pod how F-35s done it. Integrated into the fuselage. Permanently available with no hardpoint use or RCS loss.

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