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by RetroSicotte
19 Jun 2019, 13:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361934
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A bit of fantasy here so sorry up front All good, thats what this thread is for. but could it be a good move for the RN to move to a mix of 76 mm and 40 mm for both the T-45 and the T-31 and do away with the 114 mm the 30 mm and Phalanx on these ships to have a armament like so Why remove the CIWS?...
by RetroSicotte
19 Jun 2019, 11:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361934
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Good thing is that 57 mm is continuously seeing big investment on its smart ammo. I think 57mm is more and more becoming attractive as the main gun of an escort (other than NGFS). I am personally not surprised even if the 114 mm gun of T45 be replaced with 57 mm gun. It will save a lot of weight an...
by RetroSicotte
18 Jun 2019, 11:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243328
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

As it is pretty obvious that we cannot restrict certain threads to news only as in the T-31e and T-26, and as these appear only in the Naval category, maybe we should make these simply thread to discuss specific platforms like happens in the Army category where both news and discussion takes place ...
by RetroSicotte
18 Jun 2019, 09:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71473
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Definitely is too early to be comparing their contents. Although there was murmurings of Tempest using "developed technology" from Typhoon, so a nose large enough for a Captor-E seems highlighted. What kind of size of the French model is to that I dunno. Captor-E is about 1,500 t/r modules...
by RetroSicotte
06 Jun 2019, 09:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 604119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Timmymagic wrote:Just CH-53, UH-1Y and AH-1W to go. Will an AV-8B make an appearance at some point?

Would be great to see a Harrier drop on board from Italy or the USMC.

Some French helos too, to collect them into the growing list.
by RetroSicotte
04 Jun 2019, 08:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91100
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Not if we go for Leander they won't ! I’m no defender of the T31e, but if the RN thought it was a must-have they would have put it on the RFI? The RFI was not designed by military needs. It was designed by the measure of "what is the minimum possible thing we can still call a frigate in PMQs&q...
by RetroSicotte
03 Jun 2019, 14:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 604119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Bagged another aircraft to the collection!

We seriously need a sticky post to keep track of everything that has landed on QE. What is it now?

- Lightning
- Wildcat
- Merlin
- Apache
- Osprey
- Sea Stallion
- Seahawk
- Local Scottish Man's Drone
- Rosyth Dockyard Owl

Anything else? :p
by RetroSicotte
31 May 2019, 09:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 188128
Location: United Kingdom

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

I've heard a few times that the design for the US frigate program must be in production, what does this mean with HMS Glasgow coming together in Glasgow, do it mean more than one built? Must be in service to get money from the US for the design phase. The final draft phase may allow anything, it's ...
by RetroSicotte
30 May 2019, 13:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 255
Views: 19253
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:... but this is like the Wimbledon (and the Scots don't turn out any AFVs :) )

Most ice cream trucks that have to work the east end of Glasgow may disagree. :P
by RetroSicotte
30 May 2019, 13:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243328
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Alright lads, news thread. :)
by RetroSicotte
30 May 2019, 08:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 59708
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Challenger 2 Mk2 and Ajax's Orion sights are...pretty dang high end. May be excessive for the cost of Boxer.
by RetroSicotte
30 May 2019, 08:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 188128
Location: United Kingdom

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 RetroSicotte
24 May 2019, 09:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243328
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well if we got five of those, especially with the option to fit the multipurpose missile bay, fit a 57mm and two 35mm and I would think the Royal Navy would be very happy. WE might even see a batch two with a more fighty variant later on for a couple more. Now we just need to see more of the compet...
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2019, 08:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243328
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well if we got five of those, especially with the option to fit the multipurpose missile bay, fit a 57mm and two 35mm and I would think the Royal Navy would be very happy. WE might even see a batch two with a more fighty variant later on for a couple more. Now we just need to see more of the compet...
by RetroSicotte
23 May 2019, 16:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71473
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

F.4 funded, but will take years to convert the fleet to that std I've heard conflicting information on that to be honest. Last I read said they were "updating" the datalink, but I saw no explicit confirmation of this meaning the upgrade contained a two-way system like Typhoon, Gripen, or ...
by RetroSicotte
22 May 2019, 13:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71473
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Like what? I don't think the difference is so clear. For example the French fly a more advanced radar and a more advanced EW suite on Rafale than the RAF do on Typhoon. Captor-E is significantly more advanced than the RBE-2, for one. And the EW one is something we cannot compare in direct form. The...
by RetroSicotte
22 May 2019, 11:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 188128
Location: United Kingdom

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

shark bait wrote:Do you have a source?

I think he meant "should" as in "I feel that" rather than "it's said that".
by RetroSicotte
22 May 2019, 11:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71473
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

On the US side stuff, yeah. But the UK certainly has more of an understanding of components involved in 5th generation type aircraft than any other nation in Europe. From manufacturing, all the way to being as simple as "We fly it, thus we know how to use it and what best supports it."
by RetroSicotte
22 May 2019, 11:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15296
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

There is a level that isn't referred to. Counter artillery has a habit of turning the ground into mush. Can a wheeled vehicle evacuate over such terrain in any expedient manner when there is little surface tension? It seems unlikely. Better as they are, soft, loose earth is awful for all wheels. Box...
by RetroSicotte
21 May 2019, 15:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15296
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

I am impressed with it rate of fire and leave of protection but god it’s heavy at nearly 56t it really does limit its transportability, I also do still believe that wheeled SPG are the way forward for mobility especially for us since we are going for a large wheeled set up, tracked vehicles will al...
by RetroSicotte
21 May 2019, 13:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15296
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

a system like Archer that can set up fire 6 rounds and be ready to go in 1:30min and then travel at 65km/h offers more than a slow moving heavy armoured track SPG. That is either equal to, or slower than a PzH2000 can stop and engage from time wise. It has a setup time of 30 seconds, can fire 10 ro...
by RetroSicotte
21 May 2019, 11:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15296
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Honestly the more it comes to it, the more that PzH2000, K9, M109, or a heavily upgraded AS-90 feel like the only true options for the mobile one. Everything else is just flat out too unprotected, too static, or too restricted in its operation compared to the time proven capability of an armoured un...
by RetroSicotte
21 May 2019, 08:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1089
Views: 67418
Location: United Kingdom

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

Good grief it took the MoD long enough to allow them to test it on such a target. Horizon was doing this 7 years ago. It's good news, but goodness me, that confirmation that they really didn't test the 45's against a single supersonic target until now is disheartening with regards to how much high e...
by RetroSicotte
10 May 2019, 15:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 188128
Location: United Kingdom

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

Edging toward theory fleets. Lets all keep it to the news in this one.
by RetroSicotte
10 May 2019, 14:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 188128
Location: United Kingdom

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

I would hesitate to call the RN version "underarmed". That was not my intent. It's simply an indicator of the crippling lack of government support to actually do what is possible with the things this country can create. Everything is always half assed at every turn and never taken to its l...

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