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by Gabriele
19 Nov 2018, 10:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1141
Views: 26243
Location: Italy

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)

4 LCVPs were sold along with her.
by Gabriele
16 Nov 2018, 09:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8892
Views: 324609
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

They are merely sticking to the planned procurement profile established with Main Gate 5 and already reported on by the NAO. BK-36 to BK-42 follow in Lot 15 with BK-43 to BK-48 in Lot 16. By January 2025, if there are no delays to deliveries, the 48 will have been handed over. 48 enough for 4 Squadr...
by Gabriele
16 Nov 2018, 09:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147582
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I hope one day someone will explain why to operate closer inshore you have to be less equipped, not more. You are basically going up threat, exposing yourself to even more potential dangers, but going in with less instruments to return fire effectively. How is that not a contradiction? I find certai...
by Gabriele
13 Nov 2018, 21:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

US may buy it too since they are struggling to develop the successor AAM to ARMRAAM. I'm not sure they are struggling. They are saying very little about the ongoing programmes for new AAMs, but the programmes exist and are ongoing. Anyway, having JNAAM ready soon would obviously be a good thing for...
by Gabriele
09 Nov 2018, 09:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle
Replies: 115
Views: 5522
Location: Italy

Re: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle

There are two 1-year options on top of the 3-years deal for 44.000, so one can hope that in time all the L85s are upgraded. The full lenght rail on top is fundamental for what the army aims to do with fused sights and in-line sights.
by Gabriele
07 Nov 2018, 17:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1495
Views: 42606
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

33 coming onto market from Germany; some from Austria. Spain? Italy? They have been pitched to everybody and their dog in these years. There's even been a report of Italy offering its own to Pakistan, of all places. Nobody has ever seriously considered taking them up, and i wonder if a single one w...
by Gabriele
07 Nov 2018, 14:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1495
Views: 42606
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Good news on one side; confirmation of just what a rip-off Tranche 1 is on the other.

And one goddamn third of the RAF fleet is made up of those unupgradeable expensive things.
by Gabriele
04 Nov 2018, 17:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8892
Views: 324609
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Out of memory, they are four decks up from the water when in the bottom position. Waves of 12 or more meters would be needed.
by Gabriele
04 Nov 2018, 17:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3738
Views: 91216
Location: Italy

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

Typhoon at half the F-35 price is describable only as bullshit, pure and simple.
by Gabriele
03 Nov 2018, 20:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3738
Views: 91216
Location: Italy

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

Kind reminder that the 9 billion include the early 1.9 billion contribution to design phase which is a one-off. Also included are hundreds of millions of RAF Marham infrastructure. These costs would not be part of future purchases, among with others.
by Gabriele
30 Oct 2018, 09:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3512
Views: 95286
Location: Italy

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

In the same way they got their hands on the Iveco SuperAV for the USMC 8x8 requirement. BAE needed a good product, ready now, and Italy needed a big partner with real US clout.
by Gabriele
29 Oct 2018, 12:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8892
Views: 324609
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The 3 boats for Prince of Wales will use the same catamaran hullform of the new fleet of common-hull Workboats covering a multitude of roles. I wonder if they will be a bit less "port shuttle" and a bit more rough, to serve, if not as landing craft proper, as boats useful to land Marines a...
by Gabriele
27 Oct 2018, 14:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

once sufficient B


The key word that i think is about to be shamelessly binned with the RAF jumping up on the A train and dumping the whole thing in the shit.
by Gabriele
27 Oct 2018, 13:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I just can't see how the two Tranche 1 squadrons can live on to 2030 to wait for Tempest IF F-35 purchases are not curtailed. Re-equipping the two Tranche 1 squadrons with F-35 would seem to be the most logical thing, if not literally the only chance to do anything. Where is the manpower going to co...
by Gabriele
26 Oct 2018, 17:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147582
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Shepard News reports that the UK will follow the US lead on Tomahawk modernisation, adopting the Maritime Strike package with moving anti-ship seeker. That is huge. Restores a long range anti-ship capability to the submarines and solves the ASM problem for Type 26, if VL missiles for MK41 are procur...
by Gabriele
25 Oct 2018, 09:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5494
Views: 113554
Location: Italy

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well, it has to stay in service at least out to 2036 just for the Type 23, and possibly longer for the 45s, so...
by Gabriele
25 Oct 2018, 09:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 106
Views: 4094
Location: Italy

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

The 5th is not coming back. The twitter "ISR Manager" who posted that slide has confirmed that it is not current, but refers to SDSR changes. The removal of the 5th Sentinel was successive.

In other words, historical interest only. Don't read too much in it.
by Gabriele
24 Oct 2018, 16:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 106
Views: 4094
Location: Italy

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

It's been only months since they downsized the fleet and reduced the number of crews. I struggle to believe that the 5th is coming back. That slide is more than a little puzzling.
by Gabriele
17 Oct 2018, 15:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 494
Views: 9537
Location: Italy

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

That assumes that you have a friendly airport available And that from said airport you can deploy the system to an appropriate mothership or a point on the shore near enough to the minefield to be within range of the USV control. Range is not unlimited. The ability of Type 26 to deploy a USV to loc...
by Gabriele
13 Oct 2018, 13:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 494
Views: 9537
Location: Italy

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Interesting option from France as MAURIC & ECA Group unveil OCTOPODA range of MCM motherships carrying unmanned systems. https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2018/october-2018-navy-naval-defense-news/6549-mauric-eca-group-unveil-octopoda-range-of-mcm-motherships-carrying-...
by Gabriele
30 Sep 2018, 23:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3512
Views: 95286
Location: Italy

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

Manchester will be there for sure. Liverpool has to be in as well. Edinburgh is still a good bet, even though the simple fact that the SNP has a habit of claiming ownership of anything named for a Scotland something makes me want not to use it...
by Gabriele
29 Sep 2018, 09:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The UK controlled a BAC 111 and three simulated ucavs from a Tornado all the way back in 2007. Hope the know how has not been squandered.
by Gabriele
28 Sep 2018, 20:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 565
Views: 22100
Location: Italy

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

The article implies that the T23 LEP included also a new CMS; was that dropped at the implementation stage? It is progressing, as far as i know. It is a DNA2 product on the new Common Shared Infrastructure that began to enter use in 2014, first on HMS Ocean as part of her last refit then on HMS Mon...
by Gabriele
25 Sep 2018, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1500
Views: 28139
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Important video on the future of amphibious capability. The Littoral Strike Group in its new form is planned to be tested in 2022 (second major deployment for the carrier) and the group must have LPDs and "RFAs", according to Colonel Lenny Brown Royal Marines, who mentions how important th...
by Gabriele
24 Sep 2018, 14:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1139
Views: 25125
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

There are no established Recovery and Repair variants for Boxer as of yet. There might be ideas, even "designs" (there are various levels of design maturity, however, and that would be a long discussion), but nobody has yet procured any recovery or repair variant. According to some reports...

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