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by Old RN
19 Jul 2019, 07:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2514
Location: South Africa

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Did the fit on HMS Sutherland use the existing, fitted, EO system that the 30mm normally uses or was it an extra EO installation?
by Old RN
18 Jul 2019, 12:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 214848
Location: South Africa

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

abc123 wrote:Turkey kicked out of the F-35 programme:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49023115

:clap: :clap: :clap:


I do not think the founding documents allow for the expulsion of a member - minor legal issue!
by Old RN
18 Jul 2019, 12:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2514
Location: South Africa

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

But this mounting/guidance also takes the Starstreak HVM which could be a usefull SAM for them, given they have little else! Firing at what? Starstreak is a manual operation SACLOS. It doesn't shoot down missiles. In what possible world will there be something in the air that is not a missile withi...
by Old RN
17 Jul 2019, 16:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2514
Location: South Africa

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Will QE get this fitted to her 4 x 30mm mountings? Lower to zero priority, I'd say. If ANYTHING of the sort of nature this thing hits (FICs etc) gets that close to QE, then she's in the wrong place. The Autocannons are fine as they are for Counter-SBIED (is that a term?) ala USS Cole. She's no-wher...
by Old RN
17 Jul 2019, 12:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2514
Location: South Africa

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Will QE get this fitted to her 4 x 30mm mountings?
by Old RN
11 Jul 2019, 07:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2769
Views: 142459
Location: South Africa

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Why does not the RN buy some of these to install ln the container areas on the Batch 2s?
http://roe.ru/eng/catalog/naval-systems ... ns/klab-k/
:lol: :lol:
by Old RN
09 Jul 2019, 07:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2769
Views: 142459
Location: South Africa

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Lots of space to bolt down some Sea Venom or Sea Spear?
by Old RN
04 Jul 2019, 07:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420914
Location: South Africa

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Is the third, cheaper, solution the famous "mushrooms"?
by Old RN
21 Jun 2019, 08:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 689
Views: 51778
Location: South Africa

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

I remember with Sea Cat there was a flexible cover over the missile which was to be removed before launch, but we were told that if the missile was fired with the cover on it would go though it. I wonder if the same is true of the mushroom covers?
by Old RN
19 Jun 2019, 07:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 137
Views: 11675
Location: South Africa

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Given the current Gulf situation when does Sea Venom become operational with Wildcats?
by Old RN
10 Jun 2019, 07:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2769
Views: 142459
Location: South Africa

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

In terms of cost the use of StarStreak/LMM in the waist position and Sea Venom just forward of the funnel should not be expensive as they are both in the current inventory?
by Old RN
09 Jun 2019, 08:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2769
Views: 142459
Location: South Africa

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I believe a heavy weight SSM (such as Harpoon) is overkill for the OPV but putting StarStreak launchers at the beam mounts and mounting ship launched Sea Venom midships between the funnel and bridge would be very interesting? It would be like the Oman use of Sea Skua.
by Old RN
25 May 2019, 08:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420914
Location: South Africa

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Chaps, what is EXLS ? A quad packed cold launch system to fit in Mk41 silos. It is seen by some as a way to improve on the "mushroom installation" of CAMM onto Type 26 & 31e. I believe that if you have a minimum load-out of CAMM then installing the cheapest launcher (per missile) is a...
by Old RN
15 May 2019, 09:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9857
Location: South Africa

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

I wonder if they will use the same base airframe for the UK E-7 as the P8s? It should not be a challenge as the airframe is larger but otherwise very similar?
by Old RN
03 May 2019, 05:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 11855
Location: South Africa

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

An OPV would not be expected to survive in high threat areas. The ideas mentioned around here of OPV escorts are nonsense. Even bolting on Phalanx or CAMM will not hide the fundamental flaws in its ability to keep floating and keep moving if hit. It depends what it is hit by - a SSM hit absolutely ...
by Old RN
30 Mar 2019, 07:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9857
Location: South Africa

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Surely the last time the UK airforces (RN & RAF) faced an Airforce that credibly tried to shoot down UK aircraft was 1982?
by Old RN
26 Mar 2019, 18:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2769
Views: 142459
Location: South Africa

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Some great shots here, https://twitter.com/HMS_Forth/status/1110582477012299777?s=20 D2mU3qMXgAIlaXp.jpg D2mU3qNXcAAgxkO.jpg Just needed a hanger! Stretched to around 105m and with a hanger added this could be one seriously versyatile and cost effective vessel :thumbup: If they moved the life rafts...
by Old RN
24 Mar 2019, 10:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9857
Location: South Africa

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Given the RAF has now both RC135 and E7 are we expecting a boom on a Voyager?
by Old RN
16 Mar 2019, 06:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2769
Views: 142459
Location: South Africa

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Given the significantly improved sensor fit of the Batch 2s and a 30mm gum linked to a reasonable fire control system along wth the intention to forward deploy them, would it be reasonable to fit them with 4 (or 8) surface launched Sea Venoms. The would be similar to the Omani use of Sea Skua. It wo...
by Old RN
09 Mar 2019, 06:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 137
Views: 11675
Location: South Africa

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

What about a surface launched Sea Venom? :lol: :lol:
by Old RN
26 Feb 2019, 06:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673917
Location: South Africa

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Given the common aircraft spec would the USMC aircraft deployed to QE use ASRAAM and PW-IV or would they have US weapons loaded into QE's magazines?
by Old RN
18 Feb 2019, 06:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214820
Location: South Africa

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

The current X-band radar on USS Fitzgerald failed to see a massive merchant ship bafore :mrgreen: they collided near Japan in 2017! :mrgreen:
by Old RN
09 Feb 2019, 05:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673917
Location: South Africa

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It is notable that Ark Royal (60-79) started life with significant self defense weapons (multiple twin 4.5 etc.) and ended her career with none.
by Old RN
26 Jan 2019, 17:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 61306
Location: South Africa

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

dmereifield wrote:At today's exchange rates that's just shy of £100 million each...quite cheap no? I thought they were costing more than double that


That is probably the airframe and integration of the electronics? I suspect there are seperate contracts for all the other bits supplied to Boeing for installation.
by Old RN
26 Jan 2019, 17:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 159
Views: 14192
Location: South Africa

Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

https://www.ultra-css.com/products-capa ... ission-pod A very smart solution, and the new RG1s will have a 24 hr endurance. But will they be ably to carry both the detection plus give-chase kit? ... or we send them out in pairs? Or, a quick 'phone call' to a P-8, loitering in the general area and c...

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