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by Old RN
22 Jun 2020, 10:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 414
Views: 90800
Location: South Africa

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Can some one help explain to me the logic of Sea Venom (100kg weapon, 30kg warhead, 25+km range) when the UK is about to bring into service SPEAR3 (100kg weapon, 30kg warhead, 140km range) which is also network enabled?
by Old RN
02 Apr 2020, 14:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11994
Views: 1593682
Location: South Africa

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I hope this discussion does not go off the thread but recent comments on U.A.V,s for the carriers suggested some with a twenty metre wingspan some nine metres greater than the f35b and not how a aircraft that size would impact deck operations nor was there any mention if such a sized uav would be a...
by Old RN
15 Mar 2020, 08:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1234
Views: 194283
Location: South Africa

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

When they are doing the engine "fix" to the T45s, why do they not put a CAMM mushroom farm in the Mk42 space? It could increase the overall load out of SAM to (say) 48+24 = 72?
by Old RN
07 Mar 2020, 09:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 294376
Location: South Africa

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

My number of F35Bs that the is needed (ideally) is 72. 24 on the deployed CVF and 12 assigned to the CVF in the training cycle with 36 remaining consisting of two squadrons (24) assigned to OCU and training. The balance (12) being in development and deep maintenance. With 72 total it would allow the...
by Old RN
19 Dec 2019, 09:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11994
Views: 1593682
Location: South Africa

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Hey, c'on. That's why Little confused here. Something mistyped? In general, I'm not posting that to lambast them. Bit of banter, but primarily to demonstrate how much the gap between STOVL and CATOBAR has narrowed these days. I would argue that the payload/range performance off the F35B is actually...
by Old RN
12 Dec 2019, 09:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 665
Views: 113080
Location: South Africa

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

SKB wrote:https://twitter.com/BAES_Maritime/status/1204809406245941253
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Should've used Christmas wrapping paper... :mrgreen:


The Reactor Pressure Vessel (two loop?)
by Old RN
30 Nov 2019, 05:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2898
Views: 365175
Location: South Africa

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

"..... or the Wildcat force sold or scraped...."

Is it ot more likely (useful?) that the Army Wildcats be transfered to the FAA?
by Old RN
21 Sep 2019, 08:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 193
Views: 48158
Location: South Africa

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

The Vulcano round has now been declared ready for deployment by Germany and Italy and it gives a 5"/127mm naval gun a range of 90km against stationary and moving targets is this going to be bought for the Type 26?
by Old RN
24 Aug 2019, 11:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 235
Views: 65044
Location: South Africa

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

One option that could be "out of the box" would be a surface launched Sea Venom with extended range?
by Old RN
18 Aug 2019, 20:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11994
Views: 1593682
Location: South Africa

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Digger22 wrote:Is that the 3rd Phalanx position under the Tarp, or is it the one further outboard and slightly aft? Is the 3rd mount about to make an early appearance?


Could it be the 30mm mount?
by Old RN
09 Aug 2019, 08:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1242938
Location: South Africa

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If the Russian corvettes are the River Class equivilants then why does Forth not have a 100mm main gun, 3 x CIWS, 8 x 300km cruise missiles and 21" torpedo tubes?
by Old RN
26 Jul 2019, 07:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11994
Views: 1593682
Location: South Africa

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Also, what weapons are integrated on F-35 now? Just ASRAAMs and AMRAAMS? And Paveway IV. They've been flying over Syria with them. Not a bad combination.One of the joys of the F35 program is that all the planes are the same so in emergency the UK could buy any currently qualified weapons and deploy...
by Old RN
24 Jul 2019, 10:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3372
Views: 428702
Location: South Africa

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

What about equiping the B2 with two CB90s on the waist working areas? While the crane might need to be uprated (the CB90 is less than 16t standard displacement, but more than 20t full load). The CB90 beam appears OK and the length would protrude into the flight deck by 2-3 meters. Such a B2, if also...
by Old RN
22 Jul 2019, 12:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1242938
Location: South Africa

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

One of the things that could be done would be to transfer some (12?) of the AAC Wildcats to the FAA and convert to the naval standard (which Iundrstand is not that complex). There could then be a meaningful support by Martlet armed Wildcats in the Gulf?
by Old RN
22 Jul 2019, 09:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 52
Views: 22174
Location: South Africa

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

I suspect that the real technical challenge is the separation of EO system and the launcher, with the difficulty being the "gathering" of the missile into the laser beam for missile guidance. This is why I doubt the Starstreak HVM with its rapid (and I think unguided) boost to separation o...
by Old RN
21 Jul 2019, 12:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11994
Views: 1593682
Location: South Africa

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If push comes to shove, would the QE be ready for some action against Iran? At least with a few F-35B, Merlina and Apaches? There are 15 F35Bs at Marham, so assuming you could get 12 deployed in emergency that would be a pretty effective force. One of the key issues, given Iranian tactics, would be...
by Old RN
19 Jul 2019, 07:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 52
Views: 22174
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: 4867
Views: 621194
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: 52
Views: 22174
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: 52
Views: 22174
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: 52
Views: 22174
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: 3372
Views: 428702
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: 3372
Views: 428702
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: 11816
Views: 1242938
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: 767
Views: 142224
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?

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