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by Old RN
19 Jun 2019, 07:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 133
Views: 9717
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: 2718
Views: 123784
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: 2718
Views: 123784
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: 9610
Views: 362976
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: 7992
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: 9733
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: 7992
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: 2718
Views: 123784
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: 7992
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: 2718
Views: 123784
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: 133
Views: 9717
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: 9946
Views: 605178
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: 3781
Views: 188455
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: 9946
Views: 605178
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: 907
Views: 53876
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: 12458
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...
by Old RN
19 Jan 2019, 09:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1727
Views: 94309
Location: South Africa

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Yeah, will not be Harpoon in those congested waters... who wants "the Iranian airliner shot down, again" scenario, just because at the time the Tomcat and that airliner taking off fro the same runway were merged into one and the same 'target' that then flew straight towards the ship - Har...
by Old RN
30 Dec 2018, 07:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 43001
Location: South Africa

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Why is the next SSN a not a reverse of the Valiant/Resolution fix. Just build Dreadnoughts without the vertical tubes? Or even leave one 4 tube vertical section to allow for VLS? If you want more SSNs the you could speed up the Dreadnought build program and build "Dreadnought" number 4 as ...
by Old RN
26 Nov 2018, 06:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1155
Views: 52213
Location: South Africa

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

Is there not a third one on the rear of the flight deck? I also think they are 30mm.
by Old RN
22 Sep 2018, 13:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 59851
Location: South Africa

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

If the UK is serious about getting combat capable/proven wheeled vehicles the South African Rooikat and the G6 would surely be wortn considering? Or am I being biased towards vehicles that came from someone actually fighting a war? :mrgreen:
by Old RN
20 Aug 2018, 17:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243879
Location: South Africa

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

"Joint and several" is the legal term that the purchaser can sue any of the JV members for the full damages allowed in the contract for non-performance. On big contracts it normally scares the smaller JV membrrs to death!
by Old RN
29 Jul 2018, 12:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15324
Location: South Africa

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

G6-52 goes out to 73km!
by Old RN
29 Jul 2018, 10:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123784
Location: South Africa

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

If the RN wants to get more use from the B2s why do they not bolt the Army's CAMM version on to it. It could link to the current combat system and give them another medium range (25km) air defence node? In the context of even a Falklands 2 type scenario it would be of great value.
by Old RN
28 Jul 2018, 07:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15324
Location: South Africa

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

As there may be a move to a wheeled bias in the UK armoured forces why not consider the updated G7 Rhino from Denel (South Africa). It was the earliest RAP family giving very long ranges?
by Old RN
08 Jul 2018, 09:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9610
Views: 362976
Location: South Africa

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If you look at the T26 you see what may be seen as a very practical solution. A batch of very cheap Sea Ceptor silos to cover the basic need for AAW under the most mild conditions and the Mk41 to give the flexiblity of chosing the mission balance. For example if the mission was close escort of the C...

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