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by Old RN
21 Sep 2019, 08:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 5691
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: 217
Views: 20829
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: 10279
Views: 802644
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: 10490
Views: 550551
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: 10279
Views: 802644
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: 2954
Views: 182512
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: 10490
Views: 550551
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: 6330
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: 10279
Views: 802644
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: 6330
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: 4182
Views: 286703
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: 6330
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: 6330
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: 6330
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: 2954
Views: 182512
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: 2954
Views: 182512
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: 10490
Views: 550551
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: 735
Views: 68646
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: 217
Views: 20829
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: 2954
Views: 182512
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: 2954
Views: 182512
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: 10490
Views: 550551
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: 13816
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: 15564
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: 13816
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?

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