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by Lord Jim
19 Nov 2018, 15:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

AS for using a T-26 derivative to eventually replace the T-45, well Sampson Mk2 should be ready about then, keep the 4 MK41 VLS forward (my preferred option for the T-26) and add 6 to 8 Sylver VLS where the Mission bay currently is and in principal you have a possible design, but then again I am no ...
by Lord Jim
19 Nov 2018, 12:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We are only going to need one escort group for the Carriers and we are not going to see both operational at the same time regardless of what has been put out by the MoD. I think there will be 2+2 escorts for the available carrier on operational deployments for the T-45 and T-26 respectively with oth...
by Lord Jim
19 Nov 2018, 12:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10026
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Well the best solution then is to keep our Voyagers to refuel our Typhoons, F-35Bs and A400s and borrow somebody else's boom equipped tankers for out RC-135s, E-7s and E-8s. Problem solved and very cheaply.
by Lord Jim
18 Nov 2018, 02:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10026
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

I never said transpose, the exact rig from the E-3 to the other platforms. There are great similarities between 707 and 737 based platforms and yes some design work would be involved, but very few nations actually use the boom system, the vast majority of nations who have a AAR capability use the ho...
by Lord Jim
17 Nov 2018, 23:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Maximising the VLS on both the T-45 and T-26 should be a priority to give the maximum flexibility and capability to these platforms. With, I believe, ExLS being able to be used on both these and also in the stand alone three cell launchers that should be installed on the T-31e, we have one launch sy...
by Lord Jim
17 Nov 2018, 23:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10026
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

We won't be fitting probes to anything. Period. Absolutely zero appetite to modify those frames away from standard. Operational needs will dictate this. Given the MoD has been bitten hard by the installation of AAR Probes through UORs in the past which led to tragic results, and that the engineerin...
by Lord Jim
16 Nov 2018, 18:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
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Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

First thing I would do is build our 8 T-26 to the same design as the Australian's and use ExLS in 8 of the Mk41 cells for Sea Ceptor, fit launchers for 8 NSM amidships leaving the remaining 24 Mk41 for VL-ASROC and whatever else might be needed be it more Sea Ceptor and so on.
by Lord Jim
16 Nov 2018, 12:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3739
Views: 91235
Location: United Kingdom

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

We will have max of 12 for some years. Any additional will be USMC. With the "issues" with the USS Ford it will create a partial solution for both of us. Pretty certain it's been stated there will be 24 on it by 2022/23. I'm actually looking forward to the USMC coming to visit it. The ine...
by Lord Jim
16 Nov 2018, 12:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The discussion here is basically going round and round, repeating the same arguments. I think we need to take a break until some actual news emerges regarding the T-31e. Carry on regarding the next generation that follows the T-26 or T-45 by all means but the T-31e discussion is getting kind of bori...
by Lord Jim
16 Nov 2018, 05:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3739
Views: 91235
Location: United Kingdom

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

We are going to see only one squadron on the carriers for quite a while except on rare occasions. The second will the either to surge on to the carrier of for land use and than their will be the OCU which won't be the historical size of such units due to increased use of the Sims. Routine two squadr...
by Lord Jim
16 Nov 2018, 05:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yes that is a good article but the phrase "If properly equipped", is the key here. San we with the current budget which is to cover everything in and on the T-31e build it so equipped?
by Lord Jim
16 Nov 2018, 05:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10026
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Fitting probes to the RC-135, E-7 and E-8 would be a low risk exercise but as always it comes down to available funding.
by Lord Jim
15 Nov 2018, 15:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10026
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Is was accepted that the SAAB proposal would meet the RAF's technical and performance requirements. But SAAB could not deliver at platform within the timeframe on the required type and size of donor airframe and without an unacceptably high level of risk. The SAAB proposal was scrutinised in depth, ...
by Lord Jim
15 Nov 2018, 11:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10026
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

They DID consider other options, it is a case that they didn't hold an open competition that has upset some people. Of course SAAB are also upset, having the RAF operate a platform using their system would be the biggest feather in their cap to date, but the RAF did not want a platform based on a bu...
by Lord Jim
15 Nov 2018, 04:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Wildcat is one of the faster helicopters around. Slightly slower than Chinook, but (just) faster than pretty much everything else (experimental designs aside). And 2 x Stingray or 8 x Sea Venom would seem quite useful in any number of ways. A heavier air-launched missile (more in the Penguin/ AGM11...
by Lord Jim
15 Nov 2018, 04:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10026
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

All this arguing aside, I am just glad that for once the MoD actually made a firm decision and is moving ahead with a programme. They get repeatedly criticized for not making decision and constantly changing their mind, but when then do actually make one they still get it in the neck! I am so glad I...
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2018, 16:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

the MDP [will rectify this and] when published at the end of December as currently planned Where did you pick up this information? The NAO, when publishing its bit on the 2018 EPP - mainly on its affordability - was already worrying that the 2019 edition will effectively need to be put together wit...
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2018, 05:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

ASW, ASW, ASW! Yes it is an important role and the RN will have eight T-26 to carry out said role when escorting the Carrier supplemented by the Merlins and possibly the E-8s, but the RN is moving away from its Cold War type ASW mission. AS stated it will be concentrating its forces into one or two ...
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2018, 20:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I have a feeling that the MDP will result in the RFI for the T-31e being altered to bring it more into the Fleet as a whole. As stated the RN is going to be a one or two trick pony in future with the CVBG and the ARG and that is about it give or take a single one vessel deployment. The Gulf will pro...
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2018, 12:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What we need is a Government that actually gives Defence the resources it needs in peacetime, because any future conflict is going to be fought with what we have not what we can build or purchase through UORs.
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2018, 12:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10026
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Where you want your Tankers to be and where you need your AWACS to be are not the same to put it mildly. We would be going down the same old road as the navy has done and trying to figure out how to make a platform be in two places at once. But the suggestion from SAAB was just one option the other ...
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2018, 07:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I don't think the RN "Wants" five light Frigates, it wants thirteen T-26 but is having to accept the fact that that was unaffordable with the funding available so if it wanted thirteen new hulls in the water it would have to accept the idea of the T-31e and go with the PR campaign the Gove...
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2018, 02:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If it were possible going for the Absalon would bring great benefits to the RN. The fear of losing the LCUs is understandable, but can't they be used form the Bays? Could the Albions be run by the RFA with a reduced capability, as it is the well deck that the RN fears losing? This idea of not lookin...
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2018, 02:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10026
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

I agree it could have been handled better, but as it was the options on the table were a platform that was proven and in se4rvice against one that existed purely on paper. Yes both SAAB and IAI have AEW&C platforms flying, but did SAAB suggest the A330 because those platform did not meet one or ...
by Lord Jim
12 Nov 2018, 11:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 494
Views: 9541
Location: United Kingdom

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

Just buy bigger Hovercraft

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