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by seaspear
10 Feb 2020, 14:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11163
Views: 845895
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

In the context of the type 26 city class would this proposal for the Hunter class make sense for the type 26 city class
https://www.australiandefence.com.au/de ... inadequate
by seaspear
05 Feb 2020, 22:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11163
Views: 845895
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I read a report yesterday that the U.K had ordered 5 semi submersible uav, from a California based companys sorry for not providing the link but they seemed to be of a size that may be able to be deployed from a ship like the city class
by seaspear
05 Feb 2020, 00:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11163
Views: 845895
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It might be that deployment of anti surface missiles on ships will be set around the complimentry ability to adopt different flight boths that opposing radars cant focus on at the same time ,perhaps doing so will require many ships presently to be expensively remodified if possible
by seaspear
04 Feb 2020, 22:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11163
Views: 845895
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The other advantage currently of the sm-6 is it can also be used for durface targets but admittedly its warhead size is smaller than current surface missiles at 64 kilos compared to 221 for the Harpoon and 450 for the Tomahawk ,but may address a capability shortfall in surface shipborne weapons unti...
by seaspear
04 Feb 2020, 01:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11163
Views: 845895
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Its likely that N.Zs replacement frigate will be from overseas it could just as easily be the U.S FFG(X) 800 mill U.S cheaper than the type 26 and with more yards in the U.S a quicker delivery schedule , if N.Z wanted the type 26 perhaps B.A.E could organise the run schedules from different countrie...
by seaspear
03 Feb 2020, 01:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11163
Views: 845895
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The decision for N.Z on a replacement frigate is a few years off and nothing has been ruled in or out ,N.Z has been suggested as interested what might a unit price be for a couple of these
by seaspear
02 Feb 2020, 20:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11163
Views: 845895
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If a country like New Zealand was interested in the type 26 would this be feasible for its production schedule and would this bring down the unit price to increase the production rate ?
by seaspear
01 Feb 2020, 09:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11167
Views: 1128680
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

This article from last march may address many of the reasons for Singapores choice of the F35B https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/singapore-s-careful-f-35-fighter-aircraft-purchase Singapore also has the Aster 30 providing another layer of defence inits anti missile capability https://www...
by seaspear
26 Jan 2020, 10:20
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412414
Location: Australia

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

Apart from Meteor which may be deployed on the carrier which are the differences in weapons loadouts between the U.S.M.C and R.N aircraft as I understand only block 4 aircraft can field Meteor will the aircraft to be deployed be such ?
by seaspear
26 Jan 2020, 02:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412414
Location: Australia

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

With regards to the U.S.M.C f35b on the U.K carrier why couldnt the U.S.M.S have access to the armenments carried for the R.N f35,s it might be interesting for them to be equipped with Meteor for example ,thats of course they are all the same block 4 ,you would expect that any R.N planes serving on ...
by seaspear
22 Jan 2020, 22:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11167
Views: 1128680
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Survivability of carriers, a near future realistic threat? The new US DoD SDA, Space Defense Agency, planning to field low earth orbiting, LEO, constellation of dozens of satellites to detect and target ships providing the beyond-line-of-site targeting for ground and ship based weapon systems eg an...
by seaspear
19 Jan 2020, 20:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 142
Views: 26441
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

An e-7 would be able to co operate with a type 26 in operations against sub surface targets as well but as you suggest comes down to funding . The surmise that one platform performing the detection and direction is at risk of counter is correct but wouldnt the capabilities of the platforms sensors i...
by seaspear
19 Jan 2020, 12:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 142
Views: 26441
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Something that has not been dicussed for this aircraft is the R.A.A.F intentions to operate this aircraft with the C.E.C capability potentially able to vector missile launches naval platforms that have also c.e.c https://adbr.com.au/ran-tests-cooperative-engagement-capability-on-new-ddgs/ Is this ab...
by seaspear
19 Jan 2020, 03:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3976
Views: 367627
Location: Australia

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

Would there be any possibility of cold launches from those VLS to the rear ,allowing the missile canisters to be facing outwards
https://www.dsiac.org/resources/journal ... -launching
by seaspear
17 Jan 2020, 14:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11167
Views: 1128680
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

For arguments sake what aircraft does India have to operate off a stovl carrier ? we could go into the costs of conversion to catobar for either of these ships and this might vary as well depending the ship which would likely deter any buyers .lol
by seaspear
17 Jan 2020, 10:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11163
Views: 845895
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I should of added that there is a claim that the soon to be introduced AN/SPY-6 Oon the Arleigh Burkes flight 111 with the Radar Suite controller will be able to simultaneously track and engage ballistic and airborne threats ,there claim that other radars in the Russian and Chinese navies cant do bo...
by seaspear
16 Jan 2020, 23:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11163
Views: 845895
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The type 26 being equiped with the vls, is this system capable of using the sm-6 block1b the newer version of the sm-6 with longer range and payload capable of use in anti shipping modeof being guided by other assets using cec and also as it has a ballistic flight characteistic , if partnered at the...
by seaspear
06 Jan 2020, 00:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1720
Views: 180657
Location: Australia

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Im not sure if there is a thread for development of new technology but is there any news on this project?
https://www.janes.com/article/90375/uk- ... t-aircraft
by seaspear
01 Jan 2020, 13:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412414
Location: Australia

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

https://defense-update.com/20190917_aeots.html
An interesting read on further development capabilities for the f35 privately funded that shows demonstrable improvements for the pilots to identify areas of interest
by seaspear
19 Dec 2019, 00:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11167
Views: 1128680
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The article below on measurments compared of different military aircraft suggests that the f35b is comparable to the loudest ,it would of been interesting if there were a number of flights conducted from the carrier next to the pier and how nearby residences were to be effected http://www.jsf.mil/ne...
by seaspear
13 Dec 2019, 23:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 369
Views: 50051
Location: Australia

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Read the " French experience with the Apache" page 13 to 14 of the magazine I added
by seaspear
12 Dec 2019, 03:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1720
Views: 180657
Location: Australia

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

An interesting article suggesting President Trump is pressuring Japan not to go with B.A.E
https://www.defense-aerospace.com/artic ... ghter.html
by seaspear
12 Dec 2019, 01:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 369
Views: 50051
Location: Australia

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I have included this magazine because it includes a comparison between the Operations of the U.K Apache and French Tiger when flying of similar ships it makes claims of better reliability and effectiveness for the Tiger in those operations https://venturaapdr.partica.online/apdr/apdr-dec-2019-jan-20...
by seaspear
09 Dec 2019, 03:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11167
Views: 1128680
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I was curious on the mount of these points providing a guide to how many places for aircraft to be secured provides an idea on how many aircraft the R.N has guidelines to carry on its upper deck ,certainly rotary aircraft would be included but previously the R.N was stated to be different to the U.S...
by seaspear
08 Dec 2019, 03:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11167
Views: 1128680
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is there any information on how many securing points there are on the deck ,is this any different to previous carriers?

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