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by seaspear
25 Aug 2019, 09:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549373
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With the type 31e frigate the concerns seem to be of the ship in where it is built than on any capabilities and capacities the winning tenderer may have in the winning design .
I could easily envisage the admiralty wanting one design and politicians another
by seaspear
25 Aug 2019, 01:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286373
Location: Australia

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

I note in the article that all the f35b,s and f35c,s will have this process including aircraft of partner nations https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=110618 it would be likely to include those that the U.K is purchasing according to the controller of this facility ,that much of the part...
by seaspear
23 Aug 2019, 08:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549373
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Hi Donald I quoted plasma being developed from these missiles based on this report and others https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2019/07/30/defense-against-hypersonic-attack-is-becoming-the-biggest-military-challenge-of-the-trump-era/#e27e04b62c00 certainly the article presnts as pessimistic...
by seaspear
23 Aug 2019, 03:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549373
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Sincde the discussion is to include AAW capabilities I would ask since there is not a proven counter to hypersonic missiles that can be deployed from ships ,and that even there is a difficulty detecting these because of electrical interference caused by the plasma bubble during their high speeds , t...
by seaspear
21 Aug 2019, 23:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286373
Location: Australia

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

This article comes from Fox News but is still interesting in describing the use of laser to get a consistent finish to the surface of the aircraft
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/f-35-set-for-laser-boost and also mentions the use of lasers as a weapon of course
by seaspear
18 Aug 2019, 08:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549373
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With autonomous craft land air or sea now being developed and deployed is there any direction from the MOD that human involvement is required or can AI be used to automatically engage targets ? Should craft that are unmanned have the ability of self defence to prevent the seizing of such assett ? I ...
by seaspear
15 Aug 2019, 02:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263963
Location: Australia

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

This is of course an old article but it seems to suggest that there were several reasons to the time scale of construction https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/building-hms-glasgow-the-first-type-26-frigate/ It may be correct that a super factory could of produced the frigates at a quicker rate ,but wer...
by seaspear
13 Aug 2019, 01:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10273
Views: 801609
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

An earlier takeoff by Eugene Ely november 14th 1911 from USS Birmingham
https://airandspace.si.edu/multimedia-g ... 2010640jpg
by seaspear
08 Aug 2019, 01:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549373
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Is there any consideration by the R.N for the use of hyper velocity shells for the naval guns to address low numbers of VLS launchers and missiles in short to medium ranged air defence https://news.usni.org/2019/01/08/navy-quietly-fires-20-hyper-velocity-projectiles-destroyers-deckgun The article is...
by seaspear
01 Aug 2019, 02:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 136016
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Large amphibious ships may be just large targets to peer adversaries equiped with hypersonic missiles ,these missiles travelling at a speed that creates a plasma bubble that interferes with radio waves making them difficult to track unless with advanced infra red detection and do not travel in predi...
by seaspear
31 Jul 2019, 08:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 136016
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/07/sac ... n-amphibs/
This is an interesting article suggesting a change in the thinking on large amphibious ships due to their vulnerability , perhaps this relates to all navies .
by seaspear
30 Jul 2019, 09:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549373
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

"As for the T-26 Batch 2s, it would be tempting to adopt the RAN Hunter class as the baseline, including its radar and increased use of Mk41s and so on. This should provide the RN with four very capable vessels, with more balanced capabilities than the ASW specialised Batch 1. It is during the ...
by seaspear
24 Jul 2019, 07:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107959
Location: Australia

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Would Canada be able to enter this arrangement and what would the requirements be?
by seaspear
15 Jul 2019, 21:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549373
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Not wanting to go into fantasy but perhaps in the future asw drones may be launched via parachute from aircraft as a quicker response ,building expensive ships to do same may limit resources
by seaspear
14 Jul 2019, 07:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263963
Location: Australia

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

With apologies to Joans if N.Z decides to acquire the type 26 there would be at least two places where it is being built ,should it be added to these runs it may effect the delivery schedule to those respective navies
by seaspear
08 Jul 2019, 09:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10273
Views: 801609
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I noticed during the simulated f35b landing ,that it came close to a Chinook with its blades in operation ,are there any guidelines on this because would airflow from this effect the slowly landing f35b
by seaspear
07 Jul 2019, 01:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263963
Location: Australia

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

Blimey, up to 4 x 12 metre boats? What 12 metre boats does the RN have (or likely to get)? It may not be the 12 metre boats but remote controlled surfaced mine hunting craft ,underwater craft for various missions ,even unmaned aircraft ,and anything else they think of in the various defence centres...
by seaspear
03 Jul 2019, 23:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10273
Views: 801609
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is it correct that f35b trials of the Queen Elizabeth class provided information for the situating of the ramp on the Trieste class ship?
by seaspear
22 Jun 2019, 01:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263963
Location: Australia

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

This article suggests that the U.S.N philosophy of needs is different to the R.N https://news.usni.org/2019/06/20/navy-issues-final-rfp-for-ffgx-next-generation-frigate accoustic stealth is not mentioned ,Im not suggesting its not capable of course that the U.S.N is under congressional pressure to b...
by seaspear
14 Jun 2019, 03:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263963
Location: Australia

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

It might not come to if the type 26 is in play for the contract but how it influences the eventual outcome of choice , I cant with any authority state the U.S.N is not on par in surface ship asw operations with other NATO allies ,but if the type 26 is a demonstrable step forward over existing design...
by seaspear
14 Jun 2019, 03:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10273
Views: 801609
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Could be a beat up but placed on this thread as these craft will deploy from the carrier
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/06 ... h-coating/
by seaspear
09 May 2019, 14:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 107
Views: 11504
Location: Australia

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Coming back to the question of should the Royal Navy have the ship ,I would say no because it would come out of the R.N budget . If the hospital ships were owned or leased by the government with the understanding that it could be used for miltary actions in emergencies it could perform those aid rol...
by seaspear
08 May 2019, 05:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349532
Location: Australia

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Is the 250 million capped or is there allowance ? because what 250 gets in 2018 might not in the 2020,s lol
by seaspear
07 May 2019, 22:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286373
Location: Australia

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

My thoughts on this are , Would the seaborne f35 models have a shorter life span than the a model not being exposed to as much salt , would the F35 be required to spend more time in the hangars than parked on the deck to prevent exposure or would the aircraft on deck have more frequent wash downs in...
by seaspear
07 May 2019, 03:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10273
Views: 801609
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I have just posted in the F35 section about an Australian audit recommending dehumidyfying the aircaft because of salt corrosion possibilities due to the type of Aluminium used extensively in it structure ,I wondered how this risk was considered in an aircraft carrier

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