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by Pseudo
03 Mar 2021, 17:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4282
Views: 900262
Location: Tuvalu

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

But if the ships were built faster, enough money would be saved to pay for another one. That's in addition to the construction of a modern, under cover build facility (aka the FF) which would add further efficiencies. Sadly that's not how government finances work. The government is more concerned w...
by Pseudo
07 Feb 2021, 14:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Just speculating but maybe India is a long term dark horse. What is their long term Flanker replacement now they've pulled out of PAK FA? Chinese expansionism plus strategic industrial opportunities in the Software domain could make the program attractive. Gnat, Jaguar, Harrier Hawk, Tempest? My gu...
by Pseudo
03 Feb 2021, 19:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6832
Views: 1297867
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

As no confirmed names for Type 31 - What about Sir Class? HMS Sir Tom Moore HMS Sir .... Or maybe a barracks? I don't know about the type 31's but it could be a great name for a RFA say the new SSS the RFA Sir Tomas Moore & RFA Dame Vera Lynn Yes that's a better idea. and if we get a third it c...
by Pseudo
26 Jan 2021, 10:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 11
Views: 764
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

Do I hear anyone whispering the words Type 32? ;)
by Pseudo
24 Jan 2021, 21:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Development of the tempest programs is already underway, why your projecting development cost fwd to 2035 I don’t know nor your calculations of 50/60b by then. I'm projecting the development costs to 2035 because AFAIK 2035 is the projected in service date, so when the NAO does its eventual report ...
by Pseudo
24 Jan 2021, 19:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A more central role in R&D could (?) mean more cost, but forgetting that and thru-life costs (anybody's guess), the case of getting 150-ish for 30 bn looks a bit optimistic considering that the overall costs will be shared across a production volume likely to be a quarter (max) of the F-35 prod...
by Pseudo
24 Jan 2021, 15:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A more central role in R&D could (?) mean more cost, but forgetting that and thru-life costs (anybody's guess), the case of getting 150-ish for 30 bn looks a bit optimistic considering that the overall costs will be shared across a production volume likely to be a quarter (max) of the F-35 prod...
by Pseudo
24 Jan 2021, 13:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A more central role in R&D could (?) mean more cost, but forgetting that and thru-life costs (anybody's guess), the case of getting 150-ish for 30 bn looks a bit optimistic considering that the overall costs will be shared across a production volume likely to be a quarter (max) of the F-35 prod...
by Pseudo
23 Jan 2021, 14:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1312
Views: 313643
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

what are the expected Out of Service Dates for the Type45? V tightly spaced: 2035-37 I know that's the plan but I wouldn't be remotely surprised if they don't start being retired until 2040. I could see the whole build of 6 ( or hopefully 8+ ) being stretched past 2040 but I can’t see the start dat...
by Pseudo
23 Jan 2021, 10:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1312
Views: 313643
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

what are the expected Out of Service Dates for the Type45? V tightly spaced: 2035-37 I know that's the plan but I wouldn't be remotely surprised if they don't start being retired until 2040. I could see the whole build of 6 ( or hopefully 8+ ) being stretched past 2040 but I can’t see the start dat...
by Pseudo
22 Jan 2021, 19:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1312
Views: 313643
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

ArmChairCivvy wrote:
marktigger wrote:what are the expected Out of Service Dates for the Type45?

V tightly spaced: 2035-37

I know that's the plan but I wouldn't be remotely surprised if they don't start being retired until 2040.
by Pseudo
09 Jan 2021, 17:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 225
Views: 83824
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

SKB wrote:Can a Chinook lift another Chinook?! :mrgreen:

Nah, they just need to get a wooden plank or something under the wheel to get a bit of traction. :P
by Pseudo
03 Jan 2021, 15:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 692
Views: 199890
Location: Tuvalu

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

I said WW3, not Armageddon. A limited (and in theory, more survivable) WW3 is the sort of Scenario that you have described. The second strike thing's already been covered, but there's probably not a lot of room for a limited nuclear exchange because it very quickly and easily becomes a matter of us...
by Pseudo
29 Dec 2020, 15:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4282
Views: 900262
Location: Tuvalu

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

Ron5 wrote:Looks like the back end to me.

I think that the fin indicates that it's the central and forward section, maybe as far as forward as the hull begins to narrow toward the bow.
by Pseudo
17 Dec 2020, 19:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5209
Views: 1084761
Location: Tuvalu

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

SKB wrote:Anyone know of an RAF base that wants a £100m gate guardian?! :mrgreen:

Sure, if you count my house as an RAF base. :D
by Pseudo
15 Dec 2020, 19:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3726
Views: 755700
Location: Tuvalu

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I have no problem with a coast guard I would say that it should be a armed force along the lines of the armed police with ships armed with a max of 12.7mm. As for the RN if they moved to a Multi-mission sloop with a Class of 12 ships Couldn't we just buy the UK Border force a few more customs cutte...
by Pseudo
12 Dec 2020, 17:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 335
Views: 106386
Location: Tuvalu

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Lord Jim wrote:Issue is FCASW could end up being more expensive than the LRASW.

Assuming that FC/ASW is a high-supersonic/low-hypersonic missile then I'd expect that it will be.
by Pseudo
12 Dec 2020, 00:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13061
Views: 2293294
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

construct the Frigate Factory on the Clyde after all? The current mood music is positive. Why would they? Most companies would push for productivity gains, but they have the T26s in the bag ... and Ron says that :?: T4(x) cannot be tailored, to fit the bill?? If true (and he seems to be the unoffic...
by Pseudo
11 Dec 2020, 17:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Economic policy or 'social libertarian'? Mostly economic, but a bit social. But I did say that these were aspirations and as ever those aspirations only goes as far as they doesn't cause problems for their political, electoral and funding coalition. Though that's mostly the case with the aspiration...
by Pseudo
11 Dec 2020, 17:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Serious question, how are the italian going to make any sort of serious investment into any new fighter program? They were in a bad place pre-covid, don't know how to pay for their F-35s and are going to struggle post-covid. The Italian's treat their military in a similar way to the German's. It's ...
by Pseudo
11 Dec 2020, 15:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Serious question, how are the italian going to make any sort of serious investment into any new fighter program? They were in a bad place pre-covid, don't know how to pay for their F-35s and are going to struggle post-covid. The Italian's treat their military in a similar way to the German's. It's ...
by Pseudo
11 Dec 2020, 15:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Serious question, how are the italian going to make any sort of serious investment into any new fighter program? They were in a bad place pre-covid, don't know how to pay for their F-35s and are going to struggle post-covid. The Italian's treat their military in a similar way to the German's. It's ...
by Pseudo
11 Dec 2020, 13:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2346
Views: 517810
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Serious question, how are the italian going to make any sort of serious investment into any new fighter program? They were in a bad place pre-covid, don't know how to pay for their F-35s and are going to struggle post-covid. The Italian's treat their military in a similar way to the German's. It's ...
by Pseudo
10 Dec 2020, 12:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 335
Views: 106386
Location: Tuvalu

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

mr.fred wrote:“Stealth” isn’t binary, people.

That's pretty much my point. If the only thing compromising the aircraft's stealth characteristics are the pylons the weapons are held on and not the weapons themselves, then how much have the aircraft's stealth characteristics really been compromised?
by Pseudo
10 Dec 2020, 11:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 335
Views: 106386
Location: Tuvalu

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Aren’t the Ossies integrating JSM to their F35s and P8s? If so then NSM is a no brainer IMHO. Start with the 5 sets and then extend to other platforms as funds become available (don’t laugh), I suspect Donald is right and this interim period is going to last a long time. Would still require additio...

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