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by Pseudo
13 Jun 2019, 15:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1335
Views: 69912
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

"This would avoid repeating the UK’s experience as a member of the four-nation Eurofighter consortium, where he argues “preservation of the purity of the workshare arrangements sometimes seemed to be the main aim of the programme”." Thats the key part and its where Tempest has a massive a...
by Pseudo
31 May 2019, 21:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5881
Views: 239567
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Some new T31e concepts from BAE: https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/bae-systems-issues-updated-imagery-of-leander-type-31e-frigate-concept/ Btw. No anchor? It uses a revolutionary braking mechanism based around a series of extending, tensile "air brakes" constructed of a durable, environmen...
by Pseudo
16 May 2019, 17:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3780
Views: 185961
Location: Tuvalu

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

SKB wrote:I wonder how many T26's PM Farage would order?! ;)

None. He'd privatise the assets of the armed forces and force them to lease them back on highly profitable terms to the hedge funds that would end up owning them.
by Pseudo
12 May 2019, 23:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 647
Views: 35986
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

I suspect that for a hybrid solution to work say 11 boats with 4 x ICBM tubes only 4 or so would be loaded with Trident and on their deep patrol zones sitting in wait for the MAD signal to come through which we all hope never happens, while the rest would be doing the normal hunter killer recon etc...
by Pseudo
12 May 2019, 20:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 647
Views: 35986
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

As we can't afford every capability these days, demonstrated by recent capability gaps, are we not missing a trick by continuing to have separate SSN and SSBN fleets? Could we not have developed a hybrid SSN with say four Trident missiles on Each SSN and do away with SSBN altogether? 12 of these bo...
by Pseudo
01 May 2019, 22:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 105
Views: 7042
Location: Tuvalu

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

IIRC, during her time at DfID Penny Morduant was a proponent of DfID purchasing and the RFA operating a couple of dedicated hospital ships. I wonder if this becoming reality might be more likely now that she's Defence Secretary.
by Pseudo
01 May 2019, 08:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 716
Views: 52807
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

I'd expect that there's a significant difference in maximum speed between an empty Tide and a fully loaded one.
by Pseudo
29 Apr 2019, 19:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1335
Views: 69912
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I like that; but what is it (in a fighter a/c)? Airborne Command & Control, in this case managing allies UAVs and UCAVs. This was one of the reasons I think we might see the return of the second seat. I'd be surprised if "wingman" UCAV's are intended to require the level of micromanag...
by Pseudo
14 Apr 2019, 17:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 356864
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote:HMS Duncan at Cyprus, with Danish Frigate Daniel Juel.
Looks like a T45 and a T31e Arrowhead 140? :D
2019-04-14 0.07.13.jpg

I know there's a bit of perspective at play, but it's amazing the difference that fourteen meters makes. :D
by Pseudo
13 Mar 2019, 23:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5881
Views: 239567
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

There again, I suppose that, after years of trying to sell the design, with no interest beyond "OK, thanks for the info", it's purely co-incidental that OMT have finally got their first nibble after the RN takes a look at the design. You could equally assume that after the flaws in Navant...
by Pseudo
21 Feb 2019, 19:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1719
Views: 92766
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

What if, say UK Gov refuses export of British produced parts for new German Typhoons as response? What would prevent Germany from retaliating and blocking the export of German produced spare parts for RAF Typhoons? I also expect that the German government would sue the crap out of the British gover...
by Pseudo
19 Feb 2019, 22:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1335
Views: 69912
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Given the issues with Germany and arms exports I think we can thank our lucky stars that we're not in a consortium with them for future combat aircraft... It's not all about platform numbers if you don't have the weaponry to put on them. https://twitter.com/North2East/status/1097942777051205634 In ...
by Pseudo
18 Feb 2019, 19:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1719
Views: 92766
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Good, hopefully we'll see a second German order soon enough to replace the Tornados. Still hoping we might see that elusive second Saudi order at some point too Not a chance. That's dead as a Dodo due to Germany's ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Even if Germany withdraws the ban the damage is ...
by Pseudo
09 Feb 2019, 12:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1335
Views: 69912
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Nevermind about 'hope' its an integral part of the system. Captor-E will be delivered with it. https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/-/captor-e-radar Excellent. As I said earlier, I'm a massive fan of how brilliantly simple and effective an idea it appears to be. I doubt it gives the same coverage as ...
by Pseudo
09 Feb 2019, 03:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1335
Views: 69912
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I prefer the SAAB repositionable swash-plate concept, if only for the "why hasn't anyone thought of this before?" seeming simplicity of it. That would be the Selex repositionable swash plate. Typhoon's Captor-E radar (a much bigger, more powerful version of the Selex ES-05 in the Gripen E...
by Pseudo
08 Feb 2019, 21:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 356864
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Which he screwed up pretty royally early on The reason is simple: not because he read the treaty text, but because it had 'Obama' written all over it. He is starting to be in a bit of a hurry to show any achievements... more on the Trump thread. His dislike of his predecessor doesn't absolve him of...
by Pseudo
08 Feb 2019, 20:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 356864
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Well, yes, Trump is trying to redress the balance

Which he screwed up pretty royally early on by pulling out of the TPP because it means that with the CPTPP that succeeded it there's now a big trade block surrounding China that now isn't directly aligned with the US.
by Pseudo
08 Feb 2019, 20:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1335
Views: 69912
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

- the radar panel arrangement was quite interesting, may be we could ask ;) how well it worked I prefer the SAAB repositionable swash-plate concept, if only for the "why hasn't anyone thought of this before?" seeming simplicity of it. https://sites.google.com/site/thetemplegrounds/_/rsrc/...
by Pseudo
08 Feb 2019, 19:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1335
Views: 69912
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:- the radar panel arrangement was quite interesting, may be we could ask ;) how well it worked

I prefer the SAAB repositionable swash-plate concept, if only for the "why hasn't anyone thought of this before?" seeming simplicity of it.
by Pseudo
05 Feb 2019, 10:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 356864
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

and for me this is where we missed out with TOBA had we built 3 115 meter Khareef we could now be looking at replacing 2 T23s early with out life-ex and a follow on order for 3 Batach 2 Leander and 1 more T26 at the end of the build run That would have required the government to recognise the impli...
by Pseudo
07 Jan 2019, 20:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 105
Views: 7042
Location: Tuvalu

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

I've said this before and I think it's worth repeating. Two dedicated hospital ships paid for the DfID would provide very visible soft power both overseas and at home. The government often struggles to justify the size of the foreign aid budget because a lot of what it does isn't immediately visible...
by Pseudo
26 Dec 2018, 18:59
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 176
Views: 11741
Location: Tuvalu

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

SKB wrote:So, who's brave enough to admit "I got a drone for Christmas!" first ? :mrgreen:

Or more importantly, who's brave enough to admit that they lost their drone a few days before Christmas somewhere in the vicinity of Gatwick? :mrgreen:
by Pseudo
13 Dec 2018, 23:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1089
Views: 66977
Location: Tuvalu

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

The problem for CAMM on T45 is throw height. It cant clear SAMPSON on its mast if it is on the forward silo. Same for QE class. In the former it needs to be behind the first GT trunk or on the hangar roof. QE would need to be on the after island probably. I thought that there was additional space f...
by Pseudo
06 Dec 2018, 12:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 647
Views: 35986
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

I hope they move away from the use of class names beginning with the same letter, as the last two class of SSBN. I'm struggling with D's. Defiant Destroyer Doomsday :shock: A Warspite, Conqueror or Valiant sounds better. Yeah, since they're all supposed to be named after illustrious ships I'd go wi...
by Pseudo
29 Nov 2018, 16:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 356864
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Clive F wrote:So when will they start announcing the T21 names?

It should be H's next so how's about HMS Highlander with the rest of the ships are ordered as Type 26's because there can be only one.

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