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by Caribbean
08 Jan 2021, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 681899
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Tempest414 wrote:its limited range 15 km and time 2 hours is some what poor

I think that's the comms link range, rather than the aircraft range. There is also an LE version that can take different antennas (for up to 60km link range) and larger battery, for up to 6.5 hours at 24kt (max speed 41kts)
by Caribbean
06 Jan 2021, 14:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 989
Views: 226543
Location: England

Re: Section infantry weapons

ArmChairCivvy wrote: CG is bazooka Mk2

Being pedantic - Bazooka Mk 3 I would have said . The "Super-bazooka" (aka the 3.5 inch rocket launcher) was the Mk. 2. I think I can still remember the drill on how to use one.
by Caribbean
02 Jan 2021, 15:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 681899
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Who's gonna save my breakfast bacon after that? Set your sights on higher quality stuff raised on better quality feed :thumbup: . I actually gave up eating "danish" bacon (mainly re-badged as UK supermarket brands, as well as a lot of UK produced chicken), because of the strong fishy afte...
by Caribbean
02 Jan 2021, 12:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 681899
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

RichardIC wrote: Did they? It really depends if your strategic horizon is 5 minutes or 5 years. "Strategic horizon"!!!? Absolutely they caved. Strategic horizon doesn't come into it. They got what they were given and failed to take back control. Do you actually think this is part of a cle...
by Caribbean
18 Dec 2020, 12:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 485
Views: 122983
Location: England

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

How much do these vehicles cost per copy? CHF46m is approx £38.5m, so a headline price of c. £675,000 each (57 vehicles total). From the article, there is no way of determining what is capital cost and what is the future support package, but assuming it's 60:40 (is that a reasonable split?), that w...
by Caribbean
06 Dec 2020, 19:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 485
Views: 122983
Location: England

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

SD67 wrote:Lancaster, Wellington, Mosquito, Spitfire, Hurricane

Plus the Halifax, Beaufighter, Bolton Paul Defiant
by Caribbean
05 Dec 2020, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1301
Views: 286238
Location: England

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

T45 has been successfully tested against BM. Temp radar software fixes were made for the tests and since then the fixes have been applied to all ships. IIRC, in the original trial, it was an either/ or choice. The ship had to be in either AAW or BMD mode. The work since then has been to allow the t...
by Caribbean
04 Dec 2020, 23:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056694
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It looks as if there is still ongoing development of Sampson-based technology, though in this case, to produce a less-capable 2D radar for use in OPVs and auxiliaries (currently installed on RFA ARgus) https://www.baesystems.com/en/product/aws-10-2d-naval-radar Looks like a competitor to the Scanter...
by Caribbean
26 Nov 2020, 09:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056694
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Given that Ben Wallace has said that the T32 will be GP frigate, it is entirely possible that the RN doesn't want it for MCM work, or a small scale amphibious role or ASW, but instead wants it to be a GP frigate. I think, if it's "GP", in the same way that the T23 GP is "GP", th...
by Caribbean
25 Nov 2020, 13:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1600
Views: 301652
Location: England

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

The Littoral Strike Ship was notable by it's absence in last weeks flashy news, I assume this means the project is dead and gone. Instead some of those featured should be folded into the Future Solid Support Ship. I think it's a case of wait and see. There was no mention of the LPD's either, but th...
by Caribbean
25 Nov 2020, 13:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1600
Views: 301652
Location: England

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

The Littoral Strike Ship was notable by it's absence in last weeks flashy news, I assume this means the project is dead and gone. Instead some of those featured should be folded into the Future Solid Support Ship. I think it's a case of wait and see. There was no mention of the LPD's either, but th...
by Caribbean
23 Nov 2020, 13:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056694
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Five modestly armed 105m Leanders would be a good outcome to replace the RB2 in the global role as but could RN really claim to have 24 escorts as a result? I'm not saying it would be the greatest outcome, or that it would be a straight Leander, more that it would be a plausible starting point for ...
by Caribbean
23 Nov 2020, 09:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056694
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A minor thought occurs to me - is it possible that, with the new money, the RN could adjust the deal with BAE to allow BAE to build at the most economical rate (thus saving money in the long run) and that the T32 is a "gap-filler" to fit between the earlier end of T26 construction and the ...
by Caribbean
21 Nov 2020, 15:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056694
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What has become of the LSS/LSG? As I'm sure you know, the concept is effectively being trialled at the moment, using a Bay, rather than a dedicated vessel. Apparently it was an idea that had been kicking around long before Gavin Williamson mentioned it in his speech. He gave it some cash to do an i...
by Caribbean
20 Nov 2020, 23:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 79
Views: 29180
Location: England

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

bobp wrote:Yeap I got the rear light and square shadow around it.

It's not a rear light - it's side on to the camera, with the front facing to the left. The orange patch is just above and behind the front left handwheel.
by Caribbean
20 Nov 2020, 23:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 79
Views: 29180
Location: England

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

J. Tattersall wrote:Might I suggest also giving Jackal/Coyote the 76mm turret and cannon

76mm? Might have to fit a better roll cage, as well.
by Caribbean
20 Nov 2020, 23:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6820
Views: 1170859
Location: England

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ron5 wrote:It would be best to not conflate "small" with "lower cost".

and
Caribbean wrote:I would guess the main driver of export success would be the final cost

I don't think I was making that particular mistake :D
by Caribbean
20 Nov 2020, 16:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Research Vessel
Replies: 31
Views: 2569
Location: England

Re: Multi-Role Research Vessel

Poiuytrewq wrote:It's a no-go for Merlin I'm afraid as currently configured.

Two Wildcat or similar, though
by Caribbean
20 Nov 2020, 15:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Research Vessel
Replies: 31
Views: 2569
Location: England

Re: Multi-Role Research Vessel

Poiuytrewq wrote:the height of the hanger door

5.5m, as far as I can tell
by Caribbean
20 Nov 2020, 15:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Research Vessel
Replies: 31
Views: 2569
Location: England

Re: Multi-Role Research Vessel

As far as I can make out from the virtual tour (which has a "measure" facility), it's 15.5m long by 11m wide, with each door being c. 4m wide

https://media.hi-impact.co.uk/sda/
by Caribbean
20 Nov 2020, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6820
Views: 1170859
Location: England

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

A far out idea but maybe there has been outside interest in the Leander design from other countries but only if the RN has it plus it could be felt Babcock's would be the place to build FSS following the first few T-31's say starting in 2025 Well - not too far-fetched. A ship designed to be built t...
by Caribbean
20 Nov 2020, 10:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6820
Views: 1170859
Location: England

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

They're not going to be able to start manufacturing them within 4 years (the scope of the budget settlement) and it wouldn't be wise to build 3 classes concurrently I think all that we will see of the T32 in the next four years will be requirements, proposals etc. and some design work, but if it mo...
by Caribbean
19 Nov 2020, 12:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056694
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The PM's statement to the house was for a total £24b in additional spending over 4 years, which is £16.5b more than their manifesto commitment. Presumably the difference is covered by the 0.5% above inflation figure previously committed to. According to the BBC presenter, "that's only £7b of ne...
by Caribbean
18 Nov 2020, 16:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6820
Views: 1170859
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Euros - I would think. 500m Euro per ship, including a slightly better level of equipment, plus a multi-year support package. In the same ball-park, as they say.
by Caribbean
17 Nov 2020, 00:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Overseas Patrol - General Discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 6458
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Overseas Patrol - General Discussion

but in this instance it was about 'sovereignty' Which my reply addressed. It may not have been a helpful reply for your point of view, but it certainly addressed the 'sovereignty' subject We just did it, with DG... which appears in this post Yes - that was my point Well, you have prescribed the ans...

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