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by Caribbean
18 Jun 2019, 22:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 813
Views: 43361
Location: England

Re: Section infantry weapons

Voldemort wrote:humble Antioch hand grenade

Is this the one you mean?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOrgLj9lOwk
by Caribbean
16 Jun 2019, 15:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 36
Views: 1595
Location: England

Re: Royal Marines boats

What could be done in the here and now is send 3 Archer class boats fitted with the 20mm cannon that they are FFBNW plus 2 x minigun's . IIRC only two are still capable of mounting the 20mm (Ranger and Trumpeter?). Another two were built with armour plating, so would also probably be immediately su...
by Caribbean
15 Jun 2019, 16:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243340
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Given the increase in tension in the Gulf, would people say that a T31 built at the base RFI standard would be capable of escorting Tankers in such an environment? Probably. CAMM seems to be a highly capable system, so that would likely take care of any missile/ air attack threat (which would be hi...
by Caribbean
15 Jun 2019, 11:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243340
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Hopefully there will be money in the guided weapons budget to allow for adding some deck-mounted launchers for an anti-ship missile (once the future strategy is decided).
by Caribbean
11 Jun 2019, 07:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123520
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

It's used to counter attack helicopters, is that something that threatens the OPV's? It's designed to counter targets manoeuvring at up to 9g and travelling at Mach 4 - not many helicopters in that category! That said, I'm not sure that the tracking/ targetting system is ideal for naval operations....
by Caribbean
08 Jun 2019, 16:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 298
Views: 24091
Location: England

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Boeing Orca XLUUV will not be able to be operated from a Bay. The Orca would fit in the Bay's dock - it's only 15m (51ft) long. They are most likely to be operated from shore bases, agreed, but at a pinch, a Bay-class should be able to transport/ launch multiple Orcas (and effectively operate as a ...
by Caribbean
08 Jun 2019, 14:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 298
Views: 24091
Location: England

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

SW1 wrote:we’re building type 26

I would contend that, by building just eight, we are losing sight of that fact. The old yardstick of 10 C1 and 8 C2 frigates is closer to the mark, especially since we now have the carriers for the C1s (and destroyers) to looks after.
by Caribbean
08 Jun 2019, 09:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 298
Views: 24091
Location: England

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

I think that we should not lose sight of the fact that we will still need warships, in our enthusiasm for the flexibility offered by other hullforms in the supporting roles. As it is, the T26 and at least the A140 proposal for the T31 both offer greater flexibility than previous generations of warsh...
by Caribbean
01 Jun 2019, 15:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 259
Views: 16428
Location: England

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

San Giorgio-class have lifts but for only suitable for small helicopters and have limited aviation facilities I suspected that might be the case, though the hangar looks quite capacious from these shots. Might not have enough height for Merlin https://www.google.com/search?q=san+giorgio+class+vehic...
by Caribbean
01 Jun 2019, 12:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 259
Views: 16428
Location: England

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

Maybe the Italians could sell us one of their decommissioned San Giorgio-class nice and cheap? Re-fit it and add an aircraft lift down to the vehicle deck (if it doesn't already have one) and it could be configured for one of a number of roles - aviation training, HADR, PCRS (with a modular hospital...
by Caribbean
31 May 2019, 18:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 259
Views: 16428
Location: England

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

It has four spots and can hangar four aircraft, so I guess it could get them all on deck at the same time.
by Caribbean
31 May 2019, 07:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243340
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Since "exportability" is the main focus of both the NSS AND the T31 RFI, I doubt Babcocks would have wasted more than a few minutes on the A140 if they hadn't got the IP issues nailed down from day 1.
by Caribbean
29 May 2019, 16:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91108
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Argus has 3 spots (being reduced from 4 when it was converted to be primarily a PCRS). Nice pick below, where there are 6 Sea Kings on deck: Argus isn't really a hangar forward design, though, the hangar is below the flight deck and she has a lift (originally two) to assist with moving aircraft to ...
by Caribbean
29 May 2019, 12:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91108
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

But they don't. No navy operates that many aircraft without having a missive flat top, that is not a coincidence. Also tend to agree - I would see numbers like that on anything other than a flat-top as a ferry capability only. Also I think that I read somewhere that trials have shown that a Bay-sty...
by Caribbean
29 May 2019, 11:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43842
Location: England

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

If the FSS has to be common with anything it should be the Tides, not an LPD. Seems reasonable - iterations of the Tides for fleet supply and iterations of the Bays for amphibious support. Improving medical facilities and providing modest aviation facilities (2-6 helicopters, for instance) across t...
by Caribbean
27 May 2019, 23:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361982
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Don't say too much!
by Caribbean
26 May 2019, 12:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361982
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Both Leander and Arrowhead teams says "RN version do not include ...." I've not heard either of those teams actually use that phrase. The Leander presentation on their website clearly shows both an 8-cell VLS that appears to be a Mk. 41, as well as Phalanx on the top of the hangar. The cu...
by Caribbean
25 May 2019, 16:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15296
Location: England

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

That’s what I was thinking say get the Boxer 155mm for part of the fleet then using the same gum module on a truck like what the archer uses as a cheaper option. And an Ajax-derived carrier vehicle for the Armoured Brigades, (maybe also replacing the Stryker-derived M993 Carrier currently used on t...
by Caribbean
25 May 2019, 16:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361982
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This follows the T31e RFI. Hi Donald-san. The RFI actually specifies Lloyds Naval Ship Rules. ANEP 77 is a goal-based NATO-specified set of Naval Ship rules (used by the Australian, Canadian, Danish, French, Italian, Netherlands, Norwegian, Singapore, South African, Swedish and Royal Navy). RN vers...
by Caribbean
25 May 2019, 14:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15296
Location: England

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

both the Archer and Boxer/155mm meet the above OK, which one then? Personally, I'd go with a common gun module and different carrier vehicles, as appropriate (tracked or 8x8 armoured/ unarmoured). Ditto for the gun limber/ ammunition carrier (or whatever it's called these days) and any GMLRS develo...
by Caribbean
25 May 2019, 13:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361982
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

below RN standard Frigate The A140 team (and, I think the Leander team) have publicly stated that they will be built to ANEP 77, which are the RN standards (I would think that the Atlas offering would be as well). The A140 is also said to be NATO ASW rated (I'm not sure if there is anything public ...
by Caribbean
24 May 2019, 18:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361982
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The T31e Arrowhead 140 video looks interesting, and I can see flexibility in the design, but it’s fundamentally flawed in that unless significant funds are found (to the point where more T26s are viable IMO) then a lot of it will remain brochureware, with little hope of more than an order of 4-5 sh...
by Caribbean
23 May 2019, 19:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15296
Location: England

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

A quick trawl of ThinkDefence and Wikipedia suggests that Boxer with 155 is too tall for A400M. The original AGM was intended to be transportable in the A400M, but I think that was using the same base vehicle as the MLRS (the M933 Carrier - a Bradley derivative). I suspect that the Donar variant wo...
by Caribbean
21 May 2019, 07:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1089
Views: 67421
Location: England

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

Also interesting the "refresh rate" of FIREJET is about 1 per second, while that of ASTER missile is faster. I guess the former is the Sampson radar signal, and the latter is the 2-way data-link info from the ASTER missile. It could also be that the Sampson is scanning the faster-moving o...
by Caribbean
20 May 2019, 21:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15296
Location: England

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Can't the AGM (Artillery Gun Module) proposed for Boxer also be carried on the MLRS tracked vehicle? Could the MLRS launcher also be carried on the Boxer base vehicle as well? Would be good for commonality

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