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by xav
03 Jul 2020, 13:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 735
Views: 101731

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

UK MoD Seeking UUV for Mine Warfare Missions from USV https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/USV-ARCIMS-Halcyon-Royal-Navy-770x410.jpg According to a pre-contract information notice (PIN) issued on June 26, the UK MoD is seeking to procure three Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) to c...
by xav
30 Jun 2020, 09:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11831
Views: 1517207

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Royal Navy’s Merlin Crowsnest AEW Helicopter Faces Delays https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Royal-Navys-Merlin-Crowsnest-AEW-Helicopter-Faces-Delays-1.jpg According to a report by the UK National Audit Office (NAO), on Carrier Strike, the initial operational capability (IOC) of t...
by xav
02 Jun 2020, 10:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 665
Views: 108925

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Babcock Awarded SLBM Tube Contract Extension By Electric Boat Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, has been awarded a multimillion pound contract extension to manufacture a further 18 tactical Missile Tube Assemblies (MTAs) for General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB). It is part of the Common ...
by xav
29 May 2020, 15:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 696781

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Rolls-Royce Seals Propulsion Systems Contract for Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigates In total, the order comprises of 40 engines and generator sets to be used for main propulsion and on-board power generation, the MTU Callosum propulsion control and monitoring system, and Integrated Logistics Support (I...
by xav
29 Apr 2020, 17:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessel (MCMV) (RN)
Replies: 64
Views: 17244

Re: Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessel (MCMV) (RN)

Lithuanian Navy Looking to Procure 3rd ex-Royal Navy Hunt-class MCM Vessel The Lithuanian Navy (Lietuvos Karinės jūrų pajėgos) is looking to expand its fleet of Skalvis-class Mine Counter Measures (MCM) vessels (ex-Royal Navy’s Hunt-class) with the procurement of a third hull to be overhauled and u...
by xav
22 Apr 2020, 09:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 74
Views: 22155

Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

BMT launches next gen hull-form for autonomous operations – the ‘Pentamaran’ https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/BMT-launches-next-gen-hull-form-for-autonomous-operations-the-%E2%80%98Pentamaran%E2%80%99-1-770x410.jpg Designed to meet the specific challenges of long range autonomou...
by xav
06 Apr 2020, 16:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 767
Views: 136472

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

First S2150 Sonar Fitted Aboard Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Portland https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/First-S2150-Sonar-Fitted-Aboard-Royal-Navy-Type-23-Frigate-HMS-Portland-770x410.jpg.webp HMS Portland becomes the first ship to be fitted with Ultra’s next generation Hull Mo...
by xav
06 Mar 2020, 11:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 235
Views: 62654

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

MBDA’s ANL / Sea Venom Missile Aces First Qualification Test Firing https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/MBDAs-ANL-Sea-Venom-Missile-Aces-First-Qualification-Test-Firing.jpg The French ministry of armed forces announced that MBDA's ANL / Sea Venom light anti-ship missile successfull...
by xav
30 Jan 2020, 08:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4085
Views: 493531

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

Royal Navy’s First Type 26 Frigate HMS Glasgow More Than Half Built HMS Glasgow – the first of the Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigates – is now more than half-way through construction at BAE Systems Govan shipyard. The next generation frigate is being built in numerous sections, or ‘units’, with the fore...
by xav
28 Jan 2020, 10:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: USV
Replies: 1
Views: 1861

USV

UK MoD Procuring 5 MANTAS T12 USVs for Royal Navy and Joint Forces Command https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/UK-MoD-Procuring-5-MANTAS-T12-USVs-for-Royal-Navy-and-Joint-Forces-Command-2.jpg The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a procurement contract to Maritime Tactical Syste...
by xav
15 Nov 2019, 16:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 696781

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

UK MoD Formally Awards Type 31 Frigate Contract to Babcock https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/UK-MoD-Formally-Awards-Type-31-Frigate-Contract-to-Babcock-770x410.jpg The UK Ministry of Defence today formally awarded Babcock International Group PLC the contract for the Royal Navy's ...
by xav
14 Oct 2019, 08:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11831
Views: 1517207

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

First British F-35B land onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth Pictures released by the MOD show UK F-35 Lightning jets landing, taking off and hovering onboard Britain’s next generation aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time. Flown by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots, the Lightning je...
by xav
23 Sep 2019, 17:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 376
Views: 66096

Re: Future ASW

Another unmanned ASW system: Autonomous ARCIMS USV Can Now Hunt Submarines with ASW Payload https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Autonomous-ARCIMS-USV-Can-Now-Hunt-Submarines-with-ASW-Payload-770x410.jpg The latest Autonomous ARCIMS USVs to be ordered from ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK) ...
by xav
19 Sep 2019, 21:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 696781

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

NS family is GAN and replaces the SMART-S Mk2 which is not being marketed anymore. Thales told me the NS100 series offers better overall performance (and on par range) to the older SMART-S despite the smaller size of NS100. In addition, the NS familly can be fitted with an optional IR tracker (in th...
by xav
18 Sep 2019, 17:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 696781

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Apologies for the delay, we *try* to polish our edits and make them look nice... Thanks Xav, great content as always. I've no reason to doubt Save The Royal Navy, but it's still an unofficial source. Are you also under the impression that the 57mm and 40mm combo is now almost certain? I must have m...
by xav
18 Sep 2019, 14:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 696781

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

here we go!
Apologies for the delay, we *try* to polish our edits and make them look nice...

by xav
13 Sep 2019, 13:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 696781

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

We'll publish a video (our DAY 3 coverrage @ dsei) next week. Of course we focused on this. Interviews of Babcock CEO, en engineer in charge of warships and someone from Thales for the Tacticos CMS which will feature a new "AI" feature to automate (and expedite) Royal Navy doctrines for th...
by xav
12 Sep 2019, 08:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 767
Views: 136472

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjiRhYPxSA4 Day 2 at DSEI 2019, the defense exhibition held in London, UK. In this video we cover naval platforms & new ship designs: ===================== 0:42 - MBDA Sea Ceptor (CAMM) and Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate upgrade. 2:32 - Update on the Global Combat Shi...
by xav
12 Sep 2019, 08:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 696781

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Babcock Team 31 selected as preferred bidder for UK Type 31 frigate programme https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Babcock-Team-31-selected-as-preferred-bidder-for-UK-Type-31-frigate-programme-1-770x410.jpg Babcock Team 31 has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the...
by xav
11 Sep 2019, 18:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 235
Views: 62654

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtc6kVHMTwE Day 1 at DSEI 2019, the defense exhibition held in London, UK. Our day 1 naval news coverage at the show includes: ===================== Anti-ship missiles: The UK MoD issued a requirement to implement an interim surface to surface guided weapo...
by xav
26 Aug 2019, 20:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3355
Views: 408903

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Rohde & Schwarz provides shipborne communications for Royal Navy River-class OPV https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Rohde-Schwarz-provides-shipborne-communications-for-Royal-Navy-River-class-OPV-770x410.jpg Rohde & Schwarz provides shipborne communications for line-of-sigh...
by xav
26 Aug 2019, 20:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 235
Views: 62654

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

@donald_of_tokyo not sure where they got the number from. Last I talk about this topic, Kongsberg wouldn't comment on quantities to be delivered
https://www.navalnews.com/event-news/li ... -malaysia/
by xav
26 Aug 2019, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 235
Views: 62654

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Regarding NSM: - Kongsberg has dropped its R&D / plans for VL NSM (they stopped something like 3 years ago due to lack of interest from the market... could probably be revived if things were to change) - As of today, NSM (or JSM) is not getting integrated in the P-8. You bet that Kongsberg / the...
by xav
22 Aug 2019, 11:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 235
Views: 62654

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

^ Haha you beat me to it this time :clap: UK MoD Further Details Interim Anti-Ship Missile Need Through Contract Notice https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HMS_Montrose_Firing_a_Harpoon_Missile_MOD-770x410.jpg In a recent announcement, the UK Ministry of Defence Torpedoes, Tomahawk ...

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