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by xav
15 Nov 2019, 16:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 438663

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: 10832
Views: 978205

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: 367
Views: 35136

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: 6215
Views: 438663

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: 6215
Views: 438663

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: 6215
Views: 438663

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: 6215
Views: 438663

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: 737
Views: 83083

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: 6215
Views: 438663

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: 217
Views: 28720

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: 3011
Views: 237740

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: 217
Views: 28720

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: 217
Views: 28720

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: 217
Views: 28720

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 ...
by xav
21 Aug 2019, 07:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 24219

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency wants drones for its SAR missions The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) plans to assess the potential use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for SAR missions under a program named « Drone Demonstration and Development Project », a recent tender document reveal...
by xav
19 Aug 2019, 10:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1036
Views: 93702

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Navantia & BMT to Unveil FSS Design Proposal at DSEI 2019 https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Navantia-DSEI-2019-770x410.jpg Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia will be exhibiting at DSEI 2019 and is set to unveil its design proposal for the UK Ministry of Defence 's Fleet So...
by xav
15 Aug 2019, 14:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 960
Views: 97390

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

UK & Norway Reinforce Commitment for Joint ASW Ops in North Atlantic https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Boeing-Receives-2.4-Billion-P-8A-Poseidon-Contract-From-U.S.-Navy-770x410.jpg The UK and Norway reinforced their commitment for joint anti-submarine operations in the North ...
by xav
01 Aug 2019, 07:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 28720

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Sharing our latest piece here. Article not by me, credits go to Yannick Smaldore. Apparently, "ThinkDefence" liked it. Will the French-British FC/ASW Missile Program Survive a Hard Brexit ? https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/exocetmm40-8.071-MBDA-770x410.jpg In March, MBD...
by xav
31 Jul 2019, 11:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 78861

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

Babcock Secures Tomahawk LACM Contract for UK MoD https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Babcock-Secures-Tomahawk-LACM-Contract-for-UK-MoD-770x410.jpg Babcock International, the Aerospace and Defence company, has secured a 3.5 year Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) contract. Working...
by xav
20 Jul 2019, 08:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 28720

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Thales on Track with FASGW(L) / LMM / Martlet Program for Royal Navy’s Wildcat Helicopters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVhQB_1iGeo Thales recently conducted firing trials at Royal Artillery Air Defence Range at Manorbier as part of the Integration testing phase of the Future Anti Surface Guided...
by xav
27 Jun 2019, 13:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 960
Views: 97390

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Boeing rolls out first British P-8A Poseidon MPA https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Boeing-rolls-out-first-British-P-8A-Poseidon-MPA_001-770x410.png According to pictures released on Boeing UK & Ireland Twitter account, the first Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (P-8A) Maritime Patrol Aircra...
by xav
27 Jun 2019, 11:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3931
Views: 322695

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

Babcock Completes Testing of Air Weapons Handling System for Type 26 https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Babcock-Completes-Testing-of-Air-Weapons-Handling-System-for-Type-26-770x410.jpg Babcock International, the Aerospace and Defence company, has successfully completed Factory Acc...
by xav
27 Jun 2019, 07:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 35136

Re: Future ASW

Video on the SEADRiX.
We will likely learn more at DSEI in September
by xav
10 Jun 2019, 15:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 595
Views: 56097

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

shark bait wrote:Is that the sonar its pulling?

Yes, the TSAM

The USV launches and recovers the MuMNS too:
by xav
09 Jun 2019, 07:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 595
Views: 56097

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

Thales was demonstration its USV/TSAM combo this week (in Brest) as prat of the UK/FR MMCM program


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