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by marktigger
19 Feb 2018, 16:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10131
Views: 483184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

agree lord Jim but couldn't the carriers be fitted with seaceptor? Alongside the Big RFA's to increase the number of platforms with SAM capability?
by marktigger
02 Feb 2018, 11:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 74941
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/190196/uk-industry-team-to-offer-boxer-to-british-army%E2%80%99s-miv.html "In January 2018 leading British companies in the defence sector; BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering and Thales UK have signed agreements with the ARTEC consortium a...
by marktigger
13 Jan 2018, 11:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10131
Views: 483184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

nope but the basic design built in a US yard with US systems at 4 times the price so the US govt can covertly provide subsadies to its ship building industry (just like it does to its aircraft builders)
by marktigger
09 Jan 2018, 12:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5973
Views: 309267
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I do hope the consortium led by babcock get the contract and put work into Harlands and Plymouth (like the herald is reporting)
by marktigger
08 Jan 2018, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5973
Views: 309267
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I would agree with that Donald however then its easier for a future government to merge it all into BAe like Blair/Brown did.
by marktigger
08 Jan 2018, 11:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Avro Vulcan
Replies: 68
Views: 7889
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Avro Vulcan

there was talk of laying down an airfield with matting for Phantom FGR2 Most of the U.K. matting was loaded on the Alantic convayor and ended up ln david johnes locker. with the tents desalinization plant and the mobile harrier hangers. Along with a lot of support equipment. No 17 maritime search r...
by marktigger
07 Jan 2018, 17:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Avro Vulcan
Replies: 68
Views: 7889
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Avro Vulcan

As regards to blackbuck I've always wondered if we had had 2 conventional carriers live CVA1, Gibraltar class (planned but never built) or Eagle & Ark (both servicible and updated) would the argies have tried? if so how much more useful would 26 Buccaneer and 26 Phantom FG1 have been in closing...
by marktigger
07 Jan 2018, 17:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Avro Vulcan
Replies: 68
Views: 7889
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Avro Vulcan

Old RN wrote:If one had kept the Bucc would it have been fitted with JP233? One pass with two of those on the inner pylons would close the runway for a long time!


JP233 was only starting development. And proved so so effective and good for aircraft survivability in gulf 1
by marktigger
07 Jan 2018, 08:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Avro Vulcan
Replies: 68
Views: 7889
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Avro Vulcan

interesting glad there are moves for proper preservation. Hopefully 608 will get that eventually. As regards to blackbuck I've always wondered if we had had 2 conventional carriers live CVA1, Gibraltar class (planned but never built) or Eagle & Ark (both servicible and updated) would the argies ...
by marktigger
30 Dec 2017, 00:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10131
Views: 483184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote:
P.S. Actually, I'm wondering what if RM was equipped with hundreds of Stinger MANPADs ? May be, low-level incoming Argentina aircrafts will be shot down more easily? But, this is unrelated to the topic now & here, sorry.


being a Tail chaser shot down after hitting their targets
by marktigger
29 Dec 2017, 19:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10131
Views: 483184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Range isn't everything. If you look at the Falklands, which missile would you select to protect your ship: long range Sea Dart or very short range Sea Wolf? If building from scratch both with a 4.5 MK8 a couple of 40mm bofors, 20 mm oerlikon and 20mm phalanx. with space for Blowpipe and lotss of GP...
by marktigger
28 Dec 2017, 10:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10131
Views: 483184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

HomeEquipmentRoyal Navy Where there is a will there is a way, and given how much both China and Russia are investing in these areas, as they see them as one of the West's greatest vulnerabilities, and given the number of out of work Russian subs, if it far from inconceivable for the Russians to put...
by marktigger
26 Dec 2017, 17:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 246
Views: 24291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

C17 in CCAST role is a brilliant capability. when VC10 retired the C17 became the fastest way home. The space and facilities the cargo deck provide are superior for the role than the A330 it is also easier to load and configure I suspect you are correct, although there maybe a cases where the avail...
by marktigger
25 Dec 2017, 17:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 246
Views: 24291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

C17 in CCAST role is a brilliant capability. when VC10 retired the C17 became the fastest way home. The space and facilities the cargo deck provide are superior for the role than the A330 it is also easier to load and configure
by marktigger
17 Dec 2017, 13:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10131
Views: 483184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

how much will it cost to rebuild and regenerate the T45 along side at present?
is the budget for the navy enough to sustain the current planned escort build and its ongoing costs?
by marktigger
11 Dec 2017, 10:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1740
Views: 115696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

24 for qatar
http://www.forces.net/news/qatar-agrees ... er-jets-uk

with reference to Alarm it would be good to see Alarm go back into production or a Version of meteor
by marktigger
07 Dec 2017, 15:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)
Replies: 494
Views: 33780
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)

We suffer from a system where changes come as the result of government, dare I suggest Treasury, policies. True situations and technology changes but so to does our amphibious force. The Royal Marines and Royal Navy, evolved steadily making use of experience, the successes and failures of their own...
by marktigger
07 Dec 2017, 08:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)
Replies: 494
Views: 33780
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)

[quote="james k"][/quote]


like your normandy comparrison helicopters are more noisy than Dakotas, Halifaxes and Stirlings and slightly less vulnerable to groundfire than Horsa, Hamilcars and WACO gliders!
by marktigger
07 Dec 2017, 08:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 119819
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

If you have a company size unit deployed on two or three "frigates" where does the pre-landing briefing take place? The company does not split down into three equal size sub units, does the larger one, a platoon with Coy HQ and support elements, get crammed into one vessel with insufficie...
by marktigger
06 Dec 2017, 22:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 119819
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

by splitting a landing force into troop sized elements on different ships you loose "Economy of effort"
by marktigger
04 Dec 2017, 20:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)
Replies: 494
Views: 33780
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)

james k wrote:It's the only way to move LCU's and control the operations. No LPD then no amphibious ops.

marktigger wrote:and how do you plan to transport the LCU's to an operational theatre?

the LPD is probably the most efficient way of moving LCU's over open ocean's


or an LHD or LHA
by marktigger
04 Dec 2017, 11:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 119819
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

and what happens if Helicopters can't fly due to wheather, sea conditions, mehcanical failure, operational necessity I could go on. Or if the Helicopter ploughs in to the sea with the command element? the loss of 1 sea king in the falklands lost a large number of SAS. the loss of a chinook on the mu...
by marktigger
04 Dec 2017, 11:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)
Replies: 494
Views: 33780
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)

and how do you plan to transport the LCU's to an operational theatre?

the LPD is probably the most efficient way of moving LCU's over open ocean's
by marktigger
04 Dec 2017, 06:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 31499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

RN leader of the Wildcat program said his top two wish list items would be datalink and cabin fuel tanks like the Koreans have. It is not easy to make a first rate marinised helicopter. Here we have one, and spoiling it for the want of a couple of pennies' worth of tar. - and as for the army, they ...
by marktigger
29 Nov 2017, 06:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)
Replies: 494
Views: 33780
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)

limit their being used for amphibious warfare I think james was referring just to the CVF part of the op, them being OTH - as for the landed force that would be about 270 (until we get the 2nd, specially kitted-out unit on-stream... no one knows what that special kitting out involves; camp beds in ...

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