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by dmereifield
15 Apr 2020, 11:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 536266
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

The UK carriers will almost always carry USMC jets and at this time the USMC are looking to dedicate one of it F-35B sqn's to the UK carriers as for the first deployment of 8 x 8 =16 5th gen jets in anyone's back yard is not to be taken lightly this will grow to 12 x 12 24 jets as a norm in the com...
by dmereifield
15 Apr 2020, 00:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 536266
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

The UK carriers will almost always carry USMC jets and at this time the USMC are looking to dedicate one of it F-35B sqn's to the UK carriers as for the first deployment of 8 x 8 =16 5th gen jets in anyone's back yard is not to be taken lightly this will grow to 12 x 12 24 jets as a norm in the com...
by dmereifield
14 Apr 2020, 09:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 536266
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

I don't remember it being confirmed anywhere but then again my memory ain't what it used to be, but according to RAdm Mike Utley via Richard Scott, the initial Queen Elizabeth deployment is planned to be with 16 F-35B's plus 4 Merlin ASW & 3 Merlin Crowsnest with additional Merlin Mk 4's embark...
by dmereifield
14 Apr 2020, 00:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 536266
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

I don't remember it being confirmed anywhere but then again my memory ain't what it used to be, but according to RAdm Mike Utley via Richard Scott, the initial Queen Elizabeth deployment is planned to be with 16 F-35B's plus 4 Merlin ASW & 3 Merlin Crowsnest with additional Merlin Mk 4's embark...
by dmereifield
23 Mar 2020, 11:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 61088
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

shark bait wrote:
Dahedd wrote:I think this disaster presents the Govt with a perfect opportunity to get 1 or 2 built

Very wishful thinking. In a years time people still wont case about shipbuilding, let alone a hospital ship.


But the current Government will, and they'll have means and motive to do it
by dmereifield
22 Mar 2020, 19:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 61088
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

RFA Argus departed Devonport this afternoon...
by dmereifield
19 Mar 2020, 14:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1129
Views: 158830
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Doesn't sound that bad. It still sound like a big stores ship, with a couple of fancy features to bolt on other tasks. A big vehicle deck is still able to hold stores for a carrier after all. It sounds possible to build a multi role vessel that doesn't compromise the replenishment capability too mu...
by dmereifield
18 Mar 2020, 23:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 61088
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

RFA Argus likely to be utilised surely?
by dmereifield
17 Mar 2020, 23:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 61088
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Won't believe it until we see it being laid down
by dmereifield
12 Mar 2020, 16:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 61088
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

inch wrote:Wouldn't surprise me After all this coronovirus crisis ends the government might build a hospital ship for spare capacity in emergency


Certainly would have come in handy now
by dmereifield
12 Mar 2020, 06:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254415
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Probably, sadly
by dmereifield
12 Mar 2020, 00:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254415
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Interesting
by dmereifield
07 Mar 2020, 21:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371048
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

interested to find out where they will all be based
by dmereifield
07 Mar 2020, 12:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254415
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

inch wrote:Could it be just 48 in total and sell one carrier ?


How does that work with HMGs global Britain vision? No large visible cuts like that, or anything that would cause such reputational damage with key allies, is forthcoming
by dmereifield
28 Feb 2020, 07:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074089
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Depressing
by dmereifield
27 Feb 2020, 22:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1371838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Gonna need a large balance, too
by dmereifield
24 Feb 2020, 12:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074089
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

"Only" 48 SAM?
by dmereifield
23 Feb 2020, 13:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074089
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Sounds good but how much cheaper would a non ASW optimised T26 be over an ASW optimised T26?
by dmereifield
22 Feb 2020, 08:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074089
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A mere 1.5% of the cost of a railway line so you can get to Manchester 15 minutes quicker to satisfy all those tens of people that say they just have to get to Manchester 15 minutes quicker. Or the price of maybe 3 Tempests and their unmanned sidekicks. Or 1 Astute. Or 10% of a Successor. Seems che...
by dmereifield
21 Feb 2020, 14:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074089
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Are we really saying that the MoD/RN can afford a T26 modified AAW specialist, if it keeps the T26 ASW optimizations (sans tail)? We can barely afford them as is, if you make them larger, add more MK41 and a larger mast and more expensive radar, how much will they cost? £1-1.5bn? How many could we a...
by dmereifield
19 Feb 2020, 11:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074089
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Hmm, do you mean Arrowhead as a "low risk T45 replacement"? I'm pretty skeptical if the Babcock Rosyth site survives as an escort builder till T45 replacement comes. How can they? Also, if it happens, it means BAES Clyde will simply die. If you mean T26 hull as T45-R base hull, then may b...
by dmereifield
18 Feb 2020, 22:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254415
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Germany is unlikely to leave at this point. They have openly acknowledged that France gets the lead and the majority workshare/design influence already. It's assured by that Germany gets the lead and the majority workshare on the new MBT in return to make up for it. Until they get into the MBT proj...
by dmereifield
17 Feb 2020, 13:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 152
Views: 44187
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Really, did I miss that it just forget, have we officially ordered them?
by dmereifield
17 Feb 2020, 13:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254415
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Hope you're right, but I'm pessimistic on this one
by dmereifield
17 Feb 2020, 12:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 152
Views: 44187
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

UK should be buying some!

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