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by dmereifield
17 Feb 2020, 12:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254434
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Short of a total economic collapse in the next few years, I really can't see this project not going forward after 2025, to full production. There is just no way that this country will leave the projected $250-$300bn export market for 6th Gen Fighters, to the French & Germans. That is just not g...
by dmereifield
14 Feb 2020, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371069
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Who knows, but it mentions rotating crews and compaeisons to the forward deployed T23 and the FI B2, so sounds like it'll be forward based there
by dmereifield
14 Feb 2020, 21:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371069
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Trent is "gearing up to operate out of Gibraltar this autumn..."

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... e-by-drone
by dmereifield
12 Feb 2020, 18:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11496
Views: 1371934
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Like a ring of slightly off balance steel
by dmereifield
10 Feb 2020, 13:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074174
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Moving over here from the Type 31 thread Right now for me all Type 31 needs is a HMS and a 8 cell MK-41 VLS allowing the class to carry up to 32 CAMM or a Mix of CAMM and Spear-3 something like 20 x CAMM and 12 Spear-3 would be a good fit for its task Ok, but not going to happen. Realistically the ...
by dmereifield
10 Feb 2020, 01:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6466
Views: 634914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I think the penny is finally dropping with some folks as to what a shit show the Type 31 program is turning out to be .. https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/only-seven-years-to-wait-until-the-royal-navy-gets-a-new-frigate/ Well no actually, if you also read the comments which I found more interesting,...
by dmereifield
10 Feb 2020, 01:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 236922
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Good luck to them, plenty of work for UK plc
by dmereifield
08 Feb 2020, 20:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254434
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Perhaps they are saying that other European countries will be hesitant to signing up for the Franco/German fighter right now if there is a credible competitor. Why not wait and make the decision later after seeing which is the better deal? Don't forget Tempest has two partners within the EEC so has...
by dmereifield
06 Feb 2020, 20:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6466
Views: 634914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Depressing if true
by dmereifield
04 Feb 2020, 20:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074174
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Are people seriously suggesting here that T26 with its 48 CAMM and Artisan is not able to provide AAW coverage for itself and close consorts? Even if the range is somewhat limited, 48 munitions vs as few as 16-24 for many other first tier escorts (outside of the US, China and Russia, at least)...
by dmereifield
04 Feb 2020, 20:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 536311
Location: United Kingdom

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

Phew, that's a relief
by dmereifield
04 Feb 2020, 15:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 536311
Location: United Kingdom

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

Are we not susceptible to the same?
by dmereifield
02 Feb 2020, 23:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074174
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It's not affordable for NZ, T31 might work though
by dmereifield
02 Feb 2020, 20:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6466
Views: 634914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Very interesting. Thanks. Still some questions about whether it will have a hull mounted sonar or not, and if they will receive ASM later in life (perhaps the 5 interim sets might be handed down after the T23's retire). On the Floreal point, the T31 will be large enough to receive significant upgra...
by dmereifield
02 Feb 2020, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6466
Views: 634914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I've been out of town and just got back yesterday and sorting through a stack of mail to find the latest copy of Warship World. It contains a nice article by by Richard Scott on the Type 31 and, given the publishing date of the magazine, was written soon after the contract was announced. Anyhow a c...
by dmereifield
31 Jan 2020, 12:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074174
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Any word one when we will actually see the T31 specs, officially?
by dmereifield
27 Jan 2020, 12:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4001
Views: 448594
Location: United Kingdom

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

A decade from cutting steel to in commission for the 1st T26, surely not
by dmereifield
26 Jan 2020, 21:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 236922
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

abc123 wrote:
dmereifield wrote:Germany holding up the often touted rumour of a second KSA purchase of 48 Typhoons

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailym ... urder.html


Well, they will probably buy Rafale instead. Or more F-15s...


Great :roll:
by dmereifield
26 Jan 2020, 21:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4001
Views: 448594
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ron5 wrote:
Jdam wrote:Still nearly 2 years away from launch according to Navy Lookout tweet :wtf:

The one guy in the photo must be the only one working on it :P


Did he have a tube of glue in his hand then?


No, for a high end escort you use silicone, not glue
by dmereifield
26 Jan 2020, 08:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 236922
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Germany holding up the often touted rumour of a second KSA purchase of 48 Typhoons

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailym ... urder.html
by dmereifield
24 Jan 2020, 20:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6466
Views: 634914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

So, the first T31 will be in service at the same year the 1st T26 will commission. 1st of class from both coming in at the same time (how many T23s will have fallen off by then?), but the other 4 El Cheapos will follow imminently, whereas the Rolls Royces are being hand made (cash trip-fed)? - 2028...
by dmereifield
24 Jan 2020, 16:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 536311
Location: United Kingdom

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

Isn't that the number heading to the US for red flag?
by dmereifield
22 Jan 2020, 14:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074174
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Maybe I am optimistic but I do think we will get a second batch of T31 ( mainly because they will be cheaper than the T26 or T45 replacements ) with a slightly better spec, but still will not make up for the loss of the 2010 cuts..T22 etc :oops: :oops: At the expense of the T45 replacements and/or ...
by dmereifield
22 Jan 2020, 13:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11678
Views: 1074174
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

RetroSicotte wrote:Given the Type 31 is an escort on paper only, it's going from 19 to 14 regardless anyway.


We don't know the final T31 spec, yet
by dmereifield
21 Jan 2020, 12:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11496
Views: 1371934
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I'm not worried about the QE, the FSS or any other new ship build programmes. They are totemic, and Boris has sounded off about wanting to increase ship manufacturing in the UK. I'm not worried too much about the RAF either, but I'm more about the Army head count and a number it's programmes. Hopefu...

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