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by dmereifield
02 Feb 2020, 23:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1084657
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: 6471
Views: 640327
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: 6471
Views: 640327
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: 11685
Views: 1084657
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: 451935
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: 1932
Views: 239102
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: 451935
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: 1932
Views: 239102
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: 6471
Views: 640327
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: 4666
Views: 540749
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: 11685
Views: 1084657
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: 11685
Views: 1084657
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: 11515
Views: 1384043
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...
by dmereifield
17 Jan 2020, 22:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11515
Views: 1384043
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

"For all those thinking he has huge sway I'd remind you that his strategy of pro-roguing Parliament was a dismal failure, he literally ran out of ideas then, if it hadn't been for the Lib Dems and SNP giving the government an election, which he didn't do much to deliver, he would have been a fo...
by dmereifield
17 Jan 2020, 22:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11515
Views: 1384043
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

topman wrote:
dmereifield wrote:I think its politically impossible, even if it were desirable to HMG (which I doubt very much is), to sell one of the carriers now


People no doubt said the same about Nimrod mra4.


Not comparable situations at all
by dmereifield
17 Jan 2020, 16:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11515
Views: 1384043
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Cutting 50% of our carrier force doesnt exactly say "global Britain" - I'll happily wager it doesn't happen so long as Boris is PM
by dmereifield
17 Jan 2020, 15:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11515
Views: 1384043
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think its politically impossible, even if it were desirable to HMG (which I doubt very much is), to sell one of the carriers now
by dmereifield
08 Jan 2020, 20:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3319
Views: 374501
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Very interesting, according to the piece (as I read it) she will be permanently based there....
by dmereifield
02 Jan 2020, 11:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 256807
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

150 is seeming more realistic...200 would be a pleasant surprise, just optimism evades me at the moment
by dmereifield
01 Jan 2020, 09:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 522
Views: 94428
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

mr.fred wrote:
dmereifield wrote:
dmereifield wrote:8 years ago they received a contract, and thus far none have been delivered....


Delivered operationally I mean to say, which is a criticism of the Army/MoD, not BAE

What about Lockheed Martin?


Yeah, not LM either!
by dmereifield
31 Dec 2019, 18:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1084657
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote:Well we are only buying FIVE sets for the T-23 and once they are gone what shall we do with them. :D


Here's hoping that 2 + 2 = errr, 5, in this case
by dmereifield
31 Dec 2019, 18:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 522
Views: 94428
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

dmereifield wrote:8 years ago they received a contract, and thus far none have been delivered....


Delivered operationally I mean to say, which is a criticism of the Army/MoD, not BAE
by dmereifield
31 Dec 2019, 18:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 522
Views: 94428
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

8 years ago they received a contract, and thus far none have been delivered....
by dmereifield
12 Dec 2019, 00:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1084657
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A naval architect on one of these boards said that the length / hull depth ratio on T26 is already right at the limit and a stretch isn’t possible. Also there may be top weight issues with a top end radar mounted high, as t26s engines are mounted relatively high for ASW quietness I can’t find the p...

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