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by shark bait
29 May 2015, 15:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1743
Views: 136579
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Typhoon

Gabriele wrote:And that is before it eventually dies an uncerimonious death like TELEMOS did. A possibility not to be forgotten.


yes, that is my exact concern. All the marketing made it look real promising, it feels too good to let it fall into vapourware
by shark bait
29 May 2015, 15:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1743
Views: 136579
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Typhoon

Taranis was never going to be an RAF plane and isn't one. Its a technology demonstrator for the MOD built by BAE yeah I understand that, hence the pipe dream bit. Even though its a demonstrator there's nothing wrong with developing a bit further and actually using it. Amazingly BAE produced the dem...
by shark bait
29 May 2015, 15:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 285259
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

GibMariner wrote:How about these that the French are getting to replace their BATRALs?



looks almost perfect, slow fat ugly and cheap which is what the RN could use in roles where a frigate is overqualified, but this could do just fine.
by shark bait
29 May 2015, 15:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1743
Views: 136579
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Typhoon

on the subject of more orders, would someone like Malaysia be interested in some tranche 1's that we have no plans for. The money could then be pumped back into more tranche 3's, boosting the RAF and keeping the production lines open. Also Canada would be great for the typhoon, I hope its been pushe...
by shark bait
29 May 2015, 15:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1743
Views: 136579
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Typhoon

Dahedd wrote:
But part of me reckons/wishes they were pure FAA & the RAF would concentrate on the Typhoon (& Taranis)

Pipe dream I know.


I share the same pipe dream, especially taranis.
by shark bait
29 May 2015, 15:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1156
Views: 75672
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (RN)

Bays shouldnt go, they are proving to be very useful.
3 bays can be operated for the price of one albion, I would rather say get rid of the albions and order 3 more bays.
by shark bait
29 May 2015, 15:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4225
Views: 309398
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

I also thought the same thing when watching. perhaps hes dumming it down for general consumption.
by shark bait
29 May 2015, 14:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 285259
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

yeahh but paint it gray and fly the white ensign and your good.
I also think because serco chose that type it must be cheap.
by shark bait
29 May 2015, 14:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10477
Views: 864806
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I find it hard to imagine that if the MoD would have specified such large ships if they knew then what we know now - that the new carriers would be STOVL only with the CATOBAR plan ditched, that the squeeze on the Defence budget would continue for years, and that we (apparently) will be buying only...
by shark bait
29 May 2015, 13:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 285259
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

Maybe the simplest solution would be one of the oil industry platform support vessels which come in various sizes, but all have a long flat aft deck suitable for mounting a flight deck and hangar, with space for boats and more accommodation underneath? No-one could mistake that for a warship, but i...
by shark bait
28 May 2015, 23:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Taranis (UCAV Demonstrator) (BAE Systems/MOD)
Replies: 84
Views: 9954
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Taranis (UCAV Demonstrator) (BAE Systems/MOD)

An absolutely fantastic machine. I really hope it doest become one of those programs that just fade away.
Any suggestions for uses?
by shark bait
28 May 2015, 23:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 285259
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

Whilst we would all love to see more shipyards in the UK, it just wont happen, and nor should it. There is no way real shipbuilding can be viable in the UK without tax payer support, and frankly there are better industries to spend the money on. on the topic of more frigates I think we could all agr...
by shark bait
25 May 2015, 22:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 77377
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

P8 can and defiantly should carry and anti ship missiles. It would also be nice to see something like MBDA spear integrated in the future, for both land and sea targets. Its likely the P8 will be used in littoral and land surveillance, it would be a nice extra if it could also hit the targets by its...
by shark bait
25 May 2015, 21:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1156
Views: 75672
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (RN)

There are some very large boat 'cut-out' holes along the hull sides of the QEC's. Not the lift spaces, but specific boat area spaces. Maybe an LCVP or two could be housed in them? Plus, the carriers also have a boat pontoon built onto the stern. The carrier would sit too far away for LCVP to be use...
by shark bait
25 May 2015, 21:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 975
Views: 69806
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

pcrs as a modular system would work. the Karel Doorman was built in romania her air defences are 2xgoalkeepers. her hanger can take chinook. With the rolls royce heavy ras system i suspect the way ras is managed will change if you can transfare containers of stores instead of pallets it will speed ...
by shark bait
25 May 2015, 17:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10477
Views: 864806
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Shark bait I hope I've explained my reservations about Tailored Air Groups. A cynical view perhaps, but a justified one I believe. I think I understand your reservations. Its perhaps similar to my feelings on the tailored air group, the concept is sound, its the organisational structure and squabbl...
by shark bait
25 May 2015, 16:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1156
Views: 75672
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (RN)

marktigger wrote:will they be able to absorb her lcvp's


they could quite easily be lowered off the deck or from one of the lifts if really needed. However its an old fashioned technology and 4 less wont be missed.
by shark bait
25 May 2015, 16:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 201753
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: river I/I.5 and II patrol vessels

With just a 30mm peashooter these OPVs are limited in their use. A bit more imagination could have featured some harpoon and a slightly bigger gun, maybe a maritime version of starstreak. Without more weaponary if these vessels come up against anything bigger than a skiff then they could be in trou...
by shark bait
24 May 2015, 23:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 975
Views: 69806
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Image
Possible ship layout ?
The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea so had to make something
by shark bait
24 May 2015, 23:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 975
Views: 69806
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

apologies, I didn't see the modular part of you previous comment.
That would defiantly be the correct way to go in my opinion, maximise the flexibility and reduce costs.
by shark bait
24 May 2015, 23:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10477
Views: 864806
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

There's nothing wrong with the Tailored Air Group concept. It seems a much more modern and flexible approach at a time when we really need a flexible approach to allow us to operate cheaply.
Just because the Americans do it doesn't mean its the right way to do things.
by shark bait
24 May 2015, 23:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 285259
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

It's all hypothetical as nothing has been agreed but Australia for one has asked for proposals including UK build so whatever your opinion, it is being considered and has not been rejected out of hand. It is hypothetical yes, but what isn't is that military spending has always been about job creati...
by shark bait
24 May 2015, 23:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10477
Views: 864806
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

its all about managing the risk appropriately, and taking steps to mitigate that risk. 1st of all you dont go in an area where the risk is high if you need to, use f35 to keep aggressors away if that fails you have the T45 if that fails you have CIWS What are the chances that all of those 4 layers o...
by shark bait
24 May 2015, 17:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 975
Views: 69806
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

if you add in another hull dedicated to PCRS role or put a modular PCRS it would give a common platform......to sensible an idea for the MoD and of course if BaE isn't the prime contractor a total non starter! Better yet make it a containerised facility that could be swaped between hulls maintainin...
by shark bait
24 May 2015, 17:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 398
Views: 39761
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Merlin helicopters

From what I understand the merlin is a great piece of equipment that is already worked hard, and that is without carrier and AEW operations. 11 remaining does not seem like a big number to me, especially if there is a renewed focus on Russia and sub hunting surely we would not want to waste 8 of the...

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