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by ArmChairCivvy
23 May 2019, 23:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82151
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I've heard conflicting information on that to be honest. Last I read said they were "updating" the datalink, but I saw no explicit confirmation of this Well, yes. Try to make sense of this (I would say - without the explicit mention being included - that they will get "there" in...
by ArmChairCivvy
23 May 2019, 23:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 86
Views: 7888
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

the ammunition for the L118 is bespoke to the gun. It cannot use on the 105mm ammunition with is why the L119 was developed for the US Army. The problem is its range is greatly inferior to the L118. A good point, often forgotten/ overlooked Further, though: - L119 is considered a specialised asset ...
by ArmChairCivvy
23 May 2019, 22:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17516
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

was attempting to do the opposite of bragging when stating that we use 105mm Light Guns at Brigade level. I know, was just trying to tease Voldemort (we used to have two Finns here... where has to other one gone?) into giving a rationale why his country has a 122 mm battery as an organic asset with...
by ArmChairCivvy
23 May 2019, 07:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4132
Views: 212334
Location: United Kingdom

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

" They were flown by three RAF pilots and three RN pilots. "
- democracy in action :)
by ArmChairCivvy
23 May 2019, 07:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82151
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

For example the French fly a more advanced radar [...] on Rafale than the RAF do on Typhoon. Well, this was answered already :thumbup: They're still using single way only, incapable of receiving from munitions and deployed elements such as the Meteor missile. F.4 funded, but will take years to conv...
by ArmChairCivvy
23 May 2019, 07:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9786
Views: 415018
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote: Part off me thinks we should go back to having a Home Guard, CASD

... you forgot the RM.

Picking up expats if e.g. the Gulf goes up in flames (again). A major exercise could be run off the Costas in Spain; to test 8-) the capacity
by ArmChairCivvy
22 May 2019, 23:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17516
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Remember at present these formations types in the British Armed Force use the 105mm Light Gun at Brigade level. That's nothing to brag about; Voldemort could tell us where they have their nearly half a thousand 122 mm pieces [tip: not at Bde level?] that are comparable to the the short 155 on AS-90...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 May 2019, 22:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 86
Views: 7888
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

You could allocate expensive NLOD units to augment the LG Regiments to provide some indirect precision fore support but these would probably be used more than the LG. NLOD is probably "S" for the last letter? Isn't the NLOS (Spike) that we have of about the same range than the LG? - but i...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 May 2019, 04:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9786
Views: 415018
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

decently capable Corvette sized vessel and build 5 Every time a warship class is designed for just one role then one lesson hasn't been taken on board, viz. that whenever this has been done, the ships concerned have always ended up doing something completely different. - moreover, what is in common...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 May 2019, 04:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17516
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

A good thing Jake reminded us of the project that is (for what reason?) very low key. AS-90 was actually one of the few successes in AFV procurement, but it should have been brought in as a 52cal weapon form the outset. Strange as the Army usually tries to future proof Not strange as mobility, to ke...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 May 2019, 18:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9654
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Plus all the Hercules equipment is going to be in use till we retire the last of the fleet. Or longer, as I seem to remember that aside from the manufacturer they are the only one allowed to renew e.g. wing boxes for Hercs. That sort of work was planned together with us and the ozzies for the respe...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 May 2019, 09:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41438
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

We now have a disjointed and inefficient although still highly effective Amphibious fleet and the current proposal is to add an additional two FLSS vessels on top. Clearly the outcome of the FSS and FLSS programmes will be vital in determining the effectiveness and potential of the LitM group and t...
by ArmChairCivvy
17 May 2019, 08:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104236
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

It already exists. 207. Isn't the idea that it will (at first) grow oversized and then whittle down as 8 (or more) a/c will go to any new Sqdrn being stood up? - I wonder when the peak will be reached? Once "over the hill :) " the number of qualified pilots should be sufficient for Ops (w...
by ArmChairCivvy
16 May 2019, 20:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212922
Location: United Kingdom

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

Pseudo wrote: and force them to lease them back on highly profitable terms to the hedge funds that would end up owning them

and his pal, this Ronald McDonald, would offer a bridging deal... for as long as we like. At Cost, +50% ;)
by ArmChairCivvy
14 May 2019, 19:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9786
Views: 415018
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

shark bait wrote:FREMM cost's around €1,000m/unit @ 2028 prices.
FTI will cost around €760/unit @ 2028 prices.

Not insignificant.

If you omit the cost of anchors, and their chains, you can slip one T-31 into each difference :lol:
5 FTIs and 5 T-31s for 5 FREMMs?
by ArmChairCivvy
14 May 2019, 07:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9786
Views: 415018
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tempest414 wrote: As I have said before in my book there is enough work on the MOD's books to keep 5 yards open. In general I would agree with that. The key is to make that sustainable in the future We tend to do stop and start: getting the T45s out of the way, in a hurry, to be able to start with ...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 May 2019, 07:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9786
Views: 415018
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The money comes with the investment, not the strategy (though someone in the Civil Serice will have to be paid to "look after" the policy In this case, a trading entity (of special kind, the alphabet soup for describing its status comes close to the good old COCOM): Director Ships, DE&...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 May 2019, 09:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9786
Views: 415018
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The gap between what a T26 can handle and what a B3 River can handle is vast. The OPV can't step up without putting the crew at major risk, so the T26 has to step down, taking away from already meagre forces available to defend the carrier task group. Let's face it, aside from our submariners (1600...
by ArmChairCivvy
12 May 2019, 21:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9786
Views: 415018
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Sir John Parkers idea with the NSS was to sell the T31's at around the 15 year mark, before their first major refit but I don't believe this makes financial sense. Just look at how much is being transferred from the T23's to the T31's, very little. The sophisticated technology would have lost the b...
by ArmChairCivvy
12 May 2019, 21:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing RC-135W Airseeker (RAF)
Replies: 80
Views: 7958
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing RC-135W Airseeker (RAF)

Leaves me confused...
the first one out, after 18 mths of upgrades

So did we actually have one (or more?) on Shader, flying and doing stuff (on Ops)?
by ArmChairCivvy
09 May 2019, 19:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 47763
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

abc123 wrote:I'm asking what's "WAKE DETECTION"?

Once you detect it (from afar), then you can fire wake-homing torpedoes into it
- ooops; we don't have any such
by ArmChairCivvy
08 May 2019, 12:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9786
Views: 415018
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What all this demonstrates is a wide choice of different sonar suites for different jobs. The T26 is specifically designed for passive detection in the open ocean, and equipped with the very capable CAPTAS-4 to do the job. Is there an opportunity for a frigate fitted with a modern compact active so...
by ArmChairCivvy
08 May 2019, 11:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9786
Views: 415018
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

can be fully built out of the (Scottish) rain. As it stands they will be assembled out in the elements. Strong point about the rain (and wind). It did include doing away with the separation (for these frigates) of activity across two different locations, though. No "we" didn't. As recentl...
by ArmChairCivvy
08 May 2019, 11:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82151
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Great! OK, Firefox with TopGun music to it would have been better still :)
by ArmChairCivvy
08 May 2019, 11:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275948
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Wisdom coming in, from all corners: - of course was planned, how can you plan a project without establishing a "baseline". For far too long, for convenience, the Gvmnt went for Design & Build, where they were sitting at the table (chokkie biccies with tea?), but let the other side esta...

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