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by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 09:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 66501
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Versatility is the key. If the FLSS hits the water in the next two years it should become operational by around 2023/2024. I agree about versatility. Persistence is also important as if you are not present at all, then you don't count... and ticking this point (in more than one location, at times) ...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 08:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 66501
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

a small crossover LPH/Expeditionary Sea Base


Nicely 'coined' :thumbup:
- small as in the force normally projected/ embarked (ferry function aside; as part of a larger TF)
- not small as for ship size as persistence is part of the core mission
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 08:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14968
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

what kind of formation I was projecting the choices into the BA army context: - bns/ BGs don't have organic artillery (attaching and so on; yes, I know) - we don't have divisions (and DAG was done away with a long time ago)... so in the BA context brigade-level (rolling off the 1 Artllery Bde barra...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 21:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14968
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

If we are buying specifically for the Strike Bdes (and potentially for others, like AI), then a couple of things don't seem to come to surface (yes the normal: high ROF, both precision and mass of fire, the latter by adding the limber for rapid replenishment, they are all good and they are there). -...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 18:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 28092
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

the current one is MAST-13 which is 13m long too big for type 26 Well, the A-frame on Hunts can, hopefully, still manage one (instead of the two ARCIMs) http://navyrecognition.com/images/stories/news/2018/may/First_Unmanned_Minesweeping_System_Handed_Over_to_Royal_Navy_3.jpg The frigate may be the ...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 17:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 28092
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

do they choose one capability, but loose another? I don't know. ... or, "blow" a hole through the whole width of the ship, using the void for the weapons deck (and below). Two boats suddenly grow to 4; - and they are not the only ones? - Don't know, how, along the longitude (that axis of ...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 16:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10504
Views: 873696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Timmymagic wrote:part of USMC joint operations when they are aboard


Agreed. And don't need to be aboard; just in the same area of Ops.
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 09:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 28092
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

the current configuration uses the available space very inefficiently. Weapon deck (as on IHs, the originals) was already mentioned. What has been done with that space in the modified design? - Each of the four stanflex positions on the missile deck... - before allowing for the connector ducting an...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 06:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10504
Views: 873696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://www.janes.com/article/91483/mv- ... -elizabeth The caption for the photo reads like it is a comment by Jane's and only the photo has "been sourced"? "The RN has been anxious to further MV-22 integration on the QEC ships to establish the Osprey as a credible maritime intra-the...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 06:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14968
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Andy-M wrote:and the AS90 turret
yes, the Braveheart version that we never bought.
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 06:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 28092
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

"The mission bay can hold four 12m boats for troop insertion". There is a drawing with a scale attached that shows the boat bay opening to be of roughly the same dimension, and if you look at the doors used, of exactly the same dimension: here https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/the-type-26-f...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 16:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

that said, there is some merit in improving offensive capabilities to the point where a potential adversary would be dissuaded from engaging Yes, so going back to the US Navy Survivability Policy for Surface Ships (OPNAVINST 9070.1A): Susceptibility is defined as avoiding or defeating a threat by u...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 16:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10610
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Thx, great vids! Reminds me of when I went, for the first time, to see the live firing of the gun... in 1968 :lol: ,- no, not the SkyRanger, the other one AND AHEAD was not around then, either, but have always thought that it is a v good solution. I mentioned the Koreans for 40 mm, the Japanese have...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 13:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

then the hulls may be more capable than we surmise at the moment Interesting point, as the only mention in that direction that has caught my eye is about bulkheads. Going over to the USN stds, they state that " The three principal disciplines of survivability are susceptibility, vulnerability,...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 12:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

NSS... review/ updating by SJP... publication withheld

Why? I suspect not because of negative aspects, but in order to rewrite it into a format that declares a "policy triumph"
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 12:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10610
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

My simple ROM for effectiveness of warhead weight on target if above figures correct Bofors 10 x 0.975 = 9.75 kg Oerlikon 25 x 0.75 = 18.75 kg A good one :thumbup: . Let' sbear in mind, though, that - AHEAD is only good against missiles, helos (and for keeping heads down, should we need to extract ...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 11:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

evolved in to 2 families that cover every ship class from OPV to Destroyer. Starting from the premise that OPVs are not warships, I would make a similar statement: - with the T31 and T26 hulls we can do that - and after the T45 retirement we would have great commonality (onshore training, support, ...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 11:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10610
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

If radar jammed or taken out, its a single point failure? The 57 and and/or 40 assume using narrow range azimuth EO/IR sights and would be of limited effectiveness if no radar available to give advance warning of surprise attack. That is correct. I was responding from the POV of staying in the figh...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 11:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

the concept of a low cost to operate high availability vessel. A good thing that the reason why we have them was uttered. Now, let's put all the extras on combat-worthy platforms. Rivers can still step in, in the same way as e.g. mine hunters do: for specific, assisting things, but while protected ...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 10:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10610
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:40mm stopping power out to 9 km
In the trials (as for LMM) extending out to 6 km was mentioned
- so the reach is also different (both much better than the 30 mm, obviously)
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 10:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10504
Views: 873696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

confirms that the F35 future EW availability and it’s networked sensors can make a highly effective AEW platform. Great for carrier ops, makes you wonder if Crowsnest was worth it. My view is that the F-35 will be great for a sensor/ shooter separation (helps with dispersal as well) in the RN - a d...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 09:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 28092
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

And if this space had a stern ramp it could be very useful Would that not take us onto the slippery slope of making it an ASW-ship (next: dampen the propulsion, make the hull quiet...and double the unit cost!)? With the "crane" I linked (it had all the different aspects in one image; NB t...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 09:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 28092
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Also note the mission bay under the flight deck, that is similarly sized to the T26 mission bay Without a deck crane how do you deploy anything from this space? This image (released by RR in 2015) suggests that the alternative "crane" can not only lift quite a bit, but also has a good rea...
by ArmChairCivvy
25 Sep 2019, 08:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10504
Views: 873696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Fine aerial photo @RFATideforce. Also shows v clearly the reason for a single (only) hangar - would have thought that there is space to have a two-storey arrangement, so that another Merlin could be ferried (and launched) e.g. in circumstances when Apaches for LitM will have moved onshore and vacat...
by ArmChairCivvy
24 Sep 2019, 15:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10610
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

a single point failure? Won't say anything about CAMM in that scenario, but as for 40 Mk. 4 "airburst patterns for new threats that were previously impossible to engage. The automatically loaded, remotely controlled weapon can also be locally controlled as a backup, equipping the operator for ...

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