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by SW1
13 Apr 2019, 18:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41650
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Does the RN have enough ASW specialist to just man the type 23/26 asw vessels or an excess of crew so it can put them on other vessels without have to take them away from primary assets? Not sure. But its a whole lot cheaper and an easy win to train some additional crew over a period of years to ma...
by SW1
13 Apr 2019, 10:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41650
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

If we can get another vessel to cover TAPS that would be a straightforward win as well. It should be a mission for the MCM replacement vessel (hopefully the Venari 85). No need for an escort to do the role. Does the RN have enough ASW specialist to just man the type 23/26 asw vessels or an excess o...
by SW1
10 Apr 2019, 18:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The french deploy the puma at sea and I think USN sealift ships do too.

Given in hot and or high puma mk2 will lift more than merlin in combat configuration might be an interim option.

The CHF wanted chinook got merlin due to lack of cash.
by SW1
10 Apr 2019, 17:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 61085
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

I would paying attention to a US army requirement in relation to what sentinel does. Sticking a sensor on a p8 is a poorer substitute. Sentinel support contracts have been really shoddily handled for a while mainly because some want it scrapped because there’s no money but it’s been far to much in d...
by SW1
08 Apr 2019, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The MOD said on the 1st Feb 2019 that the F-35 program remains on track and on budget and we remain committed to purchasing 138 F-35's Hahaha and such a reliable source on program numbers and cost they are too. See this is the sort of post that really pisses me off. Is it true that F-35 is on track...
by SW1
08 Apr 2019, 09:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:The MOD said on the 1st Feb 2019 that the F-35 program remains on track and on budget and we remain committed to purchasing 138 F-35's


Hahaha and such a reliable source on program numbers and cost they are too.
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 21:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82665
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

An different view into the insight of new fighter program selection from the US side

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... yf-23-lost
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 18:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

and another wing of F-35Bs at RAF Marham again with four squadrons and the ability to generate 24 aircraft for deployment either on land or the available carrier. Can’t see that many at Marham with the ocu there. I don’t see us ordering more than 60 across the life of the program unless it becomes ...
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 17:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Absolutely a useful and up-to-date example of a multi-national, short endurance, littoral strike Op. It would appear this is exactly what the FLSS vessels are designed to facilitate but even if a new combat boat is procured such a raid is not something a FLSS could manage alone without a Bay or an ...
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 11:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote:This is really worth a look.

https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/up-clo ... -partners/

Excellent job, well done @savetheroyalnavy :thumbup:


Good show case of a commando raid. Replace the lcvp with something like a combat boat littoral strike in action.
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 10:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Where and when exactly are we transitioning 2/3rds of the entire fast jet fleet to f35bs? The force has 2 operational units anything beyond that in any time frame worth considering (decade +) is highly speculative. Uk a/c numbers assigned to a Sqn are notional the numbers to worry about are combat ...
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 09:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

2030 (Tr1s) is, but only just, more than a decade away Longer than that, mid 2030s to be replaced by what tempest turns out to be. We are going to have to accept that a single squadron will be the most deployed routinely I do not believe we have to accept anything of the sort. As said if all the F-...
by SW1
06 Apr 2019, 11:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

You only have 1 carrier air wing. If you deploy the same Sqn every year for 7 months bet it won’t have too many members before too long especially in a force struggling with retention like the grey merlin one. For me this is why the F-35 force should go to squadrons of 10 jets with 3 RN units and 3...
by SW1
06 Apr 2019, 11:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 213673
Location: United Kingdom

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

India’s operate Russian equipment so f35 unlikely I don't think you have read the bilateral agreements for sharing know-how/ hard tech - it is all in place between Pentagon/ USN/ India - no decisions... such normally flow from a fairly advanced design (=advanced enough to be costed) The Indians are...
by SW1
06 Apr 2019, 10:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The Platforms based on the Enforcer hull are the right compromise for the UK as future replacements for both the Bays and Albions and would negate the need for one of the carriers to act as an LHA. I think it’s more a case of if the second carrier isn’t acting as a LHA it would be mothballed as the...
by SW1
06 Apr 2019, 10:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9700
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

There is a MS-110 sensor pod which is the next generation of what formed raptor, the pod would have options to perhaps add other things to it as well. It has the potential to be a centre line fit on typhoon, possibly also a fit to Hercules or voyager or reaper or p8 in pod form. Also the possibility...
by SW1
05 Apr 2019, 18:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 213673
Location: United Kingdom

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

Cheap slots, released by a buyer whose deposit was 'not accepted'? "Washington is considering expanding F-35 sales to five new countries including Romania, Greece, and Poland, a Pentagon official said yesterday [Thursday]" - India can have the carriers&harriers rerun: emals ; or rathe...
by SW1
05 Apr 2019, 18:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The Platforms based on the Enforcer hull are the right compromise for the UK as future replacements for both the Bays and Albions and would negate the need for one of the carriers to act as an LHA. I think it’s more a case of if the second carrier isn’t acting as a LHA it would be mothballed as the...
by SW1
04 Apr 2019, 19:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Seeing the photo, I actually thought that an LHD can never be a strike carrier. Actually, in the article they say: It can’t, but then we shouldn’t expect it to be. There is a requirement for fast-jet naval aviation at sea outside of the USN not sure there is a need for strike carriers. If your JS I...
by SW1
04 Apr 2019, 18:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

We have a F-35 capable amphibious warfare platform, it is called HMS Prince of Wales and that is the only one we are going to get. I am more concerned that we actually get replacements for Albion and Bulwark and the RFAs of the Bay class. The way thing are we could end up with a number of contracto...
by SW1
03 Apr 2019, 20:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Very interesting article on how Wasp class LHD's are being used in a more intensive way. The images alone are worth a look. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/27253/u-s-amphibious-assault-ship-in-south-china-sea-with-unprecedentedly-large-load-of-f-35bs Many aren't convinced about the need for a...
by SW1
03 Apr 2019, 09:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 670545
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Looking at the picture my guess would be due to the fact they’re using the weapons mounting pylon location any rotation aft may have cause ground clearance issues in the event of a tire deflation and gear strut full compressed condition along with potential clearance issues to the landing gear spons...
by SW1
02 Apr 2019, 19:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 670545
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Aethulwulf wrote:Is that an air to air refuelling probe I can see as well? It doesn't look quite right, nor in the right place. So what is it?


It’s flight test equipment, used to get a clean air pressure reading
by SW1
01 Apr 2019, 22:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41650
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

As systems become platform agnostic and put on smaller boats as unmanned system mature and become more capable the ability to have space a flight deck cranes and a dock coupled with an excellent control and communication system will become more important in the ships we have. It will mean systems th...
by SW1
31 Mar 2019, 13:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 594
Views: 36580
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Even better we have 5 such vessels of similar configuration. One wonders why we are playing about with other build programs Perhaps because one of the 5 is tied up, one is "permanently" deployed to the Caribbean (Mounts Bay on 3-year forward deployment), one is in the Gulf supporting the ...

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