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by SW1
23 Jun 2019, 22:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9792
Views: 415825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

a) presence of a ship has a lower footprint/less antagonistic than boots on the ground and can be more mobile b) there is an increasingly threat in key maritime areas such as the South China Sea, Horn of Africa or the Gulf - all of which impact UK interests. On point a, that it not necessarily true...
by SW1
23 Jun 2019, 14:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9792
Views: 415825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

But the UK wants (and IMO has a responsibility) to be a global partner it also has through its BOTs to provide security outside of the North Atlantic. As such, as you state 8 is not sufficient. Apologies in advance a long post but one thing lead to another This global mantra has grown out of a brex...
by SW1
20 Jun 2019, 22:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9792
Views: 415825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

nteresting priorities. A few more T26's would help in the North Atlantic but they would have little effect for a decade at least. Additional P8's or giving the T31's a true ASW capability might be a better way to go if the improvement is to have an effect in the near furure. Surely the easiest and ...
by SW1
20 Jun 2019, 18:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9792
Views: 415825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

nteresting priorities. A few more T26's would help in the North Atlantic but they would have little effect for a decade at least. Additional P8's or giving the T31's a true ASW capability might be a better way to go if the improvement is to have an effect in the near furure. Surely the easiest and ...
by SW1
20 Jun 2019, 17:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17586
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Much ASW work done while cruising at 20knts? Though it was more like 6-10 and quietly. I guess this is the reason ASW escorts "dash at speed, and listen in slow"? And these USV drones can follow it for only a short period. The escort vessel asw element is surely covered by type 23 at pres...
by SW1
20 Jun 2019, 14:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104388
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

It’s marketing every company does it we see plenty trotted out from American manufacturing that impress many the under lying point behind the headline is an interesting topic particularly sovereignty in this area. Cost is a relative term what cost and to who life cycle cost, proper maintenance cost,...
by SW1
20 Jun 2019, 14:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17586
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Much ASW work done while cruising at 20knts? Though it was more like 6-10 and quietly. These typ of things maybe deployed at choke points a day or 2 prior to a high value asset arriving or transiting an area or maybe used to monitor a large area of water where a constant patrol is taking place. It d...
by SW1
19 Jun 2019, 21:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82302
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

cky7 wrote:Didn’t think the wing looked like a cranked or cranked delta to me when it was mentioned the other day


The airbus concept had this planform.
by SW1
19 Jun 2019, 20:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17586
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Linking to my comment on the RM post, are we potentially getting to the stage that getting the 2nd LPD back into active service, which is capable of operating these off board systems (and smaller RM craft) in higher threat environments, more important than the two new FLSSs and even worth sacrifici...
by SW1
19 Jun 2019, 20:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17586
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Donald

Yet more evidence of path to sensors not platforms, like carriers have a variety of aircraft so the future will be a ship that carries lots of small craft.
by SW1
18 Jun 2019, 23:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82302
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The area I find most interesting is the loyal wingman concepts and the weapons thinking, more simplistic single mission, configurable, modular and could be introduced sooner and be integrated with current aircraft to move things only greatly in the cost capability arena. While there being shown wit...
by SW1
18 Jun 2019, 23:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82302
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Timmymagic wrote:
SW1 wrote:A cranked arrow first appeared with what was called the f16 xl.


You could make the claim that it really appeared with the Draken.


It was certainly a early variant of a similar theme
by SW1
18 Jun 2019, 18:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82302
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Inch A cranked arrow first appeared with what was called the f16 xl. It was testing a number of thing aerodynamically and how it affected the noise profile particularly in and around airfields relating to supersonic transport ideas. The idea with the planform is to transit at high transonic speed wi...
by SW1
18 Jun 2019, 18:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

I think it goes to the heart of what is the strategic for conducting missions that are not blue water mission which will remain the domain of type 26,45 and the carriers. It’s how the whole range of missions from security, boarding mcm, asw and the like is conducted in the shallows and choke points....
by SW1
17 Jun 2019, 21:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

starting point for a littoral strike group a bay, 4 such patrol vessels, 2 wildcat, 5 scan eagles air vehicles and 80 RM. would require considerable investment to make it happen. Sounds like a job for the LSS (Also not Scan eagle, go for it's big brother, the Blackjack (terrible name) ) Scan eagle ...
by SW1
17 Jun 2019, 20:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82302
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I appreciate that the Dassairbus is basically a plastic fantasy at this stage, but I can't imagine it will be fun to land on a carrier with that nose/canopy. That’s also the first thing I thought when I saw it. The other think I thought is all these design concepts look big. Not a bad thing but in ...
by SW1
16 Jun 2019, 22:27
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212776
Location: United Kingdom

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

A number of articles now reporting issues surrounding f35s that are making there way public https://www.defensenews.com/smr/hidden-troubles-f35/ Lockheed have come out with some answers to the list of issues. Looks like the supersonic issue on B's and C's will affect practically none of the UK's fl...
by SW1
16 Jun 2019, 11:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

Beauty of Archer class comes from its cheapness and simple design. Mk.6 Patrol Boat is much more complex and costy asset (more weapon, much higher speed...), which means either a few times larger cost (purchase and maintenance) or a few times less number of hulls. If mixing with Archer class replac...
by SW1
16 Jun 2019, 11:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

What sort of price per unit would you consider to be realistic for us ? If I remember right the Mk6 is around £12m per unit that comes with 2 x 25mm chain guns, several mounts for GPMG mini guns or light missiles, ramp and recovery system for pacific 24 rhib size systems and a reasonable radar set ...
by SW1
16 Jun 2019, 09:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

Wouldn’t the new USN Mk6 patrol boat fit this role and be a nice fit Yes it would. I do like that type of craft and it is something we lack especially if we looking at focusing on littoral strike/maritime security/choke point protection role. I would wrap it into a more strategic outlook both indus...
by SW1
16 Jun 2019, 09:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

With news that the UK is deploying 100 RMs to protect UK ships passing through the Gulf, If they are it’s an interesting development one role returning the RM to there core roots. Though I think it shouldn’t be announced in a Sunday newspaper prior to parliament but then those days I guess are over...
by SW1
12 Jun 2019, 12:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212776
Location: United Kingdom

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

You would think a plane as sophisticated as f35 would have a override to protect the pilot and get to steady level flight like others do. There aren't any that deploy automatically though, the MiG-29 one was a button press that resulted in a wings level, low rate of climb. But it still needed the p...
by SW1
12 Jun 2019, 12:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212776
Location: United Kingdom

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

A number of articles now reporting issues surrounding f35s that are making there way public

https://www.defensenews.com/smr/hidden-troubles-f35/
by SW1
12 Jun 2019, 12:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212776
Location: United Kingdom

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

downsizer wrote:Potential hypoxia?


Given there has been a number of incidents of it reported it may well have occurred seem strange to rule on CFiT so definitely.

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