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by SW1
12 Jun 2019, 12:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212838
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.
by SW1
11 Jun 2019, 23:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212838
Location: United Kingdom

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

It looks like the recent Japanese fatal F-35 crash was a CFT. The recovery effort seems to have ceased following the recovery of the pilots remains. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-48578178 A troubling conclusion seems a convenient scape goat blaming the pilot when we can’t ask him considerin...
by SW1
11 Jun 2019, 23:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27451
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

we’re building type 26 I would contend that, by building just eight, we are losing sight of that fact. The old yardstick of 10 C1 and 8 C2 frigates is closer to the mark, especially since we now have the carriers for the C1s (and destroyers) to looks after. Or that the old yard stick is wrong or si...
by SW1
08 Jun 2019, 09:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27451
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Caribbean wrote:I think that we should not lose sight of the fact that we will still need warships, in our enthusiasm for the flexibility offered by other hullforms



We’re not in the fact that we’re building type 26 and have type 45 which along with the carrier offers the high end fighting capability.
by SW1
08 Jun 2019, 08:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27451
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

As I mentioned on the river opv thread the sooner we stop thinking of the bays and indeed the Albion’s as dedicated amphibious ships more as flexible multi role vessels who’s role is dictated by what it carries the better. The utility highlighted is impressive we have the ideal ships but not the sys...
by SW1
04 Jun 2019, 23:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2765
Views: 141023
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Or strap some guns or rockets to modified landing craft it was all the rage about 75 years ago.
by SW1
04 Jun 2019, 20:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2765
Views: 141023
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I actual think this another pointer along a much larger trend. It is the moving of what was once an area for purely specialist vessels into one that is platform agnostic. Along with mcm capability, hydrographic and an element of asw the equipment we buy is now in iso containers not ships. The most i...
by SW1
03 Jun 2019, 22:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2765
Views: 141023
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

https://elbitsystems.com/landing/wp-con ... -TRAPS.pdf

Being fitted to Kingston class in Canada and apparently the seagull usv.
by SW1
02 Jun 2019, 10:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

So we should just reduce our capabilities because other nations use less capable aircraft in that role, by that manner we might as well say others use less capable vessel in AAW so we can with the T45 replacement it’s just nonsensical to take a backwards step when others are pushing forward. Someti...
by SW1
01 Jun 2019, 09:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

It will be interesting what comes out for ASW in the years to come but IMO the merlins capabilities here should be the bench mark as it is the current world leader any less would be a step backwards. Are we going to be able to get one platform that can replace all the roles of wildcat puma and jung...
by SW1
01 Jun 2019, 09:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 260
Views: 18981
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

Of course when you get to the 2030s such ideas will need to compete with, type 45 replacement, astute replacement (if the drumbeat is to continue), Typhoon replacement, rotorcraft replacement, voyager replacement to name but a few.
by SW1
01 Jun 2019, 09:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

26 troops isn’t bad for what essentially is a mid size helo It’s not far of chinook size! In afghan and Iraq it was down to single figures of troops it could lift. Theresa reason why after these experiences CHF wanted to go chinook but finance dictated otherwise. Most of its issues relate to its ge...
by SW1
31 May 2019, 22:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

26 troops isn’t bad for what essentially is a mid size helo It’s not far of chinook size! In afghan and Iraq it was down to single figures of troops it could lift. Theresa reason why after these experiences CHF wanted to go chinook but finance dictated otherwise. Most of its issues relate to its ge...
by SW1
31 May 2019, 17:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

But how will things change with helicopters will unmanned systems take over surveillance asw operations? Will unmanned systems undertake logistical operations? Will it only be troop movements that require manned platforms? Outside of chinook is the requirement to deliver a 8 man unit? We could have ...
by SW1
31 May 2019, 17:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 260
Views: 18981
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

Avoiding overloading the Amphibious thread with pics of RFA Argus, but the one below from a week ago is a great example of what the ship can give - apart from HMS Queen Elizabeth what other ship in active service can operate even this small number of helicopters? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7UOAZm...
by SW1
30 May 2019, 20:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

it’ll need to be maintained at sea or just decked ? If the former then how ? That's what the high area in QEs' hangar design is for. Do you believe LCU fast or otherwise is needed for first wave or just for logistics ? If the former then how ? https://www.mauric.ecagroup.com/media-picture/293-900-6...
by SW1
30 May 2019, 13:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The carriers will end up operating more like a uss America than uss enterprise. Scale of assets available are divergent in a big way with what people wish for. And seaborne only operations even smaller still. Until scale is properly accepted everything else is mute.
by SW1
29 May 2019, 23:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 49269
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I think there isn't any logical connection from FLSS to FSS... except lots of the same alphabet soup? Exactly , the design of the FSS should not be altered to provide specific support capabilities to the LiTM, but rather be tailored for operating with the CSG. I bring this vessel up quiet a bit but...
by SW1
28 May 2019, 22:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668547
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Does the "depth fleet" mean these airframes are the ones in constant maintenance on a rotation basis? i.e. 2 x 12 squadrons, 1 x 6 OCU then the remainder in the "depth fleet" in constant maintanace? except 3 x in 17 squadron. so 30 operational ? Depth fleet would be a/c undoing ...
by SW1
26 May 2019, 12:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 49269
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Is it just me or does that image have a passing resemblance to a variation of the tide vessels.
by SW1
24 May 2019, 19:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104421
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

https://www.leonardocompany.com/documents/20142/6864811/ComLDO_BriteCloud_Typhoon_23_05_2019_ENG.pdf?t=1558617753102 Leonardo has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to support a series of trials in which the ‘BriteCloud 55’ Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) is being trialled for operations wi...
by SW1
24 May 2019, 16:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82332
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The problem will be one of capacity within alternative facilities and how quickly that capacity can cover the Turkish supply chain being withdrawn. It will add more chaos to an already chaotic system.
by SW1
20 May 2019, 21:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9661
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

They had expected to move to mildenhall but that’s been over taken by events at this time. They already sold part of the site for housing and they intend to do that with the rest 6000 houses was the number if memory serves and a new rail connection to London means they will be very valuable hence th...
by SW1
20 May 2019, 20:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82332
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Seems to be a fairly relentless drip drip of Airbus nigh on begging the UK to come and play with FCAS. Not much from Dassault though... Is this: A) - A sensible idea, 1 has more chance than 2 B) - An attempt to get UK advanced tech into FCAS C) - Just good manners D) - The French have started to re...
by SW1
17 May 2019, 09:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668547
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

He’s the captain he should of known not to use it off the ski ramp

https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... ls-launch/

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