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by SW1
12 Sep 2018, 13:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 31342
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Ahh the crewing numbers issues again!! For years we’ve been told that the benefit of typhoon and f35 is that there sensors are so gd that there pilots are now really battle managers taking on roles traditionally done by awacs. Infact f35 has been positively cheerleading that one of its great advance...
by SW1
12 Sep 2018, 13:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

ACC

You could argue that saif sareea 3 is exercising the uk half of the uk/fr force about 4500 personnel.
by SW1
12 Sep 2018, 08:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

A lot of the above is fine if your operating at scale. The uk is not! The uk would struggle operating above brigade sized operations now. So assuming the adage of you need a 3 to 1 ratio to displace a enemy in position any uk operation will be extremely limited in scope. Operation pallister is proba...
by SW1
09 Sep 2018, 22:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

One example whereas the counter (a more specialised case) of the Guards not being quick to adjust to an amph. Op in the early Falklands days to me carries more weight. Specialists can be generalists, but vv. it becomes more difficult. Not quite the same though the guards were pulled straight from c...
by SW1
09 Sep 2018, 17:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Repulse I would say global supply chains are much more robust that you suggest. There are multiple routes east and west by land sea or air. While any dispute along the route while generate initial hyperbole with a couple of weeks work arounds are in place as people will always want to make money! To...
by SW1
09 Sep 2018, 12:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82303
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/09/07/france-uk-strengthen-military-relations-but-future-fighter-jet-cooperation-not-yet-there/ Britain has asked for what started as a technology demonstrator for a combat UAV to refocus toward a study of “technology areas,” she said. That left the doo...
by SW1
09 Sep 2018, 12:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

“The real Strategic focus has to be Sea and Air Control of the North Atlantic and North Sea coupled with global SLOC presence given the increasing importance of global trade to the UK. Alongside this is energy / food security, anti cyber capabilities and a Space strategy.” This is were we start to d...
by SW1
09 Sep 2018, 10:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

This is sort of indicative of many defence reviews over the years, we like to talk about change we like to think we are being modern and making priorities and then we use emotive language to justify cap badge protectism and end up convincing ourselves just to keep the status quo and some other force...
by SW1
08 Sep 2018, 18:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Jedi

I wouldn’t in any way have a different view on the light role units left in the army. There is no room for overt light role forces on a future battlefield imo. The army units would go as well in favour of a 3rd wheeled strike brigade.
by SW1
08 Sep 2018, 10:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Scimitar You talk about can’t you talk about underfunded what ever way you want to cut it by the time type 26 is deliver the uk will of of spent close £23b pounds buying 6 type 45s, 8 type 26s and 2 carriers, 16 ships. You could of bought 5 LHD Canberra/Juan Carlos type vessels and 20 fremm frigates...
by SW1
07 Sep 2018, 20:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I’m afraid this is fast moving to fantasy land. Any notion of LHDs and the like disappeared when the Rn committed to two 60k tonne aircraft carriers. It had a choice and it made it. Repeated announcements have underscored the tasks the RN have committed to, that is to deploy a carrier strike group ...
by SW1
06 Sep 2018, 22:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Scimitar

Then I would suggest that 38b pounds is far from an inadequate or trivial sum to spend annually on defence. There is also a marked difference between what we need for defence and what we wish we had.
by SW1
06 Sep 2018, 21:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I’m afraid this is fast moving to fantasy land. Any notion of LHDs and the like disappeared when the Rn committed to two 60k tonne aircraft carriers. It had a choice and it made it. Repeated announcements have underscored the tasks the RN have committed to, that is to deploy a carrier strike group a...
by SW1
06 Sep 2018, 21:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 122
Views: 11311
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

The whole point of a training ship is to avoid disrupting regular combat ships, and improve availability in the core fleet (which is poor at the moment). I expect a small contract handed to Serco for aviation training would return good value to the RN, RAF and AAC, allowing the expensive RN sailor'...
by SW1
06 Sep 2018, 08:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212779
Location: United Kingdom

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

LJ

AMRAAM is an ejected store it is not rail launched. All bay stores including from the door need to be ejected to free stream to avoid the store impacting the airframe.
by SW1
05 Sep 2018, 13:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212779
Location: United Kingdom

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

Acc The term Gens are really a marketing tool that have become cool. Typhoon is and will remain capable of being able to attack targets with stand off weapons. Low observable aircraft have positives and negatives with there use and tactics of how there used and against what dectection systems. The f...
by SW1
05 Sep 2018, 08:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 122
Views: 11311
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

Some what of an exaggeration shark bait. Any ship working up can be used for training. Be it a bay a tide a carrier a river ect doesn’t need a dedicated ship. Pilots walking into a single seat f35 or typhoon now straight from simulator conversion. No ones expecting a pilot in a helicopter to go stra...
by SW1
05 Sep 2018, 08:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212779
Location: United Kingdom

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

ACC Not forgetting of course we have a number of storm shadow for first day strikes as well. But ultimately missiles aren’t the problem it’s all the other bits that support such a strike that will limit uk numbers here. Amraam will ultimately be the air to air weapon of choice as the limited history...
by SW1
04 Sep 2018, 19:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212779
Location: United Kingdom

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

When someone talks about low observable a/c “stealth” there are 5 main facets to it, RCS, IR, Visual, Sound and EM. RCS is what most people associate with the term stealth as it’s historically the primary means of aircraft detection. Therefore to say that adding pylons negates an F35s stealth is not...
by SW1
03 Sep 2018, 16:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

LJ It is and that’s what I mean by environmental considerations. As for helicopters if that’s what there expecting to do with helicopters great I would however suspect once a amphib deployment is exercised properly from the carrier especially if somewhere warm there will be more chinooks on deck tha...
by SW1
03 Sep 2018, 13:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Tempest This being a private forum and not knowing who u are was simply adding context from being in the industry side not attempting to teach u how to suck eggs. Would agree it is important it’s replaced and should of been prioritised when it was meant to be. Ultimately a common replacement helicop...
by SW1
03 Sep 2018, 10:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

LJ All the support helicopters are operated by joint helicopter command and are assigned as required. Merlins while better at sea would quickly be replaced with chinook any hot and or high. As for vehicles while viking offers environmental protection there’s not much difference between jackal 2 and ...
by SW1
02 Sep 2018, 12:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 31342
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Are Boeing still making the 737-700 series on which E7 is based? Or will we need to buy second hand airframes? Pretty certain the 737 production line will becoming a 737max only very soon if not already which isn’t the same.
by SW1
02 Sep 2018, 10:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103885
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Repulse That’s pretty much what I would do. Lordjim You can of course load up and ship out a light brigade pretty quickly I’m sure the Paras would say the same thing the question for either brigade is to fight against whom and against what level of threat. It’s a huge resource strain if you not goin...
by SW1
02 Sep 2018, 10:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 122
Views: 11311
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

As we have seen for some time now the MoD and services prioritise shinny new toys that shoot things over the logistics and support assets that make the whole thing work so if money is tight I can’t see the RN saying we’ll cut a frigate or destroyer to keep 2 tankers. I agree but we are now at the p...

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