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by SW1
14 Sep 2019, 11:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

If your deploying 4 or 5 merlins in each of these 2 groups then that is your entire deployable commando helicopter capability. There is then nothing what so ever to put on your second aircraft carrier. There is only 1 asw merlin squadron assigned to the aircraft carriers the other asw merlin Sqn is ...
by SW1
13 Sep 2019, 07:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 113
Views: 15054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Australia were keen if we went ahead with disposal they’ve now ordered similar but from gulfstream I know they look similar, but the MC-55A Peregrine are, as far as I'm aware, Electronic Warfare not radar reconaissance like Sentinel. The Indian ERJ based aircraft is AEW&C, it might have some gr...
by SW1
12 Sep 2019, 22:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

It’s a complex area and being flexible I think will be key. It will demand a need to be constantly engaged in areas we consider a priority simple because it can change so rapidly. I don’t think we can go barging into the domain with both feet without knowing what we’re getting into. Controlling the...
by SW1
12 Sep 2019, 21:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

It’s a complex area and being flexible I think will be key. It will demand a need to be constantly engaged in areas we consider a priority simple because it can change so rapidly. I don’t think we can go barging into the domain with both feet without knowing what we’re getting into. Controlling the ...
by SW1
12 Sep 2019, 19:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 113
Views: 15054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

abc123 wrote:Didn't the Indians wanted to buy a pair of Sentinels?


They bought and converted several of there own..... as have a number of other countries all using a similar aero configuration.

Australia were keen if we went ahead with disposal they’ve now ordered similar but from gulfstream.
by SW1
12 Sep 2019, 19:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6175
Views: 374939
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well done to Babcock I hope they now deliver.
by SW1
12 Sep 2019, 19:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 113
Views: 15054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/self-protection-deal-safeguards-rafs-shadow-fleet-460821/ Meanwhile, Roland Howell, Raytheon UK's director airborne ISR, says a Mark 2 upgrade activity for the Shadow fleet remains on schedule for completion during 2023. "We are working a number of opt...
by SW1
12 Sep 2019, 13:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Interesting new design concept from BMT. Could this provide another possible FLSS option to rival Prevail's MRV? https://www.navalnews.com/event-news/dsei-2019/2019/09/dsei-2019-bmt-unveils-ellida-amphibious-tanker-multi-role-auxiliary-vessel/ The specifications aren't clear at this stage but the f...
by SW1
11 Sep 2019, 13:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590719
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So why not isolate it from the hull altogether off board it onto a usv and/or helicopter particularly if your using it in the littoral and process the data on the ship.
by SW1
10 Sep 2019, 19:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590719
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/next-generation-unmanned-system-unveiled-at-dsei The new system is similar to a water-borne drone. At 13 metres long, the vessel swims around a naval task force, while being remote controlled from a rig. The systems can be used to identify threats such as mines or ...
by SW1
10 Sep 2019, 19:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 68184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Who knows, maybe Navantia will buy Harland and Wolff and the build a UK design in a UK shipyard (owned by a Spanish company). Harland and Wolff has a workforce of 130. And you don't just recruit a trained and skilled workforce overnight. So where do you get them from? Easyjet fly from Madrid to Bel...
by SW1
10 Sep 2019, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 37514
Location: United Kingdom

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

The Americans aren't bound by that constraint. They seem quite happy putting their Combat Air Support and Troop Transport aircraft on the same carrier. Why can't the Brits can't operate similar to their American friends? Because USN has 20+ CVN/LPH ships, while the RN just 2. They can afford to los...
by SW1
09 Sep 2019, 15:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 37514
Location: United Kingdom

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

The answer is the same for both of these and that is they operate under a CVN air wing, the USMC only operate a small number of F35Bs up to 6 when in an amphibious role that normally transfer to land as soon as, this is because they have the above, the UK won’t have that luxury. Yes but the uk does...
by SW1
09 Sep 2019, 13:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 37514
Location: United Kingdom

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

Why would you bother? Why does the UK need more aviation capacity when all the UK's naval aircraft can fit on a single ship? I don’t buy this as a reason, yes the QEs have the space but with the likelihood that only 1 will be available means it’d be very limiting in both space and location. Both co...
by SW1
09 Sep 2019, 13:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 37514
Location: United Kingdom

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

Why not an aircraft deck lift to the vehicle deck were the rubb hanger currently is
by SW1
08 Sep 2019, 17:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590719
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Good 3D/4D radar good CMS good HMS good soft kill systsem 1 x 76mm , 2 x 40mm , 24 to 30 CAMM , 8 x NSM , FFNBW 2 x Phalanx Baring the 76mm gun as opposed to a 5” this is what a type 26 will be equipped with at launch. Why you think so? When comparing OH Perry class FFG and Spruance class DD, appar...
by SW1
08 Sep 2019, 17:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590719
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Good 3D/4D radar good CMS good HMS good soft kill systsem 1 x 76mm , 2 x 40mm , 24 to 30 CAMM , 8 x NSM , FFNBW 2 x Phalanx Baring the 76mm gun as opposed to a 5” this is what a type 26 will be equipped with at launch. So how can one be built at a 3rd of the cost of the other? Acoustic quietening c...
by SW1
08 Sep 2019, 15:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Lots of new info here, https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/a-closer-look-at-the-littoral-strike-ship-concept/ The flight deck in particular appears to have a complete reconfiguration. Not sure I’m seeing a whole lot of difference to what prevail put out in feb ship wise. Does seem to pull together som...
by SW1
08 Sep 2019, 15:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590719
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote:just "more P-8". Many options are up there


Or buy more merlins.
by SW1
08 Sep 2019, 14:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 37514
Location: United Kingdom

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

A further update highlighting how flexible these fwd deployed presence vessels are. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/royal-navy-deploys-medics-to-support-humanitarian-efforts-following-bahamas-hurricane A team of 18 military medical staff will arrive in the region this evening and will provide eme...
by SW1
08 Sep 2019, 12:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 37514
Location: United Kingdom

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

by SW1
08 Sep 2019, 12:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590719
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Good 3D/4D radar good CMS good HMS good soft kill systsem 1 x 76mm , 2 x 40mm , 24 to 30 CAMM , 8 x NSM , FFNBW 2 x Phalanx Baring the 76mm gun as opposed to a 5” this is what a type 26 will be equipped with at launch. So how can one be built at a 3rd of the cost of the other? Acoustic quietening c...
by SW1
08 Sep 2019, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590719
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It should be remembered when type 23 entered service is didn’t have a combat management system and a number of other things didn’t work either, it has evolved over time to what we have today. So what we start out with is less important than is possible. I would add that from listening to and reading...
by SW1
02 Sep 2019, 22:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590719
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think there’s only a firm production contract for 3 type 26 at present. It depends how specialist you want to be you can over do it. The US did with seawolf and dialled it back to get a Virginia class which it built in numbers. You could in theory progress in a number of ways from here build the 8...
by SW1
01 Sep 2019, 19:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22120
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I were going away from a joint development with the French then I see little point looking past the Norwegian offering of nsm.

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