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by abc123
13 Feb 2019, 19:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 42021

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Aethulwulf wrote:R The words 'first batch' have been often used when referring to the current T31 plan for 5 ships.


Yeah, Type 45s were also "first batch"...
by abc123
13 Feb 2019, 17:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 42021

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

The logic of flogging Ocean to Brazil for a pittance and the nearly new Largs Bay to our Australian chums now seems even more idiotic than it did at the time. Yep. IMHO, the RN needs to stop screwing around and waste money ( that is in short supply anyway ). Stay with proven things. USN and Chinese...
by abc123
13 Feb 2019, 14:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 42021

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

And what's so wrong with two new LPDs like this instead? https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/38/Buque_de_aslto_anfibio%28L-51%29_Galicia.JPG/1280px-Buque_de_aslto_anfibio%28L-51%29_Galicia.JPG The way I see this going is that the LSS will be used mainly by SF and small scale RM r...
by abc123
13 Feb 2019, 14:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 42021

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

And what's so wrong with two new LPDs like this instead?

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by abc123
13 Feb 2019, 06:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 42021

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Yeah, Russians or Chinese will probably just watch this LS walking up-down the coast and will do nothing. Come on, even the Houthies wouldn't allow you that.
by abc123
12 Feb 2019, 14:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 42021

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

IMHO, it looks to me this is preparing for the past conflict ( Somalia and similar ) instead for future ( Rusia/China ). :thumbdown:
by abc123
10 Feb 2019, 12:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Panavia Tornado (RAF)
Replies: 195
Views: 18671

Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Maybe to keep a pair of them for RAFs Historical Flight?
by abc123
05 Feb 2019, 19:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 257
Views: 20060

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

Spanish Air Force first AAR with A-400 ( in Spanish )



https://www.defensa.com/espana/ejercito ... hter-a400m

As much as I managed to understand, Spanish aircrafts are able to do AAR since second aircraft they recieved. They now have about 6 in service.
by abc123
03 Feb 2019, 13:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420378

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

But could having less doing less actually be more. If we reduced escort ships to allow double or increased crewing it could actual mean we are able to equip, support and maintain the remaining vessels to a higher standard adding more robustness in the system as we’re not spreading the budget over t...
by abc123
01 Feb 2019, 16:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 31780

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

Any news about possible Wedgetail purchase?
by abc123
31 Jan 2019, 19:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 92
Views: 9623

Re: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:It can't have been of the Class that can hear when Queen Mary starts her engines in New York


Except if something like this happened:



:lol:

( just kidding )
by abc123
30 Jan 2019, 20:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214694

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Who knows if the T26 is going to win or even be in the running but I keep coming back to a central point. Why would USN want to choose a European design deemed inferior by most of its closest Allies? Why not choose the best ASW platform in the world like the UK, Australia and Canada? Will the USN r...
by abc123
30 Jan 2019, 17:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214694

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Considering that the USN in the past rarely bought gold plated top notch one trick ponies, but rather bought good enough Jack of all trades, master of none, but in numbers- Not sure I quite agree, Burke were for a long time the world leader in AAW, and are still the world leader for land attack via...
by abc123
30 Jan 2019, 13:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214694

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Considering that the USN in the past rarely bought gold plated top notch one trick ponies, but rather bought good enough Jack of all trades, master of none, but in numbers- I don't think that they will go for T26... But we shall see.
by abc123
30 Jan 2019, 13:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214694

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

andrew98 wrote:Because I think a Type 26 should be easily mass produced for $1.2b USD each.


You can't mass produce anything that costs 1,2b USD (unless you are USA or maybe China).
by abc123
29 Jan 2019, 14:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420378

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Maybe we should start discussing with other members of ASEAN the possibility of setting up a joint auxiliary support flotilla to support Naval operations, in the sane vain as NATO has with its joint AWACS, AAR and Air Transport needs. We would offer one or both Waves and possibly with one of the Al...
by abc123
29 Jan 2019, 14:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420378

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tomahawk - no UK surface ship can currently use it, so why do we need them? The T26 will get them (or a successor system) when they are finished. As for the sub-launched version - probably only useful against an opponent without access to satellite surveillance - rather gives the position of the su...
by abc123
28 Jan 2019, 20:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420378

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Well, let's see- Type 45- torpedos not installed, Harpoon soon to be dropped- probably not replaced, CAAM probably not installed, Tomahawk not installed; Type 23- Harpoons soon to be dropped- probably not replaced, half of them without towed sonars; submarines- Sub-Harpoon dropped, Tomahawks in min...
by abc123
28 Jan 2019, 18:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 61278

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

The USN announced $2.46 billion contract award to Boeing yesterday for 19 P-8As, 10 for the USN, 5 for Norway and 4 for the UK. The UK $507M, Norway $695M. "Norway ordered the five aircraft in March 2017. The project is expected to cost 9,825 billion Norwegian Krone (approx. EUR 1,1 billion) i...
by abc123
28 Jan 2019, 18:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420378

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yep. Especially because there most probably will be no future growth whatsoever, at least based on last 20 years of history of the RN. Just the opposite, future shrinking is more likely. Cynicism is all very well, but the reality is that most RN ships are continually upgraded over their lifetime. W...
by abc123
28 Jan 2019, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420378

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote:All three T31e candidates have no problem to have future growth margin.


Yep. Especially because there most probably will be no future growth whatsoever, at least based on last 20 years of history of the RN. :lolno:
Just the opposite, future shrinking is more likely.
by abc123
24 Jan 2019, 17:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5942
Views: 278470

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Could UK get the same "special deal" with the BAE pleeeease? :crazy: Maybe if we commit to a 10-12 order for the RN + 2 RNZN we might get a better deal... BAE is a business after all ... Yep, so the BAE will NOT fund discount for New Zealand. UK may do that, but I think that HMG has bette...
by abc123
23 Jan 2019, 21:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5942
Views: 278470

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Only exception will be RNZN, which has no ship-building industry (they lost), and still looking for two frigates. But, only one candidate. And it is only a candidat A better move would be to give RNZN a special financial deal on 2 T26s, forward base another RN T26 there and jointly man - this would...
by abc123
22 Jan 2019, 13:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1730
Views: 105300

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

And, can you please explain to me what the **** have Tsushima or modern Russian Navy with the Typhoon's or lack of anti-surface capability of the RAF or RN ships in the future when Harpoon is retired? After all, I really don't see that I have said something much different from your own view. And can...

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