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by RetroSicotte
29 May 2015, 23:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 257
Views: 20059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

Kudos for remaking this one. :)
by RetroSicotte
29 May 2015, 01:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1730
Views: 105300
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

Political Ties Tip Balance on Rafale Exports http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/air-force/2015/05/23/france-rafale-uk-eurofighter-gripen-paris-air-show-political-government-dassault-gulf-saab/27582313/ Story is mostly about Rafale's sudden export success, but there are some tidbits ...
by RetroSicotte
29 May 2015, 01:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1730
Views: 105300
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

Typhoon Gains Strength

http://www.janes.com/article/51784/typh ... -can2015d2

Article summary - Typhoon is being promoted actively in Canada. Nothing entirely revolutionary written in it though.
by RetroSicotte
26 May 2015, 22:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76834
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN)

You are mostly likely right. Consider it just a concern that I wanted to hear more information about. Thanks for the responses, Gabe.
by RetroSicotte
26 May 2015, 21:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76834
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyers (Daring Class) (RN)

Maybe swap the existing silo's out for newer narrower ones giving a larger capacity? *shrugs* Not 100% sure, but the eventual 16 MK41 cells would slot in front of the existing silo, on the longitudinal direction, differently from the Sylver rows. The space reservation should be located there. It wa...
by RetroSicotte
26 May 2015, 01:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76834
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyers (Daring Class) (RN)

Something I've wondered for a while. The Type 45 is supposed to take 12 VLS silos extra than what it already has.

So...where on earth do they go? Doesn't much look like room to me on the bow here. Can anyone offer insight to things we may know?

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by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 22:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 214633
Location: United Kingdom

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

What I'd expect to see is the Typhoons swapping over to Meteor and transferring the Typhoon fleet AMRAAMs to the F-35's until Meteor enters service on it too. We already have the existing stock, after all.
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 16:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RichardIC wrote:All points accepted, but having so much riding on such lightly defended vessels still makes me feel queasy.


But they're not lightly defended, they're defended by a full carrier group, the single greatest concentration of firepower in our military.
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 15:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 716
Views: 58405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: MARS (tide class) RFA vessels

Pretty much. As much as Goalkeeper is a fun system, it is better to standardise.
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 15:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Why bother arming them at all then? Why do the Americans arm their own carriers so heavily when they have massive airgroups? Because their budget accounts for 70% of all NATO spending and permits them to spend more on two destroyers than we have on two supercarriers and an entire infrastructure to ...
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 14:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 716
Views: 58405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: MARS (tide class) RFA vessels

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oerlikon_M ... Gun_System

There is this.

However, Phalanx is already in large quantity, is supported by the US and pre-installed. Changing now would only cost more rather than a singular, commonalised type.
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 14:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1155
Views: 58830
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (RN)

I wouldn't worry too much. The conversation was a natural divergence from the discussion of Ocean's replacement concepts. This is often all interlinked after all. :)

If it keeps going, thats when we'll be happen to nudge it back on course.
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 14:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RichardIC wrote:I've got to say, it scares me that if anything gets lobbed at the QEs they're incapable of shooting back until it gets within a mile of them.


When would an aircraft carrier ever be in a warzone with no escorts and with no aircraft up?
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 11:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 55173
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

One would imagine that if any 9th C-17 was being considered, then it is to be decided after SDSR2015, for more than the obvious reason. MPA is a crucial acquirement not in a strategic value (despite that it is) but because the politicians up top see it as a "checkbox" that is causing them ...
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 11:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Invincible fired it's sea dart as a desperate response, whilst the Atlantic Conveyor took a hit that was meant for the carriers. The RN lacks the vessels to provide guaranteed defence, whilst the Flaklands showed that capital ships need levels of self defence. 3 x phalanx will not be enough against...
by RetroSicotte
24 May 2015, 01:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1155
Views: 58830
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (RN)

Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to see the SDSR2015 aim to retire Albion, Bulwark, Ocean and Argus to fund two new LHD's from BAE's design here. Would give them something to keep the construction time going in places that aren't the Clyde.
by RetroSicotte
23 May 2015, 23:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Again I'd ask, at what point were the carriers ever in danger to need it? At what point has a carrier ever had to use its defensive armaments in this way in the Falklands War? That is the job of the carrier group and the aircraft it carries. If you're relying on the carrier engaging on missile to mi...
by RetroSicotte
23 May 2015, 22:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

At what point was were the carriers in the Falklands in danger because it lacked missile systems?
by RetroSicotte
19 May 2015, 17:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Why does everyone keep saying less interoperability? F-35C could land on American Nimitz/Ford classes and on the French CdG. F-35B could land on American America classes, Italian Cavour, the Spanish carrier, the upcoming Turkish one...heck, any LPH in a pinch if needs be. F-35B has operability with ...
by RetroSicotte
17 May 2015, 23:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Makes you wonder how much stuff like targeting pods that's going to free up for Typhoons to carry once the Tornados don't need them any more.

Just a tiny factor, but it is there.
by RetroSicotte
17 May 2015, 22:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

For a given sortie rate, one large ship will always be substantially cheaper than two smaller units. Substantially. Depends what you are measuring. I suggested that three smaller ships (say 30,000 tons) would be more useful than two 65,000 tonners, while probably costing a similar sum to buy and ru...
by RetroSicotte
16 May 2015, 17:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 55173
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

Huh, that's something that's all too easy to forget, isn't it? You just see commercials and they all look the same and that size difference never occurs.

What size is the current E-3's platform?
by RetroSicotte
16 May 2015, 14:19
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 55173
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

The other commonality for the AWACs is the A330 AEW, the Indians are getting some. Commonality with our Voyager fleet.

Of course, commonality between MPA and AEW would be equally advantageous.
by RetroSicotte
15 May 2015, 20:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 20
Views: 3531
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

There was once a tank that could have fitted the bill by Vickers. http://i.imgur.com/coGupH4.jpg Vickers VFM Mk5. A 19-20 ton light tank with an L7 105mm gun. Speedy little thing. Info and video here: http://www.military-today.com/tanks/vfm_5.htm Was an entry for the American program that resulted i...
by RetroSicotte
15 May 2015, 20:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Avro Vulcan
Replies: 68
Views: 7208
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Avro Vulcan

Eternally glad I saw her at Ayr last year.

Videos do not do the sound justice.

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