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by RetroSicotte
16 Sep 2019, 09:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10505
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

Repulse wrote:Surely too many and there would be a real need to consolidate. The question is how?


Mk45 as main cannons.
DS30M as self defence.
Phalanx for CIWS.

Nice and simple, much cheaper on the long run. Doesn't require any new supply lines.
by RetroSicotte
16 Sep 2019, 09:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 385423
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Their's nothing to export. Foreign hull, engines, CMS, guns and radar. It's no wonder the 'e' has now been dropped! This is what galls me. It's a ship that can't fight, can't project, can't deter, and can't earn money. As I've said from the very start, the only purpose of this overweight OPV is so ...
by RetroSicotte
16 Sep 2019, 09:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1474
Views: 118067
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Lovely writeup on the things Japan can bring.
by RetroSicotte
16 Sep 2019, 08:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14769
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Of course those who want our next mobile gun to be as well protected as a MBT will not be happy or agree. Bit of a strawman, no-one has suggested that. Things like the AS-90 and Pzh2000 are not even moderately in the same universe as MBT level protected. The real issue is more having a platform tha...
by RetroSicotte
13 Sep 2019, 08:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114232
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Every major country that has ditched its tanks has since regretted it and tried to undo the decision. You always need them.

But 400 to 150 in 10 years. Good grief. Far, FAR too few vehicles. There's no depth to the fleet at all to account for casualties or loss.
by RetroSicotte
12 Sep 2019, 09:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 385423
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ah yes, "agile", the persistent word to mean "lacking in punch" for any military worldwide.
by RetroSicotte
12 Sep 2019, 08:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22679
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Excellent work Xav, thanks for the update.
by RetroSicotte
11 Sep 2019, 20:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10480
Views: 867695
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:PoW has a 29.2 knot target to beat, achieved by QE on 15th August 2017, south of the Isle of Wight.

Do you have a screenshot or anything of that speed record? The highest I have stored is 28.6 knots. Would be good to have the top one.
by RetroSicotte
22 Aug 2019, 16:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22679
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I mean, it's pretty clear what the GP one is doing. They're trying to make the T23GP less potent so when the cripplingly under-equipped T31 replaces it they can claim in parliament soundbites that it's like for like.
by RetroSicotte
22 Aug 2019, 11:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22679
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

dmereifield wrote:The article states that only 5 sets (for 5 ASW T23) are to be purchased...is that correct?

Would be a move deserving of harsh criticism if true. Going from 19 AShM capable vessels to only 5 would be effectively a 75% reduction in the UK's AShM capability.

Massive cut.
by RetroSicotte
21 Aug 2019, 21:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607235
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I just think it is kind of pointless to get too hang up on SAMPSON for a destroyer to be built in the late 30s. There better be some advancement on the radar front by then, or the Royal Navy will seriously be lagging. The article never stated they were. It's just an example of the capability to mou...
by RetroSicotte
21 Aug 2019, 11:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607235
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Really, something along the lines of what the Canadians or Australians are doing with the T26 as a general escort for the fleet would cover all bases, maybe with a couple of them with some AAW centric touches.

The Hunter class especially is a shining example of the potential of the hull.
by RetroSicotte
20 Aug 2019, 11:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 975
Views: 70148
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I had theorised for some time that the third FSS was being killed off to make way for the two LSS'. That may still be the case.
by RetroSicotte
06 Aug 2019, 09:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 286117
Location: United Kingdom

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

This is where if Boris was smart he’d... If he was smart he'd realise hes on the cusp of breaking the country he leads in two (or three) and cancel Brexit immediately, before committing to the old order of the Type 26s with a corresponding increase in budget, and then immediately begin work to make...
by RetroSicotte
05 Aug 2019, 16:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 286117
Location: United Kingdom

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

No surprise.
by RetroSicotte
05 Aug 2019, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 286117
Location: United Kingdom

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

tomuk wrote:The SNP and the unions weren't very supportive of the Frigate Factory at Scotstoun as it meant the closure of their beloved Govan Yard. So it wasn't entirely down to the treasury.

And funnily enough it's the SNP who scream the loudest about how the factory wasn't built.
by RetroSicotte
02 Aug 2019, 02:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 38375
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Timmymagic wrote:Weirdly one went directly over my house today, I thought it was bloody loud...mind you it didn't appear to have the high pitched shriek that Lynx used to.

Could be the case that the observation area had much thicker glass than it seemed.
by RetroSicotte
02 Aug 2019, 02:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 72801
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

I always thought ships had gaggles, not crews.

At least thats the word most appropriate when I see them come to dock and go out on the town.
by RetroSicotte
01 Aug 2019, 14:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 38375
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Had a watch from the museum observatory of Wildcats operating, taking off, landing etc at Yeovilton Museum a few weeks ago. Quite interesting to see up close. Surprisingly quiet machines compared to the Apache and it slapping the air in submissions.
by RetroSicotte
26 Jul 2019, 08:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10480
Views: 867695
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Old RN wrote:Not a bad combination.One of the joys of the F35 program is that all the planes are the same so in emergency the UK could buy any currently qualified weapons and deploy them immediately - such as AIM9X or SDB?

"Immediately" is relative. People still need trained on new munitions.
by RetroSicotte
26 Jul 2019, 02:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10480
Views: 867695
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

abc123 wrote:Also, what weapons are integrated on F-35 now? Just ASRAAMs and AMRAAMS?

And Paveway IV. They've been flying over Syria with them.
by RetroSicotte
24 Jul 2019, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607235
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

BJ doesn't give a damn about the forces. He still think he's just the Mayor of London. It's all he cares about.

Manning is always the big thing. But I'd like to think any post can always be presumed to be including that when stated. Or we'll be prefixing everything with "First manning". :p
by RetroSicotte
24 Jul 2019, 11:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10480
Views: 867695
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

There are 15 F35Bs at Marham, so assuming you could get 12 deployed in emergency that would be a pretty effective force. Real issue is which pilots are qualified for it, I feel. Only a couple have actually operated on QE thus far I feel. Going from "never touched the ship before" to "...
by RetroSicotte
24 Jul 2019, 08:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1474
Views: 118067
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

seaspear wrote:Would Canada be able to enter this arrangement and what would the requirements be?

Having any money for aircraft.

So...no, most likely. Unfortunately.
by RetroSicotte
24 Jul 2019, 08:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 286117
Location: United Kingdom

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

Dahedd wrote:No brainer really to use the T26 as the basis for the T45 replacement. Aren't a few of the Canadian ships being built more with air defence in mind? Or did I pick that up wrong?

Murmurs, no concrete statement yet. At least none I've seen.

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