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by Scimitar54
25 May 2018, 09:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RetroSicotte Wrote: Key point is tankers can't reach everywhere. The QE's aircraft must be capable of very long range strike without needing tanker support. Drop tanks are a key element of that. A buddy-buddy system would be the next step. In the absence of V-22s as tankers, its the only options. Q...
by Scimitar54
24 May 2018, 00:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I was only commenting that External Tanks would not remove the need for A2AR as was suggested a few posts earlier. In any case, it will not be possible to exceed MTOW and the use of External Tanks would also reduce Pylon availability for weapons.
by Scimitar54
23 May 2018, 21:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If they were to be fitted, they would of necessity reduce the maximum potential weapons load even if they were empty for take-off and surprise surprise you would still need A2AR after take off to get maximum fill ......... Oh! and probably on the way back as well.
by Scimitar54
20 May 2018, 16:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 31821
Location: United Kingdom

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

Without any rationale being given for the reduction in numbers, it can only be seen as a reduction in coverage. Before arguing that more modern = more capable and therefore less are needed, remember that "Requirements" can go up as well as down. In a world of greater uncertainty this is mo...
by Scimitar54
17 May 2018, 19:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 215106
Location: United Kingdom

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

This decision (if implemented) would create be the biggest threat yet to "Carrier Strike". The performance of the F35B as an all weather "Carrier" Strike Aircraft remains to be proven in actual service. This will only be known after sufficient operational experience has been gain...
by Scimitar54
14 May 2018, 02:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I have no objection to Having four of them! ............ Even though the lack of escorts & aircraft would be even more problematic for the politicos. :think:
by Scimitar54
14 May 2018, 00:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Shame that there will not be an HMS Duke of York in the picture as well :thumbdown:
by Scimitar54
10 May 2018, 09:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Since that is where it is mounted


If it was where it ought to be ....... on the funnel, it would have to be an appropriate size, or look even more ridiculous.
by Scimitar54
09 May 2018, 23:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It is too big (and mounted so low that it looks like it is on the superstructure).
by Scimitar54
30 Apr 2018, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Oh, and do let's hope that they won't have an LPD as part of the CSG, otherwise only the lowest speeds would be possible!
by Scimitar54
30 Apr 2018, 19:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

They will be the ones that we can't crew then?
by Scimitar54
30 Apr 2018, 19:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

What does a Diesel Rolls Royce Phantom look like? Or are they phantoms only in that they don't exist. And what bus routes are going to be suspended in order to make this possible. Let alone, how will the aircraft be able to be operated, or even stored? :oops:
by Scimitar54
26 Apr 2018, 11:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Super Hornets are not though :wave:
by Scimitar54
25 Apr 2018, 01:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 215018
Location: United Kingdom

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

Better be careful! If Arson is committed in a Royal Dockyard, it may still be punishable by death!
by Scimitar54
10 Apr 2018, 00:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105208
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

And we will have more vessels to protect. 8 most definitely are nowhere near enough :idea:
by Scimitar54
10 Apr 2018, 00:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105208
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

No it won't, because they will already have been replaced by these 8000 Tonne Amphibious Vessels!!!
by Scimitar54
09 Apr 2018, 22:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105208
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

And where would sufficient ASW capability come from?
by Scimitar54
07 Apr 2018, 11:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 381
Views: 19559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy SSK?

Artificially Limited
by Scimitar54
06 Apr 2018, 08:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 381
Views: 19559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy SSK?

And perhaps the next Repulse should be a Patrol Boat? Stop playing into the hands of the empty headed politicians who would like to abolish defence altogether so they could then have an excuse to do nothing about anything!
by Scimitar54
01 Apr 2018, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10028
Views: 674778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If it only it were true! It would give an indication that HM government was beginning to take Naval defence seriously. A doubling of the Escort Fleet to follow next year?
by Scimitar54
01 Apr 2018, 09:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)
Replies: 51
Views: 4158
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)

Very poor taste (as an April Fool)
by Scimitar54
19 Mar 2018, 10:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421637
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The GT did make the T21 very fast though :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
08 Mar 2018, 02:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421637
Location: United Kingdom

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

Fourth and Fifth will be Edinburgh and London respectively
by Scimitar54
28 Feb 2018, 05:15
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 215106
Location: United Kingdom

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

A Royal Navy Aircraft?

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