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by Gabriele
29 Nov 2018, 10:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 271
Views: 31943
Location: Italy

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

I have no clue where that rumor came from. The FMS approval for up to 2747 vehicles had a unitary price of 376,775 USD, and it included quite a lot of extras, as always with FMS authorizations which tend to aim for the stars as it is easier to buy less than authorized than seek a new authorization, ...
by Gabriele
26 Nov 2018, 09:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1151
Views: 109315
Location: Italy

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

It will also achieve logistical commonality with the Type 23 CSP, which also get the 4000, and with the Type 26.

That can't be a bad thing.
by Gabriele
25 Nov 2018, 19:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 17457
Location: Italy

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

Isn't it covered by a big white radome these days?
by Gabriele
22 Nov 2018, 23:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 305114
Location: Italy

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

HMS Liverpool for me.

Liverpool's role in the Battle of the Atlantic was huge, even though the cruiser with the same name didn't have a service life long enough to gain an Atlantic battle honor.
by Gabriele
22 Nov 2018, 08:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10686
Views: 928168
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:Another model of HMNB Portsmouth with both QE Class at home. Borrowed from HMNB Portsmouth FB page.

HMNBPompey1.jpg


Unfortunately D lock mods and modifications to northern jetty to create a QE dock have vanished since last year... guess there is not a penny for that.
by Gabriele
19 Nov 2018, 10:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1156
Views: 81299
Location: Italy

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)

4 LCVPs were sold along with her.
by Gabriele
16 Nov 2018, 09:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10686
Views: 928168
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

They are merely sticking to the planned procurement profile established with Main Gate 5 and already reported on by the NAO. BK-36 to BK-42 follow in Lot 15 with BK-43 to BK-48 in Lot 16. By January 2025, if there are no delays to deliveries, the 48 will have been handed over. 48 enough for 4 Squadr...
by Gabriele
16 Nov 2018, 09:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10709
Views: 663645
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I hope one day someone will explain why to operate closer inshore you have to be less equipped, not more. You are basically going up threat, exposing yourself to even more potential dangers, but going in with less instruments to return fire effectively. How is that not a contradiction? I find certai...
by Gabriele
13 Nov 2018, 21:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1495
Views: 130419
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

US may buy it too since they are struggling to develop the successor AAM to ARMRAAM. I'm not sure they are struggling. They are saying very little about the ongoing programmes for new AAMs, but the programmes exist and are ongoing. Anyway, having JNAAM ready soon would obviously be a good thing for...
by Gabriele
09 Nov 2018, 09:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle
Replies: 127
Views: 22558
Location: Italy

Re: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle

There are two 1-year options on top of the 3-years deal for 44.000, so one can hope that in time all the L85s are upgraded. The full lenght rail on top is fundamental for what the army aims to do with fused sights and in-line sights.
by Gabriele
07 Nov 2018, 17:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 147358
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

33 coming onto market from Germany; some from Austria. Spain? Italy? They have been pitched to everybody and their dog in these years. There's even been a report of Italy offering its own to Pakistan, of all places. Nobody has ever seriously considered taking them up, and i wonder if a single one w...
by Gabriele
07 Nov 2018, 14:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 147358
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Good news on one side; confirmation of just what a rip-off Tranche 1 is on the other.

And one goddamn third of the RAF fleet is made up of those unupgradeable expensive things.
by Gabriele
04 Nov 2018, 17:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10686
Views: 928168
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Out of memory, they are four decks up from the water when in the bottom position. Waves of 12 or more meters would be needed.
by Gabriele
04 Nov 2018, 17:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 336933
Location: Italy

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

Typhoon at half the F-35 price is describable only as bullshit, pure and simple.
by Gabriele
03 Nov 2018, 20:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 336933
Location: Italy

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

Kind reminder that the 9 billion include the early 1.9 billion contribution to design phase which is a one-off. Also included are hundreds of millions of RAF Marham infrastructure. These costs would not be part of future purchases, among with others.
by Gabriele
30 Oct 2018, 09:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 305114
Location: Italy

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

In the same way they got their hands on the Iveco SuperAV for the USMC 8x8 requirement. BAE needed a good product, ready now, and Italy needed a big partner with real US clout.
by Gabriele
29 Oct 2018, 12:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10686
Views: 928168
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The 3 boats for Prince of Wales will use the same catamaran hullform of the new fleet of common-hull Workboats covering a multitude of roles. I wonder if they will be a bit less "port shuttle" and a bit more rough, to serve, if not as landing craft proper, as boats useful to land Marines a...
by Gabriele
27 Oct 2018, 14:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1495
Views: 130419
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

once sufficient B


The key word that i think is about to be shamelessly binned with the RAF jumping up on the A train and dumping the whole thing in the shit.
by Gabriele
27 Oct 2018, 13:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1495
Views: 130419
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I just can't see how the two Tranche 1 squadrons can live on to 2030 to wait for Tempest IF F-35 purchases are not curtailed. Re-equipping the two Tranche 1 squadrons with F-35 would seem to be the most logical thing, if not literally the only chance to do anything. Where is the manpower going to co...
by Gabriele
26 Oct 2018, 17:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10709
Views: 663645
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Shepard News reports that the UK will follow the US lead on Tomahawk modernisation, adopting the Maritime Strike package with moving anti-ship seeker. That is huge. Restores a long range anti-ship capability to the submarines and solves the ASM problem for Type 26, if VL missiles for MK41 are procur...
by Gabriele
25 Oct 2018, 09:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6195
Views: 415491
Location: Italy

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well, it has to stay in service at least out to 2036 just for the Type 23, and possibly longer for the 45s, so...
by Gabriele
25 Oct 2018, 09:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 114
Views: 18274
Location: Italy

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

The 5th is not coming back. The twitter "ISR Manager" who posted that slide has confirmed that it is not current, but refers to SDSR changes. The removal of the 5th Sentinel was successive.

In other words, historical interest only. Don't read too much in it.
by Gabriele
24 Oct 2018, 16:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 114
Views: 18274
Location: Italy

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

It's been only months since they downsized the fleet and reduced the number of crews. I struggle to believe that the 5th is coming back. That slide is more than a little puzzling.
by Gabriele
17 Oct 2018, 15:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 595
Views: 52265
Location: Italy

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

That assumes that you have a friendly airport available And that from said airport you can deploy the system to an appropriate mothership or a point on the shore near enough to the minefield to be within range of the USV control. Range is not unlimited. The ability of Type 26 to deploy a USV to loc...
by Gabriele
13 Oct 2018, 13:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 595
Views: 52265
Location: Italy

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Interesting option from France as MAURIC & ECA Group unveil OCTOPODA range of MCM motherships carrying unmanned systems. https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2018/october-2018-navy-naval-defense-news/6549-mauric-eca-group-unveil-octopoda-range-of-mcm-motherships-carrying-...

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