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by Gabriele
17 Oct 2018, 15:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 594
Views: 37037
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: 594
Views: 37037
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-...
by Gabriele
30 Sep 2018, 23:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3840
Views: 216025
Location: Italy

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

Manchester will be there for sure. Liverpool has to be in as well. Edinburgh is still a good bet, even though the simple fact that the SNP has a habit of claiming ownership of anything named for a Scotland something makes me want not to use it...
by Gabriele
29 Sep 2018, 09:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1385
Views: 83820
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The UK controlled a BAC 111 and three simulated ucavs from a Tornado all the way back in 2007. Hope the know how has not been squandered.
by Gabriele
28 Sep 2018, 20:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 690
Views: 52224
Location: Italy

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

The article implies that the T23 LEP included also a new CMS; was that dropped at the implementation stage? It is progressing, as far as i know. It is a DNA2 product on the new Common Shared Infrastructure that began to enter use in 2014, first on HMS Ocean as part of her last refit then on HMS Mon...
by Gabriele
25 Sep 2018, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105743
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Important video on the future of amphibious capability. The Littoral Strike Group in its new form is planned to be tested in 2022 (second major deployment for the carrier) and the group must have LPDs and "RFAs", according to Colonel Lenny Brown Royal Marines, who mentions how important th...
by Gabriele
24 Sep 2018, 14:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68713
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

There are no established Recovery and Repair variants for Boxer as of yet. There might be ideas, even "designs" (there are various levels of design maturity, however, and that would be a long discussion), but nobody has yet procured any recovery or repair variant. According to some reports...
by Gabriele
20 Sep 2018, 22:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68713
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Better. Crew doesn't need to dismount and it has traverse. Archer is a wheeled self-propelled howitzer. CAESAR is an auto-cannon, aka a cannon stitched on the back of a truck. Literally.
by Gabriele
20 Sep 2018, 22:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 48531
Location: Italy

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

The Specials want 3 of the latest SEAL Swimmers Delivery Vehicle, the MK11, to replace the old ones. Will go into the Astute class CHALFONT dry deck shelters. http://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files ... 8-36_0.pdf

Just in time, too, as CHALFONT Sqn is formed up within Fleet Diving Group.
by Gabriele
20 Sep 2018, 21:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9849
Views: 424380
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I have no clue how to read that notice. It makes no sense. The UK has 41 mounts, not 50, and most of them should already be at that standard. 5 mounts were purchased new recently and i assume they were delivered at the latest standards, the others have been upgraded (quite slowly, in truth) over the...
by Gabriele
20 Sep 2018, 21:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68713
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Seriously, the baseline CAESAR is little better, and in some ways even worse, than a towed howitzer with a good towing vehicle. I don't know why anyone should ever bother with that. Almost no traverse at all; crew has to dismount and operate in the open like for a towed gun; road mobility good, but ...
by Gabriele
20 Sep 2018, 20:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68713
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

My guess for MFP is a small order for the French Caesar artillery system. The BA have been trialing it for ever. Holy crap, i hope not. That would be absolutely underwhelming. By the sound of it, MPS is now officially about replacing AS90 as well. What this might mean, in practice, is that entry in...
by Gabriele
19 Sep 2018, 22:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 49907
Location: Italy

Re: Section infantry weapons

Don't hand-fired rocket rounds provide alternatives in illumination that are lighter than both mortar rounds and, god forbin, CG round?
by Gabriele
16 Sep 2018, 18:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216009
Location: Italy

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

Production contracts are all negotiated by the DoD on behalf of everyone, year after year. As such, formal production contracts are not yet in place. Even long lead contracts for the later lots aren't yet in place. The next one to be announced will be LRIP 11 contract, containing 1 british F-35B. Lo...
by Gabriele
14 Sep 2018, 12:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68713
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I'm afraid the army definitely is a big part of the problem. If army 2020 and Ajax show something, that something is how confused the army is about what it wants to do.
by Gabriele
11 Sep 2018, 21:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 49907
Location: Italy

Re: Section infantry weapons

The British Army in the field operates around battlegroups.


Like mostly everyone else, but with the misplaced belief of being masters of something esoteric and special.
by Gabriele
05 Sep 2018, 18:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216009
Location: Italy

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

Both ASRAAM and the AIM-9X have a lock on after launch capability so can be launched form an internal weapons bay if needed. They do, but they have the same problem that Brimstone has: they are rail launched. AMRAAM and Meteor are ejected before their rocket fires, ASRAAM no. You could adapt the we...
by Gabriele
03 Sep 2018, 07:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105743
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

They are sending a bunch of Jackals to Norway. With trailers, apparently. Trailers being the most innovative strike thing they could come up with.
by Gabriele
02 Sep 2018, 18:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 308
Views: 26028
Location: Italy

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Next year should be a lot better already, though. More complex F-35 trials, and almost certainly more jets on board. Apache will finally go on as well.
by Gabriele
30 Aug 2018, 21:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216009
Location: Italy

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

It's a bit more than a hope, actually, with some contracts already signed.
by Gabriele
30 Aug 2018, 09:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 122
Views: 11541
Location: Italy

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

Keeping a singleton would make little sense. If they go, they'll both go.
by Gabriele
30 Aug 2018, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 122
Views: 11541
Location: Italy

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

They sold Largs Bay to save 12 million a year, i'll remind you...
by Gabriele
30 Aug 2018, 09:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 122
Views: 11541
Location: Italy

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

Definitely the first thing to do if cuts can't be avoided. The loss of the Waves at this time would cause minimum damage anyway.
by Gabriele
25 Aug 2018, 18:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5949
Views: 280623
Location: Italy

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

There are always 3 extra sets of radars and CAMM purchased for Type 26 which seem way too many now, considering the sluggish pace of Type 26 constructions.
by Gabriele
24 Aug 2018, 14:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216009
Location: Italy

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

As of now, no, there is no weapon in the arsenal that can't fit the B but fit the A. The PW III will not be integrated, and i'm pretty sure it would not fit anyway.

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