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by Lord Jim
25 Mar 2018, 00:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 333777
Location: United Kingdom

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

Probably ASRAMM and other ordonnance the UK uses but the US doesn't and the software needed to operate them. They will have ot make sure the Block 4 update includes these requirements and maintains compatibility down the line.
by Lord Jim
25 Mar 2018, 00:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 333777
Location: United Kingdom

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

Those aircraft already delivered.
by Lord Jim
25 Mar 2018, 00:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 656282
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Additional Rivers would not go amiss to patrol British waters as we a woefully short of patrol vessels even when the vessels already planned enter service. Regarding the flight deck of any T-31e design, it is pretty much guaranteed that the flight deck and hanger will be able to operate any helicopt...
by Lord Jim
24 Mar 2018, 23:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 26002
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Though the UK has plans to operate the Chinook from RN platforms, the default platform for ship to shore operation is the Merlin. Part of the modernisation of the Merlins when they were transferred to the FAA, was treatment to protect them for Salt etc. Operations Chinooks in this role is a capabili...
by Lord Jim
24 Mar 2018, 23:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 35385
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Reserves frequently operated complex weapons such as Rapier, Milan, Fox CVR(W), 105mm LG as independent units in the past and can easily do so now. Reserves and I am including he TA and other service equivalents here are not simply manpower pool to fill to regular formations, or at the very least di...
by Lord Jim
24 Mar 2018, 13:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 656282
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So if I have read the many post above correctly, the majority believe the T-31e for the RN as planned is a nowhere platform, too capable for patrol duties and not capable enough for escort duties. Would someone who knows his(or her) stuff be kind enough to list what is the MINIMUM required to make t...
by Lord Jim
23 Mar 2018, 20:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 35385
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

In the 1980s I am pretty sure it was RAF Regiment Reserves who manned the Rapiers allocated for defence of USAF bases in the UK. Also didn't, in the distant past, the Yeomanry operate the Fox whereas the regulars operated the CVR(T). What has been suggested is that one or Two Royal Artillery or RAF ...
by Lord Jim
23 Mar 2018, 00:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 656282
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I doubt it would be an even division between the three services, and under current discussions simply filling the hole of a major difficulty. BMD for the T-45 will stay on the "Nice to have" wish list and extra T-31s would be on the fantasy one. In fact I would be surprised if the Navy got...
by Lord Jim
23 Mar 2018, 00:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 35385
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

RAB was Gordon Brown's creation, to facilitate micro management of the budgets of all departments. Everyone had a ledger of assets, form land to toilet paper. The total value of this was compared to an agreed quantity and if exceeded then a penalty, based on the value of the excess was imposed. That...
by Lord Jim
23 Mar 2018, 00:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 865
Views: 72283
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Great article! The plan with the L85A3 makes total sense, but I am concerned about how some in the Army seem to want to equip the Infantry section purely with either the L85A3 or the L129A1. The idea of these two weapons being able to suppress an opponent sufficiently to allow another fire team to a...
by Lord Jim
21 Mar 2018, 21:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 333777
Location: United Kingdom

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

Sort of like drinking a pint whist pissing in the Gents.
by Lord Jim
21 Mar 2018, 21:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 381
Views: 26559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy SSK?

Again it comes down to where and how the two operate. An SSN obviously has the sensors optimised for blue water operations where as those of the SSK are aimed at shallower more congested areas. I am not suggesting SSKs replace SSNs by any means but they supplement them very well. If SSKs were of no ...
by Lord Jim
21 Mar 2018, 14:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 381
Views: 26559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy SSK?

Yes, the sonar suites and CMS of the latest generation of top end SSKs matches most current SSNs, though may be the Veirginias and Astute still retain a certain advantage.
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2018, 21:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 656282
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Frigate - ASW specialist.
Destroyer - Air Defence.
Cruiser - Area control including influence of event on land and Command and control.

Just a suggestion.
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2018, 21:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 381
Views: 26559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy SSK?

Regarding the usefulness of SSKs compared to SSNs we have to be careful about differentiating what only an SSN can do compared to what we have them do because we only have SSNs, like the USN. Also the two types have different operational doctrines defined by their strengths and weaknesses. For examp...
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2018, 21:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 68587
Location: United Kingdom

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

I agree though for them to be built a Barrow would have to involve zero cost increase for their procurement.
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2018, 21:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 656282
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

First off the obsession with the "Mission" bay on the T-31e and T-26. Why all the controversy? Many current generation vessels have there auxiliary craft house in covered bays these days to reduce the vessels signature. This is where we should start from and in the case of the T-31e end. T...
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2018, 21:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1791
Views: 146021
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I thought the UK's Typhoons at least had a pretty impressive Defensive EW suite. If you are talking offensive EW then very few European fast jets have this capability that I know of.
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2018, 21:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 35385
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Keeping things for a rainy day causes the MoD to be subject to penalty payment they have to make to the Treasury under the RAB accounting scheme.
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2018, 00:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 656282
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I am sure the RN is far from ignoring the growth of the PLAN in both numbers and capability, the problem is it cannot do much about it without additional investment which as yet is not forthcoming. If the RN is going to send anything to the far east the best bet would be an Astute with all the bugs ...
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2018, 00:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 68587
Location: United Kingdom

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

We don't need a larger army, just one that is properly equipped. I am starting to think we need to seriously look at SSKs as we are unable to have sufficient SSNs to meet our needs. We need 5 or 6 additional hulls, and if these were SSKs they could carry out many of the tasks in home water, the Med ...
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2018, 00:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 35385
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Part of me wonders if we shouldn't retain the Rapier FSC for point defence work of fixed sites.
by Lord Jim
18 Mar 2018, 09:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 656282
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As long as China lags behind in both conventional and nuclear submarines and to a certain extent carriers, it will not be able to dominate the area it wishes to. Trouble is it is catching up fast. Building escorts for the RN larger than the T-26 is basically going to remain in "Shipbucket"...
by Lord Jim
18 Mar 2018, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6180
Views: 411121
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

It is probably simply cost. Aiming at exports, being able to operate helicopters up to the size of the NH-90 and SH-60 is all you need. The RN will have more than enough platforms capable of taking a Merlin, and so it hasn't been deemed necessary for the T-31e specs.
by Lord Jim
18 Mar 2018, 09:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 68587
Location: United Kingdom

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

I agree to a certain extent, but the Army for example is so out of whack that it need serious investment and a re think on existing programmes in order to get in any sort of shape to be relevant in the 21st century. Money is the key to everything we discuss here regarding what needs to be done, and ...

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