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by Caribbean
23 May 2019, 19:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17400
Location: England

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

A quick trawl of ThinkDefence and Wikipedia suggests that Boxer with 155 is too tall for A400M. The original AGM was intended to be transportable in the A400M, but I think that was using the same base vehicle as the MLRS (the M933 Carrier - a Bradley derivative). I suspect that the Donar variant wo...
by Caribbean
21 May 2019, 07:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1115
Views: 75689
Location: England

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

Also interesting the "refresh rate" of FIREJET is about 1 per second, while that of ASTER missile is faster. I guess the former is the Sampson radar signal, and the latter is the 2-way data-link info from the ASTER missile. It could also be that the Sampson is scanning the faster-moving o...
by Caribbean
20 May 2019, 21:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17400
Location: England

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Can't the AGM (Artillery Gun Module) proposed for Boxer also be carried on the MLRS tracked vehicle? Could the MLRS launcher also be carried on the Boxer base vehicle as well? Would be good for commonality
by Caribbean
18 May 2019, 14:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27322
Location: England

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Wildcat being deployed to operate off RFA Mounts Bay in the Caribbean https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2019/may/16/190516-wildcat-prepare-for-war-on-drugs I'm sure they will do well, but seems like a lot of helicopter for the job. Interesting point about the range of the ra...
by Caribbean
16 May 2019, 07:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Since the T31e is intended for export, I very much doubt that Babcocks has got this far in the competition without addressing exporting the design, particularly as the RFI specifies a "UK owned design" as well as The MOD may wish to compete future support arrangements, upgrade or modify th...
by Caribbean
15 May 2019, 22:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Repulse wrote:Perhaps some sense is coming... if that’s the case Arrowhead is dead.

Why?
by Caribbean
15 May 2019, 20:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Since there has been much debate about the capabilities of the various candidates for the T31e, I thought I would throw some of OMT's own thoughts on the IH/ A140 design into the mix 2011- 2012 Three 130 m Frigate for the Royal Danish Navy. Vessel names are Iver Huitfeldt, Peter Willemoes and Niels ...
by Caribbean
15 May 2019, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate operating as a carrier escort (alongside British and Portugese ships). Pushing the A140?

https://navaltoday.com/2019/02/20/danish-frigate-gets-underway-for-deployment-with-french-aircraft-carrier/
by Caribbean
13 May 2019, 17:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Strategy without investment nor procurement policy is, almost nothing, I'm afraid. This is technical and industrial issues, and technology and industry is pretty much proportional to the money invested. The strategy is completely separate from any individual investment decisions - that's how Govern...
by Caribbean
13 May 2019, 11:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41075
Location: England

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

shark bait wrote:virginia payload module

It's worth noting that the VPM is physically large enough to house a Trident missile, even if we don't intend to use it for that :angel:
by Caribbean
13 May 2019, 07:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The two tier T23 force being with or without TAS? That's what you took away from what I posted? The real point is that the "mid" range is clearly not a dead end. The "high" and the "mid" range are the ones that are actually getting all the funding. But to answer your p...
by Caribbean
12 May 2019, 15:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think, NSS is not widely supported, The NSS is official Government policy for the Shipbuilding industry. That is the only relevant support required. I have yet to see a defence blog contributor that addresses all of the issues that the NSS is designed to address I am not sure how long Babcock nee...
by Caribbean
12 May 2019, 11:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I agree, and trying to turn the T31e into something that delivers a key part of the NSS seems a hard way of not achieving the objective. They aren't "trying to turn the T31e into something that delivers a key part of the NSS". The NSS was derived from the perceived need for stability in n...
by Caribbean
08 May 2019, 22:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 274690
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Curious to know if you or anyone else has seen anything on the price of the 2150 sonar? and does it require an old 2050 set as a basis? The contract with Ultra Electonics (in Dec 2014) was £27m to upgrade 8 shipsets and support them for 10 years. The implication was that they upgraded the old 2050 ...
by Caribbean
08 May 2019, 07:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 274690
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Is the 250 million capped or is there allowance ? because what 250 gets in 2018 might not in the 2020,s lol I think that is all part and parcel of the Government accepting the inflationary and exchange-rate risk. They have accepted that costs will rise due to inflation (which is fair, since inflati...
by Caribbean
07 May 2019, 21:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 274690
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Gabriele wrote:The only shocking thing in all of this is that it took the waste of so much time before something as evident and unavoidable as the fucking Sun was finally acknowledged.

But at least industry has now had to say exactly what it will provide for £250m. I would expect them to be held to that in future
by Caribbean
07 May 2019, 19:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Nope - not getting binned - just that GFE is not now included in the £250m (that was known some months ago, though the language in the statement was, admittedly, opaque) and HMG is taking on some of the financial risk around inflation and exchange rates. So now it's been acknowledged that sensors, e...
by Caribbean
07 May 2019, 19:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 274690
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

So - the plan's been changed, not the frigates scrapped. Seems to me that this is just catching up with what was apparent (to some at least) when they restarted the competition - GFE is no longer part of the £250m. As stated back at the beginning of the process - more money would be made available i...
by Caribbean
06 May 2019, 11:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 256
Views: 21838
Location: England

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

Indeed, the US seems to be going for GM's Flyer The Flyer seems like a pretty decent machine. But it's also worth remembering that Jackal is internally transportable by CH-47 (a bit of a squeeze, I know) and that Supacat also make the LRV 400/600 range, which are also internally transportable by CH...
by Caribbean
05 May 2019, 16:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 11519
Location: England

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

By his way of thinking the Bays can be core crewed by say 40 as all the same applies and the well dock is just a few hydraulic's and pumps that need maintaining Yes, they probably could. If a decision was made to not operate the Bays as amphibs, then you could probably reduce the core crew to 40. A...
by Caribbean
04 May 2019, 23:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 11519
Location: England

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

A core crew of 35 for the ships as shown is a complete Dream this number will just about be able to move it from port to port . A ship as simple as a Point class has a crew of 22 and we are now told a ship with all the kit of FLSS can be crewed by a extra 13 people wake up it will not happen Well -...
by Caribbean
02 May 2019, 16:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212126
Location: England

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

Not sure if this is the correct thread, but Dragonfire has been discussed here before, as a potential future system fro the T26: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-tests-warship-power-systems-for-dragonfire-laser-weapon/ “The Flywheel Energy Storage System (FESS) uses innovative high-speed & lig...
by Caribbean
02 May 2019, 11:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41202
Location: England

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I think that depends on who exactly originated the idea. if it's a genuine need expressed by the RN or SF, then my guess is that it will continue in one form or another
by Caribbean
01 May 2019, 22:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412159
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote:Make these preconditions for and referendum in the first place

Hmmm - interesting idea
by Caribbean
27 Apr 2019, 14:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212126
Location: England

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

Some actual news re: T26

Security concerns expressed about GE moving the T26 engine production to France

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/type-26-frigate-tech-would-be-compromised-if-work-moved-to-france/

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