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by Pseudo
10 Jul 2019, 13:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12984
Views: 3096863
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Breaking news major disaster according to the British Biased Corporation https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-48933881 It says the QE returned early due to a catastrophic minor water leak and ends reminding its readers that this is not the first major water leak since our Ladyship was la...
by Pseudo
10 Jul 2019, 13:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12984
Views: 3096863
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Breaking news major disaster according to the British Biased Corporation https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-48933881 It says the QE returned early due to a catastrophic minor water leak and ends reminding its readers that this is not the first major water leak since our Ladyship was la...
by Pseudo
09 Jul 2019, 18:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13187
Views: 2563171
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Why on earth would the Scots want an Albion and a Point? They might find a use for a Wave though. Indeed. Given that an independent Scotland is likely to take on about as much responsibility for its own defence as the Republic of Ireland does then the four Block 1 River's should more than suffice f...
by Pseudo
09 Jul 2019, 18:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1144
Views: 320296
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Slow is the new norm for deliveries of all new kit for he Armed Forces these days. Imagine what it is going to be like if and when we replace the L85A3! It's the consequence of straitened procurement budgets. It costs less on the annual basis in which the budgets are based. Though because it's spre...
by Pseudo
07 Jul 2019, 20:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576532
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The sad thing about Sweden joining is that the project will now never be renamed the Future UK Combat Aircraft and never be referred to by the acronym, FUKCA. Swedish & UK Combat Aircraft, SUKCA Yeah, I suppose that an RAF spokesperson saying that they intend to have the SUKCA operational by 20...
by Pseudo
07 Jul 2019, 19:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576532
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The sad thing about Sweden joining is that the project will now never be renamed the Future UK Combat Aircraft and never be referred to by the acronym, FUKCA.
by Pseudo
07 Jul 2019, 19:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13187
Views: 2563171
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As the talk has moved on to Scottish indi 2 I have come over here I think the bigger question is what ships the Scots would want What they'll want and what they'll end up with are two separate questions. They could well end up with some of the GP Type 23's, but it's unlikely that they'd be willing ...
by Pseudo
02 Jul 2019, 21:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13187
Views: 2563171
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If a 76mm HVP was feasible then it could make for a very effective air defence weapon.
by Pseudo
13 Jun 2019, 15:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576532
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

"This would avoid repeating the UK’s experience as a member of the four-nation Eurofighter consortium, where he argues “preservation of the purity of the workshare arrangements sometimes seemed to be the main aim of the programme”." Thats the key part and its where Tempest has a massive a...
by Pseudo
31 May 2019, 21:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6839
Views: 1441095
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Some new T31e concepts from BAE: https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/bae-systems-issues-updated-imagery-of-leander-type-31e-frigate-concept/ Btw. No anchor? It uses a revolutionary braking mechanism based around a series of extending, tensile "air brakes" constructed of a durable, environmen...
by Pseudo
16 May 2019, 17:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4340
Views: 1001688
Location: Tuvalu

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

SKB wrote:I wonder how many T26's PM Farage would order?! ;)

None. He'd privatise the assets of the armed forces and force them to lease them back on highly profitable terms to the hedge funds that would end up owning them.
by Pseudo
12 May 2019, 23:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 682
Views: 198889
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

I suspect that for a hybrid solution to work say 11 boats with 4 x ICBM tubes only 4 or so would be loaded with Trident and on their deep patrol zones sitting in wait for the MAD signal to come through which we all hope never happens, while the rest would be doing the normal hunter killer recon etc...
by Pseudo
12 May 2019, 20:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 682
Views: 198889
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

As we can't afford every capability these days, demonstrated by recent capability gaps, are we not missing a trick by continuing to have separate SSN and SSBN fleets? Could we not have developed a hybrid SSN with say four Trident missiles on Each SSN and do away with SSBN altogether? 12 of these bo...
by Pseudo
01 May 2019, 22:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 113785
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

IIRC, during her time at DfID Penny Morduant was a proponent of DfID purchasing and the RFA operating a couple of dedicated hospital ships. I wonder if this becoming reality might be more likely now that she's Defence Secretary.
by Pseudo
01 May 2019, 08:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 750
Views: 219408
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

I'd expect that there's a significant difference in maximum speed between an empty Tide and a fully loaded one.
by Pseudo
29 Apr 2019, 19:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576532
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I like that; but what is it (in a fighter a/c)? Airborne Command & Control, in this case managing allies UAVs and UCAVs. This was one of the reasons I think we might see the return of the second seat. I'd be surprised if "wingman" UCAV's are intended to require the level of micromanag...
by Pseudo
14 Apr 2019, 17:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13187
Views: 2563171
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote:HMS Duncan at Cyprus, with Danish Frigate Daniel Juel.
Looks like a T45 and a T31e Arrowhead 140? :D
2019-04-14 0.07.13.jpg

I know there's a bit of perspective at play, but it's amazing the difference that fourteen meters makes. :D
by Pseudo
13 Mar 2019, 23:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6839
Views: 1441095
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

There again, I suppose that, after years of trying to sell the design, with no interest beyond "OK, thanks for the info", it's purely co-incidental that OMT have finally got their first nibble after the RN takes a look at the design. You could equally assume that after the flaws in Navant...
by Pseudo
21 Feb 2019, 19:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2177
Views: 526105
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

What if, say UK Gov refuses export of British produced parts for new German Typhoons as response? What would prevent Germany from retaliating and blocking the export of German produced spare parts for RAF Typhoons? I also expect that the German government would sue the crap out of the British gover...
by Pseudo
19 Feb 2019, 22:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576532
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Given the issues with Germany and arms exports I think we can thank our lucky stars that we're not in a consortium with them for future combat aircraft... It's not all about platform numbers if you don't have the weaponry to put on them. https://twitter.com/North2East/status/1097942777051205634 In ...
by Pseudo
18 Feb 2019, 19:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2177
Views: 526105
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Good, hopefully we'll see a second German order soon enough to replace the Tornados. Still hoping we might see that elusive second Saudi order at some point too Not a chance. That's dead as a Dodo due to Germany's ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Even if Germany withdraws the ban the damage is ...
by Pseudo
09 Feb 2019, 12:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576532
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Nevermind about 'hope' its an integral part of the system. Captor-E will be delivered with it. https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/-/captor-e-radar Excellent. As I said earlier, I'm a massive fan of how brilliantly simple and effective an idea it appears to be. I doubt it gives the same coverage as ...
by Pseudo
09 Feb 2019, 03:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576532
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I prefer the SAAB repositionable swash-plate concept, if only for the "why hasn't anyone thought of this before?" seeming simplicity of it. That would be the Selex repositionable swash plate. Typhoon's Captor-E radar (a much bigger, more powerful version of the Selex ES-05 in the Gripen E...
by Pseudo
08 Feb 2019, 21:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13187
Views: 2563171
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Which he screwed up pretty royally early on The reason is simple: not because he read the treaty text, but because it had 'Obama' written all over it. He is starting to be in a bit of a hurry to show any achievements... more on the Trump thread. His dislike of his predecessor doesn't absolve him of...
by Pseudo
08 Feb 2019, 20:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13187
Views: 2563171
Location: Tuvalu

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Well, yes, Trump is trying to redress the balance

Which he screwed up pretty royally early on by pulling out of the TPP because it means that with the CPTPP that succeeded it there's now a big trade block surrounding China that now isn't directly aligned with the US.

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