GibMariner wrote:I think it's a good idea to have a separate thread for the MARS tankers (Tide-class) and this one for the (hopefully) future MARS Solid State Ship (or whatever the project name is now, if it even exists) as although they are similar and under the same MARS family of ships, they are different classes and capabilities altogether.
ArmChairCivvy wrote:Yep, two different things... especially as it looks like the RAS on the Tides will be of the old kind and the heavy (up from 2 to 5 te) will only come onstream with the solid support ships (despite being there on land already, for training).
Navy News wrote:But beyond simply building a replacement, engineering giants Rolls-Royce who are overseeing the new complex are taking resupply to the next level, testing the ability of future ships to transfer not two tonnes of supplies – equivalent to a pallet of around 20 rounds for a 4.5in main gun – on a cable between two vessels, but five tonnes.
No Navy in the world possesses such an ability at present.
The aim of the new complex is to transfer 25 five-tonne loads every hour for five hours across a 55-metre (180ft) gap separating two – that’s one pallet every two minutes and 24 seconds, or 625 tonnes of stores in all. Even with fully-honed teams on both ships, the best you could hope for presently would be 200-250 tonnes.
marktigger wrote:the design looks like a revamp of Fort Vicky why was her sister scrapped?
the navy should have had more of them.
marktigger wrote:would the Dutch Karel Doorman be a good basis for the FSSS?
marktigger wrote:if you add in another hull dedicated to PCRS role or put a modular PCRS it would give a common platform......to sensible an idea for the MoD and of course if BaE isn't the prime contractor a total non starter!
Sadly I feel the T26 needs to be the full focus, we just seem unable to sell our maritime skills abroad, with such low volumes we can only afford to run one program at a time. Right now that is the T26, or two if we include the subs.
Opinion3 wrote:One of the important features of the MARS SSS needs to be the ability to venture closer to the coast (threats) than the Aircraft Carriers. I am not particularly happy with the theory that the QE Class offers a suitable replacement to Ocean. It made absolute sense for the carriers to be 'capable of' acting as a significant helicopter platform but combining the roles within the same platform at the same time does not.
What the MARS SSS offers in a sea basing role is not just a platform to put more in harms way, and a means to off load by a number of different means both equipment and manpower, it also offers a dedicated workshop role for the equipment and helicopters.
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