Scimitar54 wrote:Tempest414 Wrote:-the RN could operate 3 task groups if it did nothing else as far as the escorts go.
It could only operate 2 of the 3 at the same time. The centre of the Task Group and 33% of the Type 45's & Type 23/Type 26's in Re-fit at any one time. This only leaves 2 additional Type 26 for FRE & TAPS. A good illustration of why the Type 31 must be able to incorporate an adequate ASW capability.
NickC wrote:The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command announced $149.4 million contract award Friday to the Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of their SM-2 Block IIIC missile for surface warships, based on the RIM-66 Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) with active radar seeker as used on the Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM. Understand the driver is the planned use on the new FFG(X).
June 2017 Paris, Raytheon announced restart of the SM-2 production line, for SM-2 Block IIIA and IIIB missiles for the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan and Australia, $650M for 280 missiles, $2.32M ea. In July 2018 State Department authorised sale of 46 SM-2 Block IIIA to Denmark plus 4 test missiles with their MK 13 MOD 0 VLS canisters for $152M/$3.04M ea. The SM-2 Block IIIA and IIIB missiles use the older tech semi-active radar seeker head.
NickC wrote:SM-2 Block IIIC missile for surface warships, based on the RIM-66 Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) with active radar seeker as used on the Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM. Understand the driver is the planned use on the new FFG(X).
NickC wrote: Would not be surprised if that is a higher UK content than in the French/Italian Aster 15 & 30 missiles.
shark bait wrote:If that were the case why would they start forward basing frigates just as there about to give up single ship task's?
Lord Jim wrote:one or more are deployed elsewhere as singletons.
Tempest414 wrote:Maybe one in Singapore for the Asian-Pacific as we have had ships in the region for the past 18 months and are set to keep one there for some time
I have a different point of view.Tempest414 wrote:Type 31 as it is planned will ill equipped to support anyone anywhere
Repulse wrote: then send other real 1st tier assets
ArmChairCivvy wrote:- Australia and Singapore have earlier taken part as well [ Singapore takes part in large scale exercises in Australia... there must be a fiscal limit to how many major exercises you can be present at]
Poiuytrewq wrote:Even if RN and RFA only got £2bn to £3bn of this increase a year it would transform the UK's naval capability going forward.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8031045/d ... ssion=true
£20bn to 30bn over 10 years would do a lot.
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