SKB wrote:Theres a Royal Marines hovercraft thread too
abc123 wrote:data like displacement, range etc. ):
Ron5 wrote:I expect to see some 11m ribbies ordered for Type 26 someday.
Repulse wrote:With news that the UK is deploying 100 RMs to protect UK ships passing through the Gulf,
Jake1992 wrote:Wouldn’t the new USN Mk6 patrol boat fit this role and be a nice fit
SW1 wrote:Jake1992 wrote:Wouldn’t the new USN Mk6 patrol boat fit this role and be a nice fit
Yes it would. I do like that type of craft and it is something we lack especially if we looking at focusing on littoral strike/maritime security/choke point protection role. I would wrap it into a more strategic outlook both industrially and military wise. As mentioned such vessel could replace the archer patrol vessels as well. So order them in numbers allows for them to provide training and to be distributed around the uk, in for example the Clyde out to the north west approaches, perhaps from roysth out to the North Sea and along the channel coast and indeed Gibraltar the RNs traditional areas of choke point for training and presence.
Taking it a step further this is imo the ideal starting platform for uk developing its unmanned systems capability, I would like to see the mine warfare, asw, ew, force protection, hydrographic options being integrated onto such a vessel in a unmanned and optionally manned format. If like the US have they’re designed to be deployable from a well dock then they become a really deployable capability able to undertake a wide number of roles.
Could be build in yard in England as working with ours specialist sensor providers offer a very capable solution to many including countries who just wish to operate such vessels from shore in say west Africa or the Caribbean specially in the optionally manned role. We have some suitable start points in the Shannon or Severn class lifeboat hulls.
Ultimate thought even if you bought straight from the US it’s would be a great starting point for a littoral strike group a bay, 4 such patrol vessels, 2 wildcat, 5 scan eagles air vehicles and 80 RM. would require considerable investment to make it happen.
Jake1992 wrote:What sort of price per unit would you consider to be realistic for us ? If I remember right the Mk6 is around £12m per unit that comes with 2 x 25mm chain guns, several mounts for GPMG mini guns or light missiles, ramp and recovery system for pacific 24 rhib size systems and a reasonable radar set up
donald_of_tokyo wrote:Beauty of Archer class comes from its cheapness and simple design.
Mk.6 Patrol Boat is much more complex and costy asset (more weapon, much higher speed...), which means either a few times larger cost (purchase and maintenance) or a few times less number of hulls. If mixing with Archer class replacements, how shall we deal with URNU?
Tempest414 wrote:What could be done in the here and now is send 3 Archer class boats fitted with the 20mm cannon that they are FFBNW plus 2 x minigun's .
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