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by Jensy
15 Jan 2022, 00:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14839
Views: 3330377
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Which missiles require Mk 56 VLS? To save topweight and / or depth of space could always put Mk41 VLS instead. ESSM (RIM-62). Though the MK.56 is restricted by the need to accommodate a 'hot launch' missile, unlike CAMM which uses compressed gas. As you can see below, the exhausts take up a conside...
by Jensy
14 Jan 2022, 00:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1234
Views: 400690
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

I think your far far more likely to see more protector aircraft than more p8 We rarely see an uplift in numbers for any platform. In its final years the MR.2 fleet was in a sorry state (much less the near decade long gap). We should probably be grateful for nine. Protector is also a fairly 'exquisi...
by Jensy
11 Jan 2022, 17:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179209
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Connected to some of the recent discussion here. From the defence editor of Aviation Week:



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by Jensy
10 Jan 2022, 02:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 427
Views: 107003
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Re: Royal Navy SSK?

We know that BAE shipyard at Barrow can't make any more Astute Class SSN, as they are due to immediately switch to Dreadnought Class SSBN. Is it worth having a second thought about SSK? To be frank, I've always thought it was one of those ideas that was a poor alternative to building additional SSN...
by Jensy
07 Jan 2022, 00:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 344
Views: 132481
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Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

So an unknown quantity of A400 to be purchased sometime in the future, lets hope it is enough to replace the 14 C130j we are to lose. Exactly the sort of detail that makes it an easy cut. Can't get hauled over the coals when nobody knows how many you were going to buy. Personally I expect any order...
by Jensy
07 Jan 2022, 00:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14839
Views: 3330377
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Given the financial constraints we are under, do you want quantity of ASW or quality of ASW, as we can't have both? With the current state of our national finances / the global situation I think we have to look to a hybrid solution that provides Tier 1 in the circumstances where it is desperately n...
by Jensy
06 Jan 2022, 02:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179209
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

The RN will need to run a contest when FCASW is ready, to make sure the RN is getting the best weapon for the Job. As amusing as this might be for the likely French reaction, the diplomatic fallout would be huge. France will take any hesitancy as blood in the water and snap up as much workshare as ...
by Jensy
30 Dec 2021, 16:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2571
Views: 734493
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I would not rule out a merger between two or more primes to ensure market dominance and greater harmony in development. Though looking at the current situation I can see very few potential matches. Why should there be? Just because two firms are located in the same land mass doesn't mean they're co...
by Jensy
29 Dec 2021, 23:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2571
Views: 734493
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think what is overlooked is there will be a different between the design development and sale of sub systems that go into a future manned aircraft and sale of a uk configured “tempest” aircraft. Definitely. The only confirmed partner on a potential platform is Italy, and even there I see differin...
by Jensy
29 Dec 2021, 23:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2571
Views: 734493
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The proposed structure of Tempest is completely different from the Eurofighter consortium. Eurofighter was national workshare based on orders and four parallel production lines. Tempest is proposed as best athlete centres of competence. I'd also guess Spain to stick with France, as they so nearly d...
by Jensy
29 Dec 2021, 22:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1845039
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

I'm not so sure about that. The IH has room for 32 Mk41, 24 Mk 56 and 16 Harpoon. If you remove the Mk 56, I would say that there is sufficient room in the space allocated to the 32 Mk41s to fit 16 Mk41 and 24 CAMM, in the new, more compact, 6-tube configuration That would be a pretty effective fit...
by Jensy
29 Dec 2021, 00:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1845039
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Plenty of punch… seems a relatively cost effective way of increasing firepower reasonably quickly… Unfortunately doing so would remove the space currently planned for CAMM. The additional boat bay(s) is/are placed where the Iver Huitfeldts stick their 24 ESSM cells. Can be solved by integrating CAM...
by Jensy
23 Dec 2021, 16:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 308
Views: 58468
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

I think gazelle will go without replacement or a contractor service for U.K. flying. I fear you will be proved right, and more likely with the former than the later. As it happens, the Austrian armed forces are replacing their even more ancient Alouette IIIs with AW169s. On 20 December 2021, the Au...
by Jensy
22 Dec 2021, 22:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 308
Views: 58468
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

should be mentioned that both rotors and transmission for the type is designed and built in the uk as it is. An excellent point. The AW139 and AW169 I seem to remember also have transmission and/or gearboxes built there too. The 169 being another highly capable helicopter in a similar weight catego...
by Jensy
22 Dec 2021, 20:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 308
Views: 58468
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

I wonder how long it will be before additional issues arise with the naval variant of the NH-90 and more countries decide to move to the MH-60R or even the Wildcat, well one can always hope. If cost is the driver as well as having a platform also used by many of our allies, the UH-70 has to be the ...
by Jensy
22 Dec 2021, 18:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 78
Views: 16583
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Re: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Very exciting news (albeit with a typo of Spain rather than Sweden). https://twitter.com/Helofresh/status/1473593919195787265?t=FzgVETojle4SEwO0On516g&s=19 Two takeaways: 1) Summer of next year seems earlier than expected and could suggest either a renewed impetus behind the programme or that th...
by Jensy
21 Dec 2021, 18:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 308
Views: 58468
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

I think it's fair to say, the NH90 has not exactly been a success for many of its customers: https://twitter.com/CorporalFrisk/status/1473242049252057089?t=ehBMiuDipY6OXxRa-iw5Ig&s=19 Can also see why LockMart isn't trying that hard to win NMH. Shifting us Polski-built helos, rather than UK manu...
by Jensy
20 Dec 2021, 01:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 459
Views: 181229
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Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Yes, would probably also need a folding tail Yes, and apparently not much would need regarding salt water corrosion resistance. J Tatersall in a comment above listed most of the other needs. Not technically difficult but does eat into payload and would take time & money to develop and test. Yes...
by Jensy
13 Dec 2021, 23:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 308
Views: 58468
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

How many has Poland bought to earn the privileged position of building ours should the government select this option? Good question. I've seen suggestions of 35 or 62. I'm finding their website pretty difficult to read on android: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-pl/index.html Further confused as ...
by Jensy
11 Dec 2021, 17:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14839
Views: 3330377
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think we need to drop the pretence that we need constabulary frigates and wake up and smell the coffee. War or prolonged sub-war is coming, we need every platform pulling its weight - upgrade the T31 requirements to match the need and get them in the water ready to fight. Forget the T32, it’s a c...
by Jensy
11 Dec 2021, 00:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14839
Views: 3330377
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

what was vague? Yes, I did watch the session and indeed replied to your comment at the time.... What seemed vague was the lack or detail, such as: - Likelihood of actually being integrated? - Number of cells - Purpose of fitting MK.41 (AAW/land attack/ASuW) - Would they supplement or replace the CA...
by Jensy
11 Dec 2021, 00:17
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Hellenic Armed Forces (Greece)
Replies: 73
Views: 1589
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Re: Hellenic Armed Forces (Greece)

So, it would seem that the Hellenic Navy Future Frigate Programme is not necessarily a done deal: The State Department on Dec. 10 announced it had approved a $2.5 billion sale for the modernization piece and had notified Congress about the potential deal. It separately approved a $6.9 billion sale f...
by Jensy
11 Dec 2021, 00:03
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1627
Views: 32341
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Re: Australian Defence Force

I knew the NH90 was expensive to operate but was gobsmacked on what it’s actually costing The MRH-90 has been costing $35,000 per hour to operate. Last financial year that ballooned to $50,000 and it was probably the final straw. :shock: That's approaching twin engined fighter money! I appreciate n...
by Jensy
09 Dec 2021, 18:57
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1627
Views: 32341
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Re: Australian Defence Force

Australia to scrap both Army and Navy fleets of NH90/MRH90 helicopters and replace with Blackhawk and Sea Hawks (which the NH90 itself was intended to partially replace): https://twitter.com/AndrewBGreene/status/1468902220988964865?t=PJsbRwrW9mBbJy0EI9qLhA&s=19 Joins a number of other customers ...
by Jensy
08 Dec 2021, 20:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14839
Views: 3330377
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Our mole at DSEI this year was crystal clear that the Babcock's folk on their stand said the number hadn't yet been decided. Quite possibly the contract was for x with options for an additional y to be exercised later depending of the state of the GFX budget. That fits with the press reports that t...