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by Jensy
14 Jun 2024, 16:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 263
Views: 102646
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Re: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]

From Navy Lookout: https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1801629608367788440 BAE looking to conduct groundwork for a very large expansion Barrow Shipyard onto Barrow Island, currently site of a disused gas and fuel storage facility (an amenity I didn't realise the UK had an overabundance of.... ). ...
by Jensy
13 Jun 2024, 15:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 6320
Views: 1934495
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote: 12 Jun 2024, 15:32 Netherland has a flat-top option for their LPD/OPV replacements?

Interesting that he notes counter narcotics in the Caribbean.... Not sure I've heard of any other navy deploying 'commando carriers' for such a role.
by Jensy
24 May 2024, 23:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4157
Views: 1043668
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Many thanks for posting Jensy, interesting images, it looks seriously huge!! One point, there's no way it's going to have a single nose wheel, the weight of this beast will require a double wheel arrangement. Agreed. Though there's a few, fairly major, things I speculate will change for any finalis...
by Jensy
24 May 2024, 15:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4157
Views: 1043668
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Something I missed at the end of last month. The RAeS magazine AEROSPACE ran a cover feature of GCAP. Including some very impressive new concept art: https://twitter.com/AeroSociety/status/1785376182122258724 https://www.aerosociety.com/media/23522/may-2024-aerospace-cover-image-official.jpg?width=3...
by Jensy
23 May 2024, 15:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 309
Views: 25846
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

Coverage of the Fearless Concept from Xav over at Naval News YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQWg1dOGlak Web article: https://www.navalnews.com/event-news/cne-2024/2024/05/fearless-mrss-enabling-littoral-a2ad-pushback-raiding-and-landing-operations/ Key Particulars: LOA: 170m LWL: 170m Beam...
by Jensy
21 May 2024, 19:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 309
Views: 25846
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

More info on the Steller concept: https://www.navylookout.com/steller-systems-unveil-fearless-multi-role-support-ship-concept/ https://www.navylookout.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Fearless-MRSS-Render-1.jpg I see Steller System's Type 31 Spartan concept still lurking in the background there.
by Jensy
15 May 2024, 17:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15472
Views: 4590333
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

HMS Price of Wales having her CIWS put back on.

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by Jensy
15 May 2024, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19456
Views: 9894202
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote: 15 May 2024, 13:13
Poiuytrewq wrote: 14 May 2024, 19:05 Well worth a read.

https://www.geostrategy.org.uk/research ... val-power/
Authors would fit in well here. Extravagant wish list.
Will the 'arsenal ship' concept never die? A 1980s throwback that seems to get regurgitated every five or so years.
by Jensy
15 May 2024, 15:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 309
Views: 25846
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

A rather snazzy video from Damen. Not sure if it's been posted here before:

by Jensy
14 May 2024, 10:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Overseas Patrol - General Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 20362
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Re: Current & Future Overseas Patrol - General Discussion

I'd suggest that as a matter of statecraft, granting Argentina rights to oil reserves in Falklands waters would provide a base for Argentine claims to the islands themselves. As the UK itself has demonstrated, a treaty signed by one government can be repudiated by a future government. It depends ho...
by Jensy
13 May 2024, 23:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4157
Views: 1043668
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Way off-topic folks Let's not run the risk of this becoming a 'News Only' thread. Keep the conversation on GCAP/Tempest/FCAS one way or another. Have deleted a dozen odd posts. Keep the hard politics / ideological clash of wits to the Political Discussions section: https://ukdefenceforum.net/viewfo...
by Jensy
13 May 2024, 23:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Overseas Patrol - General Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 20362
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Re: Current & Future Overseas Patrol - General Discussion

I'd suggest that as a matter of statecraft, granting Argentina rights to oil reserves in Falklands waters would provide a base for Argentine claims to the islands themselves. As the UK itself has demonstrated, a treaty signed by one government can be repudiated by a future government. It depends ho...
by Jensy
13 May 2024, 23:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 309
Views: 25846
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

Looks like the MRSS are to get the green light. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/05/13/royal-marines-six-new-ships-launch-drones-laser/. Royal Marines to get six new ships which can launch drones and fire laser weapons Grant Shapps says the specialist vessels will ensure a ‘secure future’ for ...
by Jensy
13 May 2024, 21:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Overseas Patrol - General Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 20362
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Re: Current & Future Overseas Patrol - General Discussion

Controversial thought, but perhaps a good non military approach would be to agree with Argentina that their oil companies get a share of the oil rights in return for closing the sovereignty question. This seems to be the best way forward. Also including the Chileans to balance out any nationalistic...
by Jensy
10 May 2024, 16:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4157
Views: 1043668
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

It's an interesting one, in the cold light of day Australia probably made the right call. The F111 was arguably the better aircraft from a number of perspectives, the most important one being bankrolled by Uncle Sam and his bottomless pockets of cash... This kept the F111 very well supported and it...
by Jensy
10 May 2024, 16:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 33
Views: 4484
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Re: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

Decided to continue this over here, rather than in the GCAP thread: True enough, but at the time we were also building a new class of very expensive SSBN.... oh wait.... :D How much did the tosser waste by ordering F-111's and then cancelling the order? Wilson's mob was dazzled by supposed Yankee te...
by Jensy
01 May 2024, 00:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4157
Views: 1043668
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Missed this from Gareth Jennings the other day: https://twitter.com/GarethJennings3/status/1783429268384387197?t=6kSbst2jag-Bsc6ll_rGTw&s=19 Haven't seen this rendering / angle of GCAP before. Definitely a very different design direction than Typhoon or previous (slender) UK fast jets. https://p...
by Jensy
29 Apr 2024, 18:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Labour's likely defence policy
Replies: 88
Views: 4010
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Re: Labour's likely defence policy

Guys, it's fair to say this thread went massively off topic and turned very nasty and personal. I've deleted what I consider to be the worst offending posts and now unlocked the topic again. Kindly get back to the topic of "Labour's likely defence policy" and try to treat each other with a...
by Jensy
29 Apr 2024, 10:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 180
Views: 34311
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Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

Rear view of RFA Proteus. The people at the bottom of the base of the crane give some perspective of scale.

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https://x.com/NavyLookout/status/1784870463195246808
by Jensy
27 Apr 2024, 11:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)
Replies: 91
Views: 31386
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Re: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)

Jdam wrote: 27 Apr 2024, 09:11 The cynic in me says those are the missiles going through the mid life upgrade but if not then that's some good news for once.
As an increasingly irritated Times subscriber, it wouldn't surprise me. Their defence reporting has been on a rapid decline for some years.
by Jensy
26 Apr 2024, 23:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6109
Views: 1825034
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

SW1 wrote: 26 Apr 2024, 14:02 New f35 extended range version

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Now, hear me out...
by Jensy
26 Apr 2024, 23:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)
Replies: 91
Views: 31386
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Re: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/imageserver/image/%2Fmethode%2Ftimes%2Fprod%2Fweb%2Fbin%2F6a7fb70d-defe-48ed-93dc-95e969d85eb3.jpg?crop=5000%2C2813%2C0%2C260&resize=1500 Caption: Grant Shapps visits the Storm Shadow missile assembly line at MBDA, in Stevenage Assuming the above is accurate (as oppos...
by Jensy
23 Apr 2024, 16:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2860
Views: 813389
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

If I were Typhoon Senior I'd be claiming paternity on the basis of that central intake alone! (Plus the tail and bubble canopy are not that dissimilar) Related question - is there any reason the Batch 1s aren't being gathered up and offered to Ukraine for a pound? A very good point and question... ...
by Jensy
23 Apr 2024, 16:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1953
Views: 275956
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Fresh from the DefSec (or by whichever name you know him): https://twitter.com/grantshapps/status/1782778128298819671 "Since 2019, we’ve already uplifted defence spending by £41bn. But by going further, today’s £75bn will give our Armed Forces a strategic advantage against any aggressor, by ens...