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by Phil Sayers
06 Dec 2022, 17:25
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1998
Views: 64692

Re: USA Armed Forces

Wouldn't the MV-22 be better for for the Navy with its ability to folds it rotors or is the unit cost for the V-280s going to be so much less than the MV-22? I think the main drawback with the MV-22 for the kind of uses that the RN might want it for is the lack of a pressurised cabin and fairly low...
by Phil Sayers
06 Dec 2022, 13:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1141
Views: 43551

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

I've just looked down the back of my sofa and found 56p. Just circa £10 billion to go and we could acquire a fleet of e.g ten with the idea of having six in frontline service. In all seriousness while we plainly cannot do anything anytime soon by the mid 2030s it might be worth proper consideration ...
by Phil Sayers
06 Dec 2022, 13:20
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1998
Views: 64692

Re: USA Armed Forces

Would the propellers on one of the Bell V-280s be able to clear a CVF ski jump? If so I imagine the RN are looking very closely at the programme for a variety of possible force multiplier applications. AEW and AAR for starters.
by Phil Sayers
05 Dec 2022, 20:33
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

Commercial satellite imagery of the above is already available - seems the Backfire in the above image has also sustained serious damage to its wing which cannot be seen in the photo. IMO the odds are it will never fly again and will instead be cannibalised for spare parts: https://twitter.com/i/web...
by Phil Sayers
05 Dec 2022, 20:09
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

Whatever was used against that airbase it claimed at least one TU-22 Backfire to go with the Bears at Engel. Damaging or destroying a minimum of three strategic bombers (it may well be more; the Russians haven't admitted to the TU-22 in the photo) in one night will have Putin very seriously angry / ...
by Phil Sayers
05 Dec 2022, 17:21
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

Can't help wondering whether Ukraine has decided that 'the final stage of tests' should be a couple of combat demonstrations: https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1599415053198843904 Attacking the home bases of Russia's strategic bomber fleet is a seriously gutsy move. Hard to think of a more sensitive ...
by Phil Sayers
04 Dec 2022, 18:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480581

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

While I am sure the Ukrainians would not say no to having the T31s transferred to them I would have serious concerns about vulnerability given the Kilo SSK threat in the Black Sea and the proximity of substantial Russian aviation assets.
by Phil Sayers
04 Dec 2022, 13:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)
Replies: 450
Views: 176937

Re: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)

tomuk wrote: 03 Dec 2022, 20:31
BB85 wrote: 03 Dec 2022, 08:19 I suspect Merlin will remain in service closer to 2040 rather than 2030.
I thought 2040 had already been announced.
I'm sure it has been but maybe just for ASW Merlins rather than the Commando ones as well?
by Phil Sayers
02 Dec 2022, 19:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2951
Views: 790476

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think the problem with Sweden entering the programme is that the UK (and Japan / Italy to an extent) require various high-end specs with regards range, stealth etc that, while their air force may like, they do not really need and will result in a very expensive aircraft which in some ways detracts...
by Phil Sayers
29 Nov 2022, 13:26
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

Hi - just a small clarification to the above which is that circa 350 is the total number of artillery pieces supplied and of those up to a third are unusable at any given time.
by Phil Sayers
28 Nov 2022, 15:57
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles
Replies: 53
Views: 4612

Re: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles

It seems to me a fairly niche demand. Up to circa 80 miles range the requirement (unless it needs a much bigger warhead) is going to be covered by SPEAR 3 anyway and, while there certainly could be quite a few targets that could be hit at beyond that range using a cheaper weapon than FCASW, is it re...
by Phil Sayers
26 Nov 2022, 20:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 991
Views: 205059

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

You may be right but I think cruise missiles are exactly the kind of thing that both the UK and France will view as being strategically important to retain the ability to design and manufacture. The programme itself may be cancelled but, if so, I don't see either country giving up on domestically de...
by Phil Sayers
24 Nov 2022, 18:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480581

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Surely land attack missiles would be very useful to a CSG in degrading enemy defenses (SEAD/DEAD) before the F-35's go in? In fact wouldn't that be SOP for any aircraft attack anywhere these days? Sure, I don't disagree that having land attack missiles as part of the carrier group is very useful an...
by Phil Sayers
23 Nov 2022, 22:18
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: 2020 Baghdad Int. Airport Airstrike / Current Situation in Iran
Replies: 37
Views: 1247

Re: 2020 Baghdad Int. Airport Airstrike / Current Situation in Iran

No Syria thread on here so I'll use the closest rather than starting a new one. Syria's misery is unending and it would blatantly have been far preferable to remove the Assad regime (the definition of evil on Earth; make the Russians look like Mother Teresa) from power a decade ago (granted that wou...
by Phil Sayers
23 Nov 2022, 20:12
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

The amount of destroyed and damaged (presumably mainly beyond repair or it would be in factories being repaired) armour that Russia have managed to retrieve from the battlefield and take to a storage site just across the border is just madness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTUFoqu5VCU (Also rathe...
by Phil Sayers
23 Nov 2022, 19:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480581

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

On the assumption that the NSM sets for T-23 will later move over to T-31 (and frankly it would be madness not to so that must be the plan) this really is s significant upgrade to their capability. My main concern about the plan to have land-attack handled by T-26 down the line was that T-26 would e...
by Phil Sayers
19 Nov 2022, 11:43
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Swedish Armed Forces
Replies: 202
Views: 7884

Re: Swedish Armed Forces

The above point makes a lot of sense to me and I also think from a risk / reward point of view trying to operate a F35 from a road carries too much risk of damaging a very expensive aircraft on take off or landing (and of course the additional risk to the pilot albeit I am not so much envisaging cat...
by Phil Sayers
17 Nov 2022, 13:33
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 264
Views: 14122

Re: MBDA (UK)

If they really mean by 2030 they are going to need to get cracking but great news that the wider project will presumably start to move quickly with this additional element now being required by the end of the decade.
by Phil Sayers
10 Nov 2022, 18:29
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

Since the above post Ukraine seems to have become confident this is not a trap and are rapidly advancing - many settlements liberated and steadily closing in on Kherson City itself: https://twitter.com/JimmySecUK/status/1590691365972680704?cxt=HHwWgICpgdPXopMsAAAA I would guess that every location t...
by Phil Sayers
09 Nov 2022, 22:50
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

So far as I know all bridges that would be capable of carrying heavy armoured vehicles or heavily laden lorries from the west bank across the river are damaged to the point of being unusable by that kind of traffic if any traffic at all. A combination of Ukrainian GMLRS / artillery fire and the Russ...
by Phil Sayers
03 Nov 2022, 13:28
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Italian Armed Forces
Replies: 897
Views: 41522

Re: Italian Armed Forces

Had not heard of the SAMP-T battery before. Welcome news indeed.
by Phil Sayers
02 Nov 2022, 19:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 569
Views: 166307

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

It's an SA-8 Osa that shoots it down apparently, just viewed from the Stormer. Good to see Ukraine combining the platforms IMO.
by Phil Sayers
29 Oct 2022, 16:48
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

Must be one hell of an explosion at the waterline that can damage something as high up as the radar mast? I wouldn't be surprised if it has sustained USS Cole levels of damage and perhaps even greater.
by Phil Sayers
29 Oct 2022, 16:00
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

Analysis of the above video - seems pretty clear that in addition to the minesweeper that Russia has admitted to the Ukrainians also managed to hit a modern frigate. No idea as to damage but obviously a strike at the waterline is a serious matter: https://twitter.com/UAWeapons/status/158636390807148...
by Phil Sayers
29 Oct 2022, 15:21
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816

Re: The war in Ukraine

I'm not sure whether this is meant to be footage of last night's attacks but either way it does show that Ukraine is able to use naval drones to get in extremely close proximity to major Russian warships: