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by Phil Sayers
07 Jun 2024, 13:13
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Israel
Replies: 147
Views: 20436

Re: Israel

Hezbollah take out a 20 round Iron Dome launcher in northern Israel, I'm not clear if Hezbollah used drone or missile, whatever shows good targeting. They used some form of drone that had an onboard camera and released video of a precise hit. However, there is much talk that what they struck was an...
by Phil Sayers
06 Jun 2024, 22:20
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 125040

Re: The war in Ukraine

Macron has announced that France will equip Ukraine with Mirage 2000-5 aircraft (didn't give a number) and is instituting a training programme with the aim of having them in the Ukrainian sky 'within a year'. Also, France is to train and equip 4,500 Ukrainian troops to fight as a "French Brigad...
by Phil Sayers
28 May 2024, 13:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 263
Views: 105534

Re: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]

I don't have a subscription to read the article and am therefore assuming the tweet content reflects the article content:

by Phil Sayers
25 May 2024, 17:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 386
Views: 32333

Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

Personally, I think the best bet would be to officially cancel T-32 and build 3 x the Stellar Fearless design or similar. Could have one of them permanently based at Duqm for the LRG(S) requirement, one dedicated to the LRG(N) requirement and the third covering maintenance / refit etc gaps of the ot...
by Phil Sayers
20 May 2024, 19:03
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 125040

Re: The war in Ukraine

There have been a couple of videos in the last few days of multiple GLSDBs precisely striking buildings which may suggest that the GPS jamming issue has been at least temporarily overcome as GLSDB was apparently something of a failure until now due to that (and other problems).
by Phil Sayers
20 May 2024, 18:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 386
Views: 32333

Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

You would imagine that the USMC would also be interested in firing them from ships unless the cost is really exorbitant (or the USN are uneasy about the idea) and so there may be scope for sharing the cost of qualifying munitions for shipboard use.
by Phil Sayers
18 May 2024, 15:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 386
Views: 32333

Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

I would look to find a way the British Army could easily fire MLRS from these ships. Not necessarily a dedicated space as that might be wasteful given that the ability would only occasionally be utilised but in some situations it would be very useful and we should look for something more optimised t...
by Phil Sayers
28 Apr 2024, 16:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)
Replies: 97
Views: 33358

Re: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)

The implication of this video is that new build missiles are now being produced:

by Phil Sayers
10 Apr 2024, 18:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5849
Views: 1585736

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Even with the substantial hike in defence spending, is the Royal Norwegian Navy realistically going to be able to afford 5 x T26? It seems to me that it might be worth them considering either a 2 + 3 or a 3 + 2 mix with T31. Alternatively, 5 x FREMM or similar.
by Phil Sayers
25 Mar 2024, 20:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 618
Views: 229546

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

it was noted of the 16 Apache AH1s not being converted to AH-64E - 1 “too worn out”; 1 ‘fried’ after hitting power lines; 2 for UK-based maintainer training; 2 for Australia ground-based training ; 8 for DSEME at MoD Lyneham; 2 may be donated to museums. Thanks, I guess on that basis the real quest...
by Phil Sayers
25 Mar 2024, 19:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 618
Views: 229546

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Any possibility (or sense) in transferring our remaining (16 I think I have read) AH64D to Ukraine? Obviously there would need to be US permission, a training programme and it might be thought desirable to remove or downgrade the Longbow radar but ultimately Ukraine is currently operating their exis...
by Phil Sayers
18 Feb 2024, 17:42
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 125040

Re: The war in Ukraine

No idea how representative or otherwise the image is but is it just me or does it look like France have asked MBDA to dust-off some of their Spear concepts and turn them into a powered drone?

by Phil Sayers
18 Feb 2024, 17:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19495
Views: 9998220

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The problem with using Cyprus as a naval base is that if Egypt wanted to prevent something we intended to do further east they could refuse warship transit of the Suez Canal.
by Phil Sayers
10 Feb 2024, 13:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4186
Views: 1073148

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Worth making the point that both Ukraine and NATO do consider it very important to get manned Western fast jets in the skies over Ukraine - even though that will be using old aircraft in a high threat environment. They could have gone a different route by deciding to instead spend the money and time...
by Phil Sayers
15 Jan 2024, 18:49
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 125040

Re: The war in Ukraine

Jdam wrote: 15 Jan 2024, 17:11 Has an AEW aircraft ever been shot down? (before today)
Yes - North Korea downed a USN AEW aircraft in the late 60s. I can't think of any other instance though:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969_EC-1 ... n_incident
by Phil Sayers
12 Jan 2024, 19:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 5540
Views: 1640140

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

If / when Mk 41 is added to T31, I'd be amazed if it is 32 cells. Probably 16, maybe 8 IMO.
by Phil Sayers
11 Jan 2024, 13:14
Forum: Deployments
Topic: Caribbean
Replies: 94
Views: 13453

Re: Caribbean

Personally, I do not see much chance of Venezuela proceeding with an invasion because they will be conscious that it could easily end up with war against both the US and Brazil. If however we are thinking that there is a realistic possibility and it is something we should be seeking to deter ourselv...
by Phil Sayers
10 Jan 2024, 19:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19495
Views: 9998220

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How close did the targets get before being engaged with the T45’s guns? 30mm and Phalanx? CAMM would definitely be preferable surely. Another validation of the 57mm/40mm fit on the T31. Probably but not necessarily. If 'guns' means the 4.5 inch it could be said to be a validation of having a longer...
by Phil Sayers
08 Jan 2024, 00:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2866
Views: 830749

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

The thing about Turkey is that objectively the rest of the major players in NATO have been a worse ally to them than they have been to NATO. The root cause of much of the World's current problems with a belligerent Russia, Iran, China etc can be traced back to the lack of stomach to oust the Assad r...
by Phil Sayers
07 Jan 2024, 14:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 6320
Views: 1967734

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

If the government are scrabbling around for potential options should the Houthis just shrug-off airstrikes and continue attacking commercial shipping even after the Gaza fighting ends, then RM / SF commando raids on the Yemeni coast would come into consideration. May well be rejected as too dangero...
by Phil Sayers
07 Jan 2024, 13:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 6320
Views: 1967734

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Yes, I am bias to believe what I want to be true, yet in all honesty I trust Gabriele more than Tabloids with some of the dumbest defence reporters touting up un-sourced rumors. https://twitter.com/Gabriel64869839/status/1743730050472493189 If the government are scrabbling around for potential opti...
by Phil Sayers
04 Jan 2024, 18:19
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 2109
Views: 137525

Re: USA Armed Forces

I think there is no doubt whatsoever that if we had Sentinel still in service it would be massively tasked at the moment conducting sorties over Eastern Europe and latterly also in the Eastern Med. As we would be extensively using it right now it clearly did have real value notwithstanding that othe...
by Phil Sayers
03 Jan 2024, 19:00
Forum: Deployments
Topic: Middle East
Replies: 81
Views: 8621

Re: Middle East

For my money there is no chance of the Houthis heeding this warning (in fact they might escalate their attacks as a show of defiance) and therefore strikes by the US, UK and possibly France (although they are a puzzling absence from the signatories) are likely imminent: https://twitter.com/NationalI...
by Phil Sayers
01 Jan 2024, 13:22
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 125040

Re: The war in Ukraine

Ukraine's naval drones are now coming equipped with their own MLRS. Just firing from range at the naval base as per the video is likely going to be little more than nuisance fire (which does have value mind) unless they get lucky but if they were to approach a vessel at sea they could get close enou...
by Phil Sayers
30 Dec 2023, 15:39
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 342
Views: 30032

Re: Indian Armed Forces

It was about 1000 km's from the nearest part of Iran that is well outside line of sight control systems and to hit a moving target would need to be controlled from another platform like a P-3 MPA or a ship within 150 km's Ah - my mistake as I thought the incident was less than half that distance fr...