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by NickC
16 Jul 2019, 10:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76713
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

So on average each T45 deployed 80 days/22% of year, a good, bad or very indifferent record for a fleet of six ships? Understand USN Burkes ~135 days whose ships date back to the 90's and with the new FFG(X) USN aiming to more than double that figure. No reason given why MoD did not report differen...
by NickC
16 Jul 2019, 09:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76713
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1150307530331119618 https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1149643558850142210 Would note the DS30M Mark II guns (30mm Bushmaster II) might have a 200 RPM but as barrels air cooled can only fire in burts of ~5 sec before stopping to allow barrel to cool, secon...
by NickC
16 Jul 2019, 09:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76713
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

Type 45 Destroyers: Deployment:Written question - 275139, asked by Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham) : 09 July 2019 To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times the UK's six Type 45 destroyers have been put to sea in the last twelve months. Answered by: Stuart Andrew : 15 July 2019. The nor...
by NickC
15 Jul 2019, 14:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2477
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVhQB_1iGeo Thales video of the LMM ground firing trials in February/March from the same launcher and with the same sensor ball that will be used to fire it from RN Wildcat helicopters. The trials consisted of six LMMs being fired from the Thales-designed launcher sys...
by NickC
13 Jul 2019, 17:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418883
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

PLAN ships launched in first six months of 2019 4x Type 052D+ (or Type 052E) variant ~7,000t destroyer with the 1 - Lengthened helo pad (for 10t Z-20?) said to be copy/variant of UH-60 2 - New surveillance radar, VHF band AESA with 12 modules? negates the fifth generation fighters stealth RCS capabi...
by NickC
06 Jul 2019, 10:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418883
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Article on DefenseNews yesterday, interesting comments made by Fincantieri on upgrades made to FREMM for their contender for the FFG(X) contract as USN insisting on better survivability. Fincantieri added about 300 tons of steel "the extra steel is going into scantling, ballistic and frag prote...
by NickC
05 Jul 2019, 17:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2477
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

RN press release states Martlet (LMM) has >6 km range, half the speed (Mach ~1.6) of the Starstreak (HVM) >7 km range, the lighter Martlet can be fired from a small shoulder launcher and the operator guides it using a joystick which controls a laser beam on which the missile flies, said to give grea...
by NickC
04 Jul 2019, 18:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214084
Location: United Kingdom

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

Some random thoughts and quotes from the Canadian report, The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), The Cost of Canada’s Surface Combatants: 2019 Update, 20 June 2019 PBO "A key cost driver is the weight of the ship. Ship displacement represents the primary factor in the model’s cost estimating r...
by NickC
03 Jul 2019, 13:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214084
Location: United Kingdom

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

@shark bait, thanks for locating source document, interesting read and good information, will study when have time.
by NickC
02 Jul 2019, 15:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418883
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

20th June RID reports Italians it appears finding funding to re-instate development of the CAMM-ER, with nominal €1 million this year, €10 million in 2020 and €15 million in 2021, to be completed by 2024 at total budgeted cost of €95 million. From <https://www.portaledifesa.it/index~phppag,3_id,3109...
by NickC
01 Jul 2019, 15:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214084
Location: United Kingdom

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

Canadian programme budget cost for fifteen T26 Parliamentary Budget Office report puts latest estimate at C$70B ~£42B , ~£2.8B per ship, no figure given for cost of tax included, if DND estimate holding of C$58/60B excluding taxes equate to ~£2.4B per ship, no breakdown of costs, state first ship to...
by NickC
21 Jun 2019, 19:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214084
Location: United Kingdom

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

USN have issued final RFP for the FFG(X) "The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to issue a solicitation under full and open competition in the upcoming weeks for the detail design and construction (DD&C) of guided missile frigates under the FFG(X) program. The solicitation will pro...
by NickC
19 Jun 2019, 13:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418883
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

but could it be a good move for the RN to move to a mix of 76 mm and 40 mm for both the T-45 and the T-31 and do away with the 114 mm the 30 mm and Phalanx on these ships to have a armament like so I've said it before but the Mk8 is a dinosaur - smart ammunition is the future and the Mk8 is never g...
by NickC
18 Jun 2019, 12:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 277599
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

*1: In 57mm case, 3P ammo is standard, as I understand? Think posted before L3 won the USN contract for 57mm Advanced Low-Cost Munitions Ordnance round, ALaMO :crazy: , beating off the BAE ORKA developed from the BAE 3P round. ALaMO costing ~50% more than standard non-guided round, but kill taking ...
by NickC
01 Jun 2019, 13:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418883
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Russia announced it will be developing a new advanced anti-ship missile specifically for its Su-57, a fifth generation fighter/attack a/c, a larger and faster Russian F-35, minimal info on missile, mention it will be active homing. Have seen figures where stealth attack aircraft and missiles eg LRAS...
by NickC
31 May 2019, 12:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418883
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Mk 110 BAE Inc Bofors 57mm main gun US Ammunition Production - L3 won the US Navy contract for the 57mm Advanced Low-Cost Munitions Ordnance, ALaMO, in 2018, to counter boghammar threat of ~30 boats, ALaMO round gives guidance capability to take out gun errors to compensate even at max range of the ...
by NickC
30 May 2019, 13:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 277599
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I think you will find that USN vessels by the end of WWII had far more AA than that. The final class of Battleships, the Iowas had 10 dual 5 inch DP guns, 20 Quadruple 40mm Bofors Guns and 49 single 20mm Oerlikons. Even their Light Cruisers by the end of the war had 6 dual 5 inch DP guns, 4 quadrup...
by NickC
29 May 2019, 12:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 277599
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

T31e CIWS - WWII era CIWS and today WWII Oerlikon 20mm/70 Cyclic 450 RPM , practical 250-320.(tried to post pic twin Mark V Mtg on Starling though only 61 KB message says sorry the board attachment quota has been reached) Bofors 40 mm L/60 Model 1936 "British water-cooled version was developed ...
by NickC
26 May 2019, 10:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214084
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ron5 wrote:Mixing in personal opinion with quotes from an authoritative article is intellectual dishonesty.


I do apologise as thought it would be self evident that highlighting a major defect in the product would not be part of the salesman's spiel.
by NickC
25 May 2019, 11:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214084
Location: United Kingdom

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

NavalNews video interview with BAE Inc from SAS2019 on their Mk45 Mod 4/62 5"/127mm main gun with the Italian Leonardo Vulcano round. Mk45 current ballistic ammo has a current max range of 13nm / ~24km, BAE Inc looked at various alternatives but went with the Vulcano as had the longest max ran...
by NickC
24 May 2019, 10:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214084
Location: United Kingdom

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

NavalNews video interview with BAE Inc from SAS2019 on their Mk45 Mod 4/62 5"/127mm main gun with the Italian Leonardo Vulcano round. Mk45 current ballistic ammo has a current max range of 13nm / ~24km, BAE Inc looked at various alternatives but went with the Vulcano as had the longest max rang...
by NickC
21 May 2019, 16:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 25937
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

RAF awarded contract to Spanish company Indra last week for one of their Lanza Long Tactical Range 25 radars, max. range ~ 210 to 240nm, to be delivered before year end. The LTR-25 is a L-band (frequency range of ~1-2GHz with a wavelength range of ~30-15cm) solid-state 3D long range radar, planar ar...
by NickC
18 May 2019, 11:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418883
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Damen showcasing their Crossover at IMDEX Asia 2019 for the Singapore MRCA, Multi Role Combat Vessel, upcoming competition, new frigates planned to replace their Victory corvettes from approx 2025. 130m; 19.6m; 5,300t; 28 knots; crew 108 to 128, accommodation ~ 250 The scale model on display fitted ...
by NickC
14 May 2019, 11:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418883
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

FREMM cost's around €1,000m/unit @ 2028 prices. FTI will cost around €760/unit @ 2028 prices. Not insignificant. The Spanish Ministry of Defence and Navantia signed contract 23rd April for five of the new F110 frigates worth €4.3M, build cost €3,700, €740M each / ~£640M, balance €600M design etc. j...
by NickC
09 May 2019, 23:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214084
Location: United Kingdom

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

Hint, might be totally unrealistic, that LM will drop the LSC Freedom hull as the basis of their bid for the USN FFG(X) and use the T26 H,M & E as with their winning bid for the Canadian CSC contract. Problems that LM have with their LCS Freedom hull is that with its max 3,500t displacement its ...

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