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by NickC
24 Feb 2024, 18:33
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1148
Views: 83505
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Re: The war in Ukraine

One Ukranian website think believable, beyond the range of a Patriot, earlier did see a Ukranian MOD X post saying they used a S-200, sure if you search Google you will find it, Russia claiming it was shot down by friendly fire and not for the first time when reporting their losses. https://www.prav...
by NickC
24 Feb 2024, 13:12
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1148
Views: 83505
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Reported yesterday a second of Russia's limited number of operational (9?) A-50 AEW&C shot down, said to be 210 km from the front line with a 60 year old Ukrainian Soviet Union S-200.

Makes you wonder about the survivability of AEW&C a/c e.g. E-7 Wedgetail
by NickC
21 Feb 2024, 10:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 24
Views: 1758
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

There is an assumption that lasers can defend against a high number of near simultaneous threats and do wonder if its a realistic assumption, surely it will depend on the targets resistance to heat and that will vary and the time the laser beam takes to burn thru, the power of the laser, the operat...
by NickC
20 Feb 2024, 10:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 24
Views: 1758
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

There is an assumption that lasers can defend against a high number of near simultaneous threats and do wonder if its a realistic assumption, surely it will depend on the targets resistance to heat and that will vary and the time the laser beam takes to burn thru, the power of the laser, the operat...
by NickC
19 Feb 2024, 10:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 24
Views: 1758
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

There is an assumption that lasers can defend against a high number of near simultaneous threats and do wonder if its a realistic assumption, surely it will depend on the targets resistance to heat and that will vary and the time the laser beam takes to burn thru, the power of the laser, the operat...
by NickC
18 Feb 2024, 12:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 24
Views: 1758
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

I agree that LDEW are not the answer to all our protection needs. But, if a LDEW can be fitted.on warships and others then it's a means of defending against a high number of near simultaneous threats without the limitations of ready missiles. There is an assumption that lasers can defend against a ...
by NickC
17 Feb 2024, 10:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 24
Views: 1758
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSQVZnU0VVc What a load of drivel. Obsesses over the public 50kW power but doesn't understand the nuances of how different lasers have different spot sizes at different ranges and conditions. Just the sort of video\article NickC would like. Technically illiterate and...
by NickC
15 Feb 2024, 13:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 366
Views: 119993
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Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

One well-established design technique is to first "brainstorm" a solution. Simply record all the ideas, no matter how outlandish. Apply no judgements. Encourage "out of the box" thiinking Step two is to go through all the ideas applying judgement, known constraints etc., to arri...
by NickC
14 Feb 2024, 15:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 366
Views: 119993
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Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

... but what system do you fit to deal with the low flying hypersonic missiles that come in below the radar horizon. Sorry to intterupt. But, what is the "low flying hypersonic missiles"? I understand there is no hypersonic missile which can fly low. (if low means not in ballistic ~100 km...
by NickC
14 Feb 2024, 13:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 24
Views: 1758
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

by NickC
14 Feb 2024, 12:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 366
Views: 119993
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Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

Theoretically, T83 should be looking to be the same size or bigger as the italian DDX, a ship which they will use to complement their horizon's. The Japanese Navy have chosen a 17,000 ton destroyer, the ASEV, to give it the necessary stability to fit a large enough variant of the SPY-7 radar, but w...
by NickC
14 Feb 2024, 12:24
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1148
Views: 83505
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Just amazing how different reporters interpret the story

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/02/13/euro ... index.html
by NickC
14 Feb 2024, 10:12
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1148
Views: 83505
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Re: The war in Ukraine

what is noticeable is that none of Kyiv's AA defences including its two Patriot batteries and presumably the SAMP/T battery delivered last June with its Aster 30 Blk 1 missiles was able shoot down the hypersonic Zircon. Is it noticeable? Have no other weapons penetrated Kyivs AA defences since ther...
by NickC
13 Feb 2024, 12:28
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1148
Views: 83505
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Reuters reporting that Russia fired the first of their new Navy Zircon hypersonic sram missiles at Kyiv, (unknown if fired from land or sea). Hit apartment block and killed at least 5, what is noticeable is that none of Kyiv's AA defences including its two Patriot batteries and presumably the SAMP/T...
by NickC
10 Feb 2024, 11:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19020
Views: 7043242
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

S-band wave length is 7.5cm to 15 cm. What frequency ARTISAN 3D is using? Artisan is an E/F band radar 2 - 4 GHz, NATO classification, but generally known under the older IEEE nomenclature as S-band, many navies, not all e.g. SMART-L, led by USN changed from L to S-band with the SPY- 1 as the volum...
by NickC
09 Feb 2024, 11:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19020
Views: 7043242
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

FWIW a poster's comment on Artisan caught my eye on a War Zone article " San Antonio Class Looks Very Different After Shedding Its Stealthy Masts", not very complimentary to Artisan due its high beamwidth at longer ranges. Patrick Chase 9 hours ago This seems a little misleading: Even the...
by NickC
08 Feb 2024, 09:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19020
Views: 7043242
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

FWIW a poster's comment on Artisan caught my eye on a War Zone article " San Antonio Class Looks Very Different After Shedding Its Stealthy Masts", not very complimentary to Artisan due its high beamwidth at longer ranges. Patrick Chase 9 hours ago This seems a little misleading: Even the...
by NickC
07 Feb 2024, 11:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19020
Views: 7043242
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

FWIW a poster's comment on Artisan caught my eye on a War Zone article " San Antonio Class Looks Very Different After Shedding Its Stealthy Masts", not very complimentary to Artisan due its high beamwidth at longer ranges. Patrick Chase 9 hours ago This seems a little misleading: Even the ...
by NickC
05 Feb 2024, 11:46
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: RED SEA - Houthi attacks
Replies: 28
Views: 1067
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Re: RED SEA - Houthi attacks

Known RAF anti-houti Operation so far: tyhoon sorties: 12 Voyager sorties: 6 External fuel pod sorties: 24 Meteor sorties: 12 ASRAAM sorties: 24 Paveway 4's despenced: 48. What would appear is that for a fully loaded Typhon a 2,000 mile radius bombing mission requires one Voyager per two Typhons, p...
by NickC
04 Feb 2024, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1982
Views: 551772
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Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

The following report Feb 1st by Defence Industry Europe saying that Eurosam contract specifically covers both the production of Aster 30 B1 ground and Aster 30 B1NT ground and naval missiles for Italy, it also mentions procurement of additional equipment for the United Kingdom for the Mid-Life Updat...
by NickC
04 Feb 2024, 13:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1982
Views: 551772
United Kingdom

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

I'm confused as understood from the Eurosam PR July 2021 the RN was going to update its Aster 30 Block 0 (Navy) to Block 1NT (new tech) with its new gen higher waveband Ka seeker, improved weapon controller and capable of dealing with ballistic missiles with separable warheads extending its capabili...
by NickC
03 Feb 2024, 12:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8403
Views: 2134507
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Re above Naval News 1st Feb write up on the keel laying of the first approx 7,000t Miecznik (Swordfish) the Polish variant of the Arrowhead 140/T31 design. As mentioned CAMM will be installed on board with a quadpacking solution in Lockheed Martin’s Mk41 VLS (with ExLS Host) enabling a high load-out...
by NickC
02 Feb 2024, 11:58
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: RED SEA - Houthi attacks
Replies: 28
Views: 1067
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Re: RED SEA - Houthi attacks

CNN 1st Feb has reported a Burke destroyer USS Gravely had a close call and to use its last ditch defence system Phalanx, implies the Houthi missile penetrated Burkes missile defence system, ESSM and SM-2's (most likely with an Iranian knock-off of an old Chinese C801). A reminder that missile defen...
by NickC
31 Jan 2024, 14:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5433
Views: 1457286
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Naval News reporting SEA have won a £15 million Canadian contract for LWT launchers and assuming its for the CSC(T26) frigate, understand the RN T26 does not fit a LWT launcher.

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... to-canada/
by NickC
31 Jan 2024, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1982
Views: 551772
United Kingdom

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

The Constellations are the USN's Type 26. Their Type 31 equivalents are being withdrawn from service and will be scrapped or sold off cheap decades before planned. The FREMM before Gibb and Cox have spoilt them for American consumption aren't as good as T26 at ASW. Would you explain your thinking a...