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by NickC
26 Sep 2022, 11:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454522
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Not be surprised if the recent fall in £ to US $ would absorb any increase in MoD budget, depends in part how much Treasury bought forward $ for MoD.
by NickC
26 Sep 2022, 11:38
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 704
Views: 22644
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Reuters reporting Ukraine has received from the US its first NASAMS, a Kongsberg/Raytheon air defense system based on the AIM-120/AMRAAM sold to ten countries, claimed range 20 miles and 50,000'. Raytheon developing the AMRAAM-ER with the forward warhead and guidance section of the AIM-120C7 and the...
by NickC
25 Sep 2022, 10:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 711
Views: 216840
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

In today's Telegraph Ben Wallace interview presumably held at the DVD2022 event at the Millbrook Proving Ground last Wednesday/Thursday he made the following comment People will always talk about the regiments – ‘will you bring back the Rifles’, or whatever it is. We are more likely to be bringing a...
by NickC
24 Sep 2022, 15:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 231
Views: 96498
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Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Recently read the August EDR article on the Northrop Grumman new proximity fuzed 30x113mm HEP (High Explosive Proximity) XM1211 round for the lightweight M230LF/XM914 chain gun used on the Apache, 73 kg and can take a recoil force up to 7,400N. XM914 capable of "a very short burst, two to three...
by NickC
24 Sep 2022, 11:11
Forum: Deployments
Topic: Atlantic Thunder Exercise 2022
Replies: 3
Views: 132
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Atlantic Thunder Exercise 2022

A write up by the WarZone of the recent Atlantic Thunder exercise off Scotland, a lot of interesting detail - some quotes "Exercise Atlantic Thunder 22 took place from September 1-12, with the main exercise — including the SINKEX — taking place on September 7, in waters off the northwest coast ...
by NickC
20 Sep 2022, 13:38
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 704
Views: 22644
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Moskva sinking Interesting video, claims sight of Russian maintenance report that has recently surfaced on Moskva that was issued 14 days before start of Ukrainian invasion, a horror story of hardly any of its weapon systems working, its propulsion system and steering had major defects and the damag...
by NickC
20 Sep 2022, 10:13
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 704
Views: 22644
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

September 16th Inside Defense reported DOD sending $600M in additional military aid to Ukraine, total US aid $15.8 billion since August 2021, Additional $600 million :- - Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) - 36,000 105 mm artillery rounds - 1,000 precision-guid...
by NickC
14 Sep 2022, 12:43
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 262
Views: 13375
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Re: MBDA (UK)

Please correct me if wrong but one lesson from Ukraine is that helicopters, including attack helicopters, are not survivable on battlefield if within range of missiles like Starstreak etc. The opposite of survivors bias. You're only seeing the aircraft that have been shot down. My general impressio...
by NickC
14 Sep 2022, 10:19
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 262
Views: 13375
United Kingdom

Re: MBDA (UK)

Please correct me if wrong but one lesson from Ukraine is that helicopters, including attack helicopters, are not survivable on battlefield if within range of missiles like Starstreak etc. The US Army have been test firing the Spike-NLOS at ranges of up to 23 miles from the Apache and making an inte...
by NickC
14 Sep 2022, 09:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5771
Views: 1582659
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

According to the reporter if understanding correctly if the USAF selects either of the new gen GE XA100 or P&W XA101 AETP engines which will give the F-35A a range increase of 25% and 10% in thrust (in preference to an updated P&W F135 which gives 10% range and thrust increase) would not be ...
by NickC
13 Sep 2022, 09:45
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 547
Views: 19044
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Re: German Armed Forces

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine Germany is taking the threat of missile attack seriously, for ten plus years they dithered over buying the MEADS/TVLS SRBM BMD system with its Patriot missiles to defend from the Iskander SRBM deployed in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on the Polish bord...
by NickC
09 Sep 2022, 13:30
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 547
Views: 19044
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Re: German Armed Forces

Damen with the design of the new German F126 166m/~10,000t frigate have chosen an all diesel propulsion system, no GTs, it would appear to be CODLAD. Main engines are two medium speed MAN V32/44CR diesels, assuming the 12 MW 102t 20 cylinder version, with soft resilient mounting system to meet shock...
by NickC
07 Sep 2022, 15:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7608
Views: 1917954
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

NavalNews reporting Babcock have won two ancillary contracts for the Polish frigate variant of the T31 "The Class Design Contract and the Transfer of Knowledge & Skills (TOKAT) framework agreement respectively support the further development of the programme and the enhancement of shipbuild...
by NickC
03 Sep 2022, 12:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 117
Views: 18069
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Re: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

…are the RN telling porky pies or is there another reason why RN reporting the lower speed of 26 knots The RN figure is maximum sustained speed NOT top speed. The RN quotes top speed NOT maximum sustained speed MikeKiloPapa "..ship maximum speed is almost always defined at 90% MCR at vessel fu...
by NickC
02 Sep 2022, 13:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 117
Views: 18069
United Kingdom

Re: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Absalon class is 24 knot max in Danish standard. In Danish standard, Iver Huilfeldt class is 30 knots, while T31 shown in RN standard is 2 knots slower. RN actually quote T31 top speed as 26 knots with the same engines and hull as the IH, MikeKiloPapa wrote that F362 Peter Willemoes was clocked at ...
by NickC
02 Sep 2022, 10:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 815
Views: 281824
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Some interesting comments here from The DS. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/09/02/ben-wallace-submarines-rather-ships-could-royal-navys-future/ Ben Wallace: Submarines rather than ships could be the Royal Navy's future "Mr Wallace pointed to the emerging threat of surveillance techno...
by NickC
31 Aug 2022, 10:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4938
Views: 1341515
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

This question is even more relevant now that BAE is now investing in the Infrastructure at Govan. Even if this investment only increases building efficiency by 10% the ultimate cost of a 9th hull may be roughly comparable to a T31. I would have thought highly unlikely that the T26 would ever be rou...
by NickC
24 Aug 2022, 13:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1204
Views: 374877
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

A possible future alternative method of making ammo, if to be believed more accurate and uses less powder and so cooler prolonging life of rifle/barrel ?

by NickC
30 Jul 2022, 14:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454522
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The RN acquired 72 DS30Bs and (so far) 38 DS30Ms, so we have plenty of the former for use on auxiliaries (2 on each existing vessel would be 22 systems, with maybe another 18-20 reserved for future vessels), with some left over for the B1 OPVs (though they probably don't need much more than a singl...
by NickC
07 Jul 2022, 16:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4938
Views: 1341515
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

As regards T26 engineering maturity and gearbox issues. Is it surprising when we haven't ordered any gearboxes for twenty years since the last T23. My understanding the T26 DB MGR development was based on that of the Astute DB gearbox, if so much more recent than 20 years ago. PS Think Dreadnought ...
by NickC
07 Jul 2022, 14:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 979
Views: 202592
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

it would appear yesterday Ben Wallace in his appearance before the Defence Committee announced a U-turn on buy of an interim anti-ship missile replacement for Harpoon, the RN in current negotiation for one. Feb '22 https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/uk-confirms-cancellation-of-i-ssgw-pro...
by NickC
07 Jul 2022, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4938
Views: 1341515
United Kingdom

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

T26 slipped another full year towards end 2028 as reported above, 12 years from start of build, Mark Francois Con asked why Japanese can build Mogami class in 3 years (5th ship launched in June). Adm Gardner Director General (Ships) excuses for the delay due to Covid, lack of eng'g maturity of the B...
by NickC
06 Jul 2022, 11:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4938
Views: 1341515
United Kingdom

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

Thought the Thales comments on the benefits of the X-band over S-band radar for Belgium/Dutch MCM ships for use in short range defence and their advocacy using X and S band as complimentary as in the USN Burkes, with the recent sinking Moskva cruiser and the resupply ship by anti-ship missiles, the...
by NickC
05 Jul 2022, 10:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4938
Views: 1341515
United Kingdom

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

FWIW BAE S-band AWS-10 a 2D radar and the Terma X-band Scanter 4603 lost out to the Thales AESA X-band NS54 '4D' radar for the twelve Belgium/Dutch 2,800 MCM ships. The NS50 radar can both act as a surveillance radar and also the FCR for its Bofors 40mm gun........ Why are you quoting an 18 month y...
by NickC
04 Jul 2022, 13:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4938
Views: 1341515
United Kingdom

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

FWIW BAE S-band AWS-10 a 2D radar and the Terma X-band Scanter 4603 lost out to the Thales AESA X-band NS54 '4D' radar for the twelve Belgium/Dutch 2,800 MCM ships. The NS50 radar can both act as a surveillance radar and also the FCR for its Bofors 40mm gun Legacy 2D radars limited to providing rang...