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by shark bait
16 Jul 2019, 10:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413189
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1 wrote:I’m not sure why you are continuing to link this carrier requirement to drones.

Just as an example why the Navy can't build a crap ship then say it'll have drones to offset the capability drop.
by shark bait
16 Jul 2019, 08:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413189
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What is needed is a new class of Warship that is designed to operate as part of the fleet and be able to launch, operate and recover drones and numerous types Kinda like a carrier for aircraft? Not wanting to go into fantasy but perhaps in the future asw drones may be launched via parachute from ai...
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 15:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413189
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Using an aircraft carrier to operate aircraft is a waste now?
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 15:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413189
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This all sounds like a solution in search of a problem. QE has plenty of space for UAV's and the T26 has plenty of space for boats. There is nothing on the horizon that doesn't fit into these categories. Dress it up however you want and the concepts touted over the last couple of days are a massive ...
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 14:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413189
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

There is no drone that can protect a moving carrier from missiles, and there is no drone that can protect a moving carrier from submarines. As long as the Royal navy are in the carrier business they have not lost the requirement for traditional escorts.
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 11:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413189
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Drones do not turn a big patrol boat into a frigate replacement. No way can drones be used to offset such a massive capability climb down.
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 08:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413189
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Avenger style ... would be a very capable vessel The marketing spin is clearly rubbing off on people. Either that or Poiuytrewq uses a new definition of 'capable'. This is a smaller, less powerful, and less robust hull than its predecessor designed 40 years earlier. The Royal Navy is on a capabilit...
by shark bait
10 Jul 2019, 08:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2759
Views: 140147
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

May be better to offset the structure aft of the funnel & the crane to either Port or Starboard Sounds totally reasonable. The Navy should have expected better from this class, but since it was a politically driven rush job important little optimisations like this have gone unchecked. Its such ...
by shark bait
09 Jul 2019, 08:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2759
Views: 140147
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Cannot stop thinking extending the stern by ~2m or so, to Agree entirely. They came so close to creating a modern small naval ship, but missed the opportunity because the decision was such a rush job. The Russians have achieved this with their Project 22160 patrol boat, shame the Brits couldn't hav...
by shark bait
08 Jul 2019, 12:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 594
Views: 36289
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

What on earth is a "real capability"? And what is so special about Venari that generates "real capability"?
by shark bait
08 Jul 2019, 10:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 81840
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think Tempest has to challenge that view.

If the next gen continues on the trend set by its predecessors western air forces will consume themselves. Tempest has to buck this trend. I'd stamp “Perfect is the enemy of good” on the project office door.
by shark bait
08 Jul 2019, 10:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 81840
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I will clarify, I am referring to the mechanical stuff. The F22 has suffered and under-investment on the systems, and Tempest should obviously aim to surpass this. The good news is much of this work can be applied to the current generation, and Tempest has two different platforms (+revenue streams) ...
by shark bait
08 Jul 2019, 09:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 81840
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A future fighter really needs to get cost down and supportability up Yes, this needs to be front and centre. The Swedish nailed this on Gripen, hopefully they can bring a bit of that to Tempest. they would essentially be looking for a Gripen replacement and the RAF looking for a long range, stealth...
by shark bait
08 Jul 2019, 09:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 594
Views: 36289
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Something like the above in Donald's post would be suitable, and sharing the system between different sized platforms is a nice idea. Using Frigates for MCM tasks is a terrible approach. 99% of mine clearance work is performed in low threat environments, there is simply no need to dedicate such valu...
by shark bait
05 Jul 2019, 08:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 84798
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

In other words there is no money so the MOD is playing its favourite card.

Beginning to look like Warrior, soon there will be no point in an upgrade.
by shark bait
04 Jul 2019, 07:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27366
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

That's a list you have made up. The MOD's list looks like this; https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DY-I5z3XkAIjL08?format=jpg&name=small Source; https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/645149/T31e_RFI.pdf I suggest a Bay can do all of the roles de...
by shark bait
03 Jul 2019, 15:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212387
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

I wouldn't be so sure. The Italians will have delivered a whole class of frigate in the time it take the Brits to finish a single T26.

It is definitely quicker to build quicker than currently planned.
by shark bait
03 Jul 2019, 08:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212387
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

Worth noting that the figures above are the total project cost at 2045 prices. The report gives an estate of £1.1 billion in 2017 prices. It also estimates FREMM is 20% cheaper and a Burke is 1% more expensive. https://pbo-dpb.gc.ca/web/default/files/Documents/Reports/2019/Canada-Surface-Combatants-...
by shark bait
03 Jul 2019, 08:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17516
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future ASW

Really clever concept, with some real utility in deep water ASW. It's the other way around. It's too small with too little endurance to operate across the huge search area in the open ocean. However a handful of these could easily be deployed from a pier to patrol a coastal region around sensitive ...
by shark bait
03 Jul 2019, 07:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27366
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

All the photos in this thread are great examples of why the RN should build more Bay Class. They're doing everything the T31 is suppose to, plus more!
by shark bait
26 Jun 2019, 08:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212387
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

Nothing would be sudden, and the MOD import billions of pounds of kit already, I struggle to believe and independent Scotland would become an impossible security risk, but the others are fine. Furthermore treating Scotland like a rebellious colony does nothing to help the union. Scotland is part of ...
by shark bait
26 Jun 2019, 08:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 60657
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Good question.

I struggle to believe they are at all effective. I've used a handheld sniffer and couldn't pinpoint the source of a leak from 2 meters away. I can't imagine doing the same over 10km with loads of other traffic around would yield any usable results.
by shark bait
26 Jun 2019, 08:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212387
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

RetroSicotte wrote:The MoD in no sensible way could commit to building them up here during that period.

Why not?

I think it gave the MOD a convenient excuse to do things on the cheap.
by shark bait
21 Jun 2019, 07:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17516
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future ASW

Why use such a specialist ship for such a simple task? Any ship with a deck and a crane and even a small harbour could do the job, so it makes little sense to eat into precious combat resources to do the same thing.
by shark bait
20 Jun 2019, 15:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17516
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future ASW

donald_of_tokyo wrote:These ASW-USV are replacement for SURTASS

Exactly, a network of these could become mobile SURTASS. This is distinct from the rest of the Navys operations, and there's no need to start changing the rest of the fleet to accommodate them.

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