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by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6232
Views: 480313
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Every walk of life has its own 'ladder' mapping for capability/ maturity/ or whatever else comes to mind :)
- in this case it would be, in due course, from 'presence' to fightability... the latter is also under a trademark (TD's :D )
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 16:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 135348
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Or "Army in the 2020 SDSR"
- as such reviews are mandated a long view
- and we can benchmark the proposed/ eventual outcome against Force 2020 8-)
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 14:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10913
Views: 790687
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

there is a claim that the soon to be introduced AN/SPY-6 [ Oon the Arleigh Burkes flight 111] with the Radar Suite controller will be able to simultaneously track and engage ballistic and airborne threats During Formidable Shield (NATO) 2019 "US Navy Captain Shanti Sethi directed the exercise ...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 09:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 135348
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

possibly replies should be in another thread yes, but which one? equipped to carry out Airborne, Air Assault or ground assault missions We have all the AB we need, all the AirAssault we can afford (in the way of the assets needed to support ops at scale), but what I don't see in the order of battle...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 04:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 226833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

With
Repulse wrote: talk of a civilian HADR solution, the Bays will be able to focus more time on the mothership role being discussed.

yes; but has the idea been dropped since Penny went?
- not sure, haven't seen any mentions (since)
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 04:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11011
Views: 1073008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Not sure if qe design more beneficial to India altho be a great asset I was trying to point out that a ship design is basically a system of systems, just lifting out a few that have already been integrated and tried can be a significant means of risk reduction No doubt paying handsomely for the pri...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 04:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6232
Views: 480313
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ron5 wrote:some. Extra equipment my a$$.

C'on Ron :) , that's the nature of 'lego ships' ... you add bit by bit (and it is cheaper during build).
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 04:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1804
Views: 169190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

has worked in reducing costs. The cost savings are split with Bae, iirc the RAF's share can be spent back in the typhoon force. It is also a huge factor in improving export chances as, believe it or not, other countries base their decisions on over-the-life full costings (of competing alternatives)...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 03:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 128
Views: 24157
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Not having installed CEC on the T-45s doesn't bode well for the RAF getting the capability on its E-7s. If the UK is going to go down the CEC route it should concentrate on linking CROWSNEST to surface platforms and also the F-35s as its priority. Agree. The first go at it was to make the T23s, wit...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 03:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 114
Views: 18059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

Back in the day when I was in automotive, Sisu was renowned as the gold standard for extreme application trucks, the absolute best. We used to import their axles to Australia for very top end applications in the mining industry. A pity we missed out when the Sisu Mammoths were sold off from the Kir...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Jan 2020, 09:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11011
Views: 1073008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

India has been promised EMALS by the US and "India interested in Integrated Electric Propulsion and possibly Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier design" the first within the quote would go nicely with that direction - the latter is just a sign that for years India was ping-ponging the d...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Jan 2020, 09:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 226833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

All I meant was that the evolution of current/future Bays was mapped very conveniently, using appropriate tools that you or I don't have access to (nor would I know :D how to use them). This was done by our fellow contributer with an unpronouncable :) call-sign From all I read the direction seems to...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Jan 2020, 05:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 114
Views: 18059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

The list I made reference to in my above post:
Lord Jim wrote: especially the APC variant will probably end up being built to a far higher spec than was originally envisaged. Add true mine protection, add on armour capability and so on
= being amphibious to tick off the 'etc'
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Jan 2020, 04:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 114
Views: 18059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

Foxhound -despite the fact that the Patrol Version was never ordered- is a platoon level patrol (protected) vehicle: - disperse the patrol, with good connectivity and sensors - trade dismounts for more ammo and whatever it takes to stay... a bit longer than planned, plus space to accommodate any wo...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Jan 2020, 04:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 226833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

continued evolution of unmanned assets (especially MCM) there could be a real purpose. the dinky plastic boats that you or I could use for a wk end of fishing (OK, would assume quite a whopper to be caught :) ) suddenly became 'self-deploying' across the oceans - which has always been a stated goal...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Jan 2020, 04:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11011
Views: 1073008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

topman wrote:It's been an idea for a few years now. It's nothing new. [...]

Manpower and support will be the big issue rather than airframes I think to get this plan up and running.


I seem to remember 5+2 rather than 8?
by ArmChairCivvy
18 Jan 2020, 10:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 226833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

the three points well picked, to relate to our circumstances (and limited T26/T45 numbers) suggest that the T31 has a big role to play to make this an effective strategy ...fully agree, about the much ridiculed (on these pages) T31. Tell me the year when there will be enough of (available) T26s and...
by ArmChairCivvy
18 Jan 2020, 08:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4373
Views: 391562
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

I wonder how the joint Norway-Italy project, to separate mission data from ALIS files, is going?
by ArmChairCivvy
17 Jan 2020, 17:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11011
Views: 1073008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

given the Brexit pomp from the Gov, it’s highly unlikely there will be defence cuts post Brexit. And the ability to pay will have nothing to do with it (I have 'rather forcefully' argued to the contrary... and lies, damn lies and the statistics - that trump all those mentioned before them - will te...
by ArmChairCivvy
17 Jan 2020, 06:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10913
Views: 790687
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

as there is not a radar that can be in two modes of anti ballistic and anti air at the same time this statement would seem incorrect when bringing in international benchmarks for comparison. Some of the discussion, in the run up to the T26 being selected for RAN, suggested that they will become (in...
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Jan 2020, 17:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 341
Views: 44094
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

And of course the Grp 2 winner wouldn't be built in the UK unlike Boxer. yep, and that would make sense -not just because of the low numbers overall, but also due to the muttered strategy of buying 150 ;now; and the same again 'later' makes it imperative to buy from a line that is running and will ...
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Jan 2020, 14:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10913
Views: 790687
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

talk of 2040 reminds me of Keynes quote "in the long run we are all dead", appearance of R&D to form the foundation of a new CMS, if understanding correctly looks similar in concept to that used as basis of the new gen Thales Nederland AWWS CMS for the Damen Omega Dutch/Belgium frigat...
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Jan 2020, 14:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 114
Views: 18059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

Good to have these vids by the folks doing the job... wasn't there some kind of initiative to support that (I guess the vids get screened as a bonus; for not 'leaking' any secrets)? Regardless of the answer to the above, it becomes clear that Foxhound -despite the fact that the Patrol Version was ne...
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Jan 2020, 03:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10913
Views: 790687
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:this could fit in with Type [ 26/]31


Mainly because on the T31 thread the need has been repeated for years.

But you are right: T31 B2 is a future escort... how many are we getting :D ?
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Jan 2020, 03:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 341
Views: 44094
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Quite right. I believe the driver for the choice will be the need for a protected ambulance. Secondary is a troop transport that does not cost an arm and a leg (money terms!) - for the latter the new Finnish Sisu sets a cost benchmark (half a mln), but is too low in the back for ambulance use, so no...

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