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by ArmChairCivvy
17 Nov 2021, 07:35
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4483
Views: 45504
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

not so much the ever closer union but the easier trade movements The 'iron triangle' of MBT design modified: trade (not just goods, but also services), capital and people ... all three interconnected Now that the UK has sent 'East Europeans' home and is under more threat of stagflation than most, b...
by ArmChairCivvy
17 Nov 2021, 07:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328478
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote: love is lost between Babcock's and Bae
But they do need 'adopted sons' to stretch (and shrink) capacity at low cost... C&L springs to mind
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 16:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328478
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

"ecosystem"
OK, now I understand.

So ;) , we are no nearer to an ecosystem ?
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 16:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13824
Views: 3953942
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Brings to mind: where will Zephyr's value-add be
- in satellite -like images (not far off from targeting; perhaps more 'on-line)?
- or, in comms linking (satellite orbits & cost of bandwidht)?
OR in all of these, while thinking of the weight limit on payloads?
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 15:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328478
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Don't think that what I said and you responded are at odds. Or even touch each other, in any way??
- it was not about launch methods, either

"ecosystem" :idea:
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 15:24
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4483
Views: 45504
United Kingdom

Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

Up to Maastrict, we were thinking the same... it was the next bus stop. And as :o the bus was pulling out, the wheels fell off? Not quite, but many things confounded, one of them being the admission of new members in a hurry: a strategic deal, at the insistence of the US... which coincided with the ...
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 06:19
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: EU Combined Military Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 4335
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Re: EU Combined Military thread.

As the document will be finalised in March, Macron might up the mentions of 'strategic autonomy' from the current ONE... if he is still there to do it. At this stage that state of the matters brushes the Franco-German x-pull under the topic... under the carpet There's more than meets the eye here, ...
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 05:04
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Switzerland
Replies: 22
Views: 445
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Re: Switzerland

Lord Jim wrote: if the MoD would do something similar and have the public given access to a live fire practice
The 4-pack Aden version of Hunter (for ground attack) was tested there... doubt the public was invited, though
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 05:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328478
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

tomuk wrote: sent to Cammell Laird to launch RRS Sir David Attenborough
Small, but tangible proof of UK shipbuilding becoming an 'ecosystem' rather than just insular companies, in which type of environment losing one contract kills the whole company off
- cranes to Belfast, and all that
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 04:56
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4483
Views: 45504
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

a 100-year project Agree with all of that, and if you count from 25 March 1957 to Horizon (no, it is not a ship ;) ) 1992, then the project was on track until then, a third-of the way through - to the rest, the @Caribbean comment applies - luckily the WEU was hived off (merged into NATO) so that th...
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 04:47
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1876
Views: 37670
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Lord Jim wrote: I wonder how many KC-47 would be flying now if they had stuck with their original selection?
My thoughts, too, but being a proponent of a liberal, rules-based world order... didn't want to :D bring up a case of nasty protectionism.
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Nov 2021, 04:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3297
Views: 872182
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

From What I understand (certainly room for errors there) is that the LSUs are the ground formations created from a Commando that are part of the LSG which is the total package, ships, helicopters, troops and so on. Each Commando can produce a number of LSUs That's what I gathered, too, from disaggr...
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Nov 2021, 22:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179092
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

A certain 'round-the-world' airframe can stay up v high and provide coverage for the MTF for weeks (and relay satellite images without the need for a roundtrip via a ground station)
- better than NEO-satellites that you will need many of, and this one you can even send 'up' the thread vector
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Nov 2021, 21:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 308
Views: 58333
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote:The ship borne/naval version
You are right and there are two of those: the 'frigate' one, and the Swedish bespoke ASW version, most of the time land-based.
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Nov 2021, 16:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3297
Views: 872182
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Thx @Repulse,
the dsei piece is informative even though it mainly contains only the opening slides of various speeches
- what an LSU is (relative to an LSG) was left as an open question with me
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Nov 2021, 06:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179092
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Anti-ship missiles have speed and rapid deployment on their side - they can be fired and reach the target almost immediately after detecting it. Absolutely, and save for the Pershing-copy PLAN carrier killer, they tend to be stealthy sea-skimmers, meaning that only detection from above will give en...
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Nov 2021, 06:39
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: CHINA
Replies: 349
Views: 7225
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

developing a catapult launched variant of the J-15, an E2D Hawkeye copy/equivalent National Interest makes a play of that copy 'thing' but modularity of design is also quite important in informing carrier design: "Judging from the images, Ordnance Industry Science Technology said that the KJ-6...
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Nov 2021, 06:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3297
Views: 872182
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

How the future MRSS programme is handled and how many are produced will determine the number of LRGs in the future This https://res.cloudinary.com/damen-shipyards2/catalogue/defence-and-security/landing-ships/lst-120h/product-sheet-landing-ship-transport-120h.pdf was proposed as a base design and f...
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Nov 2021, 06:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)
Replies: 1223
Views: 19162
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Re: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)

Nothing is ever simple. At least the battle lines for APS (OTS, meaning already integrated in the AFV design) have been drawn for the European market: "The new Germany-based venture, dubbed EuroTrophy, is charged with finding new takers for the defensive technology and leading any vehicle-integ...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Nov 2021, 20:09
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 346
Views: 4497
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Re: Coronavirus

Post-decision (alluded to upthrread andfeatured at length on today's SkyNews) the Austrian Chancellor gave this rationale (having started with the gvmnts' first and foremost responsibility that often gets repeated on these pages): "Mr Schallenberg stressed that while the seven-day infection rat...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Nov 2021, 08:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 308
Views: 58333
United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

expected performance criteria such as range, payload etc etc so it is actually pretty vague at this point. I think it is just a reflection of 'them' this time being serious about MOTS... rather than just quoting the intention and then going into extensive modifications - I bet the budget is already...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Nov 2021, 08:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3297
Views: 872182
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Our RM definitely isn't modelled as a mini-USMC, but there is no hurt in comparisons - especially of the trends that are emerging as for amphibious shipping supporting the embarked and landed force. The Naval Ops study stated "need 31 traditional amphibious ships in the appropriate mix, which i...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Nov 2021, 20:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 308
Views: 58333
United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Lots of 'on the one hand, and on the other' but: "Airbus is pushing strongly for a European-built system, an industry source told Defense News. Leonardo has also advocated for that option, but also indicated it wants to participate in the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program, Jaworowski not...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Nov 2021, 19:18
Forum: UK Defence Forum
Topic: Delete profile
Replies: 6
Views: 130
United Kingdom

Re: Delete profile

Sorry to be sarcastic, but 'internet' never forgets
... may be the platform is a clone of Facebook :lol:

@arfah went into an extraordinary effort of deleting all of his posts. Not for regret; but for withdrawing 'support'.

None of my business really, but why are you asking?
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Nov 2021, 17:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Bae did spend on improving facilities as part of the Type 26 contract. Just not up to the level of a frigate factory. 50% is not quite what it could/ should have been ... been giving 'you' - no, everyone that is :lol: - some conditions that may have been operating in the margins (and @tomuk did add...