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by Ron5
22 Oct 2019, 16:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10499
Views: 872728
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If we were to intro AShMs, say in the guise of JSMs, woud that still be the case? JSM's would only be external, but even then they're not a very heavy store. They're only 900lb's per missile and they're not going to have a dual mount for them. LRASM is a different beast though... Basically, as soon...
by Ron5
21 Oct 2019, 19:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10499
Views: 872728
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

From the Aircraft Carrier Alliance page: "28/11/2018 HMS Prince of Wales mighty diesel generator has been powered-up for the first time marking a key milestone on the road to sending the 65,000 tonne warship to sea next year." See: http://www.aircraftcarrieralliance.co.uk/hms-prince-of-wa...
by Ron5
19 Oct 2019, 00:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10499
Views: 872728
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Not seen any smoke from either of the new carriers. I assume they have the latest exhaust cleaners installed to keep down dirty emissions.
by Ron5
18 Oct 2019, 17:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 389277
Location: United States of America

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

jonas wrote:to meet the Department's time and cost parameters



Yet it appears not to have. But maybe the other guys couldn't either.
by Ron5
18 Oct 2019, 17:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 975
Views: 70647
Location: United States of America

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Because eff the Spanish for stealing British fish for the past few decades plus all the Gibraltar crap.
by Ron5
18 Oct 2019, 17:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 875
Views: 66320
Location: United States of America

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I think there is a common misunderstanding here. GD originally said an Ajax chassis was used in the first mock up that was to gauge army interest in the concept. Use of an existing chassis obviously saved a bunch of time. Other components were begged, borrowed and stolen from existing vehicles. Aft...
by Ron5
17 Oct 2019, 17:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10499
Views: 872728
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

seaspear wrote:Would an f35b landing on a very wet deck generate steam using the downward thrust of it engines in vertical landings ?


Have you noticed how the landing staff get quickly off the deck when the aircraft moves in for its vertical landing. That jet efflux is lethal stuff.
by Ron5
17 Oct 2019, 17:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 875
Views: 66320
Location: United States of America

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I think there is a common misunderstanding here. GD originally said an Ajax chassis was used in the first mock up that was to gauge army interest in the concept. Use of an existing chassis obviously saved a bunch of time. Other components were begged, borrowed and stolen from existing vehicles. Afte...
by Ron5
13 Oct 2019, 04:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I'd be a bigger fool than you if I took everything veterans say at face value.
by Ron5
12 Oct 2019, 19:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I've found veteran's recollections to be rather elastic at times :D
by Ron5
12 Oct 2019, 17:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Funny thing is that this latest discussion all started with a bit of pathetic navy smack delivered by an RAF man. It's a discussion that rears its head once every couple of years or so then fizzles away.
by Ron5
12 Oct 2019, 16:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Bringing this over from the T31 News thread re: HMS Gloucester and Silkworm the RN fired after the missile had missed its target It is only an assumption (and, to be fair, not an unreasonable one) that Missouri was the target. However, the Missouri's Phalanxes did not activate, implying that the in...
by Ron5
11 Oct 2019, 18:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

From the various cgi hints and non-attributable press briefings, I think we can conclude the following options are still being debated for the T31: A.Types and numbers of guns B. E/O or E/O + Radar gun fire control C. Numbers of CAMM D. Possibility of HMS Given that there appears to be a debate, I ...
by Ron5
11 Oct 2019, 03:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1299
Views: 93953
Location: United States of America

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Thank you.
by Ron5
10 Oct 2019, 19:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The current T23 Sea Ceptor fit of 32 missiles includes 2 command and control cabinets, and also 4 launch management cabinets (one for every 8 missiles). Thanks, very informative info. Across the 13 T23s, that would mean a total of 52 launch management cabinets. Eight T26s, each with 48 CAMM, would ...
by Ron5
10 Oct 2019, 18:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

From the various cgi hints and non-attributable press briefings, I think we can conclude the following options are still being debated for the T31: A.Types and numbers of guns B. E/O or E/O + Radar gun fire control C. Numbers of CAMM D. Possibility of HMS Given that there appears to be a debate, I ...
by Ron5
10 Oct 2019, 18:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The current T23 Sea Ceptor fit of 32 missiles includes 2 command and control cabinets, and also 4 launch management cabinets (one for every 8 missiles). Across the 13 T23s, that would mean a total of 52 launch management cabinets. Eight T26s, each with 48 CAMM, would require a total of 48 launch ma...
by Ron5
10 Oct 2019, 18:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1299
Views: 93953
Location: United States of America

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

by Ron5
09 Oct 2019, 17:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I don't think the Type 31's biggest issue is that it is under armed. I think it's under sensor-ed and probably under communicated and under ECM-ed.

Though I would love to see a 5" gun, sigh.
by Ron5
09 Oct 2019, 17:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

shark bait wrote:Right now its under armed and under powered


Under powered?

I don't like the propulsion system design (I had a good chuckle when you described it as container ship power), but in raw power surely it has enough?
by Ron5
09 Oct 2019, 17:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1299
Views: 93953
Location: United States of America

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I know many do not like the organisation of the Mechanised Infantry Battalions that consists of permanent Platoon level battle groups, so here is a Battalion structure that allow such formation to be formed if and when needed. Battalion HQ, with; 2x Boxer Command (HMG, Javelin) Recce Section, with;...
by Ron5
09 Oct 2019, 04:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

.. Also the idea of having sub-classes of Type 31's with some with air defense and some not, is daft. There's only 5 ships total. With tiny fleet numbers, all have to be multi-purpose. Not sure. Full-fat frigate (FREMM/T26), light-frigate (M-class/ANZAC/LaFayette), and surveillance-frigate (Floreal...
by Ron5
09 Oct 2019, 04:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 614011
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I don’t understand why everyone is so optimistic about type 31. Yes, were the ideas people here have talked about (off board systems, USVs, UUVs, compact towed sonars and a decent hull sonar etc) to come to fruition they could be useful vessels. The thing is I don’t see any evidence to support any ...
by Ron5
09 Oct 2019, 04:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 389277
Location: United States of America

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Thank you Aethulwulf for posting the Janes article. very informative. I must admit to a smile after reading the last sentence. Seems in addition to the 2 year delay to the original delivery date, we already have a 30% budget overrun. By my math that makes each ship 300 million each. Excluding the 2...

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