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by Ron5
29 Feb 2024, 16:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8459
Views: 2136824
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

So in summary you only want to buy two T32s. As T32=T31B2. No the opposite. Forget about T31 and T32. It’s obscuring. RN needs an improved T31 with a bit more capability. A maximised platform with known bottlenecks removed at build. IMO seven hulls is all that can be managed without further funding...
by Ron5
29 Feb 2024, 16:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47422
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

I thought this an interesting line in the government announcement yesterday on procurement shakeup. “ On exportability, yesterday I published the next stage of our New Medium Helicopter competition – this includes a strong weighting for exports to ensure the high quality rotary work it will support...
by Ron5
29 Feb 2024, 16:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47422
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

Actual long term benefit to British Industry is considerable in the case of the Leonardo offering - which has also been selected by Poland and the US, so it's not exactly an orphan like Ajax. Shutting down a major Uk industry just as we're verging on a hot war with Russia? Not terribly smart. We're...
by Ron5
29 Feb 2024, 16:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47422
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

Actual long term benefit to British Industry is considerable in the case of the Leonardo offering - which has also been selected by Poland and the US, so it's not exactly an orphan like Ajax. Shutting down a major Uk industry just as we're verging on a hot war with Russia? Not terribly smart. We're...
by Ron5
29 Feb 2024, 13:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47422
United States of America

Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

Actual long term benefit to British Industry is considerable in the case of the Leonardo offering - which has also been selected by Poland and the US, so it's not exactly an orphan like Ajax. Shutting down a major Uk industry just as we're verging on a hot war with Russia? Not terribly smart. We're...
by Ron5
28 Feb 2024, 14:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47422
United States of America

Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

If it is true that the services are overwhelmingly in favor of the Black Hawk, and assuming that's based on real objective data (not sentiment), it would be a total disgrace to select one of the other offerings. And yes, even if it goes against the industrial strategy. All offerings are basically bu...
by Ron5
28 Feb 2024, 14:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15375
Views: 4396575
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I'm sure I've asked before but I have forgotten the answer but why on earth do they wear army camouflage?? Especially at sea. I think that its just the aircrew wearing the camouflage uniforms. But I could be wrong. Yeah but why?? They all Navy dudes and dudesses. There's no navy blue version of tha...
by Ron5
28 Feb 2024, 14:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8459
Views: 2136824
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Babcock also states that in order to put those 16 cells in the B position, they had to add a hull plug… I believe 2.3m or 3m, I’m not sure. I do not think this is correct. The 2m plug can clearly be seen on the MNP model. It lengthens the hangar. Not the bow. There may well be a plug amidship to le...
by Ron5
28 Feb 2024, 14:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 5737
Views: 1491065
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Bet it's cheap. The Navy should just get a couple to play with so they can figure out what they're good for :shock:
by Ron5
28 Feb 2024, 13:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8459
Views: 2136824
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Obviously, it's illogical (and financially retarded) for the Navy to throw away brand new Mushrooms in order to replace with expensive ExLs but also I'm not so sure that mixing cold and hot launch missiles in the same VLS is as simple as some here assume.
by Ron5
28 Feb 2024, 13:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8459
Views: 2136824
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Babcock also states that in order to put those 16 cells in the B position, they had to add a hull plug… I believe 2.3m or 3m, I’m not sure. As is, T31 cannot take 16 Mk41 cells in the B position. It can however take 24 CAMM mushrooms, Babcock had a model with it when it first introduced T31. Strike...
by Ron5
28 Feb 2024, 13:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8459
Views: 2136824
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

JohnM wrote: 28 Feb 2024, 06:01 Babcock also states that in order to put those 16 cells in the B position, they had to add a hull plug… I believe 2.3m or 3m, I’m not sure.
I do not think this is correct. The 2m plug can clearly be seen on the MNP model. It lengthens the hangar. Not the bow.
by Ron5
28 Feb 2024, 13:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8459
Views: 2136824
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Does anyone know the cost of CAPTAS-2 and why it why it was discounted for the Type 31? Not in the requirement and even if it was, not containable within the budget. Supposedly, the design allows for a later fit of a HMS of indeterminate origin. Polish Swordfish gets Kingklip Mk2 HMS and Captas 2 t...
by Ron5
28 Feb 2024, 13:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2787
Views: 711276
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Love the comment that asks why it isn't self-deploying :lol:
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 20:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 5737
Views: 1491065
United States of America

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Very tasty. I wonder if the larger one could operate Sea Guardian STOL as well as the carriers. Thanks new guy, nice spot. No Possible way on earth https://media.damen.com/image/upload/q_auto,f_auto,w_1080/catalogue/defence-and-security/multi-purpose-support-ships/MPSS/multi-purpose-support-ship-90...
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 16:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15375
Views: 4396575
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

bobp wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 16:40
Ron5 wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 15:07 I'm sure I've asked before but I have forgotten the answer but why on earth do they wear army camouflage?? Especially at sea.
I think that its just the aircrew wearing the camouflage uniforms. But I could be wrong.
Yeah but why?? They all Navy dudes and dudesses.
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 16:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 5737
Views: 1491065
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Very tasty. I wonder if the larger one could operate Sea Guardian STOL as well as the carriers.

Thanks new guy, nice spot.
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 16:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8459
Views: 2136824
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Discussion on the missile fit out is there. George knows something which we do not, or it is actually his own analysis (which shall be appreciated to some extent, he lives there and can listen to more rumors than us (or, at least me in the far east) :D ). https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/new-frigate...
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 15:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15375
Views: 4396575
United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I'm sure I've asked before but I have forgotten the answer but why on earth do they wear army camouflage?? Especially at sea.
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 15:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047314
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So it appears that the folly of such an underspecced hull (some here might say oversized OPV+) in a more malign world than when the spec was conceived has been realised. Luckily then, or through good judgement, they specified a hull that could be upspecced without complications. The Treasury under ...
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 14:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 349
Views: 64170
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

PS A comment on UKDJ speculates they may want to test with overcharges which sounds like it makes sense. In which case, the UK ranges will definitely not be certified for.
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 14:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15375
Views: 4396575
United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The phalanx haven't been on PWLS for quite a while now. As far as I remember, they were removed when she was in Rosyth, as she would be in dock for an extended period of time that made sense, but not refitted. Nipper was most experienced gunner on these when he left, possibly one of the last to act...
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 14:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047314
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

May be so, but then it was not designed as a dedicated CSG/TAPS escort! It was designed as a GLOBAL COMBAT SHIP, capable of (if not mainly) singleton deployments. One of unintended consequences the cut in T26 numbers “to save money” has left expensively outfitted ships, that in practice may be rest...
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 14:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047314
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Repulse wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 08:16
Poiuytrewq wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 06:47
tomuk wrote: 26 Feb 2024, 18:08 But being able to load ARCIMS isn't the justification for T32 or any other class of five frigates.
So what is the justification for the T32 class?
As a second batch of T31s there isn’t one
Increase number of escorts.
by Ron5
27 Feb 2024, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8459
Views: 2136824
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

That's not going to be in the water anytime soon. So 3 months late and counting. PS looks like its Bob's day to work at Govan :) It looks like June/July at the earliest. According to this story, we should be amazed at the super fast progress: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/new-frigate-takes-shape-...