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by Ron5
18 Apr 2024, 15:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 55
Views: 5291
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

PS still think that debugging a system on a deployed warship isn't the smartest idea around. After all, that was the approach taken with the Type 45 propulsion system. Saved oodles on money not testing it out onshore first. (Buff)Hoon must be very proud :roll: Type 45 propulsion system was tested o...
by Ron5
18 Apr 2024, 15:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6095
Views: 1753555
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

They knew they needed a new engine in 2006 for power management reasons, uk risk mitigation was the f136 power plant and 18 years later they are getting round to it. I thought a new engine is off the table and they've focusing on improvements to the current. Anyhoo, from this morning's Flight: Frus...
by Ron5
18 Apr 2024, 15:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19313
Views: 9709199
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I agree with @Repulse almost 100% in his view of the Type 31. The T31 is the ultimate in political creations. It's purpose was to 1) take money out of the Defense budget 2) preserve Cameron's promise to build 13 frigates in Scotland 3) To continue the fake image that Cameron/Osborne weren't savagely...
by Ron5
18 Apr 2024, 14:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19313
Views: 9709199
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

My thoughts on the Type 31 is that the platform is flexible in nature, and they can become "multi-purpose" not "general-purpose" in the way they are used. I feel there are negative connotations around the term "general" and it has become something of a misnomer in rega...
by Ron5
18 Apr 2024, 14:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19313
Views: 9709199
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think it was interesting in that if a nation has the airborne assets, sensors and the nuclear submarines then the need for very high end asw surface vessels diminishes as no matter how good they are they are at a disadvantage to the submarine. That's the direction the US has gone. Plus, of course...
by Ron5
17 Apr 2024, 16:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6095
Views: 1753555
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Hopefully this is relevant to Timmy's last comment. From Aviation Week. PS Bronk is a prize twit, totally in the pocket of US manufacturers. Drummond is ex-infantry. F-35 Office Targeting July For Long-Awaited Avionics Upgrade Brian Everstine April 16, 2024 The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) is now...
by Ron5
17 Apr 2024, 15:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19313
Views: 9709199
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

An interesting size comparison:

by Ron5
17 Apr 2024, 13:56
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 55
Views: 5291
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

PS still think that debugging a system on a deployed warship isn't the smartest idea around. After all, that was the approach taken with the Type 45 propulsion system. Saved oodles on money not testing it out onshore first. (Buff)Hoon must be very proud :roll: Type 45 propulsion system was tested o...
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 19:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

The money saved in letting Norway buy a few of T26 B2 could be redirected to buying more F-35B's. Of course, very possible to make that trade off if the Navy owned the aircraft. Next to impossible with the RAF in the way.
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

We will have a smaller fleet of specialists and potiential a larger group of all rounders in the middle. No sure that’s adequate. If funding remains roughly static a more balanced approach is the likely outcome IMO. - 8x T45/T83 - 8x T26 - 8x T31/T32 The cruiser idea for makes little sense for mult...
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 19:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

BAE are already planning on significantly compressing build time once they move into the new shed. Incorrect. Lister is on record as saying the increased efficiency is to get the ships back on the original schedule. there may be an option to revive T32 as a T31 Batch 2 There is. All depends on how ...
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 19:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

History 101 So you can't tell me how so? The RN clearly wanted all 13, and there were rumours of a £11bn price tag, the Treasury said no. Yes but it was the navy who messed up the procurement as such that the price rose to that, out of the RN's budget, so if they did ask the treasury for more then ...
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 14:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

I thought the problem was that they couldn't be built long enough in that location due to some historically valuable buildings behind. Apologies - I'm not explaining very well. I'm not suggesting extending the original sheds (red outline), but covering the area (yellow outline) currently used for o...
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 14:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

new guy wrote: 15 Apr 2024, 14:08
Ron5 wrote: 15 Apr 2024, 13:59


Wrong!! It was the Treasury under Geo Osborne.
How so.
History 101
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 14:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 5477
Views: 1544730
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Markam wrote: 15 Apr 2024, 13:37 I live about 1.5 hours from Yokosuka but I am not so nimble until the weekend at the earliest.

Wonder when she leaves?
Swing by Donald's and give him a ride :D
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 14:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Bit sad that a small country with a tiny navy is thinking of 5 top ASW frigates and the Royal Navy is only going to get 8.
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 13:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Effectively Norway would be funding the 5x T26 that HMG refused to fund. Never thought of it that way. True! We've gone all around the houses to get back to where we should have been from day 1 with a modernised frigate factory pumping out 13 x T26s. Jeez we make life hard for ourselves Navy's faul...
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Well, as soon as the "frigate factory" is complete & build moved into that, BAE could build a simple "warehouse" style shed to cover the area where the frigates are currently being assembled & the adjacent disused slipway - that should provide capacity for at least one, ...
by Ron5
15 Apr 2024, 13:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Caribbean wrote: 14 Apr 2024, 19:43 If the current plans come to fruition, then the T31 will be an extremely potent surface combattant
Please do share. All I've heard is an aspiration to fit Mk 41 VLS of indeterminate size and contents.
by Ron5
14 Apr 2024, 13:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 55
Views: 5291
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

but what do I know. :clap: I know a tad more after reading this: PS still think that debugging a system on a deployed warship isn't the smartest idea around. After all, that was the approach taken with the Type 45 propulsion system. Saved oodles on money not testing it out onshore first. (Buff)Hoon...
by Ron5
13 Apr 2024, 13:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 55
Views: 5291
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

Seems the good Minister is placing most of his faith for the accelerated service date, in his new procurement rules. Specifically the rule that says immature kit should be put into service so that bugs can be ironed out in the field rather than the development lab. Sounds fukking stupid to me but wh...
by Ron5
13 Apr 2024, 13:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

A GP frigate for at least half the price or more can provide a good level of ASW with a TAS and it doesn't need to be modularised. But would your GP frigate actually catch any submarines? If the chances of that are tiny, it's wasted money. There a lots of frigates and destroyers around the world fi...
by Ron5
13 Apr 2024, 13:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/bae-target-dramatic-reduction-in-frigate-build-time/ We aim to reduce the build duration from the first of class being 96 months to the eighth being 60 months. More than that, we intend to compress the interval between ships from 18 months to 12 Now that’s an opportu...
by Ron5
13 Apr 2024, 13:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

serge750 wrote: 12 Apr 2024, 15:35 How much are the Polish T31's costing again ? ( with their better sensers & weopons ! ) every extra add-on costs more ....
About a billion each including all costs, but I think you knew that.
by Ron5
12 Apr 2024, 15:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5665
Views: 1482854
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

You forgot the £100 for them to get a Hogwarts magic wand :D It’s easy to be cynical Ron but would it be more straightforward than what USN is attempting with Constellation? • The forward 32x cell silo would take some substantial re-design. • The addition of hybrid propulsion would take some substa...