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by Poiuytrewq
19 Apr 2024, 19:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

• Captas 4 for T31s and Captas 2 for the RB2s. What would the point of a towed array on the RB2s be? T31 can either carry weapons it self or an armed helicopter to prosecute the sub, what is a River meant to do? Scare it way just by pinging away on its sonar? A valid tactic I suppose. If they were ...
by Poiuytrewq
19 Apr 2024, 18:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

In an effort to move the discussion along a bit. I am pleased you have conceded that at least in the short term RN must make the most of the T31. That’s progress . Optimising the T31 is a totally opposite proposal to coalescing around a Tier1 escort fleet and ditching T31/T32. Different discussion....
by Poiuytrewq
19 Apr 2024, 17:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Also, you are completely ignoring the threat today, let alone the future. Even with some of the unfunded bells and whistles people want to add to the GP T31 it will not be enough. These ships have been designed to run away gracefully, nothing more. I believe the correct term is "bravely run aw...
by Poiuytrewq
19 Apr 2024, 00:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yes there are too few AAW Destroyers, let’s solve that by buying more. When? 2045? Are you wanting build more T45? The T83 is a very long way away. You are overstating the scale - we are talking about a few ships that need to be escorted, a fleet of 17-20 ships could do this also when needed. How a...
by Poiuytrewq
18 Apr 2024, 21:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I said a T45 was needed here as the primary threat is from missiles and UAVs - that’s exactly what we have now. The Red Sea is a tasking for relatively cheap choke point escorts in numbers as is Hormuz etc. RN don’t have enough T45 to be wasting precious assets on flash points. They need to concent...
by Poiuytrewq
18 Apr 2024, 20:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The T31 fans here implicitly support this view because most of their arguments involve mythical T31+'s that have had oodles of extra money spent on them. They are no more mythical than extra T26 at this stage. Virtually no one has been more critical of the T31 than I have with the endless missed op...
by Poiuytrewq
18 Apr 2024, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Two or three T31 for the same £1bn depending on how they are configured would add a lot more. Such a cheap T31, 330 GBP a pop, cannot do any good AAW. Are you suggesting that the T26 will be a more accomplished choke point AAW Frigate than a T31 if they both embarked the same number of CAMM? Why?
by Poiuytrewq
18 Apr 2024, 15:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

You have to plan with the budgets / people you have not what you wish for. That statement doesn’t exactly help your argument for more unfunded T26. We can see that instability already - there are two large competing global pacts now with a sizeable third group of countries such as India sitting on ...
by Poiuytrewq
18 Apr 2024, 09:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

- Do you accept that the RN surface fleet has never been so small and that every vessel capabilities count? Yes - Do you accept that the proliferation of sophisticated weaponry has never been so wide? Yes - Do you accept that money and crewing issues means more of the same is not sustainable? The c...
by Poiuytrewq
18 Apr 2024, 08:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5669
Views: 1484315
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

sol wrote: 18 Apr 2024, 08:15 ….it would impact deliveries for RN, and might cause some capability gap….
If two NATO members are combining to replace their ASW Frigates with a bleeding edge top level capability if any temporary gap occurs is it not NATO’s responsibility to fill it?
by Poiuytrewq
18 Apr 2024, 00:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Repulse wrote: 17 Apr 2024, 22:12 Buy the right ships for the job, don’t do it half arsed and don’t pretend buying even more of the same is an answer.
Do you accept that there is no historical precedent in the Royal Navy for what you are insisting is the only way forward?
by Poiuytrewq
17 Apr 2024, 20:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Shock horror what about some SM6 to go in the Mk41 VLS rather than Aster which don't.* You want to add SM6 to the T31 at almost $5m a missile? Seems unlikely. Not specifically T31, T26 too if we want hypersonic and ballistic on them. What would be cheaper buying from Raytheon or getting MBDA France...
by Poiuytrewq
17 Apr 2024, 19:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

tomuk wrote: 17 Apr 2024, 19:38 Shock horror what about some SM6 to go in the Mk41 VLS rather than Aster which don't.*
You want to add SM6 to the T31 at almost $5m a missile?

Seems unlikely.
by Poiuytrewq
17 Apr 2024, 19:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

….If it is mini-sub in Persian Gulf, how about several dozens of slowish UUVs and USVs with active VDS + TASS, with Sat-Com? If it is in a confined water, emerging UUV/USV technology is a bigger threat against submarine much more than a surface vessel. Sounds like a larger deployment than even a T3...
by Poiuytrewq
17 Apr 2024, 17:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 357
Views: 75495
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

SW1 wrote: 17 Apr 2024, 16:34 An interesting graphic
Very interesting.

Another one for the Nordics may be even more revealing.
by Poiuytrewq
17 Apr 2024, 17:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 223
Views: 80360
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

SW1 wrote: 17 Apr 2024, 17:13
Poiuytrewq wrote: 17 Apr 2024, 17:12
SW1 wrote: 17 Apr 2024, 14:53 Skis on a light gun
Low cost solution. Great.
I wonder if you could attach it to a skidoo
Low friction so moving it isn’t hard.

Tackling the slopes and employing effective breaking downhill may be problematic.
by Poiuytrewq
17 Apr 2024, 17:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 223
Views: 80360
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

SW1 wrote: 17 Apr 2024, 14:53 Skis on a light gun
Low cost solution. Great.
by Poiuytrewq
17 Apr 2024, 15:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The Iranians have a significant fleet of mini-subs which have really tested the Royal Navy. Agreed the threat is clear. Also UUVs will proliferate further and become a growing threat. What is needed to counter that? Is it a T26 or more likely something deployed from a T31 or T32. A Captas 2 or 4 in...
by Poiuytrewq
17 Apr 2024, 12:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I would have thought the Falkland & West Indies Guard ships do an important job, replacing escorts in both APT(N) & APT(S). Arguably, there should have been one based in Gib for many years, to perform a similar task in the Med and along the West African coast, again a job that doesn't need ...
by Poiuytrewq
17 Apr 2024, 12:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19340
Views: 9714246
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

You will simply dismiss them as you don’t wish to do them and so the argument will go around in a circle. As an effort to move the debate on. Simple question for anyone that feels like answering. What could a T26 with 48x CAMM in mushrooms and 24x MK41 Strike cells do better than a T31 with 32x Mk4...
by Poiuytrewq
16 Apr 2024, 14:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 6128
Views: 1861831
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Markam wrote: 16 Apr 2024, 14:27 Maritime centric strategy.
How do you see that working?
by Poiuytrewq
16 Apr 2024, 09:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5669
Views: 1484315
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

The £11bn for all 13 was let slip by an Admiral back in 2014. The only relevant thing now is what an additional batch would cost. Adjusted for inflation the cost of the last batch of 5 is now £920m. Just with average inflation that cost will rise by £30m-£40m per annum. They are a £1bn Frigate now ...
by Poiuytrewq
16 Apr 2024, 00:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Labour's likely defence policy
Replies: 95
Views: 869
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Re: Labour's likely defence policy

It's been stated time and time again. What has been stated? Apart from lots of empty announcements and endless criticism of the current incumbents nothing approaching a clear vision for the future of the country has emerged yet. The cash raised from the non-doms appears to have been allocated to mu...
by Poiuytrewq
15 Apr 2024, 21:08
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Labour's likely defence policy
Replies: 95
Views: 869
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Re: Labour's likely defence policy

14 years of Tory austerity and "there's a lot of money that could be moved around". Are you aware of the state of local authorities going bankrupt? The NHS is funding disarray? Schools falling apart? The state of the roads? The lack of big infrastructure projects? Tell me about about Labo...
by Poiuytrewq
15 Apr 2024, 20:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5669
Views: 1484315
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Rome wasn't built in a day it takes time to rebuild capability, Cammells/A&P would love the work if it is at no risk to them, SDA virtually bankrupted them again. A bit of subbing is fine, but the risk goes up the bigger the blocks are. As for Fergusons I wouldn't touch that dumpster fire with ...