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by tomuk
23 Jun 2022, 20:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 952
Views: 197488
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Whatevers happening with FCASW we need both an interim and a longer term lower end weapon. We should just buy some NSM plus you could get some good PR and dress it up as friendly defence coop with Norway and Australia maybe throw in a couple of extra P8s too.
by tomuk
23 Jun 2022, 20:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)
Replies: 443
Views: 173445
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Re: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)

.50 cal in pods is possibility as they would be carrying ammo for the ships .50 cal anyway plus cheap as chips. Rocket pods, not such a fan, more logistics and stocks to deal with just fit Martlet and/or Sea Venom I can't see any reason why you couldn't apart from the integration/clearance costs. Th...
by tomuk
23 Jun 2022, 01:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7593
Views: 1902735
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

The forward missile silo is interesting.
by tomuk
21 Jun 2022, 18:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 261
Views: 22190
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Also lets not forget that on Leopard 2 Rheinmetall do the turret and gun and KMW do the hull and powertrain. With KMW merging with Nexter Rheinmetall don't have a hull to pit their turret on.
by tomuk
20 Jun 2022, 06:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417857
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Scimitar54 wrote: 20 Jun 2022, 00:51 Solution: If one disco cannot meet the demand, then obviously two or more may be required! :idea:
Are there any good clubs in Adelaide?
by tomuk
19 Jun 2022, 21:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417857
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We need to finish the Astutes ASAP, build the Dreadnoughts at pace and drop straight onto SSN(R). A disco drumbeat rather than a waltz.
by tomuk
18 Jun 2022, 01:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 261
Views: 22190
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

If necessary you could fit an MTU to Challenger. However Caterpillar offer a number of upgrades to the CV12 taking it up to 1500hp. Back in 2018 it was available as a new build in 1000, 1200 and 1500hp flavours. The was the possibility of the CV12 going in a new Turkish tank due to some reticence by...
by tomuk
17 Jun 2022, 20:08
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4524
Views: 84181
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

https://twitter.com/EBU_HQ/status/1537736937124950017 Nooooooooooooo!!! 1) Why post this to the Brexit thread? The EBU is nothing to do with the EU. We haven't left the EBU. 2) I think its good that we get the chance to host. We already pay for a majority of the ESC through the BBC anyway due to be...
by tomuk
03 Jun 2022, 16:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 398
Views: 131835
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Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Why must the military always take old planes at the end of there production runs, this isn’t even the max airframe, as opposed to newer ones that are more efficient, much longer ranged for there pacific task and with more onboard power? The 767 is at the end of its production run. The small demand ...
by tomuk
27 May 2022, 23:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1642
Views: 470612
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Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

I suppose it would be technically possible but do we really want to waste T45s having them bobbing around at sea on station.
Aren't there six Arleigh Burkes stationed at Rota on BMD duties to keep two on patrol.
by tomuk
26 May 2022, 15:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1323862
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Yes Artisan is now available as a range 100, 200, 300. Scalable across different sized platforms. In the brochures it says that the 100 and the 200 can be upgraded to 300 spec. Can be easily upgraded to ARTISAN 300 through additional spares and software upgrade What are these spares? Extra rows of T...
by tomuk
25 May 2022, 19:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1642
Views: 470612
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Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

To me that sounds as if RN not serious about Martlett When were they ever serious about Martlett? One trial was carried out on HMS Sutherland where they strapped a prototype Wildcat launcher to the side of one of the DS30 mounts. This was then hyped up on this forum and other comment sites as it be...
by tomuk
25 May 2022, 19:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1323862
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

which was held up by some historic wrought iron gates. A bit more than some wrought iron gates, it is the 'FORMER ENGINE WORKS OF FAIRFIELD SHIPBUILDING AND ENGINEERING COMPANY' "The finest surviving engineering works in Scotland and perhaps in Britan "(Hume, 1976, p24). It is probable th...
by tomuk
24 May 2022, 20:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1323862
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Personally looking at the transcript I thought the union rep talked alot of sense. South Korea isn't Glasgow in Winter And Glasgow isn't Turku, Finland in the winter either. Ships are welded outdoors all over the world with no issue. https://dvzpv6x5302g1.cloudfront.net/AcuCustom/Sitename/DAM/091/1...
by tomuk
24 May 2022, 20:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1323862
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Can everybody calm down it is complete nonsense based on a bit of gossip from a union official who wouldn't know a deck plate if he tripped over it. Of course it would be nice, and cheaper, to build the T26 in a covered hall but hundreds of ships are built all over the world outside. Think comment ...
by tomuk
23 May 2022, 18:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1323862
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Can everybody calm down it is complete nonsense based on a bit of gossip from a union official who wouldn't know a deck plate if he tripped over it. Of course it would be nice, and cheaper, to build the T26 in a covered hall but hundreds of ships are built all over the world outside. Here is on of t...
by tomuk
23 May 2022, 01:39
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1789
Views: 54960
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Re: Australian Defence Force

Little J wrote: 23 May 2022, 00:12 Well our E-7's have a good excuse, non have entered service yet ;) :wave:
Could they not have done a zoom call from the hangar at Birmingham Airport :D
by tomuk
20 May 2022, 00:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 53
Views: 4274
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)



Building a formerly half Chinese helicopter in a factory that has been building aircraft wings for 40 years what could possibly go wrong?
It could be another Ajax.
by tomuk
18 May 2022, 22:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 398
Views: 131835
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Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Maybe it would be better to wait a few year until the USAF have actually received some E7s so we can get the same version
by tomuk
12 May 2022, 01:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1323862
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Is the 'L' shape in the CEFAR radar antennas a new feature? In previous depictions they have been plain squares/diamonds.
by tomuk
12 May 2022, 01:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417857
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

IIRC MoD has funded research for DC grid with GE Marine, presume very unlikely but possible for future T26 batches. Lots of research has been done by MOD, GE and Rolls Royce. DC or at least a a hybrid DC/AC configuration was considered for T45 but the technology wasn't mature. Unfortunately due to ...
by tomuk
11 May 2022, 05:13
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 53
Views: 4274
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

Lord Jim wrote: 11 May 2022, 03:57 Having a common platform for both service and Contractor use would be a positive if the balloon went up and the Contractor operated helicopter fleet was requisitioned by the MoD.
What two dauphines or the equivalent thereof aren't going to make much difference if the balloon goes up.
by tomuk
10 May 2022, 00:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 53
Views: 4274
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

You can propose the helicopter type so it is consistent with your helicopter fleet family plans and can be integrated with your systems this part of it still can be contractor operated. Why would you? You're not maintaining or crewing the helicopter, the contractor is. As long as the proposed helic...
by tomuk
09 May 2022, 21:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 53
Views: 4274
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

Two different things one is the purchase of helicopters the other is the provision of a crewed helicopter service. Or are we proposing that a contractor take over flying the pumas and their replacement?
by tomuk
04 May 2022, 23:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 261
Views: 22190
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

With Curtiss Wright being an American company does the proposed system have any ancestry in UK i.e. Challenger 2 or German i.e. Leopard systems? The particular arm that deals with turret control is Swiss. Ah the former SIG who now specialize in packaging but used to make all sorts of things includi...