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by tomuk
05 Aug 2022, 04:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1728
Views: 487751
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

A bit wider and nearly 20m longer than RFA Fort Victoria
by tomuk
04 Aug 2022, 21:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1728
Views: 487751
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

So they are basically a build from new RFA Argus. Take on RORO train ferry, remove the train and vehicle decks replace with dry stores and RAS gear.

PS Its an ugly blighter a look of HHGTTG 1981 Marvin the Paranoid Android.
by tomuk
29 Jul 2022, 00:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431987
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Mk41 VLS modules aren't that expensive to begin with. Is really such a good idea to refurbish ones that have been carried around the world's oceans in the Ticos for 30 odd years? What are the recovery\refurb costs? It's known in other programmes that the material state of Government Furnished Equipm...
by tomuk
26 Jul 2022, 22:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431987
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

To me Land Attack and NGFS are secondary roles and should carried out by the second line escorts ie T31/T32. The first line escorts ie T26/T45/T83 should be free to carry out their primary roles of AAW and ASW.
by tomuk
26 Jul 2022, 00:48
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4534
Views: 85963
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

ArmChairCivvy wrote: 25 Jul 2022, 09:44 The British Icon, the (new) Landie is being built in a factory in France
It isn't a British Icon it is a rip off being built by a billionaire with a Land Rover fetish.
by tomuk
25 Jul 2022, 19:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431987
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Something to note on the nuclear fantasies a single PWR3 or SG9 reactor provides a similar 30MW output to the Rolls Royce MT30 turbine. For a surface ship I'd choose the MT30 every time, the costs of nuclear are just gargantuan. How much cheaper would the Fords be if powered by three or four MT30s?
by tomuk
24 Jul 2022, 23:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431987
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Can anywhere else but Barrow-in-Furness built nuke stuff? Barrow, Faslane*, Devonport and Rosyth are licensed as nuclear sites. Cammell Laird also built nuclear submarines, HMS Conqueror being the last in 1970 but it has continued to contribute to more recent builds. It it is still doing fabricatio...
by tomuk
24 Jul 2022, 19:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431987
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As I undrstand it, much of the high cost of T26 was the hull and gearbox designed for quietness with the mission of being a dedicated ASW hunter. Do we meed that on a ship intended to cover a AAW role? Indeed the noise canceling hull use on the type 26 hull and the fancy gearbox is not require on a...
by tomuk
19 Jul 2022, 01:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 410
Views: 133513
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Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

In the linked article Air Commodore Hicks noted: Noting that the company had not built a MESA radar for 10 years prior to receiving the contract for the UK, he says: “There were significant obsolescence issues that Northrop Grumman had to overcome.” This included the need to replace older technology...
by tomuk
16 Jul 2022, 19:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1331912
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Could you use the VL-ASROC kit to launch Sting Ray? I assume its like the kit that is added to the tomahawk for sub launched missiles. Stingray is similar in weight and size to the Mk54 fitted to the latest VL-ASROC so in theory you could. Of course you would need various mods to actually get it to...
by tomuk
11 Jul 2022, 19:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4467
Views: 1132071
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I still think a weapons upgrade is needed for the River B2's which wont upset its sea going days Some small upgrades may be desirable for the Rivers (Radar\Drone\AA Missile) but to deny that the upgrade won't decrease sea going days is naïve. Any upgrades will require more maintenance, support and ...
by tomuk
09 Jul 2022, 02:52
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: UK Politics - General News & Discussion
Replies: 384
Views: 10380
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Re: UK Politics - General News & Discussion

You would think they all would have there ducks in a row before telling him to resign, must be a different set up to Australia as the cabinet is ready to rumble when they knife a sitting PM in AU Don't the local membership of the party have any say? Teresa May became leader without a membership vot...
by tomuk
09 Jul 2022, 01:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1331912
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Maybe poor excuse was the wrong word. Covid has clearly caused issues all over but whatever the actual effect of restrictions has been to trot that well used excuse out in front of a select committee is no ideal.
by tomuk
07 Jul 2022, 18:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1331912
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

My understanding the T26 DB MGR development was based on that of the Astute DB gearbox, if so much more recent than 20 years ago. HMS Astute was laid down 21 years ago so I would imagine it's gearbox design was done before then, if not earlier based on that fitted to the V or T boats. A drumbeat ne...
by tomuk
07 Jul 2022, 14:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1331912
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

T26 slipped another full year towards end 2028 as reported above, 12 years from start of build, Mark Francois Con asked why Japanese can build Mogami class in 3 years (5th ship launched in June). Although Japanese production is certainly quicker we must be careful, unlike Mr Francois, not to compar...
by tomuk
06 Jul 2022, 20:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3698
Views: 914563
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

but given the focus on NATO and zero chance of doing any sizeable independent operations outside of Europe...... .......The key gap is now Aviation Support for amphibious operations for LRG(S) - this should be the clear focus IMO. Having her available EoS allows her to be “ready in theatre” if not ...
by tomuk
06 Jul 2022, 16:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1331912
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Your making an assumption Moskva radars were operational, if you have read the reports at the time you would not make that claim. The Moskva was a near 40 year old Soviet era warship, its a minor miracle after the industrial chaos following the collapse Soviet Union they have the ship class operati...
by tomuk
06 Jul 2022, 02:53
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: UK Politics - General News & Discussion
Replies: 384
Views: 10380
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Re: UK Politics - General News & Discussion

The operation in No 10 is woeful. Guto Harri seems quite useless and a lot of the mess over Pincher seems to lay at his door. But BoJo did appoint both of them.
by tomuk
06 Jul 2022, 02:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3698
Views: 914563
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Personally I would be cautious about relying on \ risking Argus she's a forty year old converted container ship with a key PCRS role. Her use needs to be rationed because it sounds like the MRSS or whatever her replacement is is a long way off.
by tomuk
06 Jul 2022, 02:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1728
Views: 487751
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

- RFA Fort Victoria to serve till the end of 2028 (not expected to need a further full refit) Fort Vic is alongside now for upkeep and the RAdm didn't deny any further refits would be needed just that he could cover the requirements i.e. Fort Vics refits will be sync'd with those of the QECs and fu...
by tomuk
06 Jul 2022, 02:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 979
Views: 200383
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Given what was discussed over Ukraine and the Military Aid it sounds as though we have gifted our stocks of Harpoon to them and using the MA to buy some replacements. As we've also being doing deals with Norway over gas, and its inherent suitability alongside a hypersonic FCASW, I think some NSMs ar...
by tomuk
05 Jul 2022, 20:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1331912
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Thought the Thales comments on the benefits of the X-band over S-band radar for Belgium/Dutch MCM ships for use in short range defence and their advocacy using X and S band as complimentary as in the USN Burkes, with the recent sinking Moskva cruiser and the resupply ship by anti-ship missiles, the...
by tomuk
04 Jul 2022, 16:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1331912
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

FWIW BAE S-band AWS-10 a 2D radar and the Terma X-band Scanter 4603 lost out to the Thales AESA X-band NS54 '4D' radar for the twelve Belgium/Dutch 2,800 MCM ships. The NS50 radar can both act as a surveillance radar and also the FCR for its Bofors 40mm gun........ Why are you quoting an 18 month y...
by tomuk
04 Jul 2022, 00:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1331912
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Ah the Eureka moment! It sounds as though Artisan has an array made up of groups of modules containing receivers and phase shifters only these being fed by one of the 16 elements of the solid state transmitter. It sounds very much like a miniaturised descendent of the Martello S723 radar. It's a hyb...