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by Tempest414
15 Nov 2019, 09:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2519
Views: 171140
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I don't think we will see any radical changes in kit yes we will see a lot of talk and we will the RM move to raiding and supporting SF ops in a effort to keep the axe away but at its heart it will need to be able to deploy on force to defend the North flank from the sea. If radical change is to com...
by Tempest414
14 Nov 2019, 11:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2519
Views: 171140
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

It has been said a number of times over the last year or so by Commander Littoral strike group RN that the RN will maintain the capability to put 1800 troops ashore support them and retrieve them given this statement I would say there is a need for 1 x LPH , 2 x LSDs , 2 x FLSS , 4 x points. Given t...
by Tempest414
13 Nov 2019, 09:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2519
Views: 171140
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

discussion shall be on, replacing the current fleet of 1 LPD and 3 LSD, added with 1 LPD in reserve, all ~15000 t class, with It could and maybe should be based on replacing 1 Albion , 3 Bays and Argus and this could be replaced by 2 x 210 meter Enforcer LHD's - RN crews 2 x 180 meter Enforcer LSD'...
by Tempest414
07 Nov 2019, 17:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1019
Views: 80003
Location: France

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

For me I think we could get them built in the UK for around 450 million each and I would say the budget should be 1. 35 billion for 3 ships
by Tempest414
06 Nov 2019, 09:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412198
Location: France

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

A very good read thank you I fully back the idea of a funded 30 year plan and that all defence funded ship should be UK only competition and these are to things I have said in the past
by Tempest414
05 Nov 2019, 12:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2519
Views: 171140
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

shark bait wrote:Keep it simple stupid.

The guy says he wants to lift 120 commandos, the solution is 4-6 Merlin.


I would agree at this time Merlin backed up Chinook as needed will do for now however going forward something like V-22 with its greater range and speed will be needed given the thinking now
by Tempest414
02 Nov 2019, 12:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334668
Location: France

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

It is impossible to engineer a wing mounted solution that does not adversely affect the radar signature of the jet. this as a statement is bollocks we now have stealth aircraft and stealth missiles these have both been designed and engineered. now if you said the cost is to great at this time that ...
by Tempest414
01 Nov 2019, 20:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3009
Views: 218783
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Jensy wrote: I would rather see her operated as a government-owned test bed for unmanned tech and evaluate size requirements for the MHPC programme. Could still provide some cover for her sisters and half sisters if needed.


now this I like I have to say
by Tempest414
01 Nov 2019, 10:39
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334668
Location: France

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Agreed. When you look at the fuel offload from a V-22 tanker you have to wonder if it would add much. It would be far, far down the list of priorities for me, near the bottom almost. The MQ-25 makes sense for the USN on a lot of levels, but the extending strike range one is the least convincing bit...
by Tempest414
31 Oct 2019, 14:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3009
Views: 218783
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

She would have been a one off ship in their fleet and maybe this was the off putting thing . I agree buy her put her in refit and send her back down South to finish her days
by Tempest414
31 Oct 2019, 10:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 69007
Location: France

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Putting aside national interest for a second how much would cost to buy a reactor power system for a sub from say the US or France
by Tempest414
29 Oct 2019, 14:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 658034
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just a general question really; with a general election now certainly happening in December where will this leave the T31 if the contract isn’t signed by the time a new government is formed... IF, and by that I mean a large IF, a certain member of the Labour Party becomes PM I can’t imagine him see...
by Tempest414
29 Oct 2019, 10:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 69007
Location: France

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

the last time I looked we had a naval base there capable of supporting complex war ships like frigates. also the Canadians deployed theirs across the the Pacific so why not a trip though the the Med stopping along the way and then on the UK naval base in the gulf Look I am not trying to say the UK s...
by Tempest414
29 Oct 2019, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 69007
Location: France

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

I would agree that the UK needs SSN's for the open ocean and I think we would all like to see more of them however that this time due to a number of reasons we can't increase the build rate of the SSN & SSBN fleets. But if the will and the money was there then a build of SSK's could be good opti...
by Tempest414
28 Oct 2019, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2519
Views: 171140
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

jake is right to look at larger faster LCU's and amphibs with enough docks to deploy them at scale. If the UK is heading down that route V-22 and LCAC will be on the shopping list, its the only way to make it work at a safe distance, and with that I expect the price will become obstructive. To be b...
by Tempest414
28 Oct 2019, 10:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 69007
Location: France

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

I agree if we want more subs then at this time the only way I see forward is jumping on one the SSK programs
by Tempest414
27 Oct 2019, 12:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10645
Views: 921152
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A lot going on back in the day like the Supermarine Attacker tail wheel jet one of the pilots I used to fly with set the grass airfield they built at on fire with one on a delivery flight
by Tempest414
26 Oct 2019, 09:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2519
Views: 171140
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

To me as I keep saying the RM along with 16AA and the Gurkhas are the best we can offer to allied forces and we should be investing in them and increasing their numbers at the expense of the large numbers of not much use light infantry not cutting the former. For me we should not be cutting anymore...
by Tempest414
25 Oct 2019, 11:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10645
Views: 921152
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

When it comes to extra tanks on the F-35 then stealth tanks will be the way forward fitted under the wing in the same way the old Buck tanks were i.e fiitted to the wing and not a pylon
by Tempest414
24 Oct 2019, 18:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 658034
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We all know the type 23 can be kept going as long as need within reason but the longer they kept going past there OSD the higher the cost to keep them deployed plus we also know that type 26 is being built at a slow tempo so there is room if needed for change For me with the move back to having carr...
by Tempest414
24 Oct 2019, 16:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 658034
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

first the Type 23 is coming to the end of there hard worked life and with Type 26 & 31 coming We need to not get ahead of ourselves, the Type 23s are here for a along while yet. They are still going through LIFEX and PGMU. Type 31 won't be here for at least 3 years and probably 6 years for the ...
by Tempest414
24 Oct 2019, 15:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 658034
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

There are a number of things here that need filling in first the Type 23 is coming to the end of there hard worked life and with Type 26 & 31 coming it will help to right some of the wrong's also Capita have had a poor start when it comes to recruitment across the MOD and some of the problems ar...
by Tempest414
24 Oct 2019, 11:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2519
Views: 171140
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

the QE's do fit nicely between the LHA's and the US big deck carriers as for any new UK flat top for me I would like to see a 240 x 40 meter LPH or LHA would I like to see it F-35 capable yes should it be at this point no
by Tempest414
23 Oct 2019, 12:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 877
Views: 72682
Location: France

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

RunningStrong wrote:The turret ring on Ajax was sized for a larger weapon than 40mm as direct fire was part of the original concept family.


Lots of talk about 105 and 120 mm but could 76mm with Vulcano guided rounds be made to work
by Tempest414
23 Oct 2019, 11:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2519
Views: 171140
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The LST is ready for a revisit. The traditional types are still as unattractive as ever, it is a modern design coupled with modern operations that could make the type relevant again. As well as being a landing ship, the type could be suited to unmanned mine clearance and survey tasks. It's essentia...

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