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by SW1
29 Feb 2024, 16:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47427
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

I thought this an interesting line in the government announcement yesterday on procurement shakeup. “ On exportability, yesterday I published the next stage of our New Medium Helicopter competition – this includes a strong weighting for exports to ensure the high quality rotary work it will support ...
by SW1
29 Feb 2024, 11:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047323
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Thirdly, I think it’s time to stop Kipion. Having a first tier warship on singleton deployments perhaps alongside an amphibious ship in the wider region is more appropriate. I find this concept interesting, in that if we weren’t starting form where we are I would suggested this had much merit. I wo...
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 20:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47427
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

mrclark303 wrote: 28 Feb 2024, 20:06
It has to be marinised in respect of having shipboard
compatible avionics and tie down points.

Our Merlin’s didn’t meet that requirement with all our ships……
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 20:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047323
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Thirdly, I think it’s time to stop Kipion. Having a first tier warship on singleton deployments perhaps alongside an amphibious ship in the wider region is more appropriate. I find this concept interesting, in that if we weren’t starting form where we are I would suggested this had much merit. I wo...
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 19:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047323
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Thirdly, I think it’s time to stop Kipion. Having a first tier warship on singleton deployments perhaps alongside an amphibious ship in the wider region is more appropriate. I find this concept interesting, in that if we weren’t starting form where we are I would suggested this had much merit. I wo...
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 18:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1777
Views: 181451
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/defence-procurement-minister-oral-statement-on-the-integrated-procurement-model-28-february-2024 With your permission Mr Speaker I would like to make a statement on our plans for reform of MOD’s Acquisition system: …Nimrod …snatch land rovers. …Ajax …Crowsnest ...
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 17:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47427
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

Heretical thought here - should we be buying ANY non-marinised helicopters from here on in? Given the pretty clear tilt to an expeditionary CONOPs. Where exactly is an Army-only helicopter going to be used? BAOR doesn't exist anymore. The USMC don't operate Blackhawk. Or Chinook. Or Apache. I'd put...
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 17:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047323
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Repulse wrote: 28 Feb 2024, 16:50

Second, there are many good reasons to sell ships that do not meet priority requirements. The main ones being ongoing costs and crew.

If we are really allowed to do this I have one or two in mind if we can…..
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 16:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047323
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would you be prepared to lose a Type 26 frigate in a minefield? No I wouldn’t, but this whole conversation is about operating off board systems in high threat environments, not to purposely sail through a minefield. They have to be relatively close and are generally the first ship thru. If you’re n...
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 13:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047323
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would you be prepared to lose a Type 26 frigate in a minefield? No I wouldn’t, but this whole conversation is about operating off board systems in high threat environments, not to purposely sail through a minefield. They have to be relatively close and are generally the first ship thru. If you’re n...
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 12:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047323
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would you be prepared to lose a Type 26 frigate in a minefield? No I wouldn’t, but this whole conversation is about operating off board systems in high threat environments, not to purposely sail through a minefield. They have to be relatively close and are generally the first ship thru. If you’re n...
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 09:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047323
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would you be prepared to lose a Type 26 frigate in a minefield?
by SW1
28 Feb 2024, 08:52
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: RED SEA - Houthi attacks
Replies: 35
Views: 1220
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Re: RED SEA - Houthi attacks



German frigate shot down drones in the red sea
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 23:08
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1777
Views: 181451
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion



This was filmed 8 years ago, but watching in the context of where we are today it’s probably more pertinent.
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 16:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47427
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

HMG must be heading for a world record in procrastination for the NMH program. Regardless of the press releases the translation is something along the lines of….”due to inflation and the fact that we want to add pre election tax cutting giveaways to next months budget we have decided to further del...
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 16:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1777
Views: 181451
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

…..don’t be expecting European nato to be providing any forces to help them diplomatically or otherwise anywhere else. That’s the conundrum. Pull out of Europe and the loss of influence may never be fully recovered even by a subsequent administration. Don’t pull out of Europe and not enough mass ca...
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 16:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1777
Views: 181451
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

What rest are you referring to? All US military assets in Europe. If Biden can pull out of Afghanistan, Trump can most definitely, at least partially, pull out of Europe. Euro NATO must start hedging now. I’m sure he can. His choice. But I go back to the list of where funding needs to go and if the...
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 16:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 434
Views: 47427
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

So second phase of NMH officially started today. Seems like it ... ... will be bought largely off the shelf, with UK bespoke modifications keep to an absolute minimum. ... and H145 for Cyprus and Brunei will not impact total number of new helicopters required to replace Puma https://twitter.com/Gar...
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 16:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1777
Views: 181451
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

The US has been asking European allies to spend what nato declares as needed for collective defence ie 2% of gdp. We do slightly more than that others much worse. We have massively subsidised the US both politically and militarily in its adventures these past 20 years so I’ll take no lectures from ...
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 09:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1777
Views: 181451
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

…..already reasonable large budget. It is true that the U.K. has maintained a larger budget than other Euro countries over a sustained period but all of European defence has been massively subsidised by the US for decades. IMO, regardless of who becomes the 47th President the US will start to imple...
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 08:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19146
Views: 7047323
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 06:47
tomuk wrote: 26 Feb 2024, 18:08 But being able to load ARCIMS isn't the justification for T32 or any other class of five frigates.
So what is the justification for the T32 class?
To expand the escort force to 24 to cover the standing patrols we have neglected for too long I would off guessed.
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 07:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1777
Views: 181451
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Surprise Surprise. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2024/02/26/mod-to-be-denied-funding-boost-in-budget/ . MoD to be denied funding boost in Budget News comes despite rising geopolitical tensions and senior military figures warning about state of Armed Forces. Grant Shapps, the Defence Secretar...
by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 07:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 957
Views: 310547
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Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Anyone know what the Echo Class crane could handle? Appreciate the A-frame probably isn't up to the task. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/24/HMS_ECHO_H87.jpg/1920px-HMS_ECHO_H87.jpg Wonder how much life we could have gotten from them if the money (and crew) was there. The cra...
by SW1
26 Feb 2024, 19:15
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1777
Views: 181451
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

by SW1
25 Feb 2024, 21:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4011
Views: 943874
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Composites are the most complicated bit to get right consistently doubly so on aircraft with low observable characteristics. They will be being done at competent facilities with a close hold on the technology.

I doubt they will 3d print any primary structure.