Search found 2802 matches

by SW1
18 Jan 2022, 17:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328490
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Again, as T26 build line is there, UK can add some anytime. T31 line can do anything other. MRSS, OPV, Point replacement, Wave replacement etc... No loss there? Because whilst the build line is there, the money is not. You could argue that the T32 budget can be repurposed for the late 2020s / early...
by SW1
18 Jan 2022, 12:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328490
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We hear a lot about distributing operations so that taking out one asset doesn’t allow all the cards to fall down. Yet when designing the next ship comes along they are bigger more exquisite, ruinously expensive ordered in ever few numbers as a result. Essential our very own disarmament strategy. So...
by SW1
18 Jan 2022, 08:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3297
Views: 872191
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

That was for an actual combat scenario and therefore the risk of salt water damage was justified. They would almost certainly have been “passengers” for transport on the CVS, with rotor blades manually folded (whilst in port) and highly likely to have been covered with tarpaulins to protect them fr...
by SW1
17 Jan 2022, 22:29
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 12
Views: 358
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/statement-by-the-defence-secretary-in-the-house-of-commons-17-january-2022 Thank you Mr Speaker, with your permission I wanted to update the House on the situation in Ukraine. As of today, tens of thousands of Russian troops are positioned close to the Ukrainia...
by SW1
17 Jan 2022, 21:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3297
Views: 872191
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Ark royal sailed to the gulf with 5 chinook plus sea kings. So I would think the cvf should be able to take more than 2….
by SW1
17 Jan 2022, 09:04
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: UK Satellite Navigation System
Replies: 97
Views: 2066
United Kingdom

Re: UK Satellite Navigation System

https://www.aerosociety.com/news/how-inmarsats-monster-satellite-is-a-springboard-for-innovation/ On 22 December, Inmarsat launched I-6 F1 - the first of two Inmarsat-6 (I-6) satellites from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan. The I-6 F1 was carried into orbit aboard an H-IIA Launch Vehicle ...
by SW1
17 Jan 2022, 08:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328490
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think you lead to look at type 31 as a highly productionised design that lends itself to quick build and improved thru life maintenance, with the ability to be configured with uk developed systems and complex weapons thru life for any of the roles we need. Rather than the usual bespoke prototypes...
by SW1
16 Jan 2022, 19:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328490
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think you need to look at type 31 as a highly productionised design that lends itself to quick build and improved thru life maintenance, with the ability to be configured with uk developed systems and complex weapons thru life for any of the roles we need. Rather than the bespoke prototypes we usu...
by SW1
16 Jan 2022, 18:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3297
Views: 872191
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Sounds like a standard US carrier group. Interestingly toward the end of the Cold War the Pentagon estimated that a US carrier group off Norway would have a life expectancy of 36-48hrs in the event of things turning hot wonder what it is today.
by SW1
16 Jan 2022, 17:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 790
Views: 15480
United Kingdom

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

I suspect the aftermath of this is going to get quite shocking in the days ahead. Wonder what if any a response from the UK will be for a commonwealth nation in the pacific https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-60009944 As the sky darkened with ash, videos showed traffic jams as people fled low-lyin...
by SW1
16 Jan 2022, 16:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328490
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

All that is being re affirmed here is that in the context of Russia/China or an equivalent is that to strike targets against such an enemy it will be done with either unmanned or long range stand off missile systems. If you follow that to its conclusion it raises interesting questions about the defe...
by SW1
14 Jan 2022, 20:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328490
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Quite possibly weight but possibly the depth of space for the launchers is taken up by the extra boat bays. I guess it depends what you want more boat bays or more missiles.
by SW1
14 Jan 2022, 20:35
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: UK Politics - General News & Discussion
Replies: 311
Views: 4324
United Kingdom

Re: UK Politics - General News & Discussion

Seems they were all at it weekly…

by SW1
14 Jan 2022, 20:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328490
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

[quote=SW1 post_id=135623 time=<a href="tel:1642189790">1642189790</a> user_id=2026] [quote=JohnM post_id=135622 time=<a href="tel:1642188831">1642188831</a> user_id=2622] [quote=wargame_insomniac post_id=135621 time=<a href="tel:1642188326">1642188326</a> user_id=2848...
by SW1
14 Jan 2022, 19:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328490
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The downside of the T31 is that currently it is seriously underarmed. The upside of the T31 is that it seems we have contracted to buy a good sized hull for a very low fixed price, with a lot room for adding extra weapons. I hope that the MoD sees sense once the T31 hulls are completed and before t...
by SW1
14 Jan 2022, 19:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 855
Views: 298839
United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

A real success for the complex weapons teams working on it. Wonder if the surface to surface capability is also applicable to the land environment?
by SW1
14 Jan 2022, 11:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1234
Views: 400556
United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

I think your far far more likely to see more protector aircraft than more p8 We rarely see an uplift in numbers for any platform. In its final years the MR.2 fleet was in a sorry state (much less the near decade long gap). We should probably be grateful for nine. Protector is also a fairly 'exquisi...
by SW1
13 Jan 2022, 22:37
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: UK Politics - General News & Discussion
Replies: 311
Views: 4324
United Kingdom

Re: UK Politics - General News & Discussion

How long does the sound bite slogan global Britain survive in a post boris political world and with it those who hitched their colours to it?
by SW1
13 Jan 2022, 17:58
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: UK Politics - General News & Discussion
Replies: 311
Views: 4324
United Kingdom

Re: UK Politics - General News & Discussion

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-59984380 MI5 has issued a rare warning that an alleged Chinese agent has infiltrated Parliament to interfere in UK politics. An alert from the security service said Christine Ching Kui Lee "established links" for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with...
by SW1
13 Jan 2022, 17:03
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Russian Armed Forces
Replies: 1021
Views: 17021
United Kingdom

Re: Russian Armed Forces

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2022-01-13/new-tu-160m-missile-carrier-makes-first-flight The aircraft in question is the first new-build example of the Tu-160—code-named “Blackjack” by NATO and nicknamed the “White Swan”—to take to the air since 1995. A decision to re-start Tu-160 p...
by SW1
13 Jan 2022, 13:16
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1876
Views: 37672
United Kingdom

Re: USA Armed Forces

by SW1
13 Jan 2022, 08:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1234
Views: 400556
United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

You would probably have the uav doing monitoring and surveillance orbits and only call a p8 out as and when req.

Need to invest in leonardo seaspray and sage pods as well as ultras sonobouy pods though.
by SW1
12 Jan 2022, 22:29
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: French Armed Forces
Replies: 1760
Views: 33966
United Kingdom

Re: French Armed Forces



by SW1
12 Jan 2022, 17:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13824
Views: 3953951
United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://warontherocks.com/2022/01/winged-luddites-aviators-are-the-biggest-threat-to-carrier-aviation/ Today, leaders in naval aviation are impeding the rapid adoption of reconnaissance and strike-capable aircraft carrier drones through deliberate incrementalism, purposefully constraining autonomous...