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by SW1
27 Feb 2024, 16:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 412
Views: 46775
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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: 1772
Views: 181155
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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: 1772
Views: 181155
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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: 412
Views: 46775
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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: 1772
Views: 181155
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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: 1772
Views: 181155
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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: 19104
Views: 7045444
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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: 1772
Views: 181155
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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: 955
Views: 310392
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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: 1772
Views: 181155
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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: 943435
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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.
by SW1
25 Feb 2024, 20:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 955
Views: 310392
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Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Yes it does sound like the city class if that’s clearer. Stuffing all your eggs and multiple tasks into one big unsuitable basket does not equal growth. ??? we can get more LSV's for the price of City class purchases so if anything it is more baskets. Also in no possible world does the below sound ...
by SW1
25 Feb 2024, 18:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 955
Views: 310392
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Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Did you read the Naval Architects paper? Tell me , does this sound more like the City class or the LSV's? 3.6 EMBARKING THE MCM TOOLBOX Unmanned technologies are evolving fast so the ship (which is designed for a life of at least 25 years) is expected to embark several generations of the MCM toolbo...
by SW1
25 Feb 2024, 17:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 955
Views: 310392
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Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Not stubborn realistic. You clearly didn’t read the naval architects reasons of why such a vessel of the size and capability of the city class is optimal for mine countermeasures. What is also interesting is that it was UK naval architects analysis, then a whole other bunch of other naval architect...
by SW1
25 Feb 2024, 16:56
Forum: Deployments
Topic: Caribbean
Replies: 94
Views: 9559
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Re: Caribbean

by SW1
25 Feb 2024, 16:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 955
Views: 310392
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Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

No but none of that is on order yet, nor does it change the fact that the same mothership vessel may not be doing minesweeping and mine hunting. Wow you are stubborn. 1) Navy lookout article has said that the procurement of MHC block 2 has begun. Block 2 procurement has begun and is funded to deliv...
by SW1
25 Feb 2024, 15:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 955
Views: 310392
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Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

How have you entirely missed SWEEP/ ARCIMS and MHC bock .2?? I believe you are looking at this outdated NL article that only focuses on Block 1. https://www.navylookout.com/autonomous-systems-the-future-of-royal-navy-mine-warfare/ Block 1 entailed both your quote above and https://twitter.com/Gabri...
by SW1
25 Feb 2024, 15:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19104
Views: 7045444
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I would joined the Dutch,Belgium and French program and built around 6-8 vessels… Absolutely - 8 would allow the RN to commit a vessel permanently each to SNMCMG1, SNMCMG2 and Kipion, plus one “on call” for anything happening in UK waters. Make it 10 and we’ve answered the B1 River replacement requ...
by SW1
25 Feb 2024, 15:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 955
Views: 310392
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Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

I would joined the Dutch,Belgium and French program and built around 6-8 vessels… Absolutely - 8 would allow the RN to commit a vessel permanently each to SNMCMG1, SNMCMG2 and Kipion, plus one “on call” for anything happening in UK waters. Make it 10 and we’ve answered the B1 River replacement requ...
by SW1
24 Feb 2024, 22:40
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: RED SEA - Houthi attacks
Replies: 33
Views: 1169
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Re: RED SEA - Houthi attacks

RAF Typhoons have conducted a 4th round of air strike in Yemen

by SW1
24 Feb 2024, 21:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19104
Views: 7045444
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Thought this an interesting paper on the topic https://www.bmt.org/media/3054/rina-warship-2018-aitken-mcm-paper.pdf What? I believe this paper just argues for a mother ship; That is what LSV is. Give me a few minutes to read it. unmanned systems offer a revolutionary change to the concept of opera...
by SW1
24 Feb 2024, 20:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19104
Views: 7045444
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We developed the system with France so what do we see that they don’t. The Dutch and Belgians was very close to UK MCM in the cold war much the same way as the Dutch marines were with 3 commando so what has changed. Wouldn’t be like us to add bespoke. Just because the french don't have the capabili...
by SW1
24 Feb 2024, 20:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19104
Views: 7045444
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We developed the system with France so what do we see that they don’t. The Dutch and Belgians was very close to UK MCM in the cold war much the same way as the Dutch marines were with 3 commando so what has changed. Wouldn’t be like us to add bespoke. Just because the french don't have the capabili...
by SW1
24 Feb 2024, 18:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19104
Views: 7045444
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Are they just bigger torpedoes with a fancy name? If they are sensors how do we currently deal with underwater sensor systems? I am not disagreeing with any of that, simply that the technology is changing, the threat level is rising and the MoD is dithering with the future of MCM. There is no clear...
by SW1
24 Feb 2024, 17:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4011
Views: 943435
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

They’ll be falling over themselves to buy the Boeing T7 red hawk knowing them.

Do the French currently assign alpha jets to rafale sqns to do similar?