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by Dahedd
29 Jun 2019, 12:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276822

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ahh cheers. Fingers crossed they avoid that then, they'd be as well with a modernised T23 rather than a Meko. They're getting on a bit now aren't they?
by Dahedd
28 Jun 2019, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276822

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What are Atlas Electronik putting forward as their offering? Or did I misread that & they're in with Babcock?
by Dahedd
24 Jun 2019, 11:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47337

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I think it's in the Times. Mate of mine mentioned he'd read it as well. Not sure if he meant yesterdays or today's.
by Dahedd
20 Jun 2019, 08:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)
Replies: 149
Views: 14207

Re: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)

Maybe we should look again at this option and retain 6 to 8 of our C-130Js if we still have them. These could supplement the P-8s allowing the latter to concentrate more on the ASW aspect whist the former could possibly provide SAR cover given their AAR capability allowing them to cover a very larg...
by Dahedd
10 Jun 2019, 11:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2766
Views: 141407

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Is it feasible to use the 40mm cannon from the Warrior & Ajax on a naval vessel? I know Thales has the land based RapidFire air defence concept.
by Dahedd
04 Jun 2019, 23:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 328
Views: 23008

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

This should also be relevant to the above. https://www.janes.com/article/88989/us-army-to-retrofit-apache-helos-with-underwater-crew-escape-system If as suggested in the article the flotation system (at least the US version anyway) cuts into fuel & ordnance can we expect the layout of the Army ...
by Dahedd
04 Jun 2019, 08:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 328
Views: 23008

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I think that's the flotation bags on top of (&below?) the "wings" . If you zoom in on the first pic there's bags above the wing & something new between the weapons pylons.
by Dahedd
26 Apr 2019, 08:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 308
Views: 25648

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

What ever happened to the Sea King Commandos that had the major upgrade for Afghanistan? Didnt they get new engines, gear box & rotors? I assume we scrapped them or sold them cheap. Would a few of them not have worked for carrier vert rep & plane guard duties?
by Dahedd
26 Apr 2019, 08:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 308
Views: 25648

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Double post
by Dahedd
21 Apr 2019, 09:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 308
Views: 25648

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

I've no knowledge of this but ref the earlier discussions on the Lynx AH9 & the need for a light utility. We're the AH9 & the navy's lynx not rushed out of service too quickly to make way for the wildcat or were they all knackered . Would it not have made more sense to retain some for the ab...
by Dahedd
01 Apr 2019, 22:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41589

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

How similar are these likely to be the the USNs Ocean Trader (ex MV Cragside)? Its looking at 50 core crew plus 150+ military types

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_C_Ocean_Trader
by Dahedd
22 Mar 2019, 13:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: ASDOT
Replies: 76
Views: 9124

Re: ASDOT

Pity, I rather liked the Scorpian. Thought it had plenty of potential.
by Dahedd
22 Mar 2019, 13:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 246
Views: 22069

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

With the announcement today of the purchase of 5 E7 Wedgetail is it not about time to look again at booms on the Voyagers? That's now C17, P8 & E7s that require a boom to refuel.

Discuss!
by Dahedd
22 Mar 2019, 13:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9677

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

5 isnt ideal but it's better than most other NATO AF bar the US & possibly the French AF/Navy.

If you consider 5 E7, 3 Rivet Joint, 9 P8, 5 Sentinel & up to 8 Shadow R1 then I think the UK is doing pretty well on the surveillance front.
by Dahedd
17 Mar 2019, 23:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9799
Views: 417143

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If we're back looking at SSKs then it shows how daft it was to sell the Upholders to Canada.
by Dahedd
11 Feb 2019, 14:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41589

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Moved across, not really an escort topic. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DzH1hI0WkAIIe7_?format=jpg&name=large I guess its no coincidence it looks like a Point Class.... A modified Point, who would have thought it :D Guess the RN had a look round Socom/USNs MV Cragside & liked what they saw. h...
by Dahedd
14 Dec 2018, 08:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10023
Views: 669609

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

You would think that Sea Ceptor and/or Sea Ram would be a no brainer on a huge asset like the carriers, amphibious vessels & supply ships.
by Dahedd
18 Nov 2018, 21:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10023
Views: 669609

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Excuse my ignorance but why is it PCU Michael Monsoor?
by Dahedd
06 Nov 2018, 20:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10023
Views: 669609

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Don't see either a T45 or a Bay along side in the above pic. A USN San Antonia lpd yes but no big UK stuff.
by Dahedd
23 Oct 2018, 17:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RV Triton (Trimaran Warship Demonstrator) (2000-2005) (Ex RN/QinetiQ)
Replies: 8
Views: 1712

Re: RV Triton (Trimaran Warship Demonstrator) (2000-2005) (Ex RN/QinetiQ)

I remember seeing her coming in & out of Aberdeen harbour on many occasion. Lot of potential that didn't seem to go anywhere other than one of the LCS designs.
by Dahedd
22 Oct 2018, 09:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9799
Views: 417143

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I'm not sure where to post this but it will potentially have an impact on the T31 and/or the MHC programme. It's not good news... https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/babcock-international-set-to-scrap-appledore-shipyard-in-devon-d0bltzcrk https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/has-hms-babcock-been-holed...
by Dahedd
20 Oct 2018, 08:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 189
Views: 17758

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Seems excessive. Why not upgrade or purchase new Merlins at the Italian spec. The HH-101A Caesar as they've called it.

by Dahedd
19 Oct 2018, 21:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9799
Views: 417143

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SKB wrote:Does New Zealand need some new ships? Or perhaps someone else? Japan?! *rubs palms*


New Zealand is far more likely to buy a type 31e I'd have thought given their limited funds. The T26 is just too much for them (even a £500m GP version)
by Dahedd
12 Oct 2018, 16:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10023
Views: 669609

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

So in total we've now seen the following land on QE: - Merlin - Wildcat - Chinook - Sea Stallion - Lightning - Osprey - One random hobby-drone :P I wonder what else QE can "collect" while she has the chance over there! Someone needs to keep a list of everything that's landed on her. Prett...

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