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by SD67
03 Dec 2021, 14:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7397
Views: 1830752
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Yep. Babcock are known to be pretty hardline on industrial relations and the unions have been getting arsey with them for a couple of years because they’re not a soft touch like someone else
by SD67
03 Dec 2021, 14:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 135
Views: 11903
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

I’m pretty sure that the budget for Boxer and Ajax between them would have been enough to do a UK equivalent of Project Scorpion. Still might be
by SD67
03 Dec 2021, 12:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 135
Views: 11903
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

All good points, I still think it could be done if there were a will. MRVP should be a doddle for UK industry, and you build up from there. There are potential partners out there. What are Poland and Italy doing next? It just doesn’t seem a priority
by SD67
03 Dec 2021, 12:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4139
Views: 1068012
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

BAE / CL talked about Leander being able to come in 99 , 107 & 117 meters but lets not kid our self that a 107 dumbed down Leander with the mods talked about would cost that much less than a type 31 Also the River class design has already been built in 3 places and if built at CL would make it ...
by SD67
03 Dec 2021, 08:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4139
Views: 1068012
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I think you'd be talking about a Khareef. But IMHO the reality is BAE are not building anything smaller than a type 26 again. River B2 was a make work program with a design inherited from VT built very expensively. Their overheads are way too high for that end of the market. Yes...but not entirely....
by SD67
03 Dec 2021, 08:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7397
Views: 1830752
United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Maybe they're taking the fresh apples from the tree rather than the rotten ones in the barrel ;-)

With the North Sea winding down there's a good opportunity to recruit skilled people in the east of Scotland
by SD67
02 Dec 2021, 16:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 224
Views: 55608
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Re: Border Force Cutters.

First things first, any immigrants intercepted anywhere in the Channel should be returned to France safely. If they’re rescued in French waters they should be taken to France because they’re in France. If they’re rescued in British waters they should be taken to Britain because they’re in Britain. ...
by SD67
02 Dec 2021, 05:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 135
Views: 11903
United Kingdom

Re: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

UK armoured vehicle manufacturing is arguably in a much better position now than shipbuilding was in the early noughties. Last Trafalgar class was 1991 and last T23 was 2002. We still managed to do Astute and T26. Not ideal but it can be done. MRVP should be a doddle to do indigenously. Supacat coul...
by SD67
01 Dec 2021, 19:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4139
Views: 1068012
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

At this point, are we not effectively talking about a BAE/CL Leander concept with a reduced weapons fit, and no internal mission/boat bays? .. I think you'd be talking about a Khareef. But IMHO the reality is BAE are not building anything smaller than a type 26 again. River B2 was a make work progr...
by SD67
30 Nov 2021, 12:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2225
Views: 658183
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Translation - Germany won't have a budget for a replacement anytime soon. Green Foreign Minister=, enough said.
by SD67
30 Nov 2021, 10:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 224
Views: 55608
United Kingdom

Re: Border Force Cutters.

First things first, any immigrants intercepted anywhere in the Channel should be returned to France safely. If they’re rescued in French waters they should be taken to France because they’re in France. If they’re rescued in British waters they should be taken to Britain because they’re in Britain. ...
by SD67
29 Nov 2021, 17:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 224
Views: 55608
United Kingdom

Re: Border Force Cutters.

there is no perfect way but by opening up applications outside the UK the process is started they can make as many application with other countries as they like as said once they have had there interview they could have a ref number so they can log on and add to there claim . As for asking other co...
by SD67
26 Nov 2021, 10:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 224
Views: 55608
United Kingdom

Re: Border Force Cutters.

Even if the Cutters main weapon was a water-cannon, they should be armed with small arms, just like UK airport Police. Who you planning on shooting? Any one of these 30,000 young men from the heartland of ISIS who turns out to be an angry extremist with a gun or a knife. GCHQ estimated 5% are proba...
by SD67
26 Nov 2021, 00:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727380
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Yes very “astute” The partner nations have no JSFs. Two of them will never ever be allowed to buy JSFs. They thus need something vaguely stealthy as a JSF substitute. I suspect the market for a JSF-and-a-bit with French weapons systems is rather limited. Maybe the French can flog a few to Argentina ...
by SD67
25 Nov 2021, 15:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727380
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The French lead FCAS basically hasn't started. Spending to date is in the 10s of millions. None of the participants have recent 5th gen experience and noone knows what the approach of the incoming German government is going to be.
by SD67
23 Nov 2021, 23:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 224
Views: 55608
United Kingdom

Re: Border Force Cutters.

There is very little border force can to physically deter them crossing without the risk of drowning women and children which the media would have a field day on. There needs to be some way to fast track their applications and once rejected quickly return them home within days of arriving. Oh pulee...
by SD67
21 Nov 2021, 15:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14546
Views: 3300644
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Nothing really new here but good news for UKPLC nonetheless. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/17/uk-agrees-sell-warships-missiles-ukraine-tensions-russia-grow/ In early November, the UK signed a treaty with Ukraine for British exports to go to Ukraine to enhance its maritime presence. The t...
by SD67
14 Nov 2021, 14:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7397
Views: 1830752
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

I’m not sure that’s right. Dates I’ve seen are T31 first five in the water by 2028. Given that T32 is in the pre-concept phase it’s unlikely to be in build by then. I reckon there’s about 5 ships worth of spare capacity there,
by SD67
12 Nov 2021, 20:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7397
Views: 1830752
United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

I was illustrating an equivalent of the amount that could be saved through greater efficiency, not suggesting BAE should start building T31’s. At one point BAe was going to build a Frigate factory but it got canned because of the reduction in orders and the stretching out of the build process by HM...
by SD67
08 Nov 2021, 20:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 699
Views: 169740
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Then, is 1st SL proposing to go for SM-6 block 1B, and get rid of the "super-sonic" ASM version of FC/ASW? If that is the case, then the Anglo/French programme is dead. Their priority seems to be a supersonic replacement to Exocet and the possible export sales that could also bring. The R...
by SD67
08 Nov 2021, 12:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 699
Views: 169740
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I was thinking that, maybe good progress on FCASW makes the interim solution irrelevant, (trying to be optimistic here)
by SD67
08 Nov 2021, 07:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 699
Views: 169740
United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

https://www.navylookout.com/royal-navy-rows-back-on-plans-to-acquire-new-anti-ship-missiles-before-2030s/ "It was clear from the words of the outgoing First Sea Lord that the RN has almost certainly decided not to purchase an Interim Surface to Surface Guided Weapon (I-SSGW) to replace the alre...
by SD67
07 Nov 2021, 20:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7397
Views: 1830752
United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

They’re replacing 5 frigates so you’d have to assume they’re not River B1s. The two constructed in BD pretty much have to be T31s. Cannot really see the T23 fleet is shrinking to 8 ...
by SD67
07 Nov 2021, 15:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7397
Views: 1830752
United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

A quick google shows Bangladesh spending over 4 billion USD a year on defence - that’s more than NZ. Their economy is booming.