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by SD67
17 Apr 2024, 10:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2828
Views: 770733
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

That is a very good point.
by SD67
17 Apr 2024, 10:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2828
Views: 770733
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

It'll be an interesting one. Airbus DE have no export success with Eurofighter. But then again Rafale has a long waiting list and Dassault don't really do local assembly. Personally I think it will come down to money, EF is still more expensive, there will need to be a major discount from list pric...
by SD67
17 Apr 2024, 09:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2828
Views: 770733
United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

It'll be an interesting one. Airbus DE have no export success with Eurofighter. But then again Rafale has a long waiting list and Dassault don't really do local assembly. Personally I think it will come down to money, EF is still more expensive, there will need to be a major discount from list price...
by SD67
16 Apr 2024, 19:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2828
Views: 770733
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

If it's Airbus (ie Germany) leading, it's a lost cause. Hopefully these mistakes are never to be repeated
by SD67
15 Apr 2024, 21:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

There are only two yards that can integrate a complex warship - Scotstoun and Rosyth. And part of Rosyth is needed anyway to refit the carriers. H&W are building a diverse marine engineering business including refit, offshore wind, ferries etc. - not dependent on the MOD. Similarly Cammell/ A&am...
by SD67
15 Apr 2024, 19:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

BAE are already planning on significantly compressing build time once they move into the new shed. Incorrect. Lister is on record as saying the increased efficiency is to get the ships back on the original schedule. He intimated that the one off delays Covid etc would be recovered by boat 5 and aft...
by SD67
15 Apr 2024, 19:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

We've already lost Westminster of the T23ASW, and Monmouth, Montrose and v likely Argyll of the T23GPs. All before delivery of any T26 or T31. True. But would they be crewed if they hadn't been lost? The 3 x GPs will be covered by T31, all of which are scheduled to be delivered by 2030. If we've al...
by SD67
15 Apr 2024, 18:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2024/04/15/bae-pushes-to-delay-royal-navy-frigate-to-prioritise-norway/ BAE pushes to delay Royal Navy frigate to prioritise Norway deal Bid to sell submarine-hunting warships to Norway hinges on Royal Navy accepting delays This is completely impossible the T23 ...
by SD67
15 Apr 2024, 11:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Does it really matter? Those two type 26s will still be operating, in the same area, hunting the same enemy. The RNs CAPEX gets pushed to the right and the UK wins its largest naval export orderin decades. Also - do the Norwegians need a barely used tanker by any chance? Difficult one, but based on...
by SD67
15 Apr 2024, 11:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Poiuytrewq wrote: 15 Apr 2024, 10:56

Effectively Norway would be funding the 5x T26 that HMG refused to fund.
Never thought of it that way. True! We've gone all around the houses to get back to where we should have been from day 1 with a modernised frigate factory pumping out 13 x T26s.

Jeez we make life hard for ourselves
by SD67
15 Apr 2024, 10:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Bloody hell, what a choice to make. Nice to see the UK government ham fisted approach to the Type 26 coming back to kick us in the ass again. That positive note I had yesterday lasted less than 24 hours. A British bid to sell submarine-hunting warships to Norway cannot go ahead unless the Royal Nav...
by SD67
15 Apr 2024, 09:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Does it really matter? Those two type 26s will still be operating, in the same area, hunting the same enemy.

The RNs CAPEX gets pushed to the right and the UK wins its largest naval export orderin decades.

Also - do the Norwegians need a barely used tanker by any chance?
by SD67
12 Apr 2024, 21:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/glasgow-frigate-shipyard-keen-for-international-orders/ Sir Simon stating,(in respect of Govan) “We’ve got eight to nine years of steelwork ahead of us. If there’s no prospect of another class of ship, we’ll need to slow down a bit to bridge the gap. However, we are a...
by SD67
12 Apr 2024, 16:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/bae-target-dramatic-reduction-in-frigate-build-time/ We aim to reduce the build duration from the first of class being 96 months to the eighth being 60 months. More than that, we intend to compress the interval between ships from 18 months to 12 Now that’s an opportu...
by SD67
11 Apr 2024, 21:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5664
Views: 1482792
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Report in the Torygraph that Bae at Govan have now deployed the radical unheard of innovation called Robotic Welding to “recover lost time on batch 1 of T26 and make up for a shortage of welders” Personally, were I a welder with a choice between working outside under a tarp in the Scottish winter, o...
by SD67
10 Apr 2024, 13:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 77
Views: 12739
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

Maybe something got lost in translation, this makes little sense. Since when are we planning to do single ship amphib deployments - that’s the opposite of the LRG concept.

Sounds like the RN program has been pushed to the right, cue 5 years of concepts and studies…
by SD67
09 Apr 2024, 10:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 249
Views: 90032
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Re: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]

Another member? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2024/04/08/canada-justin-trudeau/. Canada could join Aukus defence pact as Trudeau considers nuclear sub patrols in Arctic waters…….The Canadian prime minister says he has already held ‘excellent conversations’ with the US, UK and Australia ove...
by SD67
06 Apr 2024, 16:52
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Airlander Airship
Replies: 73
Views: 8811
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Re: Airlander Airship

They have a reservation backlog of £1 billion - interestingly many seem to be from operators based in the Med. Which kind of makes sense - good weather, twice as fast as a boat, major airport infrastructure not needed. Could carve out a niche in Island hopping
by SD67
06 Apr 2024, 15:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19312
Views: 9708867
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Not sure where to put this https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2024/01/norway-seeks-international-partners-for-future-frigate/ Norway looking to buy 5 new frigates “from a close ally”with build to start asap. Looking for a top end ASW ship and the responsible Officer specifically name checks the va...
by SD67
05 Apr 2024, 16:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19312
Views: 9708867
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Scimitar54 wrote: 05 Apr 2024, 16:14 SD67

Of Guyanese descent maybe, but NOT Guyanese as he was born in the UK.
Not quite he was born in Tottenham...
by SD67
05 Apr 2024, 16:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19312
Views: 9708867
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

But they are still in the ground they aren't preventing access to any one. The shocks to the economy due to Ukraine have been due to a lack of Russian Gas and Oil not Ukrainian. I suggest you read up on the subject a bit more. Putin and the oligarchs are obsessed with acquiring wealth. The oil, gas...
by SD67
05 Apr 2024, 15:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19312
Views: 9708867
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

But they are still in the ground they aren't preventing access to any one. The shocks to the economy due to Ukraine have been due to a lack of Russian Gas and Oil not Ukrainian. I suggest you read up on the subject a bit more. Putin and the oligarchs are obsessed with acquiring wealth. The oil, gas...
by SD67
05 Apr 2024, 12:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 32
Views: 2522
United Kingdom

Re: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

Ah the what ifs. Joined up government thinking and no service silos. I fear we may be repeating the same mistakes with drones but time will tell

Right now some new build AV8Bs would be useful to lob LGBs at Houthis
by SD67
02 Apr 2024, 21:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19312
Views: 9708867
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The global meltdown that will ensue if we give the CCP control of 80% of the microchips on which our economy is dependent would be far worse. Frankly it would be the end of the western world as we know it. From that point on Japan would be effectively Finlandised and Australia would be next - with h...
by SD67
02 Apr 2024, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19312
Views: 9708867
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

IMHO we're in the grey zone already. China is a massive customer for Iranian Oil, I struggle to think those attacks are happening spontaneously. If China continue to ratchet up the pressure on Taiwan then some sort of confrontation with the USN is inevitable. In that case we can assume the USN will ...