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by JohnM
14 Jan 2022, 20:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
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Views: 3328486
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

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by JohnM
14 Jan 2022, 20:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328486
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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 JohnM
14 Jan 2022, 19:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328486
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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 JohnM
06 Jan 2022, 02:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179092
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

As far as I understand it, the AShM version of FC/ASW is supposed to be box-launched and the LR land attack version will be VLS-launched. The French have a relatively recent LR land attack cruise missile and they don’t want to spend any more of their (relatively few) VLS cells on the anti-ship versi...
by JohnM
01 Jan 2022, 19:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179092
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I'd be happy if they just put 8 NSM-class canister-launched SSMs in the T45s and T31s and then FC/ASW in the T26s and T32s… nice hi-lo mix of SSMs…
by JohnM
29 Dec 2021, 15:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

For me if what we are seeing in terms of the Radar , EO , Sea Sentor , Guns , are right then all we need is 24 to 30 CAMM and 8 x SSGW to finish it off and we will have a good patrol frigate I agree, but I would still add a relatively basic HMS, like the MFS-7000 in T45s, if nothing else for mine d...
by JohnM
27 Dec 2021, 21:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

According to Babcock, 4x8 cells…
by JohnM
27 Dec 2021, 15:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

So in the new Type 31 peace from UKDJ on the 22 Dec they show a new image of a T-31 with a tail deployed and a Merlin on the flight deck That image shows Type 31 and its Sonar 2170 towed-body equipment, IIRC. Nope… apparently it’s a Sea Sentor Towed Torpedo Defence system… what’s also interesting t...
by JohnM
27 Dec 2021, 14:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

So in the new Type 31 peace from UKDJ on the 22 Dec they show a new image of a T-31 with a tail deployed and a Merlin on the flight deck That image shows Type 31 and its Sonar 2170 towed-body equipment, IIRC. Nope… apparently it’s a Sea Sentor Towed Torpedo Defence system… what’s also interesting t...
by JohnM
22 Dec 2021, 15:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328486
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I have no issue with PODed RB2s and ARCIMS SeaSense for Home Waters and choke point, e.g., Gibraltar, ASW work. As means of detection and trip wire, it's perfectly acceptable... detect sub, call effectors, kill sub... and it releases a frigate from ASW duties...
by JohnM
03 Nov 2021, 19:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

An observation comparing T26 and IH. IH has 4 x 8 cell Mk41 launchers arranged 4 rows of 8 cells T26 has 3 x 8 cell Mk41 arranged 2 rows of 12 plus 4 x 6 Mushrooms arranged 3 rows of 8 cells. The Mk41 and mushrooms take up roughly the same width across the deck. Therefore on T31 if the only availab...
by JohnM
03 Nov 2021, 19:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

An observation comparing T26 and IH. IH has 4 x 8 cell Mk41 launchers arranged 4 rows of 8 cells T26 has 3 x 8 cell Mk41 arranged 2 rows of 12 plus 4 x 6 Mushrooms arranged 3 rows of 8 cells. The Mk41 and mushrooms take up roughly the same width across the deck. Therefore on T31 if the only availab...
by JohnM
03 Nov 2021, 17:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

An observation comparing T26 and IH. IH has 4 x 8 cell Mk41 launchers arranged 4 rows of 8 cells T26 has 3 x 8 cell Mk41 arranged 2 rows of 12 plus 4 x 6 Mushrooms arranged 3 rows of 8 cells. The Mk41 and mushrooms take up roughly the same width across the deck. Therefore on T31 if the only availab...
by JohnM
03 Nov 2021, 13:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

…presume Babcock would have deleted any electrical, pneumatic and water supply lines etc for the Mk41s as in the parent Iver Huitfeldt design to save costs to meet the very tight £250 million As is mentioned in the brochure I posted above, the AH140 design is ready for MK41, so I would argue it wou...
by JohnM
02 Nov 2021, 22:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844477
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

You’re complicating things too much… all this was already known… The official AH 140 brochure shows all the boat bays and room for 4x8 MK-41 and they specifically mention room for 32 cells… https://www.arrowhead140.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Arrowhead-140-EXPORT-brochure.pdf In my mind what The ...
by JohnM
02 Nov 2021, 12:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 270416
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

It looks like I may have been wrong, thankfully… this came out this morning… https://breakingdefense.com/2021/11/aussies-to-pick-mature-nuke-sub-design-is-uks-astute-class-frontrunner/?_ga=2.34907170.204476315.1635768231-1524382478.1563005072 This would actually be doable if the tooling was transfer...
by JohnM
01 Nov 2021, 17:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 270416
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

it’s funny you actually think the US is going to give up a $20+B deal and just give it to the U.K., lol… and even if they were, for some magical reason, where is the capacity in the UK to build it concurrently with Dreadnought? I guess time will tell which one of us is right… P.S.- The Aussies appro...
by JohnM
01 Nov 2021, 16:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 270416
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

…the Aussie subs will have be fit into one of the existing production lines... So zero work share for SCY at Osborne in Adelaide? Can’t see the successive Australian governments going along with that. I didn’t say that, I said the US will not let the submarines to be built in the UK, to a UK design...
by JohnM
01 Nov 2021, 14:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 270416
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

One thing is sure, if the Aussies select a Astginia hybrid design it is bound to be a disaster. Agree 100%, the Aussie subs will have be fit into one of the existing production lines... both the US Navy and the RN are in the initial planning stages of their next SSNs (SSN(X) and SSN(R), respectivel...
by JohnM
01 Nov 2021, 14:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 270416
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Why would Australia not want Virginia's VLS? I read somewhere, but for the life of me can’t remember where, that they look at the subs essentially as defensive and interdiction tools and don’t want to up the overall temperature in the region even more by adding land attack capability, but I may be ...
by JohnM
01 Nov 2021, 13:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 270416
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Why would Australia not want Virginia's VLS? I read somewhere, but for the life of me can’t remember where, that they look at the subs essentially as defensive and interdiction tools and don’t want to up the overall temperature in the region even more by adding land attack capability, but I may be ...
by JohnM
01 Nov 2021, 13:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 270416
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Why would Australia not want Virginia's VLS? I read somewhere, but for the life of me can’t remember where, that they look at the subs essentially as defensive and interdiction tools and don’t want to up the overall temperature in the region even more by adding land attack capability, but I may be ...
by JohnM
01 Nov 2021, 12:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 270416
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

... this is essentially a security deal between Australia and the US. Totally agree. Technically, most likely the Aussies witll a short Virginia, I.e., minus the VLS. You mean Block IV boats? Very likely. Probably Block V, which is the current and most up-to-date block, minus the 6 VPM… they’ll end...
by JohnM
01 Nov 2021, 11:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 270416
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Do people really, and I mean really, think the US is going to let the lion’s share of the deal, I.e., building the actual subs, go to the UK? What reality do you people live in? Politically it’s unthinkable… remember how AUKUS came about and you’ll realize the U.K. was the middleman… in fact, once c...
by JohnM
27 Oct 2021, 17:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14807
Views: 3328486
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Repulse wrote:JohnM, agree the RN is doing a good job in a difficult circumstance. I just hope the government realises soon that the world has moved away from the “peaceful” years earlier in this century to a situation where the threat level is extreme and real war fighting capabilities are required.
Agree 100%