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by wargame_insomniac
24 Jun 2022, 18:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5725
Views: 1570142
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

So we'll have 47 plus 26 in total, minus the 3 experimental airframes equals 70. Enough for 3 frontline squardons, but probably not 4... Anyone know what the breakdown will be? 1st squadron is joint RAF/FAA, the 2nd is RAF (I believe?), will the 3rd be FAA? Would be nice to have at least 1 squadron...
by wargame_insomniac
24 Jun 2022, 17:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417425
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I still hold out hope of ASROC being used in Mk41 VLS fitted to T26.
by wargame_insomniac
22 Jun 2022, 18:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14056
Views: 4058730
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If I strain my memory, I can still vaguely remember as far back to distant past when UK F35b's landed on Queen Elizabeth!!

😁😁😁

Hopefully not TOO long before we see that again.....
by wargame_insomniac
21 Jun 2022, 18:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 371
Views: 25089
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Re: The future form of the Army

Interesting that UK and France getting closer militarily whilst seeming to be moving further apart politically. Hope this is a sign of France back into focussing on NATO rather than trying to set up EU Defence force. https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/french-general-assumes-command-of-british-army-divi...
by wargame_insomniac
21 Jun 2022, 12:29
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: CHINA
Replies: 355
Views: 11382
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Re: CHINA

Not sure of the relevance of those numbers as most of those ships will be European based. The comparison of numbers of PLAN ships would need to be with the USN 7th Fleet advance deployed to Japan, plus any ships on station from USN 3rd Fleet, plus probably allied Japanese and Korean ships. Other all...
by wargame_insomniac
20 Jun 2022, 19:32
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: CHINA
Replies: 355
Views: 11382
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Re: CHINA

Interesting article on projected PLAN surface fleet for 2025. Much of the details were in line with recent fleet additions, although still have to note how impressive a build rate they have done so far and appear to be maintaining. New for me was talk of Type 76 LHD, presumably larger than Type 75, ...
by wargame_insomniac
20 Jun 2022, 09:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 992
Views: 34900
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

The UK Government can talk about the pivot to the Indo Pacific or the focus on high north, but unless it backs up this with additional defence spending to meet those missions, then it is just empty words. The UK armed forces are facing many current and upcoming capability gaps before the promised ne...
by wargame_insomniac
19 Jun 2022, 19:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417425
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If you need to build additional Warships, then it is without doubt that they will need to be crewed and maintained as well. If we have Warships in the current Fleet that cannot be crewed or maintained, that is a scandalous situation and shows (once again) that the 2010 SDR did reduce Naval personne...
by wargame_insomniac
19 Jun 2022, 16:19
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: NEDERLANDS
Replies: 109
Views: 4026
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Re: NEDERLANDS

Personally I would prefer another eight to twelve A400s. This has a lot more to offer if its capabilities are continually expanded, something the Germans and French seem much more interested in doing and far faster then the RAF. I think the issue is that we need UK to have a variety of transport ai...
by wargame_insomniac
19 Jun 2022, 16:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417425
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Another 1-2 SSNs ? Certainly, but that means “Deployed”, so, if “another 1” in actual fact that would require 3 more, and if “another 2”, then up to 6 more would be required ! That is how undersized the SSN force is. We know what the obstacles to additional Warship acquisition are (and SSN in parti...
by wargame_insomniac
19 Jun 2022, 14:59
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: NEDERLANDS
Replies: 109
Views: 4026
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Re: NEDERLANDS

Personally I would prefer another eight to twelve A400s. This has a lot more to offer if its capabilities are continually expanded, something the Germans and French seem much more interested in doing and far faster then the RAF. I think the issue is that we need UK to have a variety of transport ai...
by wargame_insomniac
17 Jun 2022, 08:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 261
Views: 22106
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Is that confirmed that it will get new engine? I don't remember seeing that in the various press releases and articles about the upgrade to Challnger 3. Thanks Even tho some articles suggest new engine, seems like this is not true. Engine will be upgraded with a new cooling system but it is a not a...
by wargame_insomniac
17 Jun 2022, 00:03
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: JAPAN / 日本
Replies: 398
Views: 14766
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Re: JAPAN / 日本

Interesting YouTube video from Xavier:

by wargame_insomniac
16 Jun 2022, 23:10
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: NEDERLANDS
Replies: 109
Views: 4026
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Re: NEDERLANDS

It all the more frustrating that RAF has decided to retire it's own C130's without equivalent replacement. Whilst C17 Globemasters and A400M are great at larger scale strategic mobility, the C130 should still have a use in more smaller scale tactical mobilities as it can land on small rough airstrip...
by wargame_insomniac
16 Jun 2022, 22:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 261
Views: 22106
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Engine and Transmission, and I am sure the armour and any upgrade package are the latest available. Yes, compared to CR3, which will only get new engine, new transmission, 3rd generation of Hydrogas suspension, new modular armour, enhanced hull protection, new thermal sights ... Sure they could inc...
by wargame_insomniac
16 Jun 2022, 22:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 261
Views: 22106
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

I agree, But as I see it, even if the FV-51's hull is based on the Latest Leopard 2 version that is not really an issue, That is know to have a very good Engine and Transmission, and I am sure the armour and any upgrade package are the latest available. The key capabilities for a MBT that really ma...
by wargame_insomniac
14 Jun 2022, 23:42
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: CHINA
Replies: 355
Views: 11382
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Re: CHINA

Launch of China's Type 003 CATOBAR carrier is imminient: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/launch-of-chinas-new-type-003-aircraft-carrier-imminent Expected in service date 2024-2025, although USN struggled with the new technologies in their USS Gerald R Ford, which took 3.5 years from launch to ...
by wargame_insomniac
11 Jun 2022, 20:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4430
Views: 1126067
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Compared to River B2s, River B1 OPVs are more simple. Looking at the detail, - radar is much simple - com-link is also simpler - EO FCS is not there - much less armed which means River B1s is surely cheaper than B2s to operate. I understand RN is to replace 3 River B1s with 2 River B2s (now at EoS)...
by wargame_insomniac
10 Jun 2022, 16:56
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 622
Views: 17383
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Re: The war in Ukraine

So how would the Ukrainian Separatists 'from eastern Ukraine that are fighting for Russia in the latter's war be classified? Also regarding the two "Brits". Well one had Ukrainian citizenship and the other had applied for it, plus both had served in the Ukrainian military and reserves sin...
by wargame_insomniac
09 Jun 2022, 20:15
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1788
Views: 54875
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Re: Australian Defence Force

Probably a fevered dream 'cause the US wants those subs just as bad as us. They can hardly be begging Congress to open a third line and then go ahead and give us two subs. I don't trust the story, I'm afraid. I guess that will come down to how committed the US is to having the hard capability perma...
by wargame_insomniac
08 Jun 2022, 21:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1641
Views: 470393
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Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-warship-leads-us-navy-task-force/ In that article there is a link to: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2022/june/07/220607-defender-leads-the-way-in-the-baltic "Defender leads the US Navy’s USS Porter and USNS W.McLean, Sweden’s ...
by wargame_insomniac
07 Jun 2022, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 434
Views: 157478
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Re: Future ASW

Not sure if this the right thread - please move if not.

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/huge-an ... -atlantic/

"NATO’s advanced anti-submarine warfare exercise, Dynamic Mongoose, will begin on the 13th of June 2022 in the North Atlantic."
by wargame_insomniac
07 Jun 2022, 19:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14056
Views: 4058730
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

@ PhillyJ- ouch. Hope feel ok soon.

Have fond memories of Collingwood whilst with the Cadets.