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by R686
27 Jun 2020, 00:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1267794
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Seems like the RAN’s Hunter class may get a redesign to become larger than the UK’s City class Ships due to weight of the new CEFAR as “ It also uses more power than standard radars. One industry source said the frigates weight was on track to exceed 10,000 tonnes, necessitating the need for the hul...
by R686
14 May 2020, 20:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1074
Views: 185043
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

1.3b USD will get you the RAAF MC-55A “Peregrine” of 4 aircraft. But I think it would be cheaper to just upgrade the R1 unless the airframes life are coming the end Considering the R1 are faster have more endurance and more than likely more economical to operate than P8 it seems like a no brainer to...
by R686
14 Apr 2020, 03:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 633787
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Personally, I think that's pretty darned good after such a long period of the RN being out of the business. It will be an impressive sight. Indeed it would be, but if that deployment is going to be a FoN operation in the SCS, and in light of what has happened over the last few months, then I would ...
by R686
05 Apr 2020, 19:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: HMS Hermes (R12) (Centaur Class Aircraft Carrier) (1959-1984) (Ex RN)
Replies: 39
Views: 12757
Location: Australia

Re: HMS Hermes (R12) (Centaur Class Aircraft Carrier) (1959-1984) (Ex RN)

Comparing Hermes to the current QE class carriers it just seems to me that even though the ramp is an afterthought on Hermes it just appears to have nicer lines overall the the current UK carriers
by R686
10 Mar 2020, 18:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1168
Views: 149853
Location: Australia

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)

Lord Jim wrote:How much did the last refit for Ocean cost the MoD and how much did Brazil but it for again?


I thought Brazil payed for the last refit before handover
by R686
15 Feb 2020, 01:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12012
Views: 1625929
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

why did they need a new crane?

Goliath was built and payed for, did anyone buy goliath in the end?
by R686
06 Nov 2019, 16:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 633787
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

it was not the users decision, just a case of 'we're struggling to meet deadlines and the programme is in crisis Yeah, each gram (attachment points, as useless extras) was the name of the game then... for the "B" more so than the other versions That’s right the B had a weight problem forg...
by R686
05 Nov 2019, 20:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 633787
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Getting back to the drop tank topic for a moment. I've found some material on the internet from a decade or so ago that talks about the tanks then under consideration: 480 gallons. I’m lead to believe they were dropped as there was no interest from member nations as F35 on internal fuel had greater...
by R686
02 Nov 2019, 11:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12012
Views: 1625929
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Just a quick one with no real world relevance but could the UK have built a conventional carrier the size of the ford class in the UK or we never of had the infrastructure to do it ?I'm not saying the cash for it or need btw Of course you could, just needed to spend the extra to enlarge the docks, ...
by R686
01 Nov 2019, 21:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 633787
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Some interesting little nuggets can be found here the preceding parts are not really to important in regards to the UK but does give an overall indication on what is required in the way of enablers to increase the effectiveness of long range fighter aircraft, part 5 starts with the B just waiting on...
by R686
01 Nov 2019, 08:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 633787
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Remember buddy buddy refueling in the USN, is primarily to get bolters back on deck And now they're moving past that, specifically developing a tanker for extended range operations against an opponent that can deny a carrier access. Semantics I know but it’s not the USN but USMC, but I’m sure the U...
by R686
01 Nov 2019, 01:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 633787
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

The need for on board AAR, COD let alone allowing the RM to be inserted faster and from far greater distance should be making a pretty strong case for the V-22 even though it is expensive. A purchase of enough to equip two squadrons would allow the FAA to properly support the carriers and the F-35s...
by R686
31 Oct 2019, 23:56
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 633787
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

the only exception is the F35 as it currently has greater range than most on internal fuel as those with expendable drop tanks yes, currently. As "we" have the FA-18 as a "peace time bridge" between A-12 and F-35... neither of the last two have 'long legs' Not sure exactly why y...
by R686
31 Oct 2019, 22:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 633787
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

You tell me a single aircraft in service right now that can have its guts ripped out and turned into a flying gas tank? The Belize mission was unique as was the aircraft. With regards to the carrier getting closer and negating AAR, it would have been too late the Guatemalans would have invaded. Wel...
by R686
21 Oct 2019, 23:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12012
Views: 1625929
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The Armchair Soldier wrote:https://youtu.be/IBsUgKgMzy8




When are they planning a max weight take offs?
by R686
01 Oct 2019, 05:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12012
Views: 1625929
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

When did they say they were going to in the Pacfic again. hopefully it will be avalible for Tailsman Sabre, would be nice to see a combined Commonwealth battle group.
by R686
23 Sep 2019, 08:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12012
Views: 1625929
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps the Albion class replacement LPH/LHD should be based on the QEC propulsion and hull form (but without the sponsons). :mrgreen: I think it would be cheaper to use someone else design if you want to keep the well dock if they reckon it was going to cost a bomb to put cats on them imagine the ...
by R686
29 Apr 2019, 16:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12012
Views: 1625929
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I see the Goliath crane is still on site, wasn't it put up for sale?
by R686
19 Apr 2019, 01:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 414
Views: 92341
Location: Australia

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

16 Air Assault needs a bigger and more balance organic air component than it currently has and one solution is Wildcat. We currently have one Regiment currently tasked as Recce. These need to be modified to take on the task of Armed Recce in a similar vain as the US Army did converting the OH-58D K...
by R686
06 Apr 2019, 02:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2914
Views: 372857
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote:


Typical RAF, only wants to go to sea once every 2 years. Nelson spins in his grave.

Fly Navy.


One must remember if one wanted to go to sea they would have joined Navy, remember they just cant take off for that dirty weekend when they feel like it being stuck on that tin can,
by R686
04 Apr 2019, 05:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 346
Views: 81097
Location: Australia

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

serge750 wrote:Surely a surplus !!! that can't be right.... :lol: :twisted:

I would be up for exchanging POW/Albions for your 2 x JC LHD...ha ha



That will be like asking for the Crown Jewels :lol: :lol:
by R686
03 Apr 2019, 11:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 346
Views: 81097
Location: Australia

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

You should have forced the AusGov to accept HMS Invincible back in the 80’s sorry no refunds no returns,I blame the UK for the demise of the RAN maritime ASW/Strike capbilty. It all began with cancelling the CVA 01 program, bloody pommie bastards don’t even like an ice cold beer has to be warm You ...
by R686
03 Apr 2019, 08:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 346
Views: 81097
Location: Australia

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Lord Jim wrote:And we would have made you buy those weird humming bird like jets to replace your Skyhawks as well.


Funny you mention that, it was on the cards by defence planers at on stage, you guys wanted too much for a new build Invincible

http://www.harrier.org.uk/history/histo ... nunder.htm
by R686
03 Apr 2019, 01:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 346
Views: 81097
Location: Australia

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

The only silver lining was that it went to Australia, a resolute and thoroughly reliable ally of the UK. . Sorry I can’t say the same for you guys are bastards for allies...................... You should have forced the AusGov to accept HMS Invincible back in the 80’s sorry no refunds no returns,I ...
by R686
14 Mar 2019, 18:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12012
Views: 1625929
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think you guys are overthinking this, yeah they are doing a cruise to the Pacific but I think visit will be all too infrequent. I'm excited that the UK is back in the carrier game. What I'm less excited about is the funding for these task groups I'm trying to recall if the UK has ever sent a carri...

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