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by Lord Jim
21 Feb 2020, 15:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A lengthened T26 hull with up to 96 Mk41s and some of the quieting measures such as rafting removed would give the RN a modern AB equivalent for a similar cost. There is no way the RN is going to be able to afford Escorts costing £1.5Bn per copy after design and set up costs are paid off. If some l...
by Lord Jim
21 Feb 2020, 13:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Where do you see these 64 Mk41s fitted on the current design ? I can see the possibility of 48 up front but none anywhere else with out losing the mission bay. I believe the suggestion was a limited stretch of the T-26 design so that whilst also using the space taken up by the 24 "Mushrooms&qu...
by Lord Jim
20 Feb 2020, 18:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1732
Views: 183059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

At the endof the day, in the west, only The US, France and Sweden(and in their case last time was with considerable external assistance) from the west can claim to have built a Mach 2 fighter on their own since the 50’s Doesn't the BAC Lightning count? TSR2 was a bomber but the programme was killed...
by Lord Jim
20 Feb 2020, 15:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Can a case be made that future Royal Navy Escorts will need to be "Jack of all trades, Masters of none", types rather then the current two specialised ones.
by Lord Jim
20 Feb 2020, 08:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 95
Views: 5083
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

What would you be trying to achieve deploying a brigade to the Far East? The distances that would need covered are vast and as such would require significant air transport assets to be fwd deployed also. We struggle moving a brigade around Europe. Given the size of any force we could send to the fa...
by Lord Jim
19 Feb 2020, 18:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 151
Views: 26190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

I wonder how must it would cost in total to buy three or four Bombardier Global Express jet on the second hand market, install a Raptor sensor in a canoe underneath and install workstations and a date links including satellite. We know the sensor works so that is probably the most expensive part, an...
by Lord Jim
19 Feb 2020, 17:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 95
Views: 5083
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Well other countries would have to be approached to see if they would be willing to allow a Force to be stationed there, the size of any establishment and its infrastructure and so on. Alternatively the facilities in Brunei could be expanded with equipment for the other two Battalions and support un...
by Lord Jim
19 Feb 2020, 14:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The T-31 ships are going to be the Navy's equivalent of the Army's Ajax vehicle, in that they are going to be a platform looking for a role. At best they are second tier warships only suitable for maritime patrol and security duties. There is a parallel to the German Navy's F125 Baden-Wurttemberg cl...
by Lord Jim
19 Feb 2020, 14:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 151
Views: 26190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

The MoD has stated that there will be no overland role for the P-8 as the fleet will be purely concentrating on its maritime role and isn't big enough to do both.
by Lord Jim
18 Feb 2020, 15:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 151
Views: 26190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

The Government seems to be blind to defence. After Iraq and Afghanistan they seem to thein that the equipment we have is capable of dealing with a top tier opponent like Russia, hence they are happy to talk about NATO standing up to the threat. If a war did break out the casualties we would suffer t...
by Lord Jim
18 Feb 2020, 04:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Is there actually a properly planned out T-45 replacement programme or is it still written on the back of a fag packet?
by Lord Jim
17 Feb 2020, 15:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We know that but most voters if told we have 19 Frigates and Destroyers will leave it at that, and they are the only people that count.
by Lord Jim
17 Feb 2020, 13:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

All three services need more mass, or have their commitments reduced. For the RN this will have to be the singleton deployments such as the NATO standing forces, and possible having a high end escort in the Gulf. As a presence ship the T-31 has the advantage of range and size over other platforms th...
by Lord Jim
16 Feb 2020, 04:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It is a bit of a mess with these 5% cuts, when we are bound to spend at least 2% of GDP on defence and have a promised yearly increase of 1% above inflation. So surely the MoD might be pressured to cut anything above this, up to 5% but beyond that they are going against their well publicised policy ...
by Lord Jim
15 Feb 2020, 19:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 95
Views: 5083
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

The idea would be far from an immobile formation as in the day of Empire. The two Light and one motorised Battalions together with two to four support Regiments would be contently sends forces of various sizes to allies countries to work in co operation. One of these Battalions is already out east a...
by Lord Jim
15 Feb 2020, 00:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 95
Views: 5083
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Light Infantry is something we do have plenty of and is something I think needs addressing, but having a Brigade forward deployed in and around Brunei, Singapore etc. might be a good way of showing that we do have a vested interest in the area and are will to support our allies. This would be even m...
by Lord Jim
14 Feb 2020, 21:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Limiting the Interim AShMs to the T-23s is a mistake in my mind. Both they and the T-45s should be capable of carrying them when they enter service, to cover not just singleton deployments, but to allow the Escort Group for the Carrier to have greater throw weight if needed.
by Lord Jim
14 Feb 2020, 21:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1002
Views: 115460
Location: United Kingdom

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

Possibly, but all three services seem set on reducing or halting existing programmes to fund the next big thing, which they hope will allow the to jump way out in front of possible opposition or at least stay ahead. I am getting a "Deja vu", feeling with reference to the US Army's FCS prog...
by Lord Jim
14 Feb 2020, 21:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 95
Views: 5083
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Doing a bit of digging and the new 6th Division is proving to be a very interesting formation. In addition to its ISTAR and Signals units there is the SIG or Specialist Infantry Group, which currently consists of five Infantry Battalions. The role of this formation appears to be to deploy company si...
by Lord Jim
14 Feb 2020, 13:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I don't see a problem fitting NSM in place of Harpoon. NSM in box launchers have been mounted on the bow of the Amercian LCS in a similar position to Harpoon on T23/T45 That is not the issue, the space on both the T-45 and T-23 between the superstructure and the Missile silos is not that big and th...
by Lord Jim
13 Feb 2020, 21:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 732
Views: 96480
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

For an RFA they are handsome ships.
by Lord Jim
13 Feb 2020, 21:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With the P-8 using Harpoon in RAF Service, at least initially, and these being the latest standard, wouldn't the cheapest and simplest way to achieve an interim ASHM capability to go to the US and either purchase or even borrow say 48 of the latest Harpoons. We would have to carry out some minor mod...
by Lord Jim
12 Feb 2020, 16:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1732
Views: 183059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Lord Jim wrote: those planes at the ETPS were leased from SAAB as I said; ArmChairCivvy wrote:without having to buy a single plane! those planes at the ETPS were leased from SAAB as I said; without having to buy a single plane! Your eloquence in your initial statement meant I missed your point firs...
by Lord Jim
12 Feb 2020, 16:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11236
Views: 856217
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Slightly confused as appear contradictory, am I missing something? The suggestion was to fit SPEAR to the T-31 to give it a precision land attack capability, where as getting hand me downs in the 2030s in the form of an AShM could be a possibility, though the five sets could go to the T-45s I suppo...
by Lord Jim
12 Feb 2020, 10:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 14
Views: 3377
Location: United Kingdom

Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

Does anyone one know if we are keeping tabs on where the USN is heading regarding MCM work. They are looking at being able to clear mines at speed (moving at speed of at least 20kts+) using multiple UUVs to clear access lanes through choke points and counted area denial actions by hostile nations. T...

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