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by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2022, 01:01
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1880
Views: 37775
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Click on the link to find out. It is quite an interesting development.
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2022, 00:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 798
Views: 15570
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Given how useful the B2s are, I can easily see the MoD wanting to replace them with new OPVs increasing the number available for both their traditional and new roles. A B3 would take on board any lessons learnt from the deployments of the B2. Acting to stop immigrants is not a prime role for the RN ...
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2022, 17:07
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: New Zealand Defence Force
Replies: 477
Views: 11813
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Re: New Zealand Defence Force

Good to see. Do we know who else is sending ships?
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2022, 17:06
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1880
Views: 37775
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Rather than Corvettes I can see the USCG being beefed up, more akin to their Cold War role, where they would be fitted with additional ASW systems in wartime. In this case I can see the USCG having Cutters that could be up armed to suit where they are to operate, rather like how we have discussed up...
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2022, 17:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 798
Views: 15570
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

I wouldn't be surprised if a B3 River appears in the next Review, to both replace the B1 Rivers and increase the overall number of OPV available. They are just proving too useful for this not to happen and it could produce more export orders given their high profile.
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2022, 16:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 151
Views: 26733
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Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

Well you can definitely have four sets of eight VLS forward and at least two more amidships where the additional Sae Ceptors currently lie. If you removed the mission bay and had just a hanger for either a Merlin of a Wildcat plus Rotary UAV, you could have an even greater number. With the right rad...
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2022, 16:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4281
Views: 1082484
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Simply put we could up gun the B2 Rivers with little difficulty, and maybe we should, as if we did we wouldn't need to replace them with the T-31s, which in turn to be deployed elsewhere.
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2022, 16:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14832
Views: 3329945
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If the T-31 remains as it appears to be configured and undertakes the role of being a forward presence vessel replacing the B2 Rivers, I strongly believe it has been a waste of time and resources. If the B2s can continue in the roles and locations that have been chosen why do we need the T-31? Any o...
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2022, 09:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3298
Views: 872583
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

PoW's inclusion in the exercise probably has more to do with her training needs than the future of LRG(N) or the FCF. As for the number of helicopters embarked, that will probably be governed mainly by the number of Commandos being embarked on the RN/RFA ship participating in the exercise. The role ...
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 21:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)
Replies: 21
Views: 14774
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)

Mk VIII is still my favourite.
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 21:45
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1880
Views: 37775
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Downsizing. :D
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 21:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14832
Views: 3329945
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Getting any high end Escort for less then or equal to £1Bn is about the going rate these days, and even then you won't get everything you want. The RN is going to have to work out some tough scenarios in teh near future, like can if afford highly specialist Warships like the T-26 which became a spec...
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 21:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3298
Views: 872583
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

You may be right. I can see a couple of Chinooks plus Merlin HC4/4a and Wildcat and maybe two or three of the Apaches assigned to support the RM but not a lot else. F-35s would be nice but the fleet is sorting itself out after CSG-21 so the RAF may contribute some land based Typhoons instead. With e...
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 11:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 798
Views: 15570
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Someone in the Treasury has obvious decided that if you have got it use it. They do not like things they have paid for sitting around not being used. I just wish they could be ordered to return anyone recovered in the Channel to the place they put to sea so they can begin to claim Asylum there, wher...
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 11:54
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Italian Armed Forces
Replies: 841
Views: 20660
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Re: Italian Armed Forces

Yes that is what I was thinking about and thought was already entering service.
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14832
Views: 3329945
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I understand that many of the heavily armed Corvettes in service today are mainly aimed at protecting their country's littoral EEZ, and sacrifice range etc. to do so where as the T-31 is a Global patrol ship, but that is where the problem lies. What sort of vessels are going to be operating in many ...
by Lord Jim
16 Jan 2022, 00:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3298
Views: 872583
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

As far as I am concerned one of the priorities of the RN and RFA moving forward is to rapidly moe and Army Battlegroup to a location, say the high north, with all it kit and logistics in under fourteen days with the remainder of the BCT the former originated from arriving after no more than a furthe...
by Lord Jim
16 Jan 2022, 00:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14832
Views: 3329945
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Interesting that the photo of the IH shows it with sixteen Harpoon. This is a good thing as this will be the minimum number of AShMs an Escort should be carrying today and tomorrow. We may not be building the most capable Escort with the T-31, but it should be relatively easy and not too expensive t...
by Lord Jim
13 Jan 2022, 11:37
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1880
Views: 37775
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Well they have chosen the calibre and now the optics. The new Rifle and Automatic Rifle should be with the troops sometime this year, and joining the British Army by 2030 we can hope. The optic is like a mini Tank FCS, automatically providing an adjusted aim point taking into account all sorts of fa...
by Lord Jim
13 Jan 2022, 11:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4281
Views: 1082484
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Now we just need to paint a River in a scheme similar to the Swedish littoral "Green" scheme to bland in with the African coastline.
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 08:03
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Italian Armed Forces
Replies: 841
Views: 20660
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Re: Italian Armed Forces

Doesn't the latest version of the OTOMAT AShM give the Italian Navy a long range land attack capability already?
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 08:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 798
Views: 15570
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

A very nice, glossy publication full of a lot of what has already been announced and what the RAF aspire to be twenty or so years from now. I do find the introduction of Space Command "Wings" a little bit too much, do the Army Operators of the Watchkeeper UAV get full pilots wings now as w...
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14832
Views: 3329945
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The need to provide escorts for the LRGs is probably one of the main reasons the capability of the T-31s is being looked at including the installation of one or more Mk41 LS systems. As for lacking AAW platforms, in theory if a CEC was introduced between the T-45 and T-26 the latter could have the o...
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 427
Views: 106993
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Re: Royal Navy SSK?

The Russians developed a reactor that used liquid metal to transfer heat but even then they still used steam to drive the turbines. The PWR3 will still rely on heat transferred from the closed pressurised water systems that is part of the reactor to a separate closed cycle that forms steam to drive ...
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179189
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

There is a joint European effort to develop a layered BMD capability but we are not part of it at present. WE still only aspire to have a BMD capability but nothing has been funded beyond some assessment work if that.