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by Caribbean
15 Jul 2024, 22:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 788
Views: 225754
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

New to me. Seems an odd decision to bring another light vehicle into service, but I guess the turret was already integrated on it. Seen some comments that they were options not taken up by a far east government that were both available in the short term and cheap To be fair, in the long run, they m...
by Caribbean
14 Jul 2024, 15:49
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: N.A.T.O. News & Discussion
Replies: 124
Views: 16708
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Re: N.A.T.O. News & Discussion

Unfotunately, I think I have to agree with you. Far too many of the current generation of politicians seem to have had the attitude that they were simply going to be junior administrators in a European-run political system. No vision. Classic case was Cameron - spent his life wangling his way to bec...
by Caribbean
12 Jul 2024, 14:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Just bolt a pull-out awning onto the front of the shed - should be good for another 10m
by Caribbean
10 Jul 2024, 11:25
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry - News & Discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 15580
United Kingdom

Re: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry - News & Discussion

Starmer is refusing to set a timeframe on that "committment". The Tories said by 2030, he's refused to match that
by Caribbean
09 Jul 2024, 13:33
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 615
Views: 61063
United Kingdom

Re: German Armed Forces

German forces get real-terms cut in funding. This year's budget increased by Eur 1b over last

by Caribbean
08 Jul 2024, 07:39
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 124532
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Good to see more aid and a continuation of the policy for Labour but do we really have the AS-90 to give them? We have withdrawn the AS-90 from service and it looks like we have given them all to Ukraine. I've lost count of how many systems we have actually transferred, but there were reports recen...
by Caribbean
07 Jul 2024, 15:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19495
Views: 9993548
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Scanter is relatively cheap radar and limited in range ~15nm, 2,000 ' height with its ability to track drones but limited in tracking sea skimming missiles due to its max speed detection of 500 m/s ~Mach 1.5, so unable to track a BrahMos or hypersonic Zircon or Kinzhal, whereas the X-band APAR II i...
by Caribbean
07 Jul 2024, 11:13
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Reform UK (Political Party)
Replies: 30
Views: 2651
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Re: Reform UK (Political Party)

I wonder if his EU pension counts as an overseas donation from a hostile state ;)
by Caribbean
06 Jul 2024, 13:46
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Labour Party
Replies: 318
Views: 28204
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Re: Labour Party

by Caribbean
06 Jul 2024, 10:27
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Labour Party
Replies: 318
Views: 28204
United Kingdom

Re: Labour Party

33.9% of the popular vote vs 40% last time around (under Corbyn) is hardly a ringing endorsement. The Tories lost this election (as did the Scots Nats) through incompetence. Labour's policy of not actually standing FOR anything (well, for more than a week) worked - they won because they were there A...
by Caribbean
05 Jul 2024, 15:30
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Weather & Environment Thread :)
Replies: 80
Views: 8376
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Re: The Weather & Environment Thread :)

Beryl is now giving Cancun a battering

Still a Category 2 with wind speeds up to 110mph
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by Caribbean
04 Jul 2024, 18:16
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Weather & Environment Thread :)
Replies: 80
Views: 8376
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Re: The Weather & Environment Thread :)

Hurricane Beryl has passed 110 miles south of the Cayman Islands as a Cat 3 storm Currently expected to strike the Yucatan peninsula as a Category 1 Cayman News Service https://caymannewsservice.com/2024/07/beryl-heads-for-jamaica-blowing-at-145mph/ Screenshot 2024-07-04 175340.png Oops - just reali...
by Caribbean
02 Jul 2024, 16:40
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Weather & Environment Thread :)
Replies: 80
Views: 8376
United Kingdom

Re: The Weather & Environment Thread :)

Jamaica & Cayman will be prepping at the moment. https://caymannewsservice.com/2024/07/cayman-under-hurricane-watch-as-beryl-heads-for-jamaica/ Hurricane Beryl is Cat 5 and has potential for a direct hit on both, though hopefully it will have dropped in intensity by the time it makes landfall Th...
by Caribbean
02 Jul 2024, 15:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

An L:D of 14 would imply that the depth of the T26 hull is 10.7 m, so with a draft of 8m (from River Class), that would only leave 2.7 m of freeboard, which is low for any ship designed for helicopter operations in up to sea state 6 (wave height 4-6m) The freeboard of the T23 (I believe also capable...
by Caribbean
02 Jul 2024, 12:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

In the absence of confirmation, I think c. 9800t is the theoretical FLD, but it is not out of the question that the 8800t figure is the real limit. I suspect it all depends on how important budgets are, amongst many other variables. The fact that the Aus DoD are being cagey about it, makes me think ...
by Caribbean
02 Jul 2024, 11:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

All results from Gemini The Canadian Navy's River Class destroyer: Length: 151.4 meters (496 feet 9 inches) Beam: 20.75 meters (68 feet 1 inch) Max Displacement: 8,080 tonnes (7,950 long tons) Max Draught: Approximately 8 meters (26 feet 3 inches) Source: Government of Canada website The Australian ...
by Caribbean
01 Jul 2024, 17:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 382
Views: 31946
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

Pessimistic? No, just realistic. £2.5Bn? Fingers crossed… The crew is the biggest limiting factor especially with the MRSS and T32 activating at the same time. For this reason alone 6x MRSS isn’t going to happen. Therefore the 2x LHD strategy is the most realistic option for RN IMO. • Delete the Al...
by Caribbean
01 Jul 2024, 15:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

So you keep saying - so what IS the L:D ratio for the Type 26?

PS - both Hunter & River-class are 1.5m longer
by Caribbean
30 Jun 2024, 17:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

tomuk wrote: 30 Jun 2024, 17:43 Why would have put paid to any claim that T26 can't get any bigger?
For the somewhat obvious reason that both Hunter & River class are bigger than the T26.
by Caribbean
30 Jun 2024, 16:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Well, whatever the true figures, I think it's comprehensively put paid to the claim that "the T26 can't get any bigger", when it's suggested that the T46 could be based on it.
by Caribbean
29 Jun 2024, 16:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Wasn't the US contract for the first tranche of frigates, with a re-compete for the second batch at some point?
by Caribbean
29 Jun 2024, 16:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 673
Views: 166511
United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

I think that, when he says "more special forces", he ultimately means "more lethal". He talks about doubling & even trebling the "lethality"of the army
by Caribbean
29 Jun 2024, 13:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

donald_of_tokyo wrote: 29 Jun 2024, 01:55 Looks like Canadian Navy moved from CAMM to RAM. See https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/rcn-m ... r-fact.pdf
That looks a lot like something that you would pitch to the USN for their frigate program
by Caribbean
25 Jun 2024, 14:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583854
United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

There's no "just" about it. It creates MASSIVE amounts of extra bureaucracy making it hugely more expensive for business. It also creates delay reducing flexibility. I suspect that BAE already has that all sorted out. I have no doubt that it has entire departments around the planet that s...