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  • Peter Elliott on News story: Versatile Vikings’ £37 million upgrade completedSo these 99 vehicles equip how many Commando Battle Groups? And am I right in thinking the rear echelon of 3 Commando Brigade still on th e older BVS10..?
  • Peter Elliott on 35480 – Warships: Shipbuilding (Answered)Best of British Luck to him! :/
  • Observer on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate CapabilitiesJH, I know what you mean, my point was that our approach was manpower tight, money heavy, which may not fit with the RN's priorities especially the money part. Rumour has it those ships were close to or even exceeded 1 Bn USD(?) due to the amount of automation and...
  • JohnHartley on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate CapabilitiesObserver/TOC. I should have been clearer. I did not say the RN should adopt the Formidable class. To use a buzzword, I thought we should "benchmark" whatever T31 design we came up with against the Formidable class (& other modern 3000-4500 ton frigates). After all, if we as individuals go...
  • Not a Boffin on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate Capabilities“My concern with going with a new design is purely the amount of time and costs it has taken to get other designs right.” "Agreed. We are subsidising the industry for no appreciable output and we are certainly failing utterly to get value for money." I wouldn't argue with either...
  • Observer on Correspondence: Defence Secretary response to a letter on Type 26 Global Combat Ship project press coveragePac, Gringe, pretty numbers are nice and all, but forgetting that those numbers also represent thousands of people needed to man and support the ships and billions (yes, billions with a B) of pounds of expenditure and maintenance is the quick route to *no fleet* left at all. Remember what...
  • Frenchie on 34411 – HMS Elizabeth (Answered)I don't think that the Queen Elizabeth class will not have a defence system with missiles, a aircraft carrier is very expensive, About combat system of CDG. http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/gaulle/
  • Observer on 34411 – HMS Elizabeth (Answered)TAS is right, the only time you get a carrier launching missiles while doing flight ops at the same time is if the situation is FUBARed. Not to mention the insanity of using a carrier to do anti-ship missile attacks or shore bombardment. Defensive measures maybe. As an attack? Not...
  • TAS on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate Capabilities"My concern with going with a new design is purely the amount of time and costs it has taken to get other designs right. The money needs to go towards ships, not keeping design teams busy." Agreed. We are subsidising the industry for no appreciable output and we are certainly...
  • TAS on 34411 – HMS Elizabeth (Answered)Chaps, some sense please. Aircraft are not going to be taxiing, launching and landing during an attack. The carrier will clear the deck as rapidly as possible to avoid having fuelled, armed aircraft to add to the destruction caused by any missile. I do agree that the lack of Sea...
  • Pacman27 on Correspondence: Defence Secretary response to a letter on Type 26 Global Combat Ship project press coverage@Ginge I am in agreement with your stance but would go even further and standardise even further over a 25 year planning horizon, but use what we have in the interim as per your guidelines. 6 T45 (replace with T26) 8 T26 (Build 15 over 25 years with Sampson/CEC/latest ASW...
  • mickp on 34411 – HMS Elizabeth (Answered)@Observer - that's what the USN does. Might be sense in properly integrating VLS CAMM in future LHD enabling them to operate on a more self escorting role but for the QEs the only enhancement I would consider would be something like RAM launchers or most simply swap the CIWS...
  • Repulse on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate Capabilities@NaB: "Khareef was bollocks then and its bollocks now. Spouting £400M for 3 means jack sh1t when the two produced cost at least £600M. For a short-legged ship with a few shineys on it. Playing pretend numbers based on 2007 prices is about as useful as a chocolate teapot. Venator...
  • @Ravenser on Civilian Unmanned Airborne Systems – Threats an OpportunitiesObsvr Was it the Radioplane Shelduck? A descendant of the earlier Radioplane models which were built at Van Nuys airport in LA. One of their technicians was a certain Miss Norma Jeane (Marilyn Monroe) who used to assemble Radioplane RP-5's there.
  • Observer on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate Capabilities@JH Re: Frigates, haven't heard any complaints about them firepower wise, even with the RIMPAC Sink-Exs. Speed and agility wise, no complaints either but I don't think it is for the RN. The cost for them is almost twice that of a conventional frigate due to the degree of automation...
  • Observer on 34411 – HMS Elizabeth (Answered)HMS Elizabeth? Oh, she's the maid waiting on the 4th floor of the castle. :P TOC, side launch the bloody things. i.e lay the VLS on its side. Only works for the "hot" launchers though, the cold launch ones might drop the round into the ocean before the booster kicks...
  • Steve on Correspondence: Defence Secretary response to a letter on Type 26 Global Combat Ship project press coverageI think we have to think realistic scenarios. Worst case the UK would need to go it alone against a single country, at which point we would put both carriers together and we can cover them with whatever escort ships we have available. As was the case in the Falklands....
  • Not a Boffin on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate Capabilities"when we still do not have a clear understanding of why a low-complexity, risk-reduced flexible design (T26) has failed to deliver the requisite number of hulls to the expected budget?" I think quite a few people do understand why - in some detail. It's a complex mix of organisational issues,...
  • The Other Chris on 34411 – HMS Elizabeth (Answered)Not sure I'd want to taxi around on deck while missiles are salvo launching even from a cold-launch tube. It is extremely unlikely that our carriers will ever operate without an air defence escort employing either Sea Ceptor, AEGIS or PAAMS. There's an argument to leaving the carrier to focus...
  • The Other Chris on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate Capabilities@JH Politically it needs to be a sovereign design in UK yards without jeopardising Clyde jobs. Practically, the RN has a number of requirements that are unique. Just one is the need for global Blue Water, long endurance, cruising and operation in heavy seas without the infrastructure of the USN....
  • JohnHartley on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate CapabilitiesPerhaps Observer could let us know how well the Formidable class frigates are doing in the Singapore Navy? Something along those lines might be yet another starting point for T31.
  • The Other Chris on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate Capabilities@TD T26 is still likely a low risk design. There is a high chance that, when delivered, it will perform as expected unlike the T45 power system which was considered "medium risk" and isn't delivering. The sensors, combat system and principle armament are generally proven. CAMM(M) is probably the greatest...
  • JohnHartley on 32559 – Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft (Answered)You might want to look at the debate on defensenews, re ALIS & whether F-35 can operate should the link be severed & the worry about only having one central server for the main system. There will be national servers, but they have only limited capability & cannot run for...
  • Think Defence on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate CapabilitiesNaB, so do you think NDP/BAE/MoD have basically over complicated the process, too many cooks etc? Was reading something yesterday about the size of the F-35 programme office and comparing it with the organisation that delivered Polaris for the US Navy, made some interesting points about the size and complexity...
  • Peter Elliott on Type 31 General Purpose Light Frigate CapabilitiesAfter all even the USSR used rivalry between different design bureaux to motivate and encourage good performance.

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