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Re: Thunderbird as an alternative to Sea Slug - practical? (reply)
Bledlow wrote:Plus:Solid fuel.Longer range.Slightly lighter.Minus:Overall width. Not designed for shipboard handling. But could it really have been worse in that respect than Sea Slug? Folding fins?Should have been robust enough, being...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

25-Mar-2014 15:19:34
Re: British Navy Carrier "What If" Jaguar (reply)
HK wrote:Back on topic... what if the UK had gone ahead with CVA-01 for industrial reasons, but delayed the air group replacement decision?So no Phantom go-ahead in 1964/65, and probably HMS Ark Royal scrapped in 1967 (prior to her...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

31-Oct-2013 23:25:13
Re: British Navy Carrier "What If" Jaguar (reply)
First off it's rather hard to envision the scenario where the governments of the times chose to retain a carrier fleet, invest in the new CVA-01 class and then not invest in reasonable aircraft for them. F4 continued to be relevent as...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

28-Oct-2013 23:01:39
Re: Would the RN have been better of with a CV "drum beat"? (reply)
Problem with this is the consequences of the move to fast jets. Prior to that ships like the Centaur class make a great deal of sense, but once we move beyond the first generation of jet aircraft, their requirements drive up the size of...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

13-Sep-2013 14:18:49
Re: Hypothetical : Build a Tiger replacement  (reply)
Gordon Dundas wrote:It is post 1982 and the RN is reviewing it actions and it decides to built a replacement for Blake and Tiger. Non nuclear and nothing over 25,000 tonnes aside from that a clean sheet. . I will however let you ...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

23-Nov-2012 11:51:57
Re: Black Swan Sloop for MCM, Hydrographic and Patrol.  (reply)
Hmmm there are various small surface to surface missiles in the pipeline. Though I note few are VLS. I think Israel's Jumper is one, that might already be of interest to the Israeli Navy and so the USN may follow suite (tail wagging the...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

9-Nov-2012 15:12:37
Re: Scottish Independence  (reply)
Obi Wan Russell wrote:The People's Republic of Yorkshire is a bloody long walk from The Kingdom of Scotland. You have to fight your way through Geordie Land (Cleveland, Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Northumberland) on the East side and...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

4-Nov-2012 21:48:48
Re: Scottish Independence  (reply)
Hmmm......Back door disarmament presented as 'inevitable' by those opposed to it. A falsehood, since its quite feasible to establish new facilities if the will is there.Also a provocative piece.Worse, its wrong. Since...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

25-Oct-2012 16:01:02
Re: Scottish Independence  (reply)
Colin Mc wrote:Cameron and Salmond are getting it together on Monday to agree on the independence referendum.  It seems there will be one question: in or out.  And there is a high probability that the franchise will be extended...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

15-Oct-2012 22:35:37
Re: Different RN policy from 1945 (with hindsight) ?  (reply)
PMN1 wrote:Assuming we get our '1952' carrier (Option D), how much work is involved in modifying units bulit with the 3 short catapults to ones with 2 longer catapults.In the 'Batch II' piccie below, the centreline lift looks to have...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

9-Oct-2012 14:20:49
Re: Different RN policy from 1945 (with hindsight) ?  (reply)
The timings are much improved if the 1952 effort starts that two years earlier and yes, three such ships would provide the RN with more than sufficient force for the next 25-30 years. It avoids the financial squeeze of the mid 60's, as...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

9-Oct-2012 12:29:04
Re: Different RN policy from 1945 (with hindsight) ?  (reply)
PMN1 wrote:If what became Eagle and Ark Royal were so far delayed by other construction that they also were cancelled and what had been built scrapped after 1945, does that put the RN in a good position to get a completely new large...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

8-Oct-2012 22:40:22
Re: Different RN policy from 1945 (with hindsight) ?  (reply)
3) A new fleet carrier able to operate the current and projected generation of aircraft. Ultimately aiming for a fleet of 3-4 fleet carriers in two fleets (West/East). Its theoretically do-able. Thing is Korea is the trigger for...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

8-Oct-2012 16:28:02
Re: F-108 for all, no CF-105, TSR2, etc.  (reply)
ICS wrote:With the EE/BAC Lightning and the proposed FDIII being essentially short ranged/high speed point defence aircraft what was the downside to using a longer ranged aircraft (CAP) type aircraft to defend the UK. Ian S.The main...
The Air Forces

Zen9

3-Oct-2012 14:09:29
Re: F-108 for all, no CF-105, TSR2, etc.  (reply)
istobie wrote:NewGolconda wrote:Zen, the F 108 was a Mach III über fighter, the running mate to the B70, and its performance would put the Mig 25 to the blush, had it have been built. The Fairey III was a tractor in comparison and of...
The Air Forces

Zen9

2-Oct-2012 16:09:34
Re: F-108 for all, no CF-105, TSR2, etc.  (reply)
NewGolconda wrote:Zen, the F 108 was a Mach III über fighter, the running mate to the B70, and its performance would put the Mig 25 to the blush, had it have been built. The Fairey III was a tractor in comparison and of course both are...
The Air Forces

Zen9

2-Oct-2012 12:12:01
Re: F-108 for all, no CF-105, TSR2, etc.  (reply)
Admiral Beez wrote:By the late 1960s both the UK and Canada were buying US for their fighters (with exception of EE Lightning). If the decision to buy US had been made in the 1950s for interceptors, could the F-108 have done the job...
The Air Forces

Zen9

1-Oct-2012 23:37:46
Re: The Pail of Faslane  (reply)
HMS Pinafore wrote:It all sounds like a short term political fudge from the various parties. The SNP does not want the nuclear weapons, but still wishes to retain the base because of all the employment in creates. There is also the...
The Royal Navy

Zen9

19-Sep-2012 09:56:25
Re: Sea Jaguar carriers?  (reply)
If one goes looking for a pathway through history, we'd really have to talk about something along the lines of Lord Carringtons suggested CV of 40,000tons aiming to operate 24 Sea Vixen and Buccaneer until replaced with the P1154. Jaguar...
Aircraft Carriers

Zen9

8-Aug-2012 23:14:42
Re: Sea Jaguar carriers?  (reply)
No Sea Harrier may result in no fast jets at all considering the times and considering the driver for the RN forces was the Cold War.ASW focused CVs were the focus post '66.Of course hypothetically yes you can get a pair of...
Aircraft Carriers

Zen9

8-Aug-2012 12:14:50