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Recent content by calculus

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    Replacing the Subs

    As far as I know, the Type 216 is a paper design, originally proposed for SEA1000. I can't find any indication that it is even being planned to be built for any navy. The specifications do look good though, and given the size it should be capable of being stocked up to produce better endurance...
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Totally correct. here is the reference: CSC: Canada buys OTO Melara/Leonardo 127mm/64 LW gun – Canadian Naval Review
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Looks like some progress on the Aussie Hunter class, with the first test block having been built. VIDEO: BAE Systems rolls out 1st Hunter-class frigate program unit - Naval Today Interesting is the mention of having 24 MK41 VLS, which, if true, is a change for the Hunters as well, these having...
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Interesting. Wrong main gun (still showing the Mk 45), wrong mast, and showing a Phalanx on the port side midships (presumably there's one to Starboard as well). I think that's a pretty old model. It does have 24 VLS though...
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Might be the DEFSEC Atlantic 2021 display. Funny how the model still has 32 cells, and the big poster sized graphic shows 24. I imagine this will generate some interesting discussion at the conference.
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    It's still curious, this VLS thing. I checked the weight of an 8-cell strike length module, and it's ~15,000 Kg. An SM2 3C plus Mk13 canister is ~1400 Kg. Eight SM2 3Cs and eight Mk13 cannister would weigh ~11,200 Kg, so the total weight of the 8-cell module + missiles/canisters is ~26,200 Kg...
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    If this VLS reduction is a design issue related to the new mast, I'll be curious to see if the Hunter class is similarly affected. The mast on that thing is a monstrosity, and presumably even heavier, if size is an indication of weight.
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Do we know for certain they have reduced the number of VLS? Is a drawing enough to make this conclusion?
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    Opportunity to update the CC-150 fleet?

    My question in post 172 relates to the "enhanced" version being offered to the USAF. Would that be offered to Canada? Not old news.
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    Opportunity to update the CC-150 fleet?

    Wonder if this version of the A330 MRT would be offered to Canada? https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42417/lockheed-is-bringing-back-the-airbus-a330-tanker-to-compete-against-boeing
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    Australian navy's hunt for new sub to replace Collins class

    Already lost of questions about this announcement in Australia: Seems more and more like a pretty dumb plan. Might have been better to stick with Naval Group and build a reduced number (6 ) of Attacks to replace the Collinses, and then transition to a nuclear boat in the late 2030s. That way...
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    Replacing the Subs

    I wonder about endurance. I believe I have seen written that the RCN is looking for a design with better endurance than the Victorias, which are said to be able to patrol for about 45 days before resupply. The Type 212CD is only marginally larger, so I wonder if it would meet that criteria? I...
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    Australian navy's hunt for new sub to replace Collins class

    It's curious: If all Australia wanted was a sub with nuclear power, I wonder why they wouldn't have explored transitioning the existing program to building the Barracuda, which is the design that Attack was derived from. Presumably some of the work they have done over the past 5 years could be...
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    Australian navy's hunt for new sub to replace Collins class

    One of the big issues in Australia with the Attack program, and perhaps the biggest single irritant between the French and the Australians, was "local content". This issue was driven by very powerful labour unions that wanted as much work as possible done in Australia. It was very divisive, and...
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    Australian navy's hunt for new sub to replace Collins class

    According to this, the first boat would be delivered around 2040, and they don't know how much this program will cost: Strategic shifts led it to acquire nuclear subs: Australia
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