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  1. Xlucine

    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    I'm not convinced by AIP systems, they're a bit naff (enough for a couple weeks at ~4kn per janes, and then you need to go back to port to refuel) and strong oxidisers on submarines have a long history of killing people - I can see why aus wouldn't want one on their subs. Li batteries would also add a lot to the cost, you could easily be looking at hundreds of tonnes of batteries on board (and that'll need replacing in a few years). IMO a big RTG is a much superior option for low speed, if you can't get a full SSN, but it would cost a lot No vertical launch at all? Odd, I don't see how space for a VPM precludes ASW capability
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    The "modern batteries" dig is a little harsh, given that AFAIK japan is the only nation to improve on lead-acid (and then only recently): https://www.janes.com/article/83625/japan-launches-first-soryu-class-submarine-equipped-with-lithium-ion-batteries The whole procurement is a joke though, they're costing twice what an astute boat does
  3. Xlucine

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    And a day later: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/first-bombs-dropped-by-f-35-jets-launched-from-hms-queen-elizabeth/
  4. Xlucine

    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    COMMONWEALTH T26 USER GROUP GO. Are the canucks using S2087 like the UK & Aus, or do they have their own solution? A common sonar system over 3/5 eyes sounds handy. This takes the number of T26s and derivatives to 32, which is significantly more than FREMM (unless the US buys it)
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    Don't forget the BMPT, that has 3 crew in the hull and is more likely to be designed to a similar armour basis as a gun tank
  6. Xlucine

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    The F-35 behind them has a paveway on one of the wing pylons
  7. Xlucine

    Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

    I wonder how big the cab le is between the seeker and autopilot? Obvious solution is to stack the missile seeker-fins-autopilot to get the fins closer to the nose, so there must be a good reason they didn't just do that
  8. Xlucine

    The Creative Side of SH

    Ooh, I hadn't heard of that one - thanks (should be the playlist for the whole documentary)
  9. Xlucine

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    "rolling". It looked pretty vertical, I guess they'll play with higher speeds once they're more comfortable with it
  10. Xlucine

    The interesting ship photos/art thread.

    Here's the TASS article quoted: http://tass.com/defense/1023982 It clearly states that some group in russia has designed a catamaran carrier (which may or may not be built), but it's nothing to do with that image - some guy made that up in 2009 (it's also one of the first results on google images for "catamaran aircraft carrier'): https://www.dedoimedo.com/art_3d/carrier.html The design discussed in the TASS article seems reasonable, stitching together two hulls will get you a lot of flight deck for your money
  11. Xlucine

    Calling All Autists: Build my computer

    2x8 will have literally twice the bandwidth, and that board has 4 ram slots anyway so you will still be able to upgrade later. As long as you aren't desperate for 64GB of RAM eventually (with a 6 core chip?), 2x8 is the way to go
  12. Xlucine

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    Not yet, I'd expect FGR (like the most recent typhoons)
  13. Global warming claims another victim. This poor polar creature, left searching for sea ice to rest on