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Re: Defence procurement bungles and wins

Reply #60
Australia is in the business or procuring long range Tomahawk missiles that are capable of being launched from submarines using CLS(Capsule Launch System) as well as Destroyers via VLS(Vertical Launch System).

After the election Labour confirmed this interest, the nuclear submarines are going ahead I think it's almost guaranteed, perhaps the only thing that might interfere are potential developments in naval robotics(drones whether surface or submarine). The big advantage is not cost, because you just spend as much by purchasing more, the big advantage is not needing resupply so they can stay on station virtually indefinitely, so I suspect these will also be some sort of nuclear based system using the newer compact nuclear pebble bed reactors that are about the size of a commercial fridge. Submarine drones aren't what people think of when they think about drones, these things are likely to be some significant fraction of the size of a normal submarine, and set to autonomously follow surface patrols until required to deploy. Think of vessels in the 30m to 50m class.

The other thing about a submarine drone, they don't need a lot of voids inside for crew, so they can be built to resist the deepest reaches of the crust. In effect sitting invisible on the bottom somewhere until required to come to launch depth. Turns out courtesy of Australia's long history of extreme location mining, we are overloaded with experts capable of designing systems for autonomous operation.
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Re: Defence procurement bungles and wins

Reply #61
Sadly, there is another example of poor defence procurement.

Australia has two Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships, also known as Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs).  On paper, the two LHDs provide the ADF with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world.  The 27,000 tonne LHDs are the largest ships in the RAN and are  able to land a force of over 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.

The first issue with our LHDs is that, although they are capable of embarking Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft, they are only equipped with rotary wing aircraft.  This means that any opposed landing would have to be carried out without air cover.  Our LHDs were designed in Spain and Spain is currently the only other operator of this class of ship.  Spain's Amphibious Assault Ship, Jaun Carlos, is equipped with the AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft and/or the F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft making it a far more potent defence asset.

The second issue came to light when HMAS Adelaide lost power while on a humanitarian mission to Tonga.  The Canberra class vessels have azimuth propulsion pod systems that are more commonly used on passenger vessels.  It seems that the seawater cooling system became blocked by volcanic ash and the diesel generators overheated and shut down.  That doesn't bode well for operations in a hostile environment.
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Re: Defence procurement bungles and wins

Reply #62
Russian nukes have good mobility, their Sarmat 2's are very mobile and if Vlad is out gunned with the conventional weaponry he will up the stakes imo...

Russian artillery, both conventional and missile, is being outgunned now.  The link I posted above shows Russian footage of a TOS-1A Thermobaric Weapon System coming under counter-battery fire.
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Re: Defence procurement bungles and wins

Reply #63
Spain's Amphibious Assault Ship, Jaun Carlos, is equipped with the AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft and/or the F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft making it a far more potent defence asset. That doesn't bode well for operations in a hostile environment.
Wouldn't the LHD's be capable of launching the F-35B, if we procure some?

Interestingly, it seems the F-35B is the only variant that seems to be delivering any sort of service reliability, but I suspect we'd be going down the Loyal Wingman drone route for air cover, these drowns aren't just for air combat but can be flown from any CAC platform, but of course they are some way off.

Flying in combat against a drone is bound to be a little unnerving, you usually expect an opponent to have some degree of self-preservation, but you can think of drones basically as the autonomous version of a Kamikaze pilot. Then the battle comes down to whoever has the biggest budget!
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Re: Defence procurement bungles and wins

Reply #64
Wouldn't the LHD's be capable of launching the F-35B, if we procure some?

Interestingly, it seems the F-35B is the only variant that seems to be delivering any sort of service reliability, but I suspect we'd be going down the Loyal Wingman drone route for air cover, these drowns aren't just for air combat but can be flown from any CAC platform, but of course they are some way off.

Flying in combat against a drone is bound to be a little unnerving, you usually expect an opponent to have some degree of self-preservation, but you can think of drones basically as the autonomous version of a Kamikaze pilot. Then the battle comes down to whoever has the biggest budget!

Yes, our LHDs are designed specifically for STOVL aircraft; helicopters don't use the ski-jump ramp over the bow.  However, the  F-35B isn't on our shopping lists and it would take a major change of direction to address that ... or a defence minister with some idea of force projection and the necessity of air superiority.
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Re: Defence procurement bungles and wins

Reply #65
Russian artillery, both conventional and missile, is being outgunned now.  The link I posted above shows Russian footage of a TOS-1A Thermobaric Weapon System coming under counter-battery fire.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/01/ukraine-war-russia-donbas-weapons-00036156

Russia have the edge now and virtually have taken the Dombas and I dont see that being returned, its become a game of long shelling artillery and Russia are just slowly raising the area to the ground. I watched a news report last night that had Ukraine down to some fairly ancient artillery and are desperate for the promised delivery of some new more advanced weaponry from the West to stay in the fight. Reports are Putin is down to his last few months given his health issues but as I suggested even with a ceasefire and withdrawal I think the Russian hierarchy even without Putin will want the Russian speaking Dombas area as its pay off for ending the war.