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Principle Researcher’s View: Why can I say that Aircraft Carriers, in fact any aviation ship, is the most flexible tool and greatest enabler in the UK government’s bag?

November 27, 2010

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Author: Alexander Clarke  http://thephoenixthinktank.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/principle-researchers-view-why-can-i-say-that-aircraft-carriers-in-fact-any-aviation-ship-is-the-most-flexible-tool-and-greatest-enabler-in-the-uk-government%E2%80%99s-bag/ Fact: 90% of the world’s population lives within 250 miles of the sea The Harrier GR9 has a combat radius of 345 miles The Super Hornet has a combat radius of 449 miles (on an interdiction mission) The F-35C will have a combat radius of 736.5 miles Fact: the last time an […]

Is Britain dooming herself to repeat the mistakes of the past?

November 27, 2010

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Author: Alexander Clarke (Principle Researcher)   http://thephoenixthinktank.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/is-britain-dooming-herself-to-repeat-the-mistakes-of-the-past/ Introduction In 2018, perhaps 2020 or later whenever the new carriers are made operational, Britain, if it continues on its present path will once again be carrying out an experiment in carrier aviation – an experiment which it, and only it, has done before and found that it did not […]

A Better Option for Britain’s Security

November 27, 2010

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Author: Alexander Clarke     http://thephoenixthinktank.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/a-better-option-for-britain%E2%80%99s-security/ Executive Summary This paper examines the alternative way ahead for the procurement of a multirole fast jet fighter for embarkation in the new Queen Elizabeth class carrier. Britain is buying 2 large and capable carriers, ships the size and quality of which it will have real need for in the […]

Conventional Deterrence: The Theory (Paper 1 of 3)

November 27, 2010

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Author: Alexander Clarke   http://thephoenixthinktank.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/conventional-deterrence-the-theory-paper-1-of-3/ Executive Summary This report is a development on the works of Ambassador James Cable, Admiral Jackie Fisher and many others before them. Britain is a nation with worldwide commitments but even more so, worldwide interests. War is bad for trade and weakness is bad for economies such as ours that […]

Principal Researcher’s View: Future Surface Combatant – is this the Successor of the Leander Class?

November 27, 2010

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Author: Alexander Clarke  http://thephoenixthinktank.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/principal-researchers-view-future-surface-combatant-is-this-the-successor-of-the-leander-class/ HMS Apollo as she was in the original Leander class form  The Royal Navy is shrinking, and many are pointing to the new escorts, the Future Surface Combatants (FSC) as something which can reverse that trend; or at least stabilise it, whilst replacing the Type 22 and Type 23 Frigates. To be successful therefore […]

Is there a possibility for Amphibiosity in coversion?

November 27, 2010

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Author: Alexander Clarke http://amphibiousnecessity.blogspot.com/2009/09/is-there-possibility-for-amphibiosity.html Concept A good fast containership hull would be an economical starting point for a new generation aircraft carrier. The hull of a containership is open and empty, so naval architects can fit in accommodation, fuel tanks, magazines and hangar decks, and on top of it all, the flight deck needed for an […]

The Bay Class….Brilliant Motherships? or just Logistics?

November 27, 2010

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RFA Mounts Bay Here are the vitals: Crew: 60 What they can Transport :   Troops – 356, materiel – 1,200 linear metres of vehicles; including up to 32 Challenger II MBTs & 32 Warrior IFVs, or 150 land rovers, or various other combinations   12 x 40 TEU or 24 x 24 TEU containers […]