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The torpedo was created, but there is nowhere to place it: the problems of protecting the British aircraft carrier

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Chief of Staff of the British Defense General Nick Carter has been harshly criticized for his promiscuous procurement policies for the Department of Defense. New products were purchased without taking into account the real situation in the army of Her Majesty, creating strategic imbalances in the troops.


So, less than ten years after the acquisition in the interests of the armed forces of 3200 armored vehicles Mastiff, Ridgeback, Husky and Wolfhound. Now, it was decided to replace the equipment purchased for £ 2,5 billion “in the framework of cost savings” with Boxer armored cars, for which £ 1 billion is allocated.

The army continues to rationalize its obsolete fleet. The next stage of this work is aimed at decommissioning several obsolete types of equipment

- said the Minister of Procurement Jeremy Quinn, indicating that the decommissioned vehicles will be stored in anticipation of the buyer.

Bob Swann, who worked on the “obsolete samples” procurement program, said he categorically did not accept this decision:

There is nothing wrong with these types of equipment, they have been in operation for only ten years and cost the taxpayer a fortune

- Sputnik publication cites his words.

The defense department is also reproached for the program of creating a new torpedo, which, according to the British military, will be a "worthy response" to the growing combat potential of Chinese and Russian submarines. However, it turned out that the Royal fleet there are no ships on which to place a new weapon, which is positioned as the protection of submarines.

The absence of torpedoes-equipped submarines means that the already delayed first march of the troubled British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth could be delayed once again due to the lack of the said security.

It was assumed that the purchase of Spearfish heavy torpedoes worth £ 227 million would be completed in 2020, but the Royal Navy was unable to provide an Astute-class submarine for testing during actual firing, as well as a ship to monitor this process.

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  1. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 14 July 2020 12: 04
    +2
    Who is Bob Swann?
    Chief of Staff of the British Defense General Nick Carter was sharply criticized ...

    Who criticized him so sharply?
    The defense department is also reproached for the program for creating a new ...

    Who are they reproaching from?
    1. Shurik70
      Shurik70 14 July 2020 15: 39
      +1
      Torpedo "Slice" - 533mm x 5,94m
      I was surprised that England really has no boats with a 533-mm torpedo tube. After all, starting from the 2nd World War, they were just such, basically, used. For example, the cruiser General Belgrano was sunk by such a torpedo in 1982.
      I searched the internet. Indeed, they removed the last 533mm "Mark 24 Tigerfish" torpedo from service in 2004.
      But why they removed it, and what happened to the boats from which these torpedoes were removed - I did not find the information.
  2. Kibl
    Kibl 14 July 2020 12: 36
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    There is no place to place a torpedo, so what's the problem? To assign steering to the dashboard, put the brow and EVERYTHING, the issue is resolved!
  3. Crabong
    Crabong 14 July 2020 12: 56
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    “However, it turned out that the Royal Navy has no ships on which to place new weapons, which are positioned as guarding the submarines”

    What nonsense?
    1. orionvitt
      orionvitt 14 July 2020 14: 54
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      Quote: Krabong
      What nonsense?

      This is not nonsense. This is the final end of the "mistress of the seas".
  4. Undecim
    Undecim 14 July 2020 13: 08
    +3
    The defense department is also reproached for the program of creating a new torpedo,
    No one created a new torpedo; they upgraded the old one. Spearfish is a torpedo that has been in operation since 1992.
    It was assumed that the purchase of heavy Spearfish torpedoes worth £ 227 million will be completed in 2020
    This is not the cost of purchasing torpedoes, but the cost of the entire modernization program.
    In 2014, the Department of Defense signed a £ 270 million contract with BAE Systems to upgrade Spearfish torpedoes. The upgrade includes a new warhead, replacement of the fuel system to increase safety, full digitization of weapons and a new fiber-optic guidance system instead of wires. Completion is scheduled for 2024.
  5. Serg65
    Serg65 14 July 2020 13: 22
    +2
    And why can’t you hear our luminaries of mine-torpedo weapons Klimkin and Timokhin? I would love to hear them about the decay of the British Navy and the corruption component of the British Admiralty!
    1. 5-9
      5-9 14 July 2020 15: 40
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      You do not understand, this is another !!!! :))
  6. bk0010
    bk0010 14 July 2020 23: 02
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    What, all switched to 324-mm torpedo tubes? Or the length of the boat does not climb?
  7. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa 14 July 2020 23: 11
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    it turned out that the Royal Navy has no ships on which to place new weapons, which are positioned as guarding the submarines.
    Allow, allow! And where did the Astutes go, for which, in fact, they were made for new submarines. Well, well, not everyone has entered the line, but the Trafalgar still walks. Therefore - a fake!
    The absence of torpedoes-equipped submarines means that the already delayed first march of the troubled British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth could be delayed once again due to the lack of the said security.
    There are questions:
    - And the surface ships can no longer "protect" it?
    (They can’t see ... And the songs about the high noise level of our nuclear-powered ships, to put it mildly, not really ...)
    - And maybe after the exercises of the submarine forces of the Northern Fleet on the "mistress of the seas" ... that srach attacked?
    (Oh, how! Maybe it's easier: they are afraid - that means respect ...)
    That's right, thoughts out loud ...
    AHA.
  8. Gloomy skeptic
    Gloomy skeptic 15 July 2020 05: 36
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    The defense department is also reproached for the program of creating a new torpedo, which, according to the British military, will be a "worthy response" to the growing combat potential of Chinese and Russian submarines. However, it turned out that the Royal Navy does not have ships on which it would be possible to place new weapons, which are positioned as guarding the submarines.

    The main thing is that the torpedo IS !!! How to use it? At the tail of the torpedo there should be a tall sailor with a sledgehammer and, at the command "or", hit the torpedo from behind, but the direction of the projectile must be set with the help of crowbars and boards in advance.