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by ~UNiOnJaCk~
30 May 2019, 17:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 60663
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Lord Jim wrote:
ArmChairCivvy wrote:Toutas
? :?


The Toutatis remotely controlled turret: https://defense-update.com/20060601_toutatis.html
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
07 May 2019, 19:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 247099
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

There's me getting caught out with the headline and a lack of subscription! :clap:
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
07 May 2019, 18:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 247099
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

MoD 'to scrap cut-price frigates plan' after fears ships would not be able to protect themselves https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/20 ... -250m-per/ According the the Telegraph, the T-31 looks likely to be getting the bin... Can't see the rest behind the subscription wall sadly. Anyone who can f...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
07 May 2019, 18:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9631
Views: 368155
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

MoD 'to scrap cut-price frigates plan' after fears ships would not be able to protect themselves https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/05/07/hopes-cut-price-frigates-navy-dashed-mod-gives-way-250m-per/ According the the Telegraph, the T-31 looks likely to be getting the bin... Can't see the res...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
25 Apr 2019, 10:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3787
Views: 191173
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

That article also seems to suggest there is "speculation" around possibly cancelling the T31 in favour of my Type 26s.

First I've ever heard of that suggestion. Is this something others have come across?

Given the accuracy of the article however I'm not reading that much into it.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
28 Jan 2019, 18:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 76559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Well, I have good news for you, some information has been found on the L55A1s limits. http://rusjev.net/2019/01/25/eksperimentalnyiy-britanskiy-tank-na-strelbah-probil-rossiyskiy-navyilet/ Not fully official, but it mentions this: Rh120L55A1 has a permissible pressure in the barrel bore up to 700 M...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
26 Jan 2019, 11:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 76559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

I've never heard of DM55. You mean DM53A1? Yep, a typo. On DM63: "A further development, called the DM63, improved upon the round by introducing a new temperature-independent propellant, which allows the propellant to have a constant pattern of expansion between ambient temperatures inside the...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
25 Jan 2019, 18:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 76559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Worth recalling that the DM53 and DM63 are very similar, the DM63 being essentially a reworked DM53 to perform more consistently, rather than as an explicitly new round. They are often mistaken and used as overlapping terms in some outlets and by some people (as inaccurate as that is). Surely that ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
24 Jan 2019, 21:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 76559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Drummond and others have talked about testing with, and potential operational use of the, DM53 round. Janes however seems to suggest that the intended round for the LEP standard Challenger would be the newer, more capable DM63 instead: https://www.janes.com/article/85918/iav-2019-rheinmetall-unveils...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
14 Jan 2019, 19:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9631
Views: 368155
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As much as we would like them to be, they are not a coastal navy any more. For the last decade they have been developing blue water skills, and since they're not breaking new ground they're learning very quickly. We have yet to see a combat example of this, but we do have a botched evacuation in Li...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
11 Jan 2019, 18:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1730
Views: 95611
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

BriteCloud to be integrated onto Typhoon in RAF service: https://www.janes.com/article/85668/bri ... ntegration
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
01 Jan 2019, 17:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 92615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

From that to saying that LPDs are not needed, for me there is a whole ocean in the middle. Thankfully nobody is sold on the idea that runs here and in some other circles of pretending that a few blokes on helicopters are "amphibious capability". The USMC briefly messed up with the first t...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
12 Dec 2018, 14:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 76559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Nicholas Drummond seems to be suggesting that the LEP now features a requirement for a new smoothbore gun???

by ~UNiOnJaCk~
06 Dec 2018, 21:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Trials and Development Units.
Replies: 17
Views: 2206
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Trials and Development Units.

Lord Jim wrote:Probably the best you could get is the Italian Centauro Mk2, but this platform still falls way short on protection.


If you are trying to use it as a like-for-like replacement for an MBT then sure, not if you know to play to its strengths though.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
01 Dec 2018, 12:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 808
Views: 42391
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Either way, investing in more HETs/and or our wider logistics capacity is something we should be doing anyway.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
27 Nov 2018, 19:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 808
Views: 42391
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

All I'm saying is this is the reasoning they have chosen in the past with similar things. The US are notoriously specific about upgradability in design. As a note, several IFVs these days can resist 140mm ammunition from the frontal arc, and some from a frontal 30 degree arc, at the ranges that wer...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
26 Nov 2018, 19:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 808
Views: 42391
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

US Army often has a big thing about ongoing development potential. That is one of the weaknesses of the CT40. Its rounds have no real room for enhancing the size of the dart. Not a major weakness, but still, it is the sort of thing the US have used in the past as reasoning. I'd have thought that if...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
18 Oct 2018, 21:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 28623
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Sacrificing our tanker "surge" capability in order to convert them to AWACs is a terrible idea, all the more so if it is being done simply to appease a stropping Airbus. You have to be in it to win it, so they say. If they felt that have been cheated, maybe they should consider their produ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
03 Oct 2018, 19:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 76559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Even in 1998 it was regarded as no longer being the top. The comparatives to the British Army standard on the 2E were tested in Greece and found to be considered lower protection than the M1A2 Export variant, and the 2A5. Err...? What gave you this idea? It pretty much runs contrary to every piece ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
17 Sep 2018, 21:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 76559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Wonder if Rheinmetall's offering will break cover soon then? The Black Knight certainly looks err...busy on top, doesn't it?
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
09 Sep 2018, 20:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 455
Views: 30976
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Number of dismounts shows the impact of different turrets on the vehicle. Not necessarily. Personal kit has just as much an of influence on carriage capacity as the internal profile of any weapon system. I believe it is the commonly cited reason behind the allegedly reduced carriage capacity of the...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
04 Sep 2018, 18:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4113
Views: 193048
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning II (RN & RAF)

This ASRAAM thing has always confused me, doesn't it completely negate your stealth? No. Everything is relative. An externally loaded F-35 will have a larger RCS than a clean F-35 (only mariginally you would have thought, depending on what external stores you are carrying of course) but will still ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
14 Aug 2018, 18:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 820
Views: 44317
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

As for the minimi, i think we should take a look at what the Danes have done with the latest M60 iteration. From what i have heard they have been getting on very well with them. It's 7.62, it's lighter than the GPMG, surely it is the best compromise? There are other alternatives of course, but i thi...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
08 Aug 2018, 18:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73042
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Could we be seeing the emergence of an Anglo-American project perhaps??

https://www.janes.com/article/82256/uk- ... et-concept

I personally doubt it, but involvement from US industry would be no bad thing in my books.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
06 Aug 2018, 19:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 247099
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Call me easy but im relatively impressed by how Leander is maturing on paper. I actually think that its present form offers the basis of a truly useful, capable ship. It may not be gold plated, but it could well be perfectly credible. In fact, the only real changes that need to be made come from the...

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