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by Tinman
05 Jul 2020, 01:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle
Replies: 131
Views: 47676
Location: United Kingdom

Re: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle

We will follow the why America chooses, tbh I really like all of them, I’m particularly interested in the 0.338 belt fed machine gun.
by Tinman
09 Jun 2020, 01:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12007
Views: 1613986
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Crowsnest flight trials continue.
by Tinman
02 Jun 2020, 15:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2002
Views: 277028
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

A severe case of what-about-iss instead of talking to the point. F-35 points belong to that thread, not in Brit-bashing on some other thread. I put something there, for you to chew on, as here we have had several responses already which are like the above... and avoiding the point. Ron5 is a troll,...
by Tinman
16 Jan 2020, 07:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 371
Views: 85140
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

The original Brimstone had the same airframe as Hellfire so the same range, about 10-12 km from a helo. It's only with Brimstone 2 that the range increased. The manufacturer claims it's been doubled. That version has only been available for a couple of years and I don't think anyone has acquired it...
by Tinman
20 Nov 2019, 00:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1067
Views: 183795
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

We will be getting a further buy of 8, announced after the election. Would be nice, but sounds either too good to be true (with additional funds made available to acquire them) or a bit crap if it means cuts elsewhere to fund them. Either way, why wait until after the GE to announce it? And, if it'...
by Tinman
02 Nov 2019, 01:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1067
Views: 183795
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

We will be getting a further buy of 8, announced after the election.
by Tinman
10 Oct 2019, 17:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6556
Views: 737300
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

T23 ASW, protects high value assets. GP T23 doesn’t.
by Tinman
19 Aug 2019, 22:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 628710
Location: United Kingdom

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

We will get 138. 100 would be optimal with the spare funds channeled in to extra P8 buys.
by Tinman
19 Aug 2019, 15:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 628710
Location: United Kingdom

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

My experience of FJ and RW pilots, crew and ground crew all enjoyed there respective time at sea on GR3-9, it also help to tick the boxes for promotion.
by Tinman
16 Aug 2019, 14:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6556
Views: 737300
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I have sent a PM to both mods, but it seems to have “disappeared” so I’ll say it here. We need more mods, because around a half dozen fantasists and a chronic retweeter have ruined this forum. Which at the start was a worthy successor to MP.Net. The fantasists are emotional, I’ve even tried ignorin...
by Tinman
16 Aug 2019, 14:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6556
Views: 737300
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

It seems a lot of random deleting has taken place. I offered my services as a moderator back when the site was young, as a then serving member of the Royal Airforce Regiment. From JTAC, JPR Force Protection, to MERT. However I don’t contribute enough. Some could say that would be the perfect type of...
by Tinman
12 Apr 2019, 20:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 523
Views: 108291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Soldiers aren't assets. Assets have value but are ultimately replaceable. Soldiers are not. But Soldiers are seen as Expendable by HMG / MOD as proven by the lack of kit they are afforded High value assets are battle winning assets. If this is the definition then each and every common garden soldie...
by Tinman
12 Apr 2019, 20:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12007
Views: 1613986
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

No SAM’s will be fitted to eithe CVF, other wise the RN would need to justify the T45 at £1 billion a pop.


There are more pressing need to be met before a discussion on arming CVF.
by Tinman
06 Apr 2019, 01:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 50882
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Wish list probably, but there’s hope of hanging a slab off the P8, with a further buy of 6.
by Tinman
03 Apr 2019, 23:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 50882
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Sentinel and GR4 with RAPTOR, were the best recce and targeting assets available to the coalition. The USAF, USN adored ISTAR.
by Tinman
28 Mar 2019, 21:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 50882
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Which other Airforce has had to operate in a non permissive environment regarding, what you think the capabilities of AEW are? Syria is very much a hostile area, parts of Iraq have been recently, all ground based threats and over Syria A2A threats. Just because you don’t know of them does t mean it ...
by Tinman
22 Mar 2019, 21:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 50882
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Hardly like for like when it's going from 6 to 5...and 6 (even without the maintenance issues) was still below what was needed. Considering two were grounded and hanger queens it seems an improvement. 5 will generate one on station, two at a push 24 hours every day if the U.K. requires it. Also Boe...
by Tinman
28 Dec 2018, 19:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 150262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I’ve been on the receiving end of accurate rifle fire at 800+ mtrs.
by Tinman
12 Nov 2018, 21:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 150262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Wasn’t there a blanket approach for 16AA that all have the pink hat, regardless of (P), company? Or other arduous courses?
by Tinman
09 Nov 2018, 22:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 150262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I always carried more, plus link, plus more.

Contacts burn through ammunition, then some. It gets emotional.
by Tinman
09 Nov 2018, 14:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 150262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

The lighter the weapon and rounds, the more rounds the infantryman will carry.
by Tinman
21 Oct 2018, 13:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 212
Views: 56691
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

JPR and SF support will be the primary mission for these.
by Tinman
28 Sep 2018, 00:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 150262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

No bugger ever puts his head up when on the receiving end of a gympy. The suppression effect of the beaten zone is frightening. If you have ever been in live fire with it in support you respect the fact that there is an ovoid of hell about 5m wide at 300m and increasing by 2 every 100m just in fron...
by Tinman
11 Sep 2018, 20:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 150262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

GPMG all the way, like I’ve said previously it wins contacts.

Winning doesn’t always mean killing the enemy, it means you break contact fall back, re- .org then act.

Or it means it has so much suppression of enemy positions you advance into contact.
by Tinman
17 Aug 2018, 10:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 150262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

jimthelad wrote:F****ng A! 1x GPMG, 1x Sharpshooter, 2x UGL, and 4 x L85A3 per section with a C G would be great.


Plus G17, I’ll carry the L85a3 please and as much link the general needs.

As it wins contacts.

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