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by james k
05 Jun 2018, 12:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Panther Protected Command Vehicle
Replies: 14
Views: 8398
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Panther Protected Command Vehicle

I would have thought Husky would have been a contender as it is of similar size and an adapted cabin would provide similar capability for less cash. I agree the existing procurement process is terrible and asking for trouble. Not very long ago it was heralded as the next great thing. No matter what ...
by james k
05 Jun 2018, 12:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Panther Protected Command Vehicle
Replies: 14
Views: 8398
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Panther Protected Command Vehicle

Not very long ago it was heralded as the next great thing. No matter what they return after sale they'll be a rather considerable net loss for the MOD. The services have to stop chasing new kit and make better use of what they have or they'll enter a race to keep spending on new kit that the can nev...
by james k
01 Jun 2018, 14:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

War, warlike operations, increased tension as a prelude to war..........the usual things that military and naval forces get involved with really.

RetroSicotte wrote:
Probably, but what scenario would call for such weapons?
by james k
17 May 2018, 11:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Could a system such as VLS Hellfire or alternatives be fitted to the River 2 without loss of existing capability (aside from the fairly useless crane)?
by james k
28 Apr 2018, 17:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I just glad you're not running things. Clearly but you seemed to think not I sad all the matters are Subs and Aircraft, not the RN should only operate Subs and Aircraft Carriers. Anything that does not directly support those 2 should be dropped. Survey vessels directly support subs for example, and...
by james k
28 Apr 2018, 17:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I just glad you're not running things. Clearly but you seemed to think not I sad all the matters are Subs and Aircraft, not the RN should only operate Subs and Aircraft Carriers. Anything that does not directly support those 2 should be dropped. Survey vessels directly support subs for example, and ...
by james k
17 Apr 2018, 14:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Clearly but you seemed to think not

shark bait wrote:
james k wrote: carriers and subs that too is nonsense for without major surface combatants the carriers are vulnerable to enemy submarines, aircraft and surface vessels


no wayyyyy! are they?
by james k
17 Apr 2018, 13:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Nonsense! The UK doesn't just have NATO responsibilities. There are Overseas Dependent Territories a host of defence agreements which include Commonwealth Realms other commonwealth members and regional alliances with nations who's well being has a direct impact on our own. There are also significant...
by james k
17 Apr 2018, 12:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Well for a start there is a very real coastal vulnerability at the SBO's in Cyprus our base for all Middle Eastern Air Ops.

shark bait wrote:
Repulse wrote:Syria has demonstrated IMO that the need for the a Hi-Lo mix for RN is a must

Why does Syria change anything?
by james k
17 Apr 2018, 12:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3309
Views: 371074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

We may be keeping some or all of the batch 1 ships which would be good news indeed and might serve to increase the ability of the RNR to support fleet operations

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... etire.html
by james k
28 Mar 2018, 16:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Big mistake being made
by james k
16 Feb 2018, 19:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

In short no. The last Prime Minister to actively support the MOD was Tony Blair who saw them as a way of winning votes and overturning the negative public image of the Labour MOD relationship. He genuinely tried for a while but the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, kept the MOD critically short of funds thr...
by james k
14 Feb 2018, 20:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

It's all about priorities, or at least it should be. Rather than dicking around with shopping lists and trying to make the service more inclusive, liberal and weakening the very fabric the priorities should be - 1. Manpower, retention, recruitment. 2. Training. Individual/Platoon/Company/Battalion a...
by james k
14 Feb 2018, 20:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Give it time

mr.fred wrote:
james k wrote:You've not noticed the decline of the UK forces then? Odd that it's been going on as long as I can remember

I’d not disagree, but for the magnitude of the problem as you present it.
by james k
13 Feb 2018, 13:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

You've not noticed the decline of the UK forces then? Odd that it's been going on as long as I can remember There seems to be a very fragile grip on reality emerging here. This is how it works in practice - You have 4 of something which you need to replace with 4 of something else - You get a commit...
by james k
12 Feb 2018, 18:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

There seems to be a very fragile grip on reality emerging here. This is how it works in practice - You have 4 of something which you need to replace with 4 of something else - You get a committed aspiration for 4, an order for 2 and a delivery of 1. You have 10 of something but really need 20, what ...
by james k
11 Feb 2018, 19:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

An APC is essentially a battlefield Taxi. It moves people under protection of armour to the place they need to fight, withdraws and acts as fire support with whatever weapons systems it has. It then moves in and picks up the infantry and moves them to another place, be that in advance or retreat. It...
by james k
09 Feb 2018, 16:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

the forces we have are hideously small and whilst they have some excellent equipment it isn't where it should be and available in only small numbers. Just as we had the world's first fully mechanised army (BEF) to send to the Continent... just that the opposition had read Fuller's doctrinal pieces ...
by james k
09 Feb 2018, 13:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Great I'm very pleased to hear that. Do we have enough of them to fight a major conflict and sustain losses? Is there sufficient GBAD to protect them from air attack, since being bigger they can more easily be located? Are they mobile enough to make a difficult target for the enemy to locate and des...
by james k
09 Feb 2018, 12:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I'd recommend "The Defence and Fall of Singapore 1940-42" by Brian P Farrell, his political analysis isn't one I completely agree with but the details of the campaign and individual battles is fairly good. On the subject of Japanese tanks they were no match for western tanks, indeed a few ...
by james k
09 Feb 2018, 11:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

The Japanese had the tanks in Malaya and we didn't (we had armoured cars and a few machine gun armed light tanks, some without guns but no battle tanks) the Japanese did and used them well to offset almost every defence that we tried to establish. We did have an artillery advantage but were still ou...
by james k
08 Feb 2018, 19:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

What experience do you have of armoured reconnaissance or armoured warfare? In the past I've been attached to 16/5 Lancers and the Household Cavalry Regiment in the Armoured Reconnaissance Role and 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards in the armoured role when it was equipped with Challenger 1. It is no ex...
by james k
08 Feb 2018, 16:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

The Jagdtiger of which I wrote suffered 20% combat losses, most of the balance broke down and were destroyed by their crew. Of that 20% destroyed the majority were to airpower and it was fear of allied airpower which restricted their use. The Germans once built huge and massively protected vehicles ...
by james k
08 Feb 2018, 13:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

The Germans once built huge and massively protected vehicles immune from any battlefield threat. They got destroyed by air power and their size made them very easy targets.
by james k
07 Feb 2018, 22:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197587
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

If we need armoured Personnel Carriers that'll be able to withstand 50mm cannon we don't need Mastiff or any of the 8x8 APC's being trialled. What we need then is something like the Israeli Assault APC's based on a tank with the turret removed a sort of modern day Kangeroo. But in the UK context ou...

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