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by ArmChairCivvy
22 Apr 2019, 11:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1353
Views: 61534
Location: United Kingdom

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

Between them, the two armoured brigades will need around 128 turreted Ajax to provide 2 x Armoured Cavalry regiments and 6 x 8 recce sections. There are sufficient turreted Ajax planned (245) to form two additional Armoured Cavalry regiments (2 x 40 turreted Ajax) and provide integral recce section...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Apr 2019, 10:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25670
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Doesn't sound like an entirely Gavin Williamson inspired idea then. Perhaps RN/RM want the capability and the DS wants to provide it but there is only enough money for 2 Point class conversions to make it happen anytime soon. They would host 300 Royal Marine commandos I don't think Prevail MRV conc...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Apr 2019, 08:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1353
Views: 61534
Location: United Kingdom

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

whitelancer wrote: count your chickens, or tanks in this case. Reducing to just 2 Regiments

... gives further savings with the number of Warriors required for 4 AI bns (I wonder if there are any paired units in the Reserves... a handful for BATUS anyway, too).
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Apr 2019, 10:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

have we miss a trick Not at all, it has been tried (there are photos of the firing on the interwebs): "CORDA, BAE's consulting arm, together with the company's Land Systems business in Britain and defense research company QinetiQ, hope to start live-firing trials in fall 2009 with a 155mm nava...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Apr 2019, 10:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 610
Views: 29048
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

NAO has assessed £ 7 bn of that to be already 'committed' as in: "To date, the Department has not yet disposed of any of its 20 retired submarines, with nine of them still containing irradiated fuel. The Department plans to take a further three submarines out of service over the next decade.&q...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Apr 2019, 08:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1353
Views: 61534
Location: United Kingdom

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

There has been talk that the 3rd tank rgmnt would come from Yeomanry (unlike today, providing crews). If there's any truth in that, BATUS will reveive a squadron's worth.
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Apr 2019, 09:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1 wrote: In future it maybe possible to launch a low cost satellite with limited life to improve communication in an area for higher intensity operations.

Isn't this what our HAPS will initially (until payloads increase) be for - and they are reusable
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Apr 2019, 23:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

You can work the inheritance Absalon - IH - Arrowhead in which ever direction that arising needs ("requirements") dictate
- and also Batch1, 2...
- so as not to fall back into cottage industry -like handicrafting of 1 or 2 two ships at a time
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Apr 2019, 18:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

the same reason that Brimstone hasn't been integrated with Wildcat, land or sea based, which would make a lot of sense (arguably more than LMM/Martlet) Not all targets are MBTs and having multiple (7?) shots available can be no bad thing? leads me to believe that LMM is very much a make work for Th...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Apr 2019, 17:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If RN sees this as the future why are we building light frigates that can't deploy a 50t XLUUV? A good question Curiously we seem to have also embarked upon building a class of frigates, where it has been explicitly stated that they could be replaced in around 10-15 years. Could be coincidence, or ...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Apr 2019, 11:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

personally don’t see the T31 as an answer to this question as their primary role is stated as freeing up the T45s/T26s for CSG duties. Aren't you contradicting yourself? Sailing a T31 (or two :) ) closer to the shoreline for NGFS would maintain the freedom of manoeuvre - well away :!: - for the res...
by ArmChairCivvy
18 Apr 2019, 11:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Pongoglo wrote:in 2011 during Operation Ellemy over 500 rounds were fired
I forget what the number for the French 100 mm was (very much higher), but perhaps they were in a hurry :) to deplete the stock before the guns are withdrawn
by ArmChairCivvy
18 Apr 2019, 11:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 230
Views: 15061
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

If anyone starts to think of the numbers, based on the above, let me just add (to the 375 Huskies taken to core) that original purchase numbers may be misleading, but our old blogger friend Jed did provide some updates in Feb: " more than 200 Jackal Mk2A into the core equipment fleet after Afgh...
by ArmChairCivvy
18 Apr 2019, 06:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

" it was decided to save money by disbanding 657 Sqn and establishing the SF Wildcat Flight" says nothing specific about it and is contradicted by others stating that the Wildcats for such service are drawn from the general pool. And it seems that this one, about the same topic, https://w...
by ArmChairCivvy
18 Apr 2019, 05:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 230
Views: 15061
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

This is from 3 yrs back I am under the impression that Huskies have been converted both to the ambulance and command post roles, when 325 of them were taken into the Core when the news broke out The UK’s Ministry of Defence has revealed it is in talks with the Pentagon, which might lead to a Foreign...
by ArmChairCivvy
17 Apr 2019, 16:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5791
Views: 201874
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

This was Babcocks competition to lose from the start but by shutting their only English yard at Appledore it certainly won't help I am reading on, but maybe the whole thing is about "rejuvenation" considering Arrow's overall length (close to its name) of 138.7m when HMS Scott (the biggest...
by ArmChairCivvy
17 Apr 2019, 16:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3669
Views: 156639
Location: United Kingdom

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

Poiuytrewq wrote: before she is towed down river for 6 more years(!) of fitting out

Have to fit out the 5 T31s in-between and will only get to the T-26 in the 6th year :lolno: :lol:
- as we only have one military fitting-out yard
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Apr 2019, 06:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5791
Views: 201874
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The first quote is a good summary of what has been said before. taking the design into Lloyd’s Naval Ship Rules, compliance with ANEP 77 Naval Ship Code being that specific, is it A. a statement that the ship will exceed IHs (which have been tested for key warship aspects), or B. a barb agains one o...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Apr 2019, 22:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

say the small and high power to weight permanent magnet motors DRS 1.5 MW, using a simple gearbox to drive the shaft, which would need silencing, give speed of ~12-15 knots without MDEs. China intends to build 60 such, specifically for ASW duties "Chinese Navy Commissions New Warship For Anti-...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Apr 2019, 21:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 36260
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Can you remember any further details. Vaguely: the increased section size gives 3 three fire teams... 2 (!) with a PK in it. - additionally about every third man has an AT weapon of some kind. At the section level mainly the 66 mm LAW-like weapons - the above needs to have its ' strategic measureme...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Apr 2019, 18:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 36260
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

this may work in situation like Afghanistan but what happens when you are engaging an opponent who has a major numerical advantage backed up by their own suppressive fire capability. Our Finnish friend here (can't remember which one as there seems to be two) gave some guidance on this aspect, how i...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Apr 2019, 18:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote: It would be interesting to see what RN could do with a AAW Arrowhead140 variant and it's almost 20m beam.

- we won't be seeing that as all that size growth that the T-26 went through would go to waste
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Apr 2019, 18:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

What do you consider expeditionary? Looks like currently we need 4 air wings to have one of them operate in a combat role over a wider geographic area, as in "83 Expeditionary Air Group (EAG) is commanded by an RAF Air Commodore who acts as the Air Component Commander and Air Officer Commandin...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Apr 2019, 21:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 36260
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Section firepower is an interesting topic, to which we should ask: what is firepower? It it the effect you have on the enemy or the amount of ammunition you can convert into noise? A good point, as we are now in April of 2019, the below attempted to give an answer: "Reports that the British Ar...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Apr 2019, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25670
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

SW1 wrote: cover your priorities first which is CASD and the carrier group

1.CASD
2. CTF
2.5 LitM
- this last one lives a "double life", because when it is not 'joined at the hip' with the CTF, it will be tending towards a NEO type/ scale of an Op

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