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by ArmChairCivvy
30 Mar 2020, 23:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11046
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

The role your describing is akin to the 101st airborne role biggest US bde (27.000, with all support counted in; 16X was also our biggest bde at one time, @ 8.000 bods) a discussion round the Paras heading toward a us rangers type role or switching back to a form of parachute delivery. that's the 8...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Mar 2020, 18:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11046
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Lord Jim wrote:why they bought the Lynx AH9 back in the day.


Brought back? Was upgraded for rappelling (insertation) and convoy protection (side/ fwrd firing armament)
- why on earth did we retire them
... with the engine commonality and all that?
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Mar 2020, 11:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11046
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Agree with the points above, but I believe only the ASW ('frigate') version of the NH90 is navalised.
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Mar 2020, 09:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11046
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

A good post, just to add: Is 16 air assault likely to remain in its current form Currently seen as a centre of excellence, retaining the critical mass to experiment, hone and train semi-specialist skills. This is reflected i.a. in - the fact that the Apache rgrmnts are pre-allocated between early-en...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Mar 2020, 17:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11046
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

BTW, what can Puma 2 and Merlin, respectively, lift? Just saw the Gurkhas driving around in LR WMIKs, which supposedly are on their way out - maybe their weight makes the fire power/ protection combo of those otherwise nearly obsolescent vehicles appealing (those Gurkha Rifles that are here, not in ...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Mar 2020, 17:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11046
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

wanting to replace them with modern type rather than upgrade way back when but cash was not forthcoming. Indeed wasn't, but Puma LEP can really be considered a UOR, as after the Iraq equipment debacle " the Treasury was trying to be "helpful" to the MoD, but there was no prospect of ...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Mar 2020, 16:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11046
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

clivestonehouse1 wrote: in high winds.


No such at sea...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Mar 2020, 16:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11046
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Well the French use the puma of there amphibious ships. What else did they have, at that time? Our risk assessment: "As a result of its age, design ( narrow undercarriage, high centre of gravity and a nose wheel tricycle gear), outdated crashworthiness limitations and flying and handling chara...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Mar 2020, 15:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1841
Views: 210177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

A virtual pint? Done!
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Mar 2020, 12:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

With GDP falling and a hole already in the budget we need to pair down what programmes we intend to seriously pursue, which can go either on hold or slow time and which we can remove from the EP. The RN needs CROWSNEST, the next five T-26 and the T-45 re-engine programmes to be kept on track at the...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Mar 2020, 12:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11046
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

30 are enough to equip a single AAC Regiment to generate exactly what capability? Puma fleet was LEpped to create space for a rethink of the medium helo needs (the heavy having been growing disproportionately under the influence of COIN-type of ops we were engaged in at the time). - good thinking, ...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Mar 2020, 11:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1841
Views: 210177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

reported that F/A-18E/F and EA-18G is being procured in limited numbers to replace Tornado ECR and Tornado's nuclear mission. Handelsblatt is the FT of Germany; so a serious source. - I've believed all along that it will go this way as the other options (other than F-35 that would not match the ind...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Mar 2020, 16:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964947
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Keep any trawlers well away (as on their way to Tsusima, the Russian ships opened fire on "Japanese torpedo boats" in these same waters)
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Mar 2020, 15:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1841
Views: 210177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Edit : with 41 sqn's 10 jets that makes 116 of 140 jets in use A recent FOI question received this ratio in the answer... was going to post it, but as tables become a mess, I didn't - what I remember from it (a 2019 snap shot), not far off from the above Eurofighter EW suite employs a range of elec...
by ArmChairCivvy
23 Mar 2020, 22:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 116948
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

They are more handy, believed to be more accurate as they are less cumbersome and also means the launcher is not tied to one person. Not naming the country, but the marines were the first to go from 8 to 9 squad... and quess who carried the least: yes: the top guy, so he was tasked with one of thes...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Mar 2020, 16:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 116948
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Little J wrote: he is bolting it on... If they could find a push pin solution


True, but what at the start of this (long) thread was something to be done in armouries is now no longer far removed from the stages involved in cleaning your weapon (in the field).
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Mar 2020, 09:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

If only we had had the foresight to keep [x, y or z] and not scrapped her after only 18 years of service There was going to be free beer in 2015/2016 again, so it seemed sensible at the time - our PM is talking about a sharp, V-shaped recovery - so surely defence will not be robbed twice, first by ...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Mar 2020, 15:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

a debate going on regarding the ASG, whether the capability needed is to get a force form A to B rather than how it gets ashore, and at what size. The theme not so different: we have had quite a different approach from, say, the French, who put everyting into the first wave. Admittedly, with a form...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Mar 2020, 15:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

There are more and more of these threads [ADMINS, PLS NOTE] where the highlighting of the text for a quote does not work, and when you have all of the ones that you want to comment on... start writing! Errr...will have to miss the bigger picture, and do it in bits Having said that, there are many mo...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Mar 2020, 05:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11348
Views: 1254108
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If we drop the refuelling mission (see payload figure) then this TERN design is not far off: "According to Northrop Grumman, once fully functional, the VTOL UAV will have a range of 600 nautical miles and be able to carry 1,000 pounds of ordinance or surveillance payload. The Tern project comes...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Mar 2020, 05:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

As the £ 1bn did not buy more than one SSS (I think the 1.3 bn figure also floated reflected the thinking that paying some sort of reservation premium, the option for a third ship could be exercised later - at the same, fixed price) then clearly just one of them, aided by Ft Victoria (but only for a...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Mar 2020, 05:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

The current rigs on Fort Victoria do not meet the original requirement to lift an F-35 engine for transfer to the carriers. This I think is a luxury we can neither afford or justify with the numbers of Lightnings we are currently expected to buy. There will be plenty of hangar space to stack a few ...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Mar 2020, 14:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Lord Jim wrote:should have looked at combining the tanker and FSS into one design

We got the tankers for a song; does not seem to be the case with (any flavour of?) FSS
by ArmChairCivvy
18 Mar 2020, 20:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4473
Views: 472619
Location: United Kingdom

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

Timmymagic wrote:Lot 14 - $101m


He-heh, the old trick of not including the engine in the price will not be needed anymore... to get under the 100 mln per piece magical price
by ArmChairCivvy
18 Mar 2020, 19:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 49
Views: 12537
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

muttbutt wrote:the LR are easier f


They can even make for a "radio car"... almost a command post
- but a Pinzgauer will make for a much better ambulance
- the biggest vehicle that a Herc drop platform can fit... there are no :?: news if this can/ will change with the A400M

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