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by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 11:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1257
Views: 40466
Location: United Kingdom

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

You are obviously more "glued in" on this than I am; why did the German contract to get their tanks (already sold back to the manufacturer, for export) back into service stretch for so long... 3-4 years? I am suspecting that the rounds that only the A7 can handle have something to do with ...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 10:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383855
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RNFollower wrote:seem to remember CEC being fitted to HMS Duncan for trials when new


Don't know about that, but we had an order in (5% of a production batch for several USN ships) and we cancelled it.
- so all the Links (16 and beyond...) which come nowhere near are now "the thing"
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 10:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1257
Views: 40466
Location: United Kingdom

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

RetroSicotte wrote:cost the Poles as much as the Challenger upgrade program alone just to try and fix to bring up to a certain standard.


e 5 mln a piece vs. our £700 mln divided by X ( the MoD being very coy about what "X" will be)
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 10:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8411
Views: 184000
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yes, "Britain rethinks its foreign policy after Brexit. Taken together, these steps portend a partial reversal of the 1968 ‘East of Suez’ policy of withdrawing British forces from the from the Indo-Pacific region, which reached its apotheosis with the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China." ...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 08:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5573
Views: 136472
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

shark bait wrote:Only BAE fit the bill


We got there... :lol:
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 08:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8411
Views: 184000
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

shark bait wrote: value is about a third of what the MOD paid


True, but show me someone who can count the good money and the bad money from a wad... or five of them, mixed together
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 08:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1606
Views: 53684
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

abc123 wrote:the RN currently has 6 SSNs

Tshusima ended with a 'perfect T'* so you need to count them as well, not just the Astutes :D

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*copyright by some fellow called Nelson :lol:
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 02:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1895
Views: 42575
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Meriv9 wrote:specially thinking all the cooperation money that flows towards Africa from Europe.


Totally separate :!: from your contribution, we do need to keep the African dictators attired in their original croc-leather shoes
... not just their bullet-proof Mercs

Lots of money has been sent...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 01:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1895
Views: 42575
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Sorry, I overlooked the fact that you were talking about the future ;)

I was talking about the past... I think what is translated as the Dept of 'Works' chipped in to the the tune of a third of a bln towards the carrier?
- the French figures are better documented, as they relate to discrete 'builds'
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 00:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1257
Views: 40466
Location: United Kingdom

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

I was inquiring [...] Is this a game of 5... to be reduced? No, it was the German side (Rheinmetall, as for staying in AFVs) that was under pressure and went into the agreement, RetroSicotte wrote: Where does it say about the CR2 upgrade? What else is there, to play for? so: GD, Atlanticist ( :) ) ...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 00:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1895
Views: 42575
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Meriv9 wrote:1.1 BLN € was the definitive final price for the Trieste...

853mln for Fincantieri
273mln for Leonardo.


When you are looking too close up... the trees do not look like a forest
- look again ;)
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 00:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5573
Views: 136472
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

A great piece... or some parody :D now a favoured contractor of the Ministry of Defence: Atlas Elektronik has been shortlisted for the £1.25 billion contract to build five of the country’s next generation of frigates, the Type 31e. At £250 million apiece, the frigates are meant to be cut-price, basi...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2019, 00:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1895
Views: 42575
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The entire medical facility appears to fit into 700-800sqm going by 60 mtrs, the most critical dimension, that is only 13.3 sideways... if containerised, there would need to be a wide corridor in between? - 3 mtrs height... loadsa 'ship's services' to run anything like that needed Around €450m in 2...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2019, 23:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1257
Views: 40466
Location: United Kingdom

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

have a session asking those involved what is the state of the Army's AFV re-equipment plans as many seem to be up in the air or moving so slowly they almost appear to be standing still. :lol: Given what the Poles paid for theirs including the upgrade - nothing for the tanks ( a motley collection) -...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2019, 23:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1606
Views: 53684
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

6 Astutes will solve all and any possible surface targets, anywhere in the world, 367 days a year - where is the 7th? Is this the night shift already writing? - position about heavily armed, well prepared and overmanned armies :lol: and navies (even Russia has one , or used to... reconstituted many...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2019, 23:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 598
Views: 27301
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Digger22 wrote:And we still have T45 major works to look forward to too. More T23 pressure


Quite right: one carrier, one T45 (as long as the AMPH. READY group tags along)... but as for ASW?
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2019, 13:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1257
Views: 40466
Location: United Kingdom

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

That is true, and I just wonder how many times I have asked (here) the question about the duplicitousness of the MoD comms policy around its tenders, errr, one expired 3 wks ago, hey-ho :silent: - and the fact that (defence) industrial policy is in play is not supported by any RECENT gvmnt policy......
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2019, 13:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1895
Views: 42575
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The “role” of a hospital is not dependant on size it is on the specialties that is offered It is actually both, combined. Someone fighting for his/ her life can't be thrown about in seastate X, or more exactly: that can happen , but on a bigger ship (and that ward being appropriately located), can ...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2019, 12:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1257
Views: 40466
Location: United Kingdom

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

Rheinmettal and BAESystems to collaborate on Cr2 upgrade and MIV Absolutely the right way to go about it (Telford; heavy metal bashing + the UK HQ): "facility in Telford, England and will sustain over 400 jobs in the UK, as well as preserve key technology and engineering skills. Rheinmetall wi...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2019, 12:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8411
Views: 184000
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Your view is clear. If the RB1's are securing the EEZ and Forth replaces Clyde what would you have the other 4 do? Fast forward two years and 3 for 3, 1 for 1 (Clyde; already sold, delivery date TBC?) ... the fifth? - in dock (is once in 5 years too often? Call it once in 7, and you have some slack...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2019, 05:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8411
Views: 184000
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I believe there is some kind of truce deal around MDP (which is restarting as we speak; the name may have been dropped). The Treasury bail out last year was to the tune of (c.) £ 2 bn and it has been agreed (?) that these can't repeat and against assurances in that regard TM/PH have promised to look...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2019, 19:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 598
Views: 27301
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

when ships begin to need major re fits or life extension. So currently 11 ish deployable warships available to RN. Very sad. It is, but is is an own goal and the problem coming has been seen for a very long time. - time for radical action: accelerate the T-31 prgrm and pull technically deficient T-...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2019, 10:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1895
Views: 42575
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

For example adapting the RSN Endurance LPD Class to meet the T31e current GP requirements [...] would allow both Albions to be retired. The smaller you go, the less you can project at distance (without just moving some of the functions/ capacity to support shipping). RSN has tested the class to the...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2019, 09:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1606
Views: 53684
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

has been gone a very, very long time. True, but sinking ships seems to be the tertiary capability of RN ships, too :( (would put it one further down, after ASW, AAW and projecting onto land... but my Latin runs short :cry: at that point). A leading in remark to: if you train to strike mobile AD ins...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2019, 09:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383855
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Timmymagic wrote: and 7


Is our test installation on land the 7th in that reference?

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