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by ArmChairCivvy
19 Apr 2019, 23:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9282
Views: 285419
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: 297
Views: 18582
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: 9282
Views: 285419
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: 9282
Views: 285419
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: 9282
Views: 285419
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the French 100 mm was (very much higher), but perhaps they were in a hurry :) to deplete the stock before the guns are withdrawn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: 14133
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: 297
Views: 18582
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: 14133
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: 198898
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: 154374
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: 198898
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: 9282
Views: 285419
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: 34242
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: 34242
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: 9282
Views: 285419
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: 9728
Views: 512128
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: 34242
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: 541
Views: 23205
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
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Apr 2019, 14:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 34242
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

it would be worth looking at and if one takes into account the number of warhead options the CVR-7 we use on the Apache has from HE to Flechette to smoke have a system able to be carried and launched by the Infantry would give them a weapon system with good range and accuracy We could have an Apach...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Apr 2019, 10:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 34242
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

NLAW has a much larger warhead (100mm+ vs <84mm) and has an Overfly Top Attack (OTA) capability I tried to find a vid (they are on the web, but browsers are getting worse :?: ) to illustrate the downward firing charge (and function): "The oversized 150mm warhead combine with the OTA seeks to i...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Apr 2019, 10:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 34242
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

that’s before anything other than iron sights or ammunition carriers. In the case of the NLAW, the disposable system is also much more capable*. I agree that this is the place (initially you suggested vehicle mounting to give a quick reaction capability, while the dismounts err, dismount (if that i...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Apr 2019, 08:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9728
Views: 512128
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:There is also a deficit in all aircraft types that will be operated from them

I wonder where the idea of operating one in LitM mode came from ;) That one bristling with Chinooks, Apaches etc
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Apr 2019, 22:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 48
Views: 2440
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Counter-battery by EW won't totally silence them: "The Boxer RCH 155 has an advanced fire control system. It receives target data via radio or datalink. The gun is automatically laid using the fire control data. This howitzer is aimed and fired by the crew remotely from the cab. Though in case ...
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Apr 2019, 22:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4049
Views: 157351
Location: United Kingdom

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

NickC wrote: F-35 C2D2 Block 4
Certainly kept quiet as for how much the bill for us will be
- well, at least the first two dozen are pretty 'safe' from all that?
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Apr 2019, 09:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 455
Views: 23394
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I'd take a reasonable chance of knocking out a tank with an NLAW vs. a minuscule chance of damaging it with a CT40. It is reasonable due to the PLOS/OTA (when Direct Attack DA mode is not chosen) - Predicted Line of Sight (assumes unchanged speed during the time of flight to target) would need pret...

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