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by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2021, 18:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 996
Views: 229558
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

dropped in favour of the 7.62 Nato, you could argue that was the incorrect choice then. You could... we are always right; but do not always prevail :) I think two drivers 1. at section level, one round 2. win back the infantry KM... not mile (that could be the ambition for the company) So at platoo...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2021, 15:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Gun 84mm Infantry L14a1 (CARL GUSTAV)
Replies: 29
Views: 13021
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Gun 84mm Infantry L14a1 (CARL GUSTAV)

Right; elf&safety then
... I know/knew a lot of people who did a lot of shooting, and paid no attention
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2021, 14:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Gun 84mm Infantry L14a1 (CARL GUSTAV)
Replies: 29
Views: 13021
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Gun 84mm Infantry L14a1 (CARL GUSTAV)

Provided that the six rounds/day limit can be addressed. The previous plastics/ composites limit (err, gets a bit hot when firing) related to the over-the-whole-life number of shots fired ... and there was no counter, so the poor-old CGs got discarded about half way thru their lives Is this now wha...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2021, 14:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 996
Views: 229558
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Sorry to say, but [the above] sounds like text put together by AI, from various feeds, and only the PS bit in it had some human intervention
... inviting ;) comment
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2021, 13:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 73
Views: 5452
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

SW1 wrote: it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that leonardo helicopters and airbus helicopters merge, to offer a long term counterweight to US helicopter manufactures


Indeed... just how fast those 'masters of the universe' folded into bigger (and more diversified) defence conglomerates
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2021, 09:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 821
Views: 171932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

if you are happy to have the Warrior as an APC with a 40mm AGL or .50 Cal M2 then you might as well use a Boxer. Or Bulldog for that matter. After Iraq, 500+ are new as for automotive parts,little used, have the Israeli add-on armour and some have the .50 cal... let's buy some GMG/AGL RWS combos fo...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2021, 09:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 389
Views: 128136
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

after cutting a hole in the roof you would have to raise the mortar every time you wanted to fire it. Either that or add extra height to the troop compartment area. The Swedish "Thor's Hammer" twin 120mm gets around this on the CV-90 by again raising the height by installing a semi rotati...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2021, 09:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 821
Views: 171932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

MBT like protection drives the weight up (hence the IFV and APC divergence is re-emerging as only having IFVs is unaffordable). Puma max 43 tons and Ajax ( Ares specs are somewhere... ) max 42 - both with a turret, though. If a modern tank (MBTs will need to become lighter) is @55 (Armata, naturally...
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2021, 09:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 389
Views: 128136
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

the Viking can take a 120mm on its rear half The only such I have seen is a 'photoshop'. Can be solved by lowering the plate to the ground, but this process eliminates many of the advantages. Would solve the Warrior Mortar Carrier height issues What's the issue? For CV90s the Swedes had to go from ...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 20:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: British Aerospace 146
Replies: 7
Views: 1658
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Aerospace 146

We retain some Hercs (bcz A-400M is too big for some 'special' occasions and KingAirs are for other type of work), but I would get some of these to fill the gap (SOCOM likes them, too): The Pilatus PC-12 NG is the newest variant of the company’s best-selling single-engine turboprop aircraft, with ov...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 18:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1309
Views: 290279
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

marktigger wrote:what are the expected Out of Service Dates for the Type45?

V tightly spaced: 2035-37
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 18:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 389
Views: 128136
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Or should we be reviving LIMAWS for the light gun Yep The 777 made the axels break in x-country trials (LG might be OK) But, yes: mortars on ATV-like vehicles. We had this on some thread: The US solution (two vehicles) is a Chinook load. The one with the mortar only carries the first four! rounds -...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 17:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 73
Views: 5452
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

For military use
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EsQ3HRwXAAE ... name=large
take away 6 seats, just to get troops out thru the door

Luckily it does not have a ramp (the one on NH90 was too weak for the troops+bergens to rush over it)
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 17:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 389
Views: 128136
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

With all the titanium in it, isn't it still twice as heavy?
- take the gun (underslung) and leave the rounds behind, for a second trip
- and don't forget the grunts, you'll need more (just to turn the gun)

Shooting from the hip, but for about such reasons
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 16:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 389
Views: 128136
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Depends how you look at things. You could say any purchase of a wheeled 155mm system to support the Mechanised Brigade is a replacement for the 105mm LG Yes, and then you have the units that without the (potentially underslung) LGs to support them are down to 81mm mortars as for indirect fires. - h...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 15:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 821
Views: 171932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Interesting that when ABSV was still planned, the number was never much over 60 (for the-then 6 AI bns);
6 x 21 (plus reserve bns) gives a figure twice that many (needing replacements)

... well, let's first see if the IFVs will materialise
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 14:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4229
Views: 820661
Location: United Kingdom

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

For years the relative drum beat, between the classes once they both get going after the first in class, has been indicated as 1 for every 1.5
- now that could (seem to) 1 for every two

Is that a real change? Must flip the coin for the answer
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 14:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 821
Views: 171932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Tempest414 wrote:57 x Warrior , 21 AFV , 8 CRV(T)
AFV?

That ie. what AFVs are
aside, a check sum 215 minus 150 EQT 57 W2 plus more of the same (8) or Ajax in the close recce role (as the CVR(T)s are on their way out)
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 11:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 821
Views: 171932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

these rumoured quantities (150 MBTs and 215 IFVs)

Forgot to say that their OSDs will match; and, are only a dozen years or so away from getting the two Strike bdes up and running
... gives plenty of time to figure out the 'next step'
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 10:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 821
Views: 171932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

If a light RWS is good enough for boxer why isn't it good enough** for a heavy tracked APC? You hit it on the head, namely takes us back to the crux of the matter: "Ian Nicholson @IanNicholsonIP Looking at the UPC of Ajax, this would not be cost affective. A real need is coming back to what is...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 08:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 73
Views: 5452
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

could already been well underway with a common type Isn't this a 'take two' on the Snatch Landrover story? - not enough helicopters! - Chinook was the only one fitting the 'bill' as upgrading Pumas for hot&high and with defensive aids took its time - and the most common type is now the heavy on...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2021, 04:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 73
Views: 5452
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

“From the mid-2030s to 2040 there is definitely a UK requirement on two fronts,” May be the quotes have been picked 'at random' for a fixed length article, but sounds like: - Merlins will be life-extended - and will serve on land *de ja vu* and from ships until 2040 Shaping to be an important year,...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Jan 2021, 13:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5139
Views: 993166
Location: United Kingdom

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

Adding anything to the F35 seems to be problematic if it's not US built. Does that come as a surprise :?: - we've kept our industry alive by participating , but now is the time to take some more definitive steps (... with partners, of course :idea: - For affordability. We don't want an other TSR2 :...
by ArmChairCivvy
18 Jan 2021, 21:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384365
Location: United Kingdom

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

From that article. "In 2018, the MGCS consortium showed a precursor to the future vehicle at Eurosatory showcasing a Leopard 2 hull fitted with the lighter turret of the Leclerc MBT. A key attribute of the vehicle was its lower weight, allowing it to traverse lower load bridges. " I would ...
by ArmChairCivvy
17 Jan 2021, 14:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2268
Views: 474071
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

However, there are EU collaborators and sympathizers in the UK civil service, goverment and establishment who blindly promote and pursue the interests of the EU no matter the cost and harm they cause to the UK and our interests. + raise the barrier over which the EU collaborators and sympathizers i...

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