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by ArmChairCivvy
07 Jul 2020, 13:06
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 590195
Location: United Kingdom

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

looks like an engine manufacturer trying to drum up some additional revenue by an unnecessary upgrade path. Personally I'd leave the upgrading of the engines and lift system at the bottom of the list. It should definitely be a MLU; I definitely hope it won't become another "must have" upg...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 Jul 2020, 07:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 590195
Location: United Kingdom

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

would be vital for all of the F35B operating off carriers to be so upgraded to avoid having a reduced patrol range As I have been hinting that getting through all of Block4 will involve constant rebuilding of the already delivered a/c (though at first look the last 13 of our confirmed purchase migh...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 Jul 2020, 07:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

Same one on "M1129 vehicles were put into service in Spring 2005 with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The 172nd Stryker Brigade deployed to Iraq in August 2005 being the first unit to fire the M1129/MCV-B in theatre." - I forget which one the Danes put onto their newer Piranhas ( a ...
by ArmChairCivvy
06 Jul 2020, 20:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

Lord Jim wrote:may even provide the Mortar Carrier platform for the Armoured Infantry Battalions.


Saw a mention somewhere that we are working on that together with the Bundeswehr.
- which mortar is on the Wiesels? Though that one is lowered to the ground; unlikely in the Boxer set up
by ArmChairCivvy
06 Jul 2020, 09:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1214
Views: 176105
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

They need to pick basically an existing design, only add what is absolutely necessary and have them (two probably) built in the UK with the MoD committing its £1.5Bn and any additional funding to come from other departments whose areas of responsibility would benefit form their construction. The Fa...
by ArmChairCivvy
06 Jul 2020, 06:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1186213
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

tomuk wrote:Also there are no longer any canes at Govan or Scotsoun. Whereas there is the Goliath Crane at Rosyth.


Yep, the frigate factory would have taken £250m in investment and only c. 100 was actually spent
- the "no longer any" cranes came as a surprise to me, though
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Jul 2020, 20:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1186213
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

serge750 wrote:Also as the T31 are smaller they should be built quicker

Size and complexity are factors, but when parallelism has been factored into the overall plan, the builds become not only quicker, but also cheaper.
- we are forever stretching the build schedules, or worse still: inserting gaps into them
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Jul 2020, 20:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 133
Views: 46512
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

RichardIC wrote:You're not logged in
Then my telepathy works better than expected :)
Rambo wrote: its my phot.
... and a good one, too
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Jul 2020, 20:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 590195
Location: United Kingdom

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

serge750 wrote:with the F35 + growlers they will have a good capability

Agreed, Growlers creating havoc at distance and the stealthier ones reaching out to 'touch'.
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Jul 2020, 20:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

eliminate Mastiff, Ridgeback, Wolfhound, Foxhound, Husky, RWIMK Landrover and Panther. Referring to official plans (time horizon??) I understand the others as the role of them/ their units have changed, but the roles for Wolfhound, Foxhound have not changed (and in addition, Wolfhound makes an exce...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Jul 2020, 07:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1186213
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Default investment timescale considered in making MOD investment decisions is 25 years Just to add, including estimated life time costs are now mandatory for Main Gate proposals where the upfront 'ticket' value exceeds 'X' - though even the Parliament seems to face a struggle in getting this inform...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Jul 2020, 06:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1186213
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

nothing beyond that except PR talk We are half way through with the Integrated Review and it has been eerily quiet, - the 12 month cycle would take us past the budget "revelations" - would v much hope for the reversed order: publish the rationale first and the numbers (as in financial fig...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Jul 2020, 06:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

The vehicles for the heavy bns seemed to be on the 'kill' list (transition to Strike), and even though this (from armedforced.co.uk) might be well out of date by now, there are two things to note Current plans appear to include considerable Army Reserve reinforcements during training and if necessar...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Jul 2020, 05:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 590195
Location: United Kingdom

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

modifications outlined by Lockheed for SEAD roles The navy does not quite have the same blind faith in stealth as the AF (arrgh!) does: "The contract, issued by Naval Air Systems Command on behalf of all F-35 users, says Lockheed will perform the engineering necessary to modify the aircraft to...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Jul 2020, 05:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 133
Views: 46512
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

I wonder why the platform has changed the treatment of the piccie, overnight. Was there some copyright issue?

Postby Rambo » 04 Jul 2020, 20:34
RFA Wave Knight pictured at Cammel Laird this week.
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by ArmChairCivvy
04 Jul 2020, 21:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 154773
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Lord Jim wrote:the Merlin is and will remain our primary amphibious aviation support platform.

... until 2030
by ArmChairCivvy
04 Jul 2020, 20:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1808
Views: 279614
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Flanker has an impressive range, yes, but in an airsuperiority role this article https://exoatmospheric.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/saabs-gripen-e-is-leading-iafs-latest-mmrca-contest-for-110-fighter-jets/ posits that the IAF is likely to move from the Flanker backbone (current) to something else...if ...
by ArmChairCivvy
04 Jul 2020, 11:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 735
Views: 101664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

In the unmanned trials the Hunts received an A-frame, not cranes. But trials are trials BTW, an excellent, well written document. Just the coloured quotes/ examples boxes make for a good read. Picked one from Admiral Cunningham: ‘you can build a new ship in three years but you can’t rebuild a reputa...
by ArmChairCivvy
04 Jul 2020, 11:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 140
Views: 22481
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Recent stats show that only 7 were in fwrd fleet and the rest in sustainment. But you could also read that pointing to the opposite: husbanding the hours (though rotary fleets do not have same kind of fatigue problems as other types) to make them last out to 2030. - however, factor in the big order ...
by ArmChairCivvy
04 Jul 2020, 10:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11831
Views: 1516182
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

explaining that he voted against pumping another £100bn of newly created money into the economy [quote"] In a minority of one on the nine-strong monetary policy committee[/quote] House prices down 3% from April, new mortgages down by 85% = 'rock solid' sentiment? WW2 debts became fully paid ba...
by ArmChairCivvy
04 Jul 2020, 00:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 154773
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

and prevents the ramp from being used for any other purpose. ... good detail, had no idea of that 1) Delete the rear two landing craft davits and replace them with two 20m x 6m box hangars (roughly Type 23 size) for ma intaining tw[ b]o Merlins[/b] , with any additional helos stored outside (as the...
by ArmChairCivvy
03 Jul 2020, 22:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 154773
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

providing permanent hangars The size, as of now, 7 sq.m... I guess for something that rolls on wheels, to the side of the helicopters - how would you grow it from there? they haven't had particularly hard lives One of the hardest lives (for a ship) is just to sit idle.... the last 'bring back' with...
by ArmChairCivvy
03 Jul 2020, 22:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle
Replies: 131
Views: 44932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle

OK, SUSAT came through, from that.

LSWR was called what? in service ?
by ArmChairCivvy
03 Jul 2020, 20:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

Lord Jim wrote:suppose they are already looking towards the JLTV

they better be as
ArmChairCivvy wrote:already removed 2,831 vehicles

while we must acknowledge that the Army has shrunk as well
by ArmChairCivvy
03 Jul 2020, 19:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1808
Views: 279614
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

With the drastic reduction in the number of Fighter Wings and Airbases the Swedes have their aircraft have to cover a lot of airspace and quickly these days. Well, from 80 prepared (hard shelters, fuel) dispersal sites they have gone to exactly what we have (few, concentrated bases)... just that th...

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