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by whitelancer
22 Jun 2019, 22:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 54743
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

mr.fred wrote:It doesn't offer enough extra capability to offset the weight.

What capabilities had you in mind?
by whitelancer
22 Jun 2019, 17:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 54743
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Why not return to the LSW?
by whitelancer
21 Jun 2019, 22:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3904
Views: 240771
Location: United Kingdom

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

While I understand why the USN has decided to go the way they have in order to mitigate the risks in the program, notable cost overruns, time overruns and failure to meet specifications. Given the changes required of all the designs we've seen so far, some off them major ones, I wonder if they are g...
by whitelancer
21 Jun 2019, 22:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60375
Location: United Kingdom

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

I don't know why everyone is getting excited by this. The mushrooms are frangible as can be clearly seen is these tests. In your video the debris you can see (small black triangles) come from the frangible tops of the launch tubes. Not the mushrooms, In all the videos I've seen the Mushrooms are al...
by whitelancer
20 Jun 2019, 20:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60375
Location: United Kingdom

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

Halidon wrote:Seems like a recipe for being caught in a bad way.

I can only imagine they have done it that way, rather than fitting an electrically actuated hatch in order to save a few quid. Rather pathetic in my opinion.
by whitelancer
20 Jun 2019, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60375
Location: United Kingdom

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

One can just imagine some poor matelot being sent on deck in a North Atlantic storm with a spanner in hand desperately trying to unbolt the mushrooms!
by whitelancer
14 Jun 2019, 21:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5974
Views: 312111
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Looks nice enough but not much in the way of offensive capability.
by whitelancer
02 Jun 2019, 22:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 75746
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

The question is what is Boxer their to do? If we look at its predecessor, if one can call it that, Saxon was designed to carry an infantry section and its equipment and self deploy from the UK to Germany to reinforce BAOR. Once their it provided a degree of protected mobility, though not in the dire...
by whitelancer
27 May 2019, 16:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

NOMEX was issued many years ago to a small number of personnel, never progressed any further as far as I am aware. Cost I expect. The use of pure cotton would be a step forward, but they do seem to like to use artificial fibres, probable for durability. At one time they were pure artificial fires, p...
by whitelancer
27 May 2019, 09:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

Selling off or closing down the various Research and Development Establishments was very much a false economy. The MOD lost an enormous amount of knowledge, experience and expertise in many areas, not to mention the physical infrastructure.
by whitelancer
27 May 2019, 02:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

Even if WFM was not a thing, would a sub unit take all its tanks to Castlemartin ranges for training? While accountant bashing is fun, it doesn’t change the fact that a pound spent on one thing is a pound not spent on something else. Well these days who can say. What I will say is that in the past ...
by whitelancer
26 May 2019, 17:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

I wholeheartedly disagree. Whole Fleet Management is not the reason for sloppy drills, failure to follow authorisation procedures and failure to maintain the safe configuration of the platform. It may have hidden one of these failings, but it is not the cause of it, nor does it mitigate in anyway t...
by whitelancer
26 May 2019, 13:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

And for those who are interested, here’s a good thread on the findings of the investigation into the live fire exercise incident on the CR2 in 2017 at Castkemartin with the link to the official report below that Having just read through the report it seems it was an accident waiting to happen, I wo...
by whitelancer
04 May 2019, 23:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

Historically, how much combined arms have been present in brigade formations? Going back to the Second World War, brigades were generally homogeneous unit types and supporting arms came from division. If we go back to BAOR the Divisions supplied Combat Support and Combat Service Support, to the bri...
by whitelancer
01 May 2019, 00:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

As its a subject I know a little about I thought it worth giving my opinion. But as you say one of the prime purposes of the update is to improve the fire control and sighting system not doing so would make the whole project rather pointless .
by whitelancer
30 Apr 2019, 22:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 717
Views: 63372
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

The DE&S site states 26.8 knots. If true that would be welcome as the best place for your support ships are with those they are supporting, which means they need to keep up. Their are no front lines at sea so you cant send your support ships somewhere "safe" without escorts, which we h...
by whitelancer
30 Apr 2019, 20:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

Though a new FCS is desirable, I see no reason you would need a new FCS just from changing the gun. A certain amount of reprograming yes, a completely new system no.
by whitelancer
22 Apr 2019, 23:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

All I was pointing out was that reducing the number of MBTs and Armoured Regiments makes it easier to dispense with the capability entirely. Whether this happens we will have to wait and see. What I am sure of is that their will be those that are asking whether the costs of maintaining just two Armo...
by whitelancer
22 Apr 2019, 19:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

RunningStrong wrote:Gap'ing the heavy armour capability so that we can ultimately invest a better solution?


I certainly wasn't suggesting that. Recreating a lost capability would be expensive and time consuming. If the heavy Armour capability goes it is unlikely return short of a major war.
by whitelancer
22 Apr 2019, 00:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

I wouldn't count your chickens, or tanks in this case. Reducing to just 2 Regiments just makes it easier to bin them completely. You only have to look at what happened to the Harrier to see the way this is going.
by whitelancer
21 Apr 2019, 15:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

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

As 56 are required by each Regiment for a total of 112 that would leave just 36 for training and sustainment. So no 3rd Regiment, at best the Yeomanry will provide a limited battle causality replacement capability. It is hardly a surprise though given the announcement some time ago that the number o...
by whitelancer
16 Apr 2019, 22:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 54743
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I would like to see a golf bag approach being taken into use. Couldn't agree more. Whatever the choice of weapon's allocated to sections, companies and battalions, it cannot suite all situations. What's required is greater flexibility in choice of weapon's and their relative numbers, depending on t...
by whitelancer
11 Dec 2018, 21:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 39261
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

mr.fred wrote:You guys don’t look very hard:


Thanks. Exactly the video I was thinking about.
by whitelancer
11 Dec 2018, 20:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 39261
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

New news!I think that Warrior 2 must be stealthy, as it seems quite good at staying off the radar. https://www.janes.com/article/85073/war ... ing-trials Haven't their been videos of Warrior engaged in manned firing trials already? I did look for the videos but they appear to have been taken down! ...
by whitelancer
07 Dec 2018, 21:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 737505
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SVRL commentary .. BAE Systems F-35 STOVL test pilot Peter Wilson on 13 October became the first ITF pilot to recover to Queen Elizabeth using the SRVL manoeuvre. He had previously flown over 2,000 simulated recoveries using a full-motion simulator at the company's ship/air integration facility in ...

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