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by whitelancer
04 Nov 2019, 00:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 19845
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I don't see Exactor as a Swingfire replacement particularly not operated by the RA. Much better would be a version of Brimstone mounted in a similar arrangement as Swingfire on Striker but mounted on Ajax and/or Boxer with a double row arrangement with 10 to 12 ready to fire missiles. It could be us...
by whitelancer
15 Oct 2019, 07:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10677
Views: 927144
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Given the different markings on the top surface of the F35 behind the forward island I suspect that is one of the test examples from 17 Sqn while the other 3 are from the UK.
by whitelancer
12 Sep 2019, 22:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 123837
Location: United Kingdom

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

It is being quoted now that the Challenger 2 CEP will only cover a maximum of 150 vehicles, 2 Regiments plus BATUS and attrition reserves. With 3 Sqns of 18 tanks plus two in RHQ, that makes 56 per Regiment. Two Regiments would require 112. Assuming BATUS requires a Sqns worth plus 2 for RHQ that w...
by whitelancer
01 Sep 2019, 22:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 865
Views: 73289
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

What if the member who can see is the gunner? All the team should be able to operate the mortar besides it will normally be the team leader doing the spotting and directing of fire. Its not that they will be far apart. The mortar could be behind a wall or bank with the observer a few feet away look...
by whitelancer
01 Sep 2019, 19:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 865
Views: 73289
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I think what you are referring to is what I would call semi indirect. In this situation at least one of the mortar team can see the target however the mortar itself can be behind cover, in a ditch behind a wall or bank etc. The team member with eyes on then directs the fire much as a MFC would.
by whitelancer
22 Jun 2019, 22:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 865
Views: 73289
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: 865
Views: 73289
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: 3924
Views: 304936
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: 735
Views: 77786
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: 735
Views: 77786
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: 735
Views: 77786
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: 6195
Views: 415145
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: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1348
Views: 105257
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 726
Views: 78383
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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: 1478
Views: 123837
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.

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