UK Defence Forum

News, History, Discussions and Debates on UK Defence.

Search found 350 matches

Go to advanced search

by whitelancer
24 May 2020, 15:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1601
Views: 199604
Location: United Kingdom

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

The 148 to be up dated are enough for just the 2 Type 56 Regiments, with the balance as Battle Casualty Replacements.
by whitelancer
24 May 2020, 13:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1601
Views: 199604
Location: United Kingdom

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

If we go down to just 1 Armoured Regiment its frankly not worth having, in fact its debatable whether the cost of maintaining 2 is worth it.
by whitelancer
21 May 2020, 23:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1370247
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Different versions, Navy and Army/RM
by whitelancer
13 May 2020, 21:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1050
Views: 160324
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

jonas wrote:A case for replacing Sentinal R.1 with P-8A :-


Madness.
by whitelancer
08 May 2020, 21:19
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 373
Views: 79511
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

I know the Lynx held the speed record for a helicopter, but wouldn't have thought it needed swept wings! :eh:
by whitelancer
24 Apr 2020, 13:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 522
Views: 93296
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

112 Challenger 2mod
118 Warrior 2
8 Challenger ARV
48 Ajax
180 Boxers in various configurations.


If we just count the number of Warrior IFV''s the total required for 2 brigades would amount to 176.
With 44 per Battalion. This excludes any in support company..
by whitelancer
24 Apr 2020, 02:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 522
Views: 93296
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I keep seeing 150 for Ch2s (will they be Ch3s?) but never a primary source for that number- 3 x 48 (one from Yeomanry) plus a sqdrn for BATUS? I've seen 148 as the number to be updated. Assuming they maintain current Armoured Regiment organisation that will provide 2 Regiments with 56 for a total o...
by whitelancer
09 Apr 2020, 19:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 297
Views: 78016
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Pity we got rid of them.
by whitelancer
06 Apr 2020, 11:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: HMS Hermes (R12) (Centaur Class Aircraft Carrier) (1959-1984) (Ex RN)
Replies: 39
Views: 10487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: HMS Hermes (R12) (Centaur Class Aircraft Carrier) (1959-1984) (Ex RN)

Sorry problems attaching the pic of HMs Victorious which is very annoying.
by whitelancer
06 Apr 2020, 11:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: HMS Hermes (R12) (Centaur Class Aircraft Carrier) (1959-1984) (Ex RN)
Replies: 39
Views: 10487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: HMS Hermes (R12) (Centaur Class Aircraft Carrier) (1959-1984) (Ex RN)

HMS Victorious my favourite carrier with a proper carrier bow.. HMS Queen Elizabeth Spot the difference. Its always seemed to me that originally QE was meant to have had a bow like Victorious or indeed Hermes but someone came along needing to save money and decided that chopping 5-10 meters off the ...
by whitelancer
02 Mar 2020, 21:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11677
Views: 1072334
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Concerning ExLs verses mushrooms, the question I would ask is why the mushrooms take up so much room, why can't they be more tightly packed? The only reasons I can come up with is either access is needed to each individual launch tube, perhaps to make some manual connections, or as a safety measure....
by whitelancer
22 Jan 2020, 19:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 157
Views: 42638
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Their was it was CASTOP, Corpa Airborne STand Off Radar, the picture above is I believe of the trials aircraft.
by whitelancer
29 Dec 2019, 13:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1370247
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Cant imagine what could be so secret about a power supply system. I would have thought that its more likely to be something to do with ALIS which the US seem to want to keep firmly under their control, which is a problem in itself. As for US only areas on POW if they actually exist they shouldn't.
by whitelancer
29 Nov 2019, 21:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197256
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

pioneer version: That makes sense. The specification of the seating used will depend on what the Army wants and could vary between roles. Interestingly the original MCV 80/Warrior prototype had individual seating for the dismounts, unsurprisingly that didn't survive in the production models. As for...
by whitelancer
28 Nov 2019, 22:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197256
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Could be rigged up as something other than a basic infantry carrier I suppose but doesn't look like a Command set up.
by whitelancer
28 Nov 2019, 21:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197256
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Certainly showed how large Boxer is. Crew of three Driver, Gunner and Commander and 8 dismounts but only six seats in the rear compartment?
by whitelancer
04 Nov 2019, 00:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 297
Views: 78016
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: 11495
Views: 1370247
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: 1601
Views: 199604
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: 880
Views: 129736
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: 880
Views: 129736
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: 880
Views: 129736
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: 880
Views: 129736
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: 4001
Views: 448067
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: 755
Views: 126231
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...

Go to advanced search