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by Tony Williams
09 Apr 2016, 08:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Starstreak HVM
Replies: 43
Views: 5098

Re: Starstreak HVM

The advantage of the simplicity of the beam rider is also a drawback, particularly if the target is fast and the missile is slow, because the missile isn't smart enough to cut the corner. That said, it might be possible to make the guidance system that smart. I vaguely recall a radio beam rider fro...
by Tony Williams
06 Apr 2016, 10:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

I think the "wounding intent" is post-event rationalising rather than anything to do with the original choice. That is my feeling also. As I understand it, British infantry are trained to keep pressing an attack, leaving the wounded to be dealt with by medics. Otherwise the attack will gr...
by Tony Williams
29 Mar 2016, 08:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Ok, comming under contact is a very emotive, being in a patrol base surrounded by unfriendlies and some way off from a CLP. Then on top of that having ROE that restrict the use of area denial weapons. PID, courageous restraint etc. Then witnessing the sheer ammount of rounds used to suppress the un...
by Tony Williams
28 Mar 2016, 08:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Have you ever been in a contact? No, I have never been in the services - but I listen to a lot of people who have. I recall one quote given at a conference by a senior British officer from around the peak of the Afghan fighting: "The Taliban ignore 5.56mm fire, respect 7.62mm and fear .50 cal....
by Tony Williams
27 Mar 2016, 14:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Considering that "99%" of shots "miss" we are probably better off with 5.56. More rounds carried means additional chance for that magic "1%" According to the analysis I provided a link to above, 7.62mm is twice as effective at suppression as 5.56mm, weight for weight (...
by Tony Williams
27 Mar 2016, 11:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Ellis's Datebook on World War 2 gives the following percentages of battle wounds to British soldiers: Mortar, grenade, bomb, shell: 75% Bullet, anti-tank mine: 10% Landmine, booby trap: 10% Other 5%. However, he also notes that there was great variation in the percentages attributed to bullet wounds...
by Tony Williams
26 Mar 2016, 20:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Using things like Load From a Disc, Hornady Ballistics calculator, Powley computer and the velocity estimator from shootersnotes.com I came up with a 75 gr bullet (estimated at 0.41 ballistic Coefficient), muzzle energy of 1324 lb-ft. (same as 556), energy at 500 yards of 549 (close to a 6.8 spc) w...
by Tony Williams
26 Mar 2016, 09:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

there was also the .280 Ross. But it is interesting that the optimal round seams to be around 6.5 to 7mm which the studies in the late 19th and early 20th C indicated as well. It isn't just the calibre that matters: the .280 Ross is a powerful cartridge, almost in the Magnum class by modern standar...
by Tony Williams
26 Mar 2016, 08:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Tony, been meaning to ask, have you got any experience with the 6.25? I've read that it had good potential but was dropped because the '77 trials spec'd 556 as an upper limit. The prototype 6.25mm as tested was just a necked-down 7x43, so had a very fat case for the calibre (same diameter as 7.62x5...
by Tony Williams
26 Mar 2016, 07:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Just like with 7.62x 51mm & 5.56x45mm as opposed to 7x43mm and 4.85x49mm had we gone British Depends on how you look at it. The 7x43 was designed to meet US long-range requirements which the British thought were unnecessary. Before then, a lot of work had been done by the British Small Arms Cal...
by Tony Williams
26 Mar 2016, 07:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Intermediate rounds will only be selected if the US Army goes for one. Until the US Army does not move, the British Army won't, either. Absolutely. Interestingly, various parts of the US Army (ARDEC, AMU and also funding for a Textron study) have carried out research into the optimum squad rifle/MG...
by Tony Williams
26 Mar 2016, 07:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

I find the mention of "intermediate" rifle cartridges as interesting a 7.62x51 is an intermediate cartridge and was designed to be so. "Intermediate" means whatever you want it to mean. It has also been used to describe 5.56x45 (intermediate in power between 7.62x51 and 9x19). I...
by Tony Williams
25 Mar 2016, 13:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

It does raise the possibility of buying a weapon in NATO standard but being able to run experiments with alternative calibres like Tony William's (and other's) General Purpose Cartridge. If you an run with 7.62mm and 5.56mm then you can run most things in-between. Yes. The advantage of most 7.62mm ...
by Tony Williams
25 Mar 2016, 13:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

but having sections with 50% carrying 5.56mm and 50% carrying 7.62 causes serious logistics problems and interoperability problems when you are aren't operating from a fixed base. having a single type of ammunition means redistribution of ammunition is simpler. I agree entirely, which is one reason...
by Tony Williams
24 Mar 2016, 15:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Well, in that case it's Lewis Machine Tools M4/M16 derivative for me. There would be some logic to that, in that the design, handling etc would be a close match for the LMT 7.62mm L129A1 Sharpshooter rifle already in service, thereby simplifying training. Although I'd like to see more L129A1 bought...
by Tony Williams
24 Mar 2016, 09:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

The BA will want an off-the-shelf purchase, preferably already in service or at least ordered by a big user. There is no company in the UK currently set up to churn out automatic rifles at a high rate, and there really would be no point in creating one. It would involve acquiring a factory and loads...
by Tony Williams
22 Mar 2016, 08:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: CT40 Case Telescoped Weapon System
Replies: 20
Views: 2387

Re: CT40 Case Telescoped Weapon System

I posted a whole bunch of photos of the gun and its ammo, including comparisons with rivals, here: http://quarryhs.co.uk/WLIP.htm
by Tony Williams
18 Mar 2016, 06:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Little J wrote:Did you try the new Aussie version, the EF88 / F90?


No, it wasn't available.

I'm not sure that British involvement in the development of the AUG would have made it better..... the design was obviously the result of some very clear and logical thinking.
by Tony Williams
17 Mar 2016, 15:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

I had the opportunity to handle and shoot both old and new versions of the Steyr AUG in Austria last week, and was very impressed. It is still an astonishingly advanced design even at 40 years old, and a pleasure to carry and shoot. It was light years ahead of the L85A1, and I do wish that the Briti...
by Tony Williams
16 Mar 2016, 14:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

Quality is not why 43Cdo RM have 'ditched' the L85. The shorer barrelled C8 is not as high a velocity as the L85 with it's SS108 round which means it is more suited for boarding operations. Especially where you may have to open fire inside a huge metallic vessel with non absorbent walls. Edit: Will...
by Tony Williams
16 Mar 2016, 01:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 862
Views: 61019

Re: Section infantry weapons

The BA's preferences keep shifting. They acquired the short-barrelled Minimi in Iraq as a short-range bullet-sprayer; close in, volume of fire matters. In the much longer ranges typical of Afghanistan, it was of little use and the L86A2 came back into favour as its long barrel squeezed the most out ...
by Tony Williams
07 Feb 2016, 09:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1143
Views: 94151

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN)

Regarding SM-3, it would be in addition to Aster, as has been said. It requires adding the 16 MK41 cells that the Type 45 can fit. As a bonus, that would open the door not just to SM-3, but to the addition of other systems over the life of the ship, from Tomahawk (it would require fitting the missi...
by Tony Williams
07 Feb 2016, 00:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1143
Views: 94151

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN)

Gabriele wrote:The MOD funded a study into adding SM-3 to the Type 45 in late 2014. That seems to be the direction of travel for if / when a BMD development is funded.


OK, thanks. How messy. If they wanted to adopt the US system, they might as well have done it from the start...
by Tony Williams
06 Feb 2016, 15:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1143
Views: 94151

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN)

The extra cells on T-45 are almost certainly going to be used for BMD with the SM-3 missile. Really? I thought that the Aster system was being developed with BMD in mind. I would think that adopting an entirely new SAM system like the Aegis/SM-3 would certainly need a new fire control system, and p...
by Tony Williams
04 Feb 2016, 09:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)
Replies: 494
Views: 37374

Re: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ship (LPD) (RN)

shark bait wrote:I think the Canberra's would be the best stating point for a design, but I fully expect we would go native with the design.

Yep, chuck out those old US gas turbines and fit a really advanced new British engine instead :o on the other hand..... :?

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