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by RunningStrong
12 Sep 2019, 19:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 829
Views: 57548

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Jane's report that Ares variant has been shown with Pearson's Engineering bridge fitted. Could be something the British Army procure?
by RunningStrong
12 Jul 2019, 12:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 829
Views: 57548

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Voila! The vehicle can seat 7 dismounts. So it seems to me that both statements : “the vehicle can seat 7” and “the army has only bought ones that seat four” can be true. Mine blast seats aren't exactly bolt-on equipment. I'm fairly sure that mine blast seats are exactly bolt-on equipment. If not, ...
by RunningStrong
12 Jul 2019, 08:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 829
Views: 57548

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

mr.fred wrote:Voila! The vehicle can seat 7 dismounts.
So it seems to me that both statements : “the vehicle can seat 7” and “the army has only bought ones that seat four” can be true.

Mine blast seats aren't exactly bolt-on equipment.
by RunningStrong
12 Jul 2019, 08:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 829
Views: 57548

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

The poster also states that there are two variants, one with 7 dismounts (59 ordered) and one "Formation Reconnaissance and Overwatch", with fewer "dismounts" (39 ordered). Explains the different versions seen, I think. That doesn't explain the error, as it also says the 4 seate...
by RunningStrong
11 Jul 2019, 22:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 829
Views: 57548

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

mr.fred wrote:
RunningStrong wrote:More than 1 glaring inaccuracy in that "information".

Go on then, what are they?

What's the point? RetroSicette has already made it clear in the CR2 thread that this poster is unquestionable.
by RunningStrong
11 Jul 2019, 18:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 829
Views: 57548

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

More than 1 glaring inaccuracy in that "information".
by RunningStrong
09 Jul 2019, 18:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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

RetroSicotte wrote:Apparently the British Army, who own the vehicle, disagree.

The British Army don't own any yet ;)
by RunningStrong
08 Jul 2019, 22:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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

ARES is definitely 4+2. With 3 PAX on the side and 1 PAX taking the Tac Cmdr position. Well, the Army who uses it says 7 and explicitly state that it's 7 on the current version they have, and 3-4 on a separate version in the family. There is strictly, 100%, not a 7 PAX version in the AJAX family fo...
by RunningStrong
08 Jul 2019, 14:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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

That SAID, I got photographic proof from their board that Ares can fit 7 men + 2 crew, not just 3+2 men as thought before. It's a difference in versions. Can post when home (in that topic). ARES is definitely 4+2. With 3 PAX on the side and 1 PAX taking the Tac Cmdr position. You can definitely get...
by RunningStrong
24 Jun 2019, 21:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 829
Views: 57548

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

It was said that the UK Boxer deal was partially to do with Australian movement on the programme.

Perhaps the WCSP replacement will be related to the Australian Land 400 Ajax-basrd IFV? Maybe it will get the CTA40 too?
by RunningStrong
29 May 2019, 22:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1259
Views: 82062

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Lord Jim wrote:Please can we have some of these equipped with the CTA40 for our planned Boxers.
https://www.janes.com/article/88880/fei ... completion

Please, no. Even a RWS solution should be using sights that are atleast equivalent to what is used on AJAX, WCSP or CR2 LEP.
by RunningStrong
27 May 2019, 00:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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

As far as the Inquiry could establish the relevant drills were carried out correctly. Their was no drill to confirm the BVA was fitted. Failure to stow the charges correctly was both stupid and unnecessary but did not cause the accident, it did of course increase its severity. Fitment of the BVA is...
by RunningStrong
26 May 2019, 15:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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

To sum up. I would say crews not having their own dedicated tanks was an important contribtry factor in the accident. Hence the whole idea behind whole fleet managment and how its currently carried out is flawed. Icidently the report mentions technical problems I wonder if they may also at least in...
by RunningStrong
24 May 2019, 23:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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

I'm not sure how they can decide on the contract when the Competitions and Market Authority investigation doesn't conclude until the 13th June.
by RunningStrong
23 May 2019, 17:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 22009

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

The more I read in to the Boxer 155mm the more I do like it, it’s very mobile very fast well protected and surprisingly air transportable via a A400M, but I do have a few concerns with it in its current stage. A quick trawl of ThinkDefence and Wikipedia suggests that Boxer with 155 is too tall for ...
by RunningStrong
21 May 2019, 22:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 22009

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

The Boxer 155mm variant is going down the route and could be spot on for us, but the current iteration has a low rate of fire from what I can find only at 6 RPM. I also suspect it’d be very pricey with the standard APC variant coming in at £4m+ so I can honestly see the 155mm variant clearing the £...
by RunningStrong
06 May 2019, 15:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 258
Views: 26717

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Between the Foxhound of 7 tonnes and the boxer of 38 tonnes, there must be vehicles of intermediate size. Boxer isn't 38 tonnes in base form, so everything over and above the supposed 24t baseload is Systems and appliqué armour. Same can probably be said of many platforms, and how you choose to tai...
by RunningStrong
05 May 2019, 23:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 258
Views: 26717

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Yes the Foxhound and other UPR platforms brought into the core can do many of the tasks the MRV(P) is destined to carry out, but pursuing the short term, up front savings will be cancelled out by the use of multiple platforms instead of one common one. We should use these existing vehicles in speci...
by RunningStrong
05 May 2019, 18:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 258
Views: 26717

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

AS to the 10t limit and air mobility, there is a danger here that people desire to forget the lessons of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, believing that the lessons regarding protection levels are not relevant to conventional operations and manoeuvre combat. Agreed. Mines will continue to be a hug...
by RunningStrong
30 Apr 2019, 21:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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. If only it was that simple. But it's not. You're likely talking a whole new firmware code development on what is already obsolete har...
by RunningStrong
30 Apr 2019, 06:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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

Agreed, but the gun must be first. We will have enough CR2s hanging around to provide spares for a while so the current FCS can soldier on for a few more years, but then it must also be replaced. Both at the same time, great, but the whole programme is being done on a shoe string to the best of my ...
by RunningStrong
29 Apr 2019, 20:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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

Agreed, but the gun must be first. We will have enough CR2s hanging around to provide spares for a while so the current FCS can soldier on for a few more years, but then it must also be replaced. Both at the same time, great, but the whole programme is being done on a shoe string to the best of my ...
by RunningStrong
22 Apr 2019, 21:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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

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. What were you suggesting? I...
by RunningStrong
22 Apr 2019, 15:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1468
Views: 103161

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. Gap'ing the heavy armour capability so that we can ultimately invest a better solution...
by RunningStrong
15 Apr 2019, 21:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 860
Views: 60713

Re: Section infantry weapons

Lord Jim wrote:They believe the current 5.56 ammo is capable of delivering precision fore out to 600m.

Nope. British army states a fire team can suppress at 600m, not an individual.

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