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by mr.fred
27 May 2019, 18:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
Location: United Kingdom

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

The current black coveralls used by the RTR are 35% cotton and 65% polyester while standard camouflage clothing is 75% cotton 25% polyester. Neither are treated with fire retardant. The report notes that there is not stated clothing standard for operating AFVs and that the clothing worn by the crew ...
by mr.fred
27 May 2019, 16:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
Location: United Kingdom

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

Could the fact that crews do not train on the range as much as they used to do, also be a factor? Have drills not been kept up to date as with less training there is less cause for feedback about what could be done to avoid this, or how to do something better/safer? I would say not, since the loade...
by mr.fred
26 May 2019, 21:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
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. The stand out piece for me was the fact that there was a drill to ...
by mr.fred
22 May 2019, 22:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15201
Location: United Kingdom

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

Seems relevant:
by mr.fred
22 May 2019, 22:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 86
Views: 6862
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Cargo rounds have been available for the 105mm (smoke is a cargo round), and the range with base bleed is 21km. In action time for the Light gun is cited as 30 seconds so the mortar would have to be properly quick to get a meaningful advantage on that. Precision guided shells, or at least the guidan...
by mr.fred
22 May 2019, 18:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 86
Views: 6862
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

As an alternative to being in the AS90 thread: L118 vs 120mm mortar.
Quite why Lord Jim keeps insisting the two are equivalent I don’t know, as the light gun has twice (or more) the range of the mortar.
by mr.fred
22 May 2019, 07:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15201
Location: United Kingdom

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

Why would you only have electronic upgrades what makes you think that’s all that could be done over what is to mostly be an 7-8 year period, you could look to improve the Boxers rate of fire over that time or look at the Archers weapons set up on a different vehicle. It’s about having an open mind ...
by mr.fred
21 May 2019, 22:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15201
Location: United Kingdom

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

Why would an As-90 be hundreds or thousands of metres ahead ? You place your SPGs where needed fire quick move quick to your next location you wouldn't just have them sitting there to take counter battery. Because it's faster out of action by up to a minute and nearly as fast over ground. It's abou...
by mr.fred
21 May 2019, 20:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15201
Location: United Kingdom

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

I believe the supposed figures for the new Russian SPG is meant to be 12-16 RPM with a range of 70km standard ( I’m unaware if they range extended rounds ) As it stands no western SPG comes close, the closest is Archer with extended range rounds at 60km. Except that's not true. The 2S35 Koalitsiya-...
by mr.fred
20 May 2019, 22:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 15201
Location: United Kingdom

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

One thing I do think needs to be taken in to account IMO when considering the AS-90 is for it to be A400M transportable, considering we only have a small number of C-17s which will be busy with the heavier Boxers, Ajax and MBTs. No they won't, as we are never going to deploy any sizable force by ai...
by mr.fred
04 May 2019, 22:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
Location: United Kingdom

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

I wouldn’t get hung up on what units are arranged into which peacetime unit. In the event of active deployment the units deployed will be taken from what is available. The strike concept is very weak in supporting fires at the moment, but consider that it will be supported by helicopter and fast jet...
by mr.fred
04 May 2019, 18:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
Location: United Kingdom

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

It does go to show how thread bear the Army has become, when its standing formations are not actually balanced or for for combat. Whilst this does not prevent the Army deploying heavy Battle Groups it does make the statement that it can deploy a true fighting division rather hollow. Historically, h...
by mr.fred
02 May 2019, 17:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
Location: United Kingdom

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

According to soldier magazine, there has been an upgrade of the thermal imager, independent of the LEP.
by mr.fred
30 Apr 2019, 21:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
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. It would depend to what degree the FCS is reprogrammable and to what extent the parameters are hard wired. One would like to think th...
by mr.fred
29 Apr 2019, 23:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
Location: United Kingdom

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

The current gun may be at the end of its development, but it is not ineffective. More like not as effective as you might wish. The FCS is in a similar place but running the risk of being completely ineffective through lack of spares.

Updating gun and FCS at the same time is the cost effective option.
by mr.fred
29 Apr 2019, 20:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
Location: United Kingdom

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 mr.fred
29 Apr 2019, 13:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
Location: United Kingdom

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

At the same time, if you have the finest gun in the world, but your FCS doesn’t work for lack of spares, then that doesn’t matter either.
by mr.fred
28 Apr 2019, 15:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 75105
Location: United Kingdom

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

Well, that's allready so, when was the last ( major or minor ) war where UK AF made a significant ( meaning that the task couldn't be done without them ) contribution? Falklands? And even there US and even French support was allmost vital. Sierra Leone (Operation Palliser) Mali (Operation Serval - ...
by mr.fred
16 Apr 2019, 23:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 811
Views: 43022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

A golf bag approach would require more training, both in the weapons and to be able to make an informed decision about when to use what. Though to a degree, there is already a golf bag approach, at least in terms of additional munitions and how the higher level assets are distributed. Keeping specia...
by mr.fred
16 Apr 2019, 15:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 811
Views: 43022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Lord Jim wrote:As for Matador, does anyone actually know how many NLAW and Matador would be issued to a Section/Platoon on active service? Is it possibly the case that for every Matador issued a Section would lose a NLAW?

Anywhere between none and 16, depending on the requirements and logistics
by mr.fred
15 Apr 2019, 20:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 811
Views: 43022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Precision fire could almost be seen as harking back to the days of the L1A1 with the troops using carefully aimed semi-auto fire to engage the opposition. But wasn't that also the time when the section machine gun was a belt-fed GPMG? Given the battle drills featuring the Lee Enfield and Bren focus...
by mr.fred
13 Apr 2019, 16:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 811
Views: 43022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

70mm rockets like the CRV7 or 120mm launched munitions are hardly section weapons. Vehicle-mounted weapons are their own thing The same applies, albeit to a lesser degree, to the CG. It may be able to fire lots of different natures, but each one needs it’s own round, which makes it more suited to a ...
by mr.fred
13 Apr 2019, 09:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 811
Views: 43022
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Over in the Warrior thread, There’s been a bit of discussion on shoulder launched AT and the comparison between reusable launchers like the CarlGustav and disposable weapons like the NLAW and ASM / Matador. It’s interesting, but probably belongs here more that there. Personally I favour the disposab...
by mr.fred
12 Apr 2019, 18:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 455
Views: 30170
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Stated performance in the literature is 175mm at point blank. Frontal arc protection of a basic T55 is 200 mm, so it’s not going through that. It’s an improvement on the 30mm, but not so much that you would be guaranteed to go through something protected against 30mm at all angles. Mounted NLAW, in ...
by mr.fred
12 Apr 2019, 17:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 48
Views: 4103
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Basing the system on the Boxer makes sense, with a clean slate I would, as suggested have a Gun Module using the enhanced M777, but I would also develop a Ammo Module for a partner vehicle, similar to what the US Army did with the M109. For longer reach I would go with HIMARS but use the Armoured c...

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