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by mr.fred
25 Jun 2019, 20:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 813
Views: 42575
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Considering this: http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/203802/bae-systems-cannot-bid-type-26-in-ffg%28x%29-contest.html Lead ship HMS Glasgow is now under construction in Scotland. Float-out is expected in late 2021, followed by fitting out, acceptance by the Royal Navy in 2025 a...
by mr.fred
24 Jun 2019, 18:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 813
Views: 42575
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Defence chiefs are considering an about-turn on a delayed £1.6bn project to upgrade the army’s Warrior armoured vehicle. After spending eight years and more than £400m trying to refurbish the hull of the 30-year-old vehicle, army officials are considering buying new hulls instead. Tracks, engines a...
by mr.fred
23 Jun 2019, 10:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 820
Views: 44426
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Range, accuracy, ability to sustain fire.
by mr.fred
22 Jun 2019, 18:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 820
Views: 44426
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

whitelancer wrote:Why not return to the LSW?

It doesn't offer enough extra capability to offset the weight.
by mr.fred
22 Jun 2019, 10:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 820
Views: 44426
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

To avoid cargo cult engineering; first you have to determine how much of the Bren's reliability, accuracy and rate of fire derives from its weight. Then (or perhaps before) actually define and quantify reliability and accuracy. The Bren will have been judged by standards of the time, whereas now we ...
by mr.fred
27 May 2019, 18:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 76761
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: 76761
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: 76761
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: 15622
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: 7102
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: 7102
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: 15622
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: 15622
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: 15622
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: 15622
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: 76761
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: 76761
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: 76761
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: 76761
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: 76761
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: 76761
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: 76761
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: 76761
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: 820
Views: 44426
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: 820
Views: 44426
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

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