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by jimthelad
19 May 2020, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11501
Views: 1374511
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Pipes leak!! The UK seems very good at washing it's dirty laundry in public and navel gazing. Most other nations don't tend to do this- we like to make ourselves look bad to prove a political point. Looking at allies issues then QEC have been a roaring success: CdG, GRF, LCS, F125, Navantia FF, Adel...
by jimthelad
05 May 2020, 22:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11501
Views: 1374511
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

All launchers would have to be on the islands, the throw height of the gas piston is 30m. Either that or you would have to have the CMS programmed for separate engagement arcs for each launcher. TBH RAM and the 30mm mounts fitted with Martlet might be a better option.
by jimthelad
01 May 2020, 13:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11501
Views: 1374511
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

tent over the port for'ard phalanx mount.
by jimthelad
26 Apr 2020, 09:19
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 537152
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Good find!
by jimthelad
13 Apr 2020, 16:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 537152
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

This time around the carriers would host the F35 in a Herrick style operation. Far more secure than a fixed desert airbase.
by jimthelad
27 Mar 2020, 08:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 139
Views: 18131
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

"Divestment of three heavy helicopter squadrons Based on analysis by our aviation subject-matter-experts, five squadrons provide sufficient capacity to satisfy our requirements as well as our future force as described in approved naval concepts. Divestment of three medium-lift tiltrotor squadro...
by jimthelad
18 Mar 2020, 22:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1214
Views: 171130
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

No, it would attract too much action. Who wouldn't tire slapping/shooting at that?!
by jimthelad
15 Feb 2020, 09:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1051
Views: 160887
Location: United Kingdom

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

Futures names to include 'The Red Beastie', 'The Mosset', 'Joannas', 'The Thunderton' in no particular order other than the last must be Jo's (everyone eventually ends up there if for no other reason than a Good bar fight). Good god man not Joannas, are you totally mad. Might as well call it a 'Fly...
by jimthelad
14 Feb 2020, 19:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1051
Views: 160887
Location: United Kingdom

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

Futures names to include 'The Red Beastie', 'The Mosset', 'Joannas', 'The Thunderton' in no particular order other than the last must be Jo's (everyone eventually ends up there if for no other reason than a Good bar fight).
by jimthelad
20 Jan 2020, 18:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254967
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think they are referring to the EJ2000 engine with the Sabre precooler trial. That could in theory reach M3+.
by jimthelad
06 Jan 2020, 19:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254967
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

the latest versions are likely to be significantly longer legged I am led to believe.
by jimthelad
05 Jan 2020, 22:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254967
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The Iskander is more of a threat based in Kalingrad.
by jimthelad
05 Jan 2020, 10:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1601
Views: 200320
Location: United Kingdom

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

ACC i was referring to the opposition with regard to degradation of fire support using OTH ATGM. The only advantage of facing up to heavy units with a strong WarPac based doctrine is that they rely very heavily on artillery and not CAS. Disrupt the close support elements and you can induce a wobble ...
by jimthelad
04 Jan 2020, 18:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1601
Views: 200320
Location: United Kingdom

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

There is no way we can match/overmatch the Russian or Chinese orbat. They have brigade sized artillery units supporting the old Soviet style 2 Mech Brgd divisions with an independent tank regiment of 2 battalions and a cavalry screen. That is the entire British armoured force there. The Russians hav...
by jimthelad
28 Dec 2019, 18:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1601
Views: 200320
Location: United Kingdom

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

The CR2 CAN take a shaped charge up to and including the Kornet and Bill-2 (the 2 largest warheads in manpacked ATGM) in the side panels. I am aware about the differences in KEP vs plasma jet warheads having spent a bit of time in the game and having had to do it for real. I do still keep current so...
by jimthelad
28 Dec 2019, 15:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1601
Views: 200320
Location: United Kingdom

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

I would like to point out that there has not been an operational loss of the CR2- ever. The US lost several M1's in 2003-2009, some to IED, some to ATGM (including 2 to Milan in Karbala 2003). As a former Milan ATGM Pltn Cdr, we respected the T72/80M variants, the Leo 2 was impressive in the frontal...
by jimthelad
07 Dec 2019, 18:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254967
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Not a fan of funny looking tomato plants. LJ is perfectly correct, it was tactics , skill, bravery, and innovation which allowed the F3 to perform well. It was used in a role never envisaged against technically superior aircraft but surprised those detractors. As for the US light Bird, if he wishes ...
by jimthelad
05 Dec 2019, 22:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254967
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Actually a retired USAF Lt Col and F15 driver. It caused such problems that they had to conduct low level visual and radar searches using F16's. This worked for the first few sorties (the radar being in look up mode )until the F3 crews went even lower. As for superlatives, I believe the US corners t...
by jimthelad
04 Dec 2019, 22:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254967
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Plenty of Awacs crews and F15 drivers would disagree. The last few red flags had F3 achieving the highest kill ratios. hard to track something doing M0.9at 100 feet with JTIDS cueing the Amraam (the only western fighter until F35 to do this) and radar silent. Most kills on the opposition air were fr...
by jimthelad
03 Dec 2019, 19:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254967
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The F3 caused a lot of upsets at Red Flag in it's last iteration. Death in the valley became it's unofficial nickname .
by jimthelad
03 Dec 2019, 19:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1480
Views: 197930
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Good article by Gab on his site re MIV
by jimthelad
13 Oct 2019, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11680
Views: 1076431
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Who is the greater fool; the fool, or the fool who follows? By all means be interogative about action reports but do not dismiss the first hand accounts of those who were there. The captain of the Gloucester was in JHQ with my father in the late 90's, he seemed to have a very clear account of what w...
by jimthelad
12 Oct 2019, 23:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11680
Views: 1076431
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ron, saying things such as that I find offensive. Usually such banality is uttered by those who haven't served. Speaking for most veterans I would say elasticity would be a blessing. Most of us have the events in contact seared into our conscious as or more clearly than even the faces of friends and...
by jimthelad
23 Sep 2019, 18:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 297
Views: 78406
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

No Western army can match the Sov Bloc doctrine of Russia, PRC, or PRNoK with firepower overmatch and numbers I'm afraid. Even if we built the platforms and funded them, the manpower uplift would bankrupt any western power. Instead we need to deny them the target sets by mobility and concentration (...
by jimthelad
11 Sep 2019, 17:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 130207
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Sorry, getting my Scandinavians mixed up!!!

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