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by jimthelad
11 Sep 2019, 17:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Sorry, getting my Scandinavians mixed up!!!
by jimthelad
11 Sep 2019, 08:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

totally agree, but if we could lose the 1.5kg the Finns seem to have done then perfection becomes deified!!!!
by jimthelad
10 Sep 2019, 18:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Better to go down the Finnish route and rework the GPMG. Don't mess with perfection !
by jimthelad
02 Sep 2019, 23:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

High readiness units always carried 1 fire unit (NATO) in the armoury. At least they did until 2001 when I left. Deep store for us was Beith, not sure what was carried there but they always came up with the goods when asked. Not sure what goes on now but in the bad old days that was the case. I'll d...
by jimthelad
01 Sep 2019, 16:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

MrF, as i said at the start, I'm not trying to drag the thread down! Certainly the last time I was in green (or sandy to be precise) there were 80's still in the armoury. They would certainly be lifed but I read somewhere some of the later batches were retained after testing (although they are likel...
by jimthelad
01 Sep 2019, 12:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Unfortunately the MoD dont follow common sense. They procure and sustain existing systems based on a through life cost basis. I doubt they will allow it and insist on 1 or the other (81/120). Assisted direct fire is a great concept but certainly I found it marginal in contact using the 51mm. The big...
by jimthelad
01 Sep 2019, 10:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I am not trying to be confrontational and send this thread into the fantasy arguments that seem to dog other parts of the forum BUT: The days of man packing mortar tubes and rounds are over. In the 'fight fast, fight dispersed' mentality especially against numerically superior forces then you have t...
by jimthelad
31 Aug 2019, 10:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

There is no way anyone would operate the 60mm mortar in direct fire I'm afraid. The firing position would leave the gunner and loader very exposed so their use is danger close accurate indirect fire in support of sections in contact or prosecuting an attack, or, use of obscurants in the support of t...
by jimthelad
30 Aug 2019, 08:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Yes but only makes sense if we move to the 120 mm mortar for Coy, Bn, and mechanised units and issue this at Plt level as a 2 man fire team attached to the standard 3 x 8 +4 Plt from the heavy support coy. Otherwise we have 2 light mortars (81mm , 60mm) with overlapping roles. Also, if we switch to ...
by jimthelad
21 Aug 2019, 22:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2954
Views: 182123
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Manual system is backup only. FCS is by bridge console.
by jimthelad
12 Aug 2019, 18:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349301
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Does the proposed nationalisation of Ferguson mean that they do not meet the necessary criteria for inclusion for T31 vs state aid/ subsidy. If so then that would be a true CF on Ms Fishy's behalf. Anyone know how this is handled for contracts for EU law?
by jimthelad
10 Aug 2019, 20:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349301
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

That is because the fuckwit SNP led administration specified an all electric drive system with 2 diesel generator sets which ended up being insufficient and that no-one in the UK had ever built before. That and that the whole lower deck needed a redesign to meet the new environmental regs that we we...
by jimthelad
22 Jul 2019, 22:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 20772
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Range of SAM's is irrelevant if you are below the radar horizon.
by jimthelad
22 Jul 2019, 22:25
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 52
Views: 6308
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Some if not all of the gear such as boxes and cables was likely to be coaxial testing rig sets. We used something similar for testing ATGM.
by jimthelad
17 Jul 2019, 17:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 52
Views: 6308
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

T45 has an optionally manned turret as do the T23 and all other except the B2 rivers. The pannier sits in place of the seat and manual fire controls. It was the loss of this that caused the reticence in the RN. You can see this in the documentary about HMS Duncan in the Black Sea. I wouldn't think t...
by jimthelad
15 Jul 2019, 22:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 52
Views: 6308
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Milan had a warhead weight of 2.7kg, single stage HEAT with a beryllium copper liner. It was more effective than other heavier warheads on systems such as AT-4 spigot or Dragon due to it's wider face and tapered distal end causing a more focused plasma jet. Great bit of kit, heavy to lug around and ...
by jimthelad
09 Jun 2019, 19:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 935
Views: 75702
Location: United Kingdom

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

Better than the goose entrails stripes it went in with!! The dents apparently took a while to hammer out!
by jimthelad
08 May 2019, 22:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 591
Views: 58678
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

That is HMS Talent
by jimthelad
15 Apr 2019, 22:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 61978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Suppression eats ammo at fearsome rate no matter what calibre. Suppression would only be used in an under fire extraction of personnel or in the final stage of a section assault. I think what we are referring to is covering fire, ie 'If i stick my head up I MIGHT get slotted' not 'Holy shit if you a...
by jimthelad
27 Feb 2019, 19:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 649
Views: 50844
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

oops missed the fact we already had Valiant. If that is the case how about Lion or Renown.
by jimthelad
26 Feb 2019, 23:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 649
Views: 50844
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Valiant would be my bet.
by jimthelad
17 Feb 2019, 22:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Currently SPY-6 only is working in S band. There are software and hardware faults on the X band unit.
by jimthelad
12 Feb 2019, 19:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 43
Views: 6401
Location: United Kingdom

Re: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

It would be good to keep a few Scimitar 2 for the Air Assault Bgde. I dont know if we have Lapes still but they we great to have along when I was in.
by jimthelad
20 Jan 2019, 14:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286097
Location: United Kingdom

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

That would be a terrible shame. Just as someone should remind Leo Varadkar who covers his air defence reporting area, mutual defence, and who is his countries biggest market!! I voted to stay in but I am sick of poncing around a bunch of economic basket cases propping up dubious administrations in a...
by jimthelad
19 Jan 2019, 17:52
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286097
Location: United Kingdom

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

That is what Trident is for :lol:

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