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by Simon82
08 Sep 2019, 19:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1259
Views: 81869

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Jake1992 wrote: Now this is what we need on our boxers, it’d not only give your heavy and medium formations what they need but really give the strike brigades part of punch needed. A Brimstone armed overwatch vehicle would certainly be a sensible addition to the U.K. armed vehicle fleet and certain...
by Simon82
07 Sep 2019, 11:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557

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

SW1 wrote: If we give back the small ones do u think they would give us the large one? The B2 is an exquisite aircraft. A couple of squadrons of B-21s would be a nice replacement for Tornado, although perhaps more in the spirit of Vulcan. Perhaps if the nation collectively scoured down the back of ...
by Simon82
04 Sep 2019, 18:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 480
Views: 43816

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

“ The MoD is reported to therefore be considering buying new hulls instead of upgrading the 30-year-old vehicle. An upgraded engine, tracks, and cannon would then be fitted to the new hulls. ” That doesn’t sound like a very cost effective way of getting a 21st Century AFV to me. https://ukdefencejou...
by Simon82
01 Sep 2019, 13:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 20344

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I do wonder if FCASW will ever appear in an affordable and usable form or whether the Royal Navy might be better piggybacking on the US Navy LRASM programme. Although not such an advanced missile as the FCASW promises to be it will be ordered in larger numbers and the US will continue to invest to k...
by Simon82
23 Aug 2019, 21:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 259000

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

“There is also now increasing doubt that Type 31e will ever live up to its expectations on cost, capability and delivery schedule. Perhaps it might be best to emulate what Canada and Australia are doing and focus our efforts on an increased drumbeat of Type 26 production at a purpose built national...
by Simon82
16 Jul 2019, 13:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535702

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think the issue is the Royal Navy can’t afford the luxury of single purpose vessels, the size of the fleet is too small and there’s no way they could man a larger fleet. Modern British warships must be general purpose vessels, to cope with whatever eventuality they find themselves in. To clarify h...
by Simon82
06 Jul 2019, 18:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6081
Views: 339707

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

RichardIC wrote:It'll come down to cost though.


Exactly, otherwise the Royal Navy would simply be getting a fleet of 13 Type 26 frigates.
by Simon82
15 Jun 2019, 13:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6081
Views: 339707

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Some new T31e concepts from BAE: https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/bae-systems-issues-updated-imagery-of-leander-type-31e-frigate-concept/ Btw. No anchor? It uses a revolutionary braking mechanism based around a series of extending, tensile "air brakes" constructed of a durable, environmen...
by Simon82
26 May 2019, 12:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 62828

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Definitely preferred the look of the old forward bridge design. https://ukdj.imgix.net/ed2182d994f00704c9fafb5cfa3e0c79_/MARS-Solid-Support-Ship.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&ixlib=php-1.2.1&q=80&s=347e684adef9517fdf080de7cc26a514 Not that appearance is particularly important or reflective ...
by Simon82
05 May 2019, 01:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 49832

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

I’ve long thought the addition of a King George VI to the fleet was long overdue, both as a mark of respect for the monarch who led Britain, the Empire and the nations of the Commonwealth through the darkest days of World War II, and also as a polite and touching gesture to his daughter, Her Majesty...
by Simon82
11 Apr 2019, 11:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 8296

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The requirements seem to not match up to any full ability. Things like Caesar aren't well protected enough, things like PzH2000 may not be fast/available/light enough, things like Boxer AGS much the same. How about the Swedish Archer artillery system? I understand that provides much better protecti...
by Simon82
16 Jan 2019, 22:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557

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

Four of those (no pods) on the Hunter ground-attack version... was it the Swiss who ordered them. - we seem to be going backwards ? Four 30 mm ADEN revolver cannon was the standard internal armament of most Hawker Hunter variants. Must be a contender for the most over-gunned fighter aircraft to act...
by Simon82
12 Jan 2019, 13:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1435
Views: 105181

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Stormshadow certainly would have been a very big lump to hang under an F-35 wing! I believe that particular plan has been abandoned now though. Would have been interesting to see one leaving the aircraft carrier’s ski jump carrying a pair of Stormshadow though. I guess SRVL would have been essential...
by Simon82
09 Jan 2019, 18:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Just in case anyone is interested HMS Queen Elizabeth is going back to Rosyth for dry-docking in the summer. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/scottish-yard-awarded-hms-queen-elizabeth-contract?utm_source=924696db-7f47-4b0a-9e9f-5ebe4b9c9e66&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications...
by Simon82
02 Jan 2019, 13:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 6665

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Any of the American tilt rotor options will result in much reduced number being bought. While either the Bell/Lockheed Martin or Sikorsky/Boeing products will undoubtedly be expensive that might be offset to some extent against European rivals by the massive numbers ordered by the US Army, which wi...
by Simon82
01 Jan 2019, 17:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 6665

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

As has been said before, AW139 or 149 would have been a better option for AAC. Maybe even NH90 (still probably an option to replace Puma if the bugs get fixed). Or the U.K. could piggy-back on the US Future Vertical Lift program, perhaps even get a bit of industry participation if they jump in earl...
by Simon82
19 Dec 2018, 20:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 20344

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Let's revisit our F-111 project and get a squadron of B-1s

If money was limitless two squadrons of B-21s to replace the Tornadoes would be lovely. I can see long-range global strikes becoming the norm in future decades with long-range and stealth becoming ever more desirable.
by Simon82
06 Dec 2018, 21:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 49832

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Whilst the name Valiant has a proud Royal Navy history and is far from being a bad choice I’m not sure it’d be on my shortlist of four based on fame and historical resonance. Surely Invincible, Conqueror, Warspite, Warrior or Temeraire* would all rank above Valiant in the public conscience and that’...
by Simon82
05 Dec 2018, 20:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 49832

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Four historical names from a technical innovation point of view: HMS Dreadnought (first turbine powered, all big gun battleship / first Royal Navy nuclear submarine) HMS Devastation* (first battleship to dispense with sails and broadside guns in favour of steam engines and turrets) HMS Warrior (firs...
by Simon82
26 Nov 2018, 00:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 259000

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

I suspect it’s most likely to be Edinburgh. A new HMS Exeter would be nice, but I suspect it’ll have to wait like Liverpool and York for the yet to be announced improved Type 26 Batch 2 order ;)
by Simon82
24 Nov 2018, 11:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 829
Views: 57349

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

At the very end of that Janes video, before it stops with a teaser about JLTV, Ajax and Boxer are shown together - with a turreted version for the latter? If you mean the computer generated image right at the end, I don’t think that’s a Boxer. In fact it looks more like a member of the Piranha/LAV ...
by Simon82
08 Nov 2018, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 591
Views: 57872

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

Why waste the space... when you can have a big gun: https://cdn1.lockerdome.com/uploads/bfd ... 5a95_large Quite a clever idea those M-class submarines. Getting round the slow running speeds of period torpedos by firing a supersonic, sea skimming 12” missile from a virtually submerged position befo...
by Simon82
08 Nov 2018, 01:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1143
Views: 93641

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

abc123 wrote:"The destroyer used her sonar and Wildcat helicopter – armed with Sting Ray torpedoes – to hunt the Trafalgar-class boat...”


Optimistic perhaps, but not particularly strange.
by Simon82
03 Nov 2018, 13:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535702

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would we be perhaps best admitting that the Type 31e as it stands will be an ineffective waste of money (too large and expensive for patrol and training, unsuitable for disaster relief and all but useless in warfare), reallocating their budget to something the armed forces actually need and acceptin...
by Simon82
01 Nov 2018, 13:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535702

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For the lowest cost just use the Army’s launcher, the one that already comes with every CAMM missile. ExLS is pretty much a marinised by design equivalent of the Army’s CAMM launcher. However, to start with the existing army launcher and then secondarily marinise it might be a much more expensive p...

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