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by The Armchair Soldier
24 Feb 2021, 23:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3724
Views: 751206
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)



Nice shot of all three Batch 2’s together.
by The Armchair Soldier
24 Feb 2021, 10:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 877
Views: 189440
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

The Times reporting 758 Warriors may be getting retired and replaced by 500 Boxers ahead of schedule: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/doze ... -70j09mdnh (paywalled)
by The Armchair Soldier
23 Feb 2021, 14:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 428
Views: 131964
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

The British Army is considering SPIKE on Apache:
by The Armchair Soldier
23 Feb 2021, 14:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 84
Views: 7729
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

British Army leads the way for NATO’s next generation rotorcraft Colonel Paul Morris, Assistant Head Plans, Capability Air Manoeuvre, addressed the virtual International Military Helicopter Conference to outline further detail on how the British Army are leading NATO’s development of the Next Gener...
by The Armchair Soldier
03 Feb 2021, 17:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 198
Views: 74154
Location: United Kingdom

Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

A SeaGuardian is being shipped over for trials as part of the Protector programme:
by The Armchair Soldier
03 Feb 2021, 17:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 66
Views: 30991
Location: United Kingdom

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

HMS TALENT spotted with a new wake detection system in Gibraltar:

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Article here: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/3 ... -gibraltar
by The Armchair Soldier
02 Feb 2021, 17:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12771
Views: 2759917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A model of HMS Queen Elizabeth was at a virtual cabinet meeting with the Home Secretary today.
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by The Armchair Soldier
27 Jan 2021, 14:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12771
Views: 2759917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

HMS Albion transferred Fleet Flagship duty to HMS Queen Elizabeth today:

by The Armchair Soldier
20 Jan 2021, 19:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12771
Views: 2759917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I thought CSG21 was supposed to be a fully “sovereign” deployment with only UK assets? I didn't think it was ever marketed as that? AFAIK we were always having international escorts and USMC participation. 2023/2024 will be the true sovereign effort. Put together a task group with 24 UK jets on boa...
by The Armchair Soldier
20 Jan 2021, 17:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12771
Views: 2759917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

US Navy commits to HMS Queen Elizabeth’s maiden deployment The United States has committed air and naval power, plus sailors and marines to the UK’s premier military deployment of 2021. US Marine Corps F-35 Lightning jets – identical to those flown and maintained by the Royal Navy and Royal Air For...
by The Armchair Soldier
09 Jan 2021, 12:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 225
Views: 83526
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

RAF Chinook 'stuck in the mud' in Oxfordshire after emergency landing https://i.imgur.com/lSjbJSA.jpg An RAF Chinook has been stranded in an Oxfordshire field after making a precautionary landing because of mechanical issues. The wheels of the helicopter, based at RAF Benson, sunk into the mud when...
by The Armchair Soldier
14 Dec 2020, 11:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 3
Views: 1245
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Deleted the last few posts of squabbling. Keep it civil please.
by The Armchair Soldier
09 Dec 2020, 14:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 225
Views: 83526
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

by The Armchair Soldier
08 Dec 2020, 14:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6832
Views: 1289863
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The Type 32 frigate has been split from this topic as it seems to be more than just a Type 31 derivative. This topic is now solely focused on the Type 31.

Type 32 frigate General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
by The Armchair Soldier
08 Dec 2020, 14:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 3
Views: 1245
Location: United Kingdom

Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

A topic dedicated to the Type 32 since its a different ship to the Type 31. Comments from the Deputy CDS today: “Type 32 is the name give to follow on capability from Type 31. The broad intent is to follow on in the same kind of vein as T31 as a general purpose frigate with open architecture to fulf...
by The Armchair Soldier
01 Dec 2020, 16:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 808
Views: 220357
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

No talks of selling any Type 23s to Greece, putting some rumours to rest: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?i ... &s=type+32
by The Armchair Soldier
30 Nov 2020, 15:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6832
Views: 1289863
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Deleted another page of off-topic posts. This isn’t the place for speculation. Let’s get back to news and related discussion.
by The Armchair Soldier
27 Nov 2020, 20:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 418095
Location: United Kingdom

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

https://rbsl.com/capabilities/tracked-v ... hallenger2

RBSL website states the LEP Challengers will be known as Challenger 3. Not seen any British Army or government sources to suggest that’s what it’s name will be in service but it seems to be what RBSL is going with.
by The Armchair Soldier
27 Nov 2020, 10:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 428
Views: 131964
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Apache AH-64E heralds new era in modern British military aviation https://i.imgur.com/pmA2p5c.jpg The first two new Apache Attack Helicopters (AH-64E variant) have been delivered to the British Army from the US Government. They arrived at Wattisham Flying Station on 26 Nov 20 with Aviation Technici...
by The Armchair Soldier
20 Nov 2020, 15:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 85
Views: 31875
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

A "Barracuda fitted Jackal 2" from this Tweet by Pagey.

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by The Armchair Soldier
20 Nov 2020, 15:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6832
Views: 1289863
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Just a heads up. I know yesterday's announcement will lend itself to speculation but can we keep it out of this topic please. Feel free to speculate in this topic instead: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=701 Let's stick to confirmed details/news in this topic.
by The Armchair Soldier
20 Nov 2020, 12:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13057
Views: 2278545
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Does anyone actually have an official source for this "24" escorts figure?
by The Armchair Soldier
19 Nov 2020, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6832
Views: 1289863
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Watching Boris at PMQ's, I think he only mentioned the Type 32 in the context of his "shipbuilding renaissance" and said the RN would have a fleet of 8 Type 26 and 5 Type 31. I don't remember there being any mention of the 32 in RN service. Seems more like an export derivative of a design ...

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