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by RetroSicotte
05 Nov 2019, 08:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10707
Views: 934879
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Incidentally why does the RN still persist with different (and very dated) caps for women officers? While I can't speak for every woman in service, some I am told are VERY proud of the unique cap and are reluctant to want to replace it because of its history relating to how women stepped up and mad...
by RetroSicotte
09 Oct 2019, 18:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Javelin Anti-Tank Missile (British Army)
Replies: 48
Views: 5293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Javelin Anti-Tank Missile (British Army)

Lord Jim wrote:Forces TV let themselves down as some of the film was soldiers firing the MBT LAW not Javelin.

Looked like both to me.
by RetroSicotte
07 Oct 2019, 14:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10742
Views: 670308
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It's almost like terrible procurement decisions have to be twisted into sounding positive for public speaking or something... The fact they have to rely on Rivers at all for doing any more than what the B1s did is indicative of a failing. This sounds like nothing more than trying to damage control t...
by RetroSicotte
04 Oct 2019, 19:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 877
Views: 73947
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2019/1 ... mpetition/

GDLS remains the only horse in the race for the Bradley replacement, with Griffin/ASCOD/Ajax. Could be seeing a US/UK shared hull.
by RetroSicotte
04 Oct 2019, 16:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 276
Views: 32294
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

I can understand the logic at the beginning it was expected that the super sized US order ( up to 40,000 odd I believe ) would keep the price right down, this I can understand as it’s not the MOD job to keep industry going in this country But one would think it is their job to look at it and say &q...
by RetroSicotte
04 Oct 2019, 13:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 276
Views: 32294
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/uklandpower.com/2019/02/14/re-thinking-the-uks-multi-role-vehicle-protected-mrv-p-programme/amp/ It’s a bit old now but is there any truth in the issues with JLTV ? If so and the price keeps rising like it has from $450k to $700k ( £550k odd ) per unit would it be worth...
by RetroSicotte
04 Oct 2019, 08:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

It is interesting though if they are concentrating on ASTER 30 for their non AAW platforms, would ASTER 15 be a better self defence weapon? It's Sylver A50 silos. PPA can fire Aster 15 or Aster 30. Likely will normally carry Aster 15, but the important thing is they can uprate, and are enabled for ...
by RetroSicotte
03 Oct 2019, 16:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

PPA also has following guns fitted - 1 x OTO Melara 127/64 mm with Vulcano extended range ammunition and AAHS - 1 x OTO Melara 76/62 mm Sovraponte (over deck) Strales (DART guided ammunition and radar with associated electronics), FFBNW Vulcano 76 ammunition - 2 x OTO Melara KBA 25/80 mm remote wea...
by RetroSicotte
03 Oct 2019, 13:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Definitely worth noting that even the Italians, who prop up gunnery based anti-air more than any other nation, still saw fit to have high end radar and Aster-30 capable silos on their PPAs.
by RetroSicotte
03 Oct 2019, 09:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Not exactly. In the late years of cold war, USN Knox class frigate replaced SeaSparrow with Phalanx CIWS. In fairness, that only occurred because of differences in missile reliability at the time, and because there were better sources of missile AAW in the taskforces which (again at the time) were ...
by RetroSicotte
02 Oct 2019, 08:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 306952
Location: United Kingdom

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

Big plume of white smoke coming from the yard this morning drifting over the river, saw it during the morning stand up.

Hoping everything's okay in there.
by RetroSicotte
01 Oct 2019, 14:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

For me 57mm , 40mm and CAMM will offer good level of defence for the money and will make T-31 a good area defence frigate capable of defending its self and others around it That, like the T26, is still pretty low end in air defence, really. Topping out at 25+ km is really not that potent an AAW abi...
by RetroSicotte
30 Sep 2019, 08:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 31303
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Or take the French approach, do none of that and buy a really good off-board sonar. A while back when the FTI was in it's infancy the designers had to make a decision, a high performance hull, or a high performance sonar, doing both was deemed unaffordable. They have opted for the latter. I think t...
by RetroSicotte
27 Sep 2019, 16:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 20353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Puzzled by why the Boxer RCH155 isn't everyone's favorite for the BA requirement. Chassis commonality - check Protection - check Tactical mobility - check Strategic mobility - check High UK content - check Shoot & scoot - check What's not to like? At least for me, it's because I believe while i...
by RetroSicotte
24 Sep 2019, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Indeed, I believe the question exists, "What explicit threat are the 40mms required to fight that CAMM, 30mm/Martlet, Phalanx, and (likely) 57mm do not already counter effectively?" When working on a budget, that's a big thing, and why I feel iffy about these guns (if true) being chosen si...
by RetroSicotte
23 Sep 2019, 13:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

I would agree and that is why I would push for Type 31 to be fitted with 1 x 76mm , 2 x 40mm and 2 x Phalanx plus 24 CAMM and maybe 36 later I just feel this make it a very good area defence frigate That gunnery fit (avoiding the rest due to non gunnery fantasy fleeting) would be a good shout for a...
by RetroSicotte
23 Sep 2019, 11:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Though I agree with the point about keeping Phalanx (even if its effectiveness is diminishing, it still seems effective for now), for the 40mm it depends which variant we purchase. There are variants with their own integrated radar and FCS that can automatically acquire and track targets without ex...
by RetroSicotte
23 Sep 2019, 09:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Again just like to casually remind people (including especially the LandPower article) that the 40mm is in no way a replacement for the Phalanx. The Phalanx has a completely separate mode of operation that the 40mm simply does not have. There's a reason that things like Phalanx, Goalkeeper, and the ...
by RetroSicotte
19 Sep 2019, 15:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 20353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Archer??; how come Less capable off-road in soft terrain (such as post counter battery...), inability to traverse dense areas (no neutral steer ability, longer turning circle), unable to simply crush obstacles, slower set up, slower pull down, slower relocation. It's a fancy truck, but it's still a...
by RetroSicotte
19 Sep 2019, 09:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 20353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The weight of fire from a HIMARS battery on any given fire mission will not be much less than that of the heavy GMLRS. It's literally half. It can't only be thought of in terms of the individual engagement. Wars require constant repeated engagement at fast speeds when working in a peer environment....
by RetroSicotte
18 Sep 2019, 15:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 20353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Ok I am open to suggestions. Under current status, the Strike Brigades are held to the Ajax's speed anyway. So an SPG the likes of the PzH, K9 and such like are matching the mobility. Yes, it's dumb that Ajax has been ball and chained to them, but that's what it is. There is also the very viable ar...
by RetroSicotte
18 Sep 2019, 08:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

Repulse wrote:Who can change the name of the thread?

I can do that, gimme a sec.

There we go. Was tempted to call it the Broadside Chat, but figured I should be more descriptive. :p
by RetroSicotte
17 Sep 2019, 10:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

It's worth stating that the Bofors is not a "full" CIWS in the same manner as the Phalanx. There's a huge difference between a CIWS you need to actively function and utilise via human reaction, and one you just flip onto automated and know it'll react on its own accord faster than a human ...
by RetroSicotte
17 Sep 2019, 10:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6207
Views: 419326
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Opinion3 wrote:So importing foreign skills so we can learn (whilst getting a bargain at the same time), seems an entirely sensible strategy.

All that will accomplish is to erode British industry further. Moving from home development to just assembling things invented by others.
by RetroSicotte
17 Sep 2019, 09:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 20353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The Archer/MAN combination as shown in the article is enclosed and able to be operated without the crew leaving the vehicle. In addition it can be "Up armoured", to the same level the platform is able to be. There is no reality in which it is as well armoured as a modern track-based SPG. ...

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