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by RetroSicotte
19 Jul 2019, 10:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 214445
Location: United Kingdom

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

It's a completely understandable and logical outcome, but I also expect that it could result in Turkey pretty much saving the Su-57 programme and maybe even making it financially viable for Russia to buy it in reasonably significant numbers. I have a suspicion it'd take a lot more than that. They'r...
by RetroSicotte
19 Jul 2019, 10:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 419845
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Clearly the UXV Combatant needs to return. Clearly a practical and simple design. ;) Could that be so far fetched down the line ? Of course this could only happen with an increasing in funding but if so would it be the right way to go ? The idea of a catapult launched Taranis-like drone off the bac...
by RetroSicotte
19 Jul 2019, 09:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 419845
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Clearly the UXV Combatant needs to return. Clearly a practical and simple design. ;)
by RetroSicotte
18 Jul 2019, 12:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2500
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Starstreak HVM is a laser beam rider and is controlled by the ships EO units. In that sense it is not far from the Sea Wolf in terms of range and guidance capability. And yet would require an enormous amount of investment, software, and integration costs to redesign it into being at best an 'eh' th...
by RetroSicotte
18 Jul 2019, 08:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2500
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

But this mounting/guidance also takes the Starstreak HVM which could be a usefull SAM for them, given they have little else! Firing at what? Starstreak is a manual operation SACLOS. It doesn't shoot down missiles. In what possible world will there be something in the air that is not a missile withi...
by RetroSicotte
17 Jul 2019, 13:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2500
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Will QE get this fitted to her 4 x 30mm mountings? Lower to zero priority, I'd say. If ANYTHING of the sort of nature this thing hits (FICs etc) gets that close to QE, then she's in the wrong place. The Autocannons are fine as they are for Counter-SBIED (is that a term?) ala USS Cole. She's no-wher...
by RetroSicotte
17 Jul 2019, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 685
Views: 51521
Location: United Kingdom

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

There is little need to Starstreak on ships. At best it would be a poor man's SeaRAM, and not entirely too effective without massive investment. That close in, you're talking either loitering UAV, or missiles. The latter a Starstreak isn't designed for, and the former is easily Martlet'ed. If it's b...
by RetroSicotte
17 Jul 2019, 11:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2500
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Honestly was news to me that the ones on the Darings were manual. I've even been on board one and didn't notice!
by RetroSicotte
16 Jul 2019, 14:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2500
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Fantastic work. Could hopefully see a speedy introduction if it all goes smoothly.

What oddly fitting timing given recent events.
by RetroSicotte
16 Jul 2019, 09:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 85719
Location: United Kingdom

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

It's still mounted to the sides in the video though.

Either way, ROSY has been around for a few years, but it's new on the Challenger .
by RetroSicotte
16 Jul 2019, 08:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2500
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Comparing it to other AT missiles that are man guided and with a fairly flat trajectory, warhead weight is (from wiki): LMM - 3kg Tow - 4-6kg Milan - not stated but total missile weight is 16.4KG AT-5 Spandrel - 2.7kg AT-14 Spriggan - 4.6kg - 10kg depending on version Javelin has an 8KG warhead. LM...
by RetroSicotte
15 Jul 2019, 14:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2500
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

I'd be very curious to know how powerful that shaped charge is. Right now it's not being seen as an AT missile, but it could be a darkhorse threat.
by RetroSicotte
14 Jul 2019, 18:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5623
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I don't think there's anyone on this planet could legitimately look at the Royal Artillery's capabilities right now and say with any sanity that sticking to just 81mm and 105mm is the best way forward.

One look at Ukraine will evaporate that thinking in an instant.
by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2019, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214542
Location: United Kingdom

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

Would be excellent if so. Truly the Commonwealth frigate, if it won't be the Anglo Frigate due to the US and their choice :D
by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2019, 11:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68133
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

In fairness, ARV is a common one for military vehicles. :p
by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 18:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 34946
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)



Spotted while at Tankfest.
by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 18:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47680
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Spotted while I was at Tankfest. Good grief it's enormous. Very neat looking in person.



Note the 7 men transported.

by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 11:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 419845
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We should not kid our self that US is not pocking the nest hoping something will happen at will let them have pop. I think that's beyond doubt. People seem to be on "Blame Iran!" or "Blame America!" In truth, I blame both of them. Bravo zulu on Montrose having the discipline not...
by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 08:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 419845
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

An interesting point - the IRG seem to have been unaware of the presence of HMS Montrose until she intervened (hence the rant yesterday from some Iranian bigwig about the British being "cowards" because we protected our own shipping, which I thought was odd when it was reported. The fact ...
by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 08:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 85719
Location: United Kingdom

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

Couldn't say.

Also reminds me I forgot to get those photos. Someone ping me on PM to post em if I forget again. :D
by RetroSicotte
10 Jul 2019, 11:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 419845
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As much as I don't want to see Scotland go if they did I think a fleet of 1 x Albion 2 x T-31 3 x River B1s 3 x Hunt class 5 x Archer 1 x Point class would be a good match this could allow the RN to build a sixth Type 31 what are we losing 1 Albion we are not using 3 x B1 Rivers that will go anyway...
by RetroSicotte
10 Jul 2019, 09:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 85719
Location: United Kingdom

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

Folks genuine question here, from someone who appreciates but doesn't really know armoured vehicles. With all the talk about Challenger 2 updates or potential replacements, why is the Israeli Merkava never proposed? It's obviously a very formidable and modern MBT, with the latest active protection....
by RetroSicotte
10 Jul 2019, 08:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 85719
Location: United Kingdom

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

Apparently the British Army, who own the vehicle, disagree. The British Army don't own any yet ;) The men of the British Army I spoke to face to face who drove the vehicle itself in, who've been working as its crew for a few months, make a pretty convincing point that yes, they do know their own ve...
by RetroSicotte
09 Jul 2019, 16:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

I would normally agree with home build home design but with something so small and inexpensive is there any point in times of short funding ? I wouldn’t use them to march in to Iran but to protect ports like Clyde, Portsmouth, Gib, Cyprus, the gulf and Far East 1 or 2 at each along with them to be ...
by RetroSicotte
09 Jul 2019, 14:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

It would be foolish to not simply just get a home borne design. They're not expensive, and the Archer hardly needs anything fancy to replace it, given its role. Nor is a replacement needed urgently. They can continue to run. The idea of marching them up into Iran is just nonsense. A decent patrol bo...

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