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by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2020, 18:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1633
Views: 222216
Location: United Kingdom

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

Carter probably just meant "projectile". Remember that "missile" refers to that sort of thing in certain branches of English too.

Odds are 9/10 he probably just meant a normal FIN round. Given it's L55A1 that likely refers more to (so called) DM73.
by RetroSicotte
26 May 2020, 14:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 146442
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

And yet another sham, of yet another critical bit of capability being removed without a replacement ready to take over from Day 0.

First RAPTOR, now Sentinel.

Armed Forces are going to end up blind.
by RetroSicotte
08 May 2020, 18:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1227
Views: 187296
Location: United Kingdom

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

It sounds a lot like marketing blab for just general line software upkeep and refactoring.

Would be delighted to be wrong.
by RetroSicotte
07 May 2020, 11:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1196112
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Bearing in mind I generally supported more T26 in place of T31, but there is one flaw to the argument of "Cancel T31, go all in on T26", and that is ship hull numbers in the short term. Even if you went all on T26 today, you would run into a problem of the T23s starting to retire without a...
by RetroSicotte
02 May 2020, 00:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 702128
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Can't call them after weapons. That'd imply it can be used in a fight. ;)
by RetroSicotte
01 May 2020, 08:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 702128
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Have to wonder, what exactly on this ship is even British other than the CAMM silos?
by RetroSicotte
16 Apr 2020, 14:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1986
Views: 262413
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Hi... new contributor, so please go easy on me please?! Re. RAF Eurofighter Typhoon; during this lockdown, I'm just watching a Forces TV documentary about the aircraft. Filmed in 2018, it shows aircraft in both Lossiemouth & Romania. What intrigues me is that the video imaging of the aircraft, ...
by RetroSicotte
18 Mar 2020, 18:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 522
Views: 102971
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I've removed he last number of posts that went past discussion or debate and just into insult and argument.

Either take it to PM, or be civil.
by RetroSicotte
17 Mar 2020, 16:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 56
Views: 18815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

Right, I think we got the convoluted story covered, although the army classifies Jackal as recce and WMIK as protected patrol. more specifically a "fire support and force protection Land Rover". But homing onto the other part of the thread header, the Coyote (support) vehicle numbers are ...
by RetroSicotte
17 Mar 2020, 08:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 56
Views: 18815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

There was no direct clean line of replacement. What was Snatch and WMIK became Foxhound, Jackal, Coyote, Mastiff, Ridgeback, Wolfhound, Husky, Panther, Vector etc etc. And it all came at different times to each other gradually, serving alongside, some done faster etc. But in role, the Foxhound does ...
by RetroSicotte
17 Mar 2020, 08:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 56
Views: 18815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:I am only being insistent in order to reconcile what was said at the time and what is now being said. So, to that end: which vehicle did the Foxhounds replace? Surely not the Jackals (partly)...

The Snatch Land Rover.
by RetroSicotte
16 Mar 2020, 21:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 56
Views: 18815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

I must have been reading the wrong news: Jackals of which we have plenty were not mine protected enough (while otherwise v good) - hence we had to have Foxhounds ... plenty pronto (which, just like Jackals are fairly open, which is not the way to maximise ballistic protection) Which part of this di...
by RetroSicotte
16 Mar 2020, 14:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 314
Views: 86788
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Interesting, thanks for that spot.
by RetroSicotte
13 Mar 2020, 15:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1820
Views: 281842
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The US is not 'years ahead'. They just have a blank cheque, whereas we don't. The UK could easily built a 'Tempest' (or whatever this fictional plane would be called) on its own if it had the same advantages of the US military budget. Very inaccurate. It's not simply a question of money. It's a que...
by RetroSicotte
13 Mar 2020, 08:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 56
Views: 18815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

As I understood it, Panthers, Huskeys & Foxhounds were all meant to replace Land Rovers.. These things were a UOR purchase for desert conditions in Afghanistan, they are completely unsuited to the Northern European climate. Jackals replaced the WMIK. Foxhounds etc replaced the Snatch. Jackals/C...
by RetroSicotte
12 Mar 2020, 19:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 56
Views: 18815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

Why are we still pumping money into these open air death traps? You'd rather they still use Land Rover WMIKs? The troops I've spoken to love the Jackal. For its role in light warfare recce, intervention, and counter-insurgency, it's exceptionally capable and assuredly saved many lives while being a...
by RetroSicotte
12 Mar 2020, 12:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 56
Views: 18815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

https://www.janes.com/article/94847/uk- ... on-in-mali

Jackals upgraded with Thermal Masts. That's a HUGE capability leap for their role, and one sorely overlooked for years.
by RetroSicotte
11 Mar 2020, 18:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 937
Views: 148434
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

RunningStrong wrote:Yeah, practically the same if you ignore all the ISTAR, survivability and C4I elements. Identical!

What survivability differences are there?
by RetroSicotte
11 Mar 2020, 12:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11863
Views: 1530324
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Hopes on them realising that hardship and choosing to build a line of 6-7 QE class to get an already made design then?

(Zero, but it's a nice fantasy dream)
by RetroSicotte
09 Mar 2020, 16:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11863
Views: 1530324
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Off topic but I assume you are Retro_Sicotte on Twitter? I must admit to having had to step away from a few recent tweets about the QE class, F35B's and how they are doomed to failure and a big mistake by the RN. I've seen you respond to some of the numpty comments though! :clap: Am indeed. I keep ...
by RetroSicotte
09 Mar 2020, 10:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11863
Views: 1530324
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Worth bearing in mind that news author has a notable trend regarding "Buy more little ones!" as his personal line that's turned up many times.

So while considerations are being taken, take articles by him with a pinch of salt as to what is actually being considered.
by RetroSicotte
02 Mar 2020, 15:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 155462
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I think I was being a little too subtle with Mr RAF. I was challenging his unwritten assumption that the MoD budget issues should have to be solved by the Navy alone. Fair, but I think the issue is that there's simply nothing left TO cut. We already saw 2010 drop the forces to below safe minimum. S...
by RetroSicotte
01 Mar 2020, 18:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 155462
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

If the NAO report didn’t wake people up to how overspent the budget is nothing will. I’m amazed people still think the lpds survive that long if the two carrier do come on stream. At best both are mothballed. Would suspect the bays are being relieved from there presence duties to either be scrapped...
by RetroSicotte
01 Mar 2020, 13:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 155462
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I understand NAO report simply says, "FLSS is dead". I think if you read it "straight forward", it will be the only answer? Albion replacement will be, I agree, in the 2040s. At least, unrelated to 2019-2029 decadal plan. Rather, (one of, or both of) Albion disbanding could be a...

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