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by RetroSicotte
19 Sep 2019, 15:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 115
Views: 9267
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: 115
Views: 9267
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: 115
Views: 9267
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: 110
Views: 5669
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: 110
Views: 5669
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: 6150
Views: 349519
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: 115
Views: 9267
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. ...
by RetroSicotte
16 Sep 2019, 13:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 5669
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

Which, the CIWS has as of now that 1B is more surface capable and the ROF makes switching between several targets feasible (without losing too much lethality) - but expensive so not all ships can have it - and for those that do have it, there is the practical difficulty of getting 360 degrees out o...
by RetroSicotte
16 Sep 2019, 09:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 5669
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

Repulse wrote:Surely too many and there would be a real need to consolidate. The question is how?


Mk45 as main cannons.
DS30M as self defence.
Phalanx for CIWS.

Nice and simple, much cheaper on the long run. Doesn't require any new supply lines.
by RetroSicotte
16 Sep 2019, 09:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349519
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Their's nothing to export. Foreign hull, engines, CMS, guns and radar. It's no wonder the 'e' has now been dropped! This is what galls me. It's a ship that can't fight, can't project, can't deter, and can't earn money. As I've said from the very start, the only purpose of this overweight OPV is so ...
by RetroSicotte
16 Sep 2019, 09:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107955
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Lovely writeup on the things Japan can bring.
by RetroSicotte
16 Sep 2019, 08:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 115
Views: 9267
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Of course those who want our next mobile gun to be as well protected as a MBT will not be happy or agree. Bit of a strawman, no-one has suggested that. Things like the AS-90 and Pzh2000 are not even moderately in the same universe as MBT level protected. The real issue is more having a platform tha...
by RetroSicotte
13 Sep 2019, 08:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1470
Views: 104881
Location: United Kingdom

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

Every major country that has ditched its tanks has since regretted it and tried to undo the decision. You always need them.

But 400 to 150 in 10 years. Good grief. Far, FAR too few vehicles. There's no depth to the fleet at all to account for casualties or loss.
by RetroSicotte
12 Sep 2019, 09:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349519
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ah yes, "agile", the persistent word to mean "lacking in punch" for any military worldwide.
by RetroSicotte
12 Sep 2019, 08:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 20786
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Excellent work Xav, thanks for the update.
by RetroSicotte
11 Sep 2019, 20:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10273
Views: 801537
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:PoW has a 29.2 knot target to beat, achieved by QE on 15th August 2017, south of the Isle of Wight.

Do you have a screenshot or anything of that speed record? The highest I have stored is 28.6 knots. Would be good to have the top one.
by RetroSicotte
22 Aug 2019, 16:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 20786
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I mean, it's pretty clear what the GP one is doing. They're trying to make the T23GP less potent so when the cripplingly under-equipped T31 replaces it they can claim in parliament soundbites that it's like for like.
by RetroSicotte
22 Aug 2019, 11:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 20786
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

dmereifield wrote:The article states that only 5 sets (for 5 ASW T23) are to be purchased...is that correct?

Would be a move deserving of harsh criticism if true. Going from 19 AShM capable vessels to only 5 would be effectively a 75% reduction in the UK's AShM capability.

Massive cut.
by RetroSicotte
21 Aug 2019, 21:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549316
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I just think it is kind of pointless to get too hang up on SAMPSON for a destroyer to be built in the late 30s. There better be some advancement on the radar front by then, or the Royal Navy will seriously be lagging. The article never stated they were. It's just an example of the capability to mou...
by RetroSicotte
21 Aug 2019, 11:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549316
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Really, something along the lines of what the Canadians or Australians are doing with the T26 as a general escort for the fleet would cover all bases, maybe with a couple of them with some AAW centric touches.

The Hunter class especially is a shining example of the potential of the hull.
by RetroSicotte
20 Aug 2019, 11:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 64284
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I had theorised for some time that the third FSS was being killed off to make way for the two LSS'. That may still be the case.
by RetroSicotte
06 Aug 2019, 09:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263953
Location: United Kingdom

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

This is where if Boris was smart he’d... If he was smart he'd realise hes on the cusp of breaking the country he leads in two (or three) and cancel Brexit immediately, before committing to the old order of the Type 26s with a corresponding increase in budget, and then immediately begin work to make...
by RetroSicotte
05 Aug 2019, 16:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263953
Location: United Kingdom

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

No surprise.
by RetroSicotte
05 Aug 2019, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263953
Location: United Kingdom

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

tomuk wrote:The SNP and the unions weren't very supportive of the Frigate Factory at Scotstoun as it meant the closure of their beloved Govan Yard. So it wasn't entirely down to the treasury.

And funnily enough it's the SNP who scream the loudest about how the factory wasn't built.
by RetroSicotte
02 Aug 2019, 02:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 36573
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Timmymagic wrote:Weirdly one went directly over my house today, I thought it was bloody loud...mind you it didn't appear to have the high pitched shriek that Lynx used to.

Could be the case that the observation area had much thicker glass than it seemed.

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