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by Gabriele
12 Sep 2019, 14:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 480
Views: 44667
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

What i read was the opposite: the 2-vehicle approach was abandoned because it led to much increased radio traffic between the vehicles, with obvious correlate issues. The prototype fit eventually trialed was for a single vehicle solution. What's not clear is whether that kit is funded, since it is n...
by Gabriele
11 Sep 2019, 08:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 480
Views: 44667
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Need 245 for 4 battalions, and turrets/guns have already been ordered. 250 is unworkable, and 280 also. You'd be cutting all REME vehicles, pretty much. Which are not used just in armoured infantry units, but REME battalions and tank regiments.

The whole thing would fall apart.
by Gabriele
25 Aug 2019, 18:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349518
Location: Italy

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

An Arrowhead 140 selection would be very welcome news, as far as i'm concerned. Design-wise, it's a clear winner. The RN ships will still be woefully under-equipped at entry in service, but at least there will be less constraints to their slow growth once in service. More credible customisation for ...
by Gabriele
21 Aug 2019, 19:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549316
Location: Italy

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.
by Gabriele
21 Aug 2019, 10:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 31719
Location: Italy

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I think Brimstone 3 has many advantages over Hellfire, especially in performance, but there are a couple of advantages that Hellfire R has over it at present, particularly around fusing (height of burst etc). Going with Hellfire would be a stop-gap in any case. The US are about to transition to JAG...
by Gabriele
18 Aug 2019, 22:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 31719
Location: Italy

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

however it still lacks the raw power of the UK D's Weird. I'm pretty sure i read that the new engines and new transmission actually delivered more useable power than the AH1's combination. Anyway, as the US Army will transition to the T901 ITEP engine in the coming years, it is pretty likely that b...
by Gabriele
15 Aug 2019, 09:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 263953
Location: Italy

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

2 years to build those blocks there. Impressive... but not in the right way.
by Gabriele
13 Aug 2019, 21:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1740
Views: 127963
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

That would be great, but unless it is what they are using for Brimstone carry (and only it), i don't think i've ever seen a photo of one flying.
by Gabriele
11 Aug 2019, 10:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1740
Views: 127963
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Not much gets out, but i think Litening V has been in the works for a while. Litening III replacement was in the pipeline for some time, and the V has some very noticeable reconnaissance capabilities beyond targeting, much more than the III, which would "solve" two problems at once, the se...
by Gabriele
09 Aug 2019, 17:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 68569
Location: Italy

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

2 of those are actually coming out, and 2 are only preparing to get in, for accuracy.
by Gabriele
05 Aug 2019, 15:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 31719
Location: Italy

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Apache remanufacture order is one of few things that i wouldn't worry about. There is nothing mysteryous on the lack of an announced contract for the last 12: they will be part of the next (and last) US Multi Year Production contract, which won't be announced for a a few more months. The last 12, in...
by Gabriele
12 Jul 2019, 09:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 480
Views: 44667
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

There's 11 or 12 vehicles being used in the Reliability Growth Trials. Until the manufacture order is confirmed, there won't be others.
by Gabriele
10 Jul 2019, 09:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107955
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

MBDA formulates one concept per year. Most go nowhere.

FCASW can be part of that family of system... or even the only part to see light. Depends on whether someone forks out the money for the rest.
by Gabriele
10 Jul 2019, 09:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349518
Location: Italy

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Some MOD idiocies and some parts of Britain's way of handling matters in and around Parliament as a whole are just idiotic to no end.

Then people wonders why every department leaks stuff to the press. Of course they do. This idiotic "we aren't saying anything" makes it utterly unavoidable.
by Gabriele
08 Jul 2019, 10:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1470
Views: 104881
Location: Italy

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

The WARRIOR pre-upgrade has 3 2-man benches and a single small seat which, as far as i know, is right on top of the CBRN toilet. In practice the Army seems to have set the armoured infantry section at 6, and that seems reasonable. Can imagine it is a rather tight fit already. Interesting about ARES,...
by Gabriele
07 Jul 2019, 10:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1470
Views: 104881
Location: Italy

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

Well, in theory the MIV should be quicker, considering the numbers involved, since the first brigade is supposed to be outfitted by 2023. The contract should come before year's end... and considering this is a DSEI year, you'd expect an announcement right there and then.
by Gabriele
06 Jul 2019, 13:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1470
Views: 104881
Location: Italy

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

So does FOC in 2025 mean we will at least have the two frontline Armoured Regiments equipped with the Challenger 2 mod.


FOC means regiments being operational, if not deliveries being completed.
by Gabriele
05 Jul 2019, 18:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 52
Views: 6315
Location: Italy

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

HVM can also be shoulder-launched, although you don't see that so often.
by Gabriele
05 Jul 2019, 18:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1470
Views: 104881
Location: Italy

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

If you got into an FV520 you can finally answer on the number of seats. Is it 6 or 7, now?
by Gabriele
05 Jul 2019, 10:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1470
Views: 104881
Location: Italy

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

Nicholas Drummond apparently was in Tidworth yesterday for an industry briefing and says report is incorrect. MOD Major General Chris Tickell, Director of Capability says "beginning of 2020" and programme continues to aim for FOC by 2025. Early 2020 arguably is a delay in itself, but much ...
by Gabriele
04 Jul 2019, 09:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10273
Views: 801535
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Well, it is very, very likely it has. That, and the ramp at Patuxent River, since they are still the only ski jumps the F-35 has worked with.
by Gabriele
03 Jul 2019, 08:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549316
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

CAMM-ER is interesting but I still don't know a lot about it. Do the Italians take the standard missile and put a boaster on it? If so it will fit in the Type 23/26 silo, can it be quad packed? Is it all made in Italy? Is it a naval missile? the MDBA show land pictures of the launch. It is a CAMM m...
by Gabriele
04 Jun 2019, 09:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 31719
Location: Italy

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

The square panel on the side of the fuselage beneath the cockpit, too, is part of the kit.
by Gabriele
24 May 2019, 14:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107955
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Put it toghether with the italian share and that if the turkish orders gets cancelled we don't know where the engine facility will end. We got at least a significant amount of tech and know how that the french dont have. There are engine depots in the Netherlands and Norway. The "loss" of...
by Gabriele
07 May 2019, 21:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349518
Location: Italy

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The only shocking thing in all of this is that it took the waste of so much time before something as evident and unavoidable as the fucking Sun was finally acknowledged.

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