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by Gabriele
12 Jul 2019, 09:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 34946
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: 1385
Views: 83025
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: 5942
Views: 278121
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: 1456
Views: 85719
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: 1456
Views: 85719
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: 1456
Views: 85719
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: 49
Views: 2500
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: 1456
Views: 85719
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: 1456
Views: 85719
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: 10027
Views: 672761
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: 9806
Views: 419845
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: 328
Views: 23187
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: 1385
Views: 83025
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: 5942
Views: 278121
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.
by Gabriele
13 Apr 2019, 12:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 214445
Location: Italy

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

10 B and 20 C are the purchase for 2020 alone; someone on that site screwed up badly on the figure. There was a reduction from earlier plans over the 5 years, but it is something like 14 aircraft in total that get deferred, plus some Super Hornets as well. C2D2 played a part, but buying more ships, ...
by Gabriele
25 Mar 2019, 12:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 34946
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

all retained Hercs will be short body Nope, it was going to be the exact opposite, now it is 13 long and 1 short. In my dreams the short ones become at least 2 and under the "VENOM kinetic strike capability" thing announced by Williamson a couple of tanker/gunship HARVEST HAWK kits are pr...
by Gabriele
17 Mar 2019, 11:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1385
Views: 83025
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Moreover it is obvious that with France calling the shots in the other programme it is Thales that will do all the work that Leonardo and Elettronica are good at.
by Gabriele
01 Mar 2019, 17:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1385
Views: 83025
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

France's language over FCAS is, as always, spectacularly rich.

Didn't take Brexit for them to drag their feet and delay FASGW to 2020+, and to quit TELEMOS when it was time to build the thing.

They could at least shut the hell up.
by Gabriele
01 Mar 2019, 17:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 672761
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I dont know about ASRAAM, but the USMC jets have indeed open compatibility with Paveway IV with QE deployments in mind. All F-35's can operate all weapons that version supports regardless of their nationality. There are no sub-variants except for the Israeli aircraft. In theory. But that would mean...
by Gabriele
27 Feb 2019, 07:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 672761
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I dont know about ASRAAM, but the USMC jets have indeed open compatibility with Paveway IV with QE deployments in mind.
by Gabriele
24 Feb 2019, 21:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5942
Views: 278121
Location: Italy

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The LMM was fired from a modified DS30 mount as far back as 2013, actually, at Eskmeals. The Royal Navy interest in it for beefing up close range defences is actually pretty ancient. They even tested the gliding, mini-bomb adaptation of it by launching it from a Lynx 5000 feet up in the air. Wonder ...
by Gabriele
23 Feb 2019, 20:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 34946
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Was working off the numbers in my head - CTA guns 215 (plus ten for testing) - Joint Fires Control, 23 vehicles, and Ground Based Surveillance, 24 vehicles - the former have turrets (fake guns, not to be easily recognised, and saving space inside the turret for 'more essential' things) Warrior FV51...
by Gabriele
22 Feb 2019, 17:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 34946
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Thales UK is still involved as i understand the commander's sight is still a BGTI, while the gunner as the CRONUS by Instro. Might also be involved in other internal things to the turret.
by Gabriele
22 Feb 2019, 17:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 34946
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Most of the delay is due to the turret. LM initially said they could make do by cutting the front off the existing one and build on it. They completed manned firing trials by the end of 2014. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, despite completing the firing trials it was decided the solution was act...
by Gabriele
17 Feb 2019, 08:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 672761
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

From the reports it was the deck lightning that did not fully satisfy. Making some changes to that.

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