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by Gabriele
23 Jan 2020, 10:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4386
Views: 394152
Location: Italy

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

It's the symbol of the "Lightning Force" as a whole and the only marking we are going to see on the F-35s bar special colors perhaps appearing in special occasions.
by Gabriele
18 Jan 2020, 20:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 114
Views: 18238
Location: Italy

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

Foxhound was not built to the same requirement being filled by JLTV. For a long time the MRV(P) requirement specifically excluded Foxhound missions. I know. The point is that, despite it being born out of an urgent requirement, it came through a competition that had Supacat filing her design in. Th...
by Gabriele
18 Jan 2020, 16:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 114
Views: 18238
Location: Italy

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

Was it truly without a contest...? It is... a complex case. MRV-P got where it is today after dragging its feet for years as OUVS. Between having operated Panther (so having a decent idea of how the Iveco Lince is), having run a competition for the requirement eventually fullfilled by Foxhound and h...
by Gabriele
12 Jan 2020, 14:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268615
Location: Italy

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

The other two are already back in action. Severn is the last one to be re-activated.
by Gabriele
01 Jan 2020, 14:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229071
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Lima Coy - Joint Personnel Recovery Juliet Coy - opposed boarding team ("green" teams of Royal Marines do the "difficult" boardings [i think it's technically called Level 3, but i might not be up to date, while "blue" RN teams can do on their own where the risk is lowe...
by Gabriele
29 Dec 2019, 21:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229071
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

42 commando - our template for a raiding commando - is there any margin for keeping a four company structure, just revised to making them unified rather than two+two? 42 Commando is not the template for a raiding commando, but literally a permanent "other tasks" unit. It took up all the v...
by Gabriele
28 Dec 2019, 20:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229071
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The Commando has already reorganized and the companies have taken up their specific roles. They are outside the normal rotation of units for the Lead Commando Group role, but the plan is to keep the ability to get into the field as a Commando if needed.
by Gabriele
28 Dec 2019, 15:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229071
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

42 Commando, for now, retains its heavy weapons, mortars included, and can deploy as part of the brigade if really needed. 47 Commando has taken over the boats and the existing raiding squadron as well as the boat / landing craft training squadron and the deployable boat support base package, plus t...
by Gabriele
16 Dec 2019, 15:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 369
Views: 48402
Location: Italy

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

By the way can someone remind me of the timetable for the UK's AH-64E rebuild programme and when we will receive the first ones back? Apache Block 3 fleet numbers have been given by the MOD as 10 in 2020, followed by 12 more in 2021, 12 in 2022, 12 in 2023 and the balance in 2024 for the total of 5...
by Gabriele
09 Dec 2019, 09:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11052
Views: 1080725
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

First deployment of HMSQE is 2021, so is there any news on when HMS QE is leaving port before then ? It will deploy in home waters at least a couple of times in 2020, for more rotary wing trials (LPH role) and then for pre-deployment workup with the Strike Group and F-35s, including USMC ones. When...
by Gabriele
09 Dec 2019, 09:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 341
Views: 44516
Location: Italy

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Bushmaster is for Group 2, and its only rival left running is the GD Eagle 6x6.
by Gabriele
04 Dec 2019, 21:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136427
Location: Italy

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Always amuses me to see the centauro labelled a tank killer. Yeah right. At least it has the hitting power. The British Army is calling "medium armour" the AJAX Scout, without any change to the vehicle. I'd rather be in the Cavalry regiment with the 120/45 smoothbores and SPIKE LR missile...
by Gabriele
21 Nov 2019, 15:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229071
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

With a 2 km reach, the CG guided round is a lot more than "just" an NLAW...
by Gabriele
21 Nov 2019, 15:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136427
Location: Italy

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The UK RWS 'fleet' is almost entirely Kongsberg. Again, we're heavily invested in that interface already so we would need to accept a bespoke solution for Boxer which doesn't make sense in my mind. Almost entirely if you don't count in Thales SWARMLITE and Leonardo ENFORCER. There are quite a few o...
by Gabriele
20 Nov 2019, 08:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136427
Location: Italy

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The UK RWS 'fleet' is almost entirely Kongsberg. Again, we're heavily invested in that interface already so we would need to accept a bespoke solution for Boxer which doesn't make sense in my mind. Almost entirely if you don't count in Thales SWARMLITE and Leonardo ENFORCER. There are quite a few o...
by Gabriele
20 Nov 2019, 08:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 970
Views: 107315
Location: Italy

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

I would love that. I very much struggle to believe, but i'd love that.

I suppose Sentinel would go for sure in that scenario, though. No ifs, no buts. Given a few AAS pods on P-8, it wouldn't be a bad deal at all, though. In fact, where should i sign for it to happen...?
by Gabriele
19 Nov 2019, 14:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1804
Views: 170089
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Obviously, unlike the Germans, he couldn't provide any indication of when the AESA will happen, and on how many aircraft...
by Gabriele
13 Nov 2019, 09:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11052
Views: 1080725
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps also an explanation to why the number of helos carried on the latest batch of tankers has gone lower in priorities You must be thinking of the Forts, actually. And we don't really know how many helos would be on the new Solid Support Ships. I think 2-3 Merlin spaces will still be in the req...
by Gabriele
13 Nov 2019, 09:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1804
Views: 170089
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

To be honest it looks like a bit of an act of desperation, if the conformals could have been made to work they would have gone down that route as it would have opened up potential sales of conformal tanks to users with Tranche 3 Typhoons. Absolutely. If Conformals were feasible, they would be the N...
by Gabriele
12 Nov 2019, 14:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1804
Views: 170089
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

It is now clear that tests have demonstrated some unexpected, huge problem with Conformals and we will never see them adopted. https://twitter.com/GarethJennings3/status/1194253773549510656 Let me get this straight: in ECR images they are effectively proposing to make "wet" the innermost p...
by Gabriele
09 Nov 2019, 15:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1804
Views: 170089
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

IX(B) and 12 are the Sqns in question. 12 working with the Qataris. I don't think 12 uses the Tranche 1s though, does it...? Since the Qataris are obviously getting the latest standard machines, it would seem pretty awkward. I'm guessing that the Tranche 1s are used in Coningsby by whoever is train...
by Gabriele
03 Nov 2019, 17:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 250
Views: 34750
Location: Italy

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

98 systems. I've seen a 135 thrown around as well, but i think until 4 regiments are the ambition, 98 are more than enough. And also more than challenging enough from a financial / programme schedule perspective. Also, there are studies / design work ongoing for a "super lightweight gun" f...
by Gabriele
02 Nov 2019, 23:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 250
Views: 34750
Location: Italy

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Well the Royal Artillery has lost one of its three AS-90 equipped Regiments (26 Regiment) and has had its GMLRS brought together into a single Regiment. So these three Regiments are going to have to provide Artillery support in future to the Army's Two Armoured Infantry and two Mechanised Brigades....
by Gabriele
24 Oct 2019, 16:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 33054
Location: Italy

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

They already requested and obtained the authorization for 16 at MH-47G (minus AAR probe) months ago; and last year they have paid some money for early procurement activities. They are unlikely to be additional, however. More like a replacement for the oldest airframes, while bringing in new capabili...
by Gabriele
23 Oct 2019, 10:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11052
Views: 1080725
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

But once on deck it is probably because of safety considerations. I remember reading that one of the considerations for putting an F-35, with internal weapon bays, on a carrier / LHD / what-have-you was how to effectively fight a fire into the aircraft, and having a way to spray up into the bays was...

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