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by Gabriele
15 Jan 2019, 20:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115406
Location: Italy

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

For whatever reason, the gunpod was never supposed to be part of the british IOC. Procurement of the pods was left for later. Part of block IV, unless it is postponed further.
by Gabriele
08 Jan 2019, 17:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115406
Location: Italy

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

2022 consolidation on a single coast; 2026 last unit on Harrier converts to F-35.
by Gabriele
08 Jan 2019, 15:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115406
Location: Italy

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

The limitations to the Harrier's role are due to the fact that only a part of the fleet is the AV-8B+ with the radar. AMRAAM without radar obviously wasn't a thing, but the ones with the radar definitely have A2A as part of their mission. As of their 2018 Aviation Plan, the Harrier frontline fleet i...
by Gabriele
04 Jan 2019, 21:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1256
Views: 40453
Location: Italy

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

My Sarcasm Support Measures are not sure whether you are being serious or not. Anyway, the mortar is installed on the front of the turret, to the left of the gun. You can see it in many frames, but most clearly around 2:46, folded against the turret's glacis.
by Gabriele
04 Jan 2019, 20:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1256
Views: 40453
Location: Italy

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

Soldier magazine notes that the 60mm mortar can be operated from inside the turret. Cool, but i'm guessing that's while it is loaded, then someone has to reload from outside for obvious reasons. Wonder how difficult it would be to retrofit the mortar that the israeli Merkava uses, which is breech lo...
by Gabriele
01 Jan 2019, 16:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1895
Views: 42565
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The old ones had left and the new ones weren't quite there yet. Ark Royal and Ocean did the honors, with the rest traveling on US ships. The armoured vehicles were to disembark via american LCAC but since the beach was mined and there was no urgency, they ended up taking an indirect route and swingi...
by Gabriele
30 Dec 2018, 11:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 516
Views: 24940
Location: Italy

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

abc123 wrote:I don't think that Dreadnought-class can be easily converted into a SSN.


Well, the front half of it is basically an Astute... gotta be helpful.
by Gabriele
20 Dec 2018, 20:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Panavia Tornado (RAF)
Replies: 167
Views: 8081
Location: Italy

Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Nowhere, for all i know at least.
by Gabriele
20 Dec 2018, 16:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessel (MCMV) (RN)
Replies: 52
Views: 3074
Location: Italy

Re: Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessel (MCMV) (RN)

The first replacement MCM ship is not expected before 2028 at the earliest, so it is anything from 10 years upwards.
by Gabriele
19 Dec 2018, 11:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1190
Views: 33251
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

That 38t armoured vehicle was always intended to be a glorified Saxon/Fuchs. And it never was an intelligent thing, just as Stryker wasn't. The difference is that most users have now understood it; the British Army no. And that's despite crazy plans about using that very same Saxon not just to get ...
by Gabriele
19 Dec 2018, 10:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1190
Views: 33251
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

They are buying a 38 tons armored vehicle and arming it in a way that will reduce it to a glorified Saxon. I will never be able to take it seriously...
by Gabriele
11 Dec 2018, 20:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 309
Views: 11285
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

There was such a video. Some images from it are visible in this other video: https://youtu.be/iUaryUqFL5M But i believe those trials came before the decision was made (one hopes for good reasons) to NOT proceed with the remafacture of the existing turret and go with fully new build ones. Suppose the...
by Gabriele
09 Dec 2018, 16:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1190
Views: 33251
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

LET should be able to handle Ajax just fine, but it is not like that solves the problems...
by Gabriele
08 Dec 2018, 21:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1190
Views: 33251
Location: Italy

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Spartans for engineer teams not in the engineer recce role (Ajax something variant for that)


The engineer one is the Argus.
by Gabriele
08 Dec 2018, 21:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1256
Views: 40453
Location: Italy

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

Turret mounted Mortar


Israelis never let go of the 60mm mortar in the turret... it is even in the Namer IFV turret. There was a time in which it was common in british armour too. In fact, i seem to remember that's where the Israelis picked up the habit, although i might be wrong.
by Gabriele
08 Dec 2018, 14:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383826
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It's happening when she is back home, we were told. Fittings decoys and guns will finally make her look a lot more "complete".
by Gabriele
06 Dec 2018, 12:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 592
Views: 18791
Location: Italy

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

HMS Valiant it is. Not a bad choice at all, but there better be a Warspite in the class. Leaving that name out would be a mistake.
by Gabriele
03 Dec 2018, 11:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1895
Views: 42565
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote:How much did the Italian Trieste cost?


Around 1,1 billion Euro.
by Gabriele
02 Dec 2018, 00:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383826
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

What's the Italian mix? 60 A and 30 B. Note that Italy has a nuclear sharing role which makes the F-35A indispensable; as well as a far smaller aircraft carrier. Lets face it I don't think the RAF could scrap the only aircraft that can land on these big carriers ?! Scrap it? No, not for a good few ...
by Gabriele
01 Dec 2018, 23:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 790
Views: 24098
Location: Italy

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Is the current one a PFI? Comes without drivers, I assume (in case it is a PFI) It is a PFI and it includes drivers and maintainers available for up to 9 months when called. They are Sponsored Reserves and come under Army Command when called. The contract ends 1 July 2024. As it stands, 2024 will b...
by Gabriele
01 Dec 2018, 08:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 790
Views: 24098
Location: Italy

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Or you could increase the HET and LET fleets and use the wheeled Force as a screen protecting their movement towards the front. That's what Italy's "strike" with Centauro and Puma was about. If MIV was decently armed instead of being an oversized Saxon, the whole thing would be a lot more ...
by Gabriele
30 Nov 2018, 20:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383826
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

And why would the MoD spend millions on redeveloping and rebuilding RAF Marham for a plane the RAF don't want? If this were actually true, the F-35B's would be based at RNAS Yeovilton. Yeah, right. That would mean that the F-35 budget would sit within Navy Command and then there really would not be...
by Gabriele
30 Nov 2018, 20:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383826
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

"Don't worry, it is not going to happen. We are joint now, things have changed, it's all about the carriers".

Yeah, right. I'm so surprised. Shocked, really.
by Gabriele
29 Nov 2018, 10:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 205
Views: 8718
Location: Italy

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

I have no clue where that rumor came from. The FMS approval for up to 2747 vehicles had a unitary price of 376,775 USD, and it included quite a lot of extras, as always with FMS authorizations which tend to aim for the stars as it is easier to buy less than authorized than seek a new authorization, ...
by Gabriele
26 Nov 2018, 09:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1065
Views: 45213
Location: Italy

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

It will also achieve logistical commonality with the Type 23 CSP, which also get the 4000, and with the Type 26.

That can't be a bad thing.

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