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by Lord Jim
24 May 2019, 18:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

As I mentioned, in principal both the Archer and Boxer/155mm meet the above to which you could add the latest version of the South African G-6 Rhino which is really in a different weight class but has better performance than either above, has been designed from the beginning to support long distance...
by Lord Jim
24 May 2019, 14:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Both very good articles and really highlight the different attitude to Artillery between the UK and Finland. As pointed out there is a lot of closed terrain in Finland, due to the abundant forests, but that sort of terrain still allows for massed fore with basic HE shells upon a target. How do the F...
by Lord Jim
24 May 2019, 08:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5832
Views: 222804
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well if we got five of those, especially with the option to fit the multipurpose missile bay, fit a 57mm and two 35mm and I would think the Royal Navy would be very happy. WE might even see a batch two with a more fighty variant later on for a couple more. Now we just need to see more of the competi...
by Lord Jim
24 May 2019, 07:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

I would be happy if the planned "Strike" Brigades (prefer to call them Mechanised) had integral Artillery support even if it was just a Regiment of 105mm Light Guns. At present their entire indirect fire support will come from the 16 SP 81mm Mortars on the Boxers and even that is not certa...
by Lord Jim
24 May 2019, 00:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Isn't the SPG module proposed for the Boxer automated?
by Lord Jim
23 May 2019, 17:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1327
Views: 64717
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

When we are talking about modern datalinks here are were talking more modern than Link-16?
by Lord Jim
23 May 2019, 17:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Doesn't really matter, we won't be airlifting forces of any size, anywhere in the future except on a very small scale, and if we wanted to move a Boxer/SPG we would probably just use a C-17.
by Lord Jim
23 May 2019, 13:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9540
Views: 330612
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I agree with the idea that we would be better off with 10 T-26 then 8 T-26 + 5 T-31. I would however like to see the potential of these 10 vessels and the 6 T-45 maximised at the same time and a plan developed and funded for the next class to "Escorts" to hit the water at the beginning of ...
by Lord Jim
23 May 2019, 13:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 86
Views: 6075
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Cargo rounds have been available for the 105mm (smoke is a cargo round), and the range with base bleed is 21km. In action time for the Light gun is cited as 30 seconds so the mortar would have to be properly quick to get a meaningful advantage on that. Precision guided shells, or at least the guida...
by Lord Jim
23 May 2019, 13:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

mr.fred wrote:Seems relevant:

Good video and does help make the argument for the Boxer SPG over other platforms like Caesar. However the latter would be a useful addition to our light forces I believe, to supplement the 105mm Light Guns.
by Lord Jim
23 May 2019, 13:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

ACC I was attempting to do the opposite of bragging when stating that we use 105mm Light Guns at Brigade level. In fact I think the artillery support of 16AA and 3Cmdo is inadequate to say the least if we end up in a conflict with a peer opponent. However in operations against lesser opposition the ...
by Lord Jim
22 May 2019, 20:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9540
Views: 330612
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yes we spend decades deciding what the next generation of escort will be, ending up with a Rolls Royce design costing £1Bn per copy and yet it is still being done on the "Cheap", so to speak when it comes to its load out. How can both Canada and Australia be receiving variants that have be...
by Lord Jim
22 May 2019, 20:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 86
Views: 6075
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Wrong the Brandt has a range of around 13km with RAP whereas the LG reaches out to around 19Km. The Brandt can fire cargo rounds whereas the 105 is limited to basic dumb ordinance. The Brandt is lighter and smaller and can be brought into and out of action faster than the LG. The LG has given great ...
by Lord Jim
22 May 2019, 19:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

The immortal balance, what we need as against what we can afford. The Royal Artillery is a clear example of the damage that has been done to the British Army through a lack of fund. The fact that the Head of the Army (Richards) directed his staff to divert nearly all its resources to Afghanistan for...
by Lord Jim
22 May 2019, 08:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Why, just because you say so? Why do rifled 120mm and L118 fill the same niche and what is that niche? From my POV they're all BG/Bn level weapons. None of them should be the sole source of firepower at brigade level organically. For Light forces such as Airborne, Air Mobile or Amphibious, the Rifl...
by Lord Jim
22 May 2019, 02:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9540
Views: 330612
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We are really going round and round in circles hear, including myself, bringing yup the same old ideas time after time, when we have no idea of even what the T-31e proposals look like. This thread is going a bit stale.
by Lord Jim
22 May 2019, 02:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 21253
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Because unlike the majority of nations we deal with we believe in playing fair and by any rule laid down either by the EU or globally. Few other do, France for example.
by Lord Jim
22 May 2019, 02:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

How far can a tracked 155mm go without requiring a transporter? Could a tracked 155mm effectively support the planned Mechanised Brigades? Can the Army afford two new artillery systems or just one? These are going to be key questions in the search to replace the AS-90.
by Lord Jim
22 May 2019, 02:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Do L118 and 120mm mortar need to fill the same niche? Just asking for a friend. Heavy mortars for battalions and artillery for brigade, problem solved. If you are talking about a rifled 120mm Mortar then yes they do fill the same niche, but if you are referring to standard 120mm Mortars than yes th...
by Lord Jim
21 May 2019, 10:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9540
Views: 330612
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

No. The MOD can't make money time travel from 2035 to 2025. It doesn't require the MoD the "Time travel", funds back in time. Yes it would require the MoD to re priorities programmes and spending, and accept a reduction in escort numbers for a period of time as the balance between T-23s r...
by Lord Jim
21 May 2019, 10:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1089
Views: 63889
Location: United Kingdom

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

I would love to see a T-45 ripple firing Aster missiles to engage multiple targets. It is a shame it is too expensive to do so.
by Lord Jim
21 May 2019, 00:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

I cannot see the UK buying a bespoke design, and given the growing number of wheeled SP 155mm that are now out there, I cannot see Sweden have much interest in developing a next generation Archer. We will probably end up with an off the shelf design hat is in production when we start seriously looki...
by Lord Jim
20 May 2019, 14:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9540
Views: 330612
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I understand the Royal Navy's desire for the T-31e to be a credible Frigate but will it be under the current budget? Could we see in the 2020 SDSR the number of T-26 being reduced to 6 and the money saved being moved to the T-31e programme to build seven or eight 21st century T-23s? yes their would ...
by Lord Jim
20 May 2019, 14:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1327
Views: 64717
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SKB wrote:French call it la Manche ("The Sleeve"), not English Channel.


I know I was being patriotic. :D
by Lord Jim
20 May 2019, 14:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 253
Views: 12767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

The Swedes tend to keep their kit in service for a long time, and will probably looking to get at least one or two more decades of use out of their Archers. They have been having a pew problems with them though which they are working to fix. I agree the Archer looks a good choice but against it, as ...

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