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by Lord Jim
10 Jul 2020, 20:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1627
Views: 220139
Location: United Kingdom

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

It definitely appears that the Army is now looking at a comprehensive upgrade to the Challenger 2 rather than simply replacing obsolete components, and has drawn up a list of requirements that would make it basically a new Tank able to compete on a future battlefield against a peer opponent. Now tha...
by Lord Jim
07 Jul 2020, 09:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

Dragon fire would be an interesting option as it could be rolled out across all the Infantry, with units such as those in 16 AA towing it behind a suitable airmobile tractor, whilst other could use the JLTV.
by Lord Jim
06 Jul 2020, 18:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1186214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I agree that makes sense, unfortunately the Treasury doesn't agree.
by Lord Jim
06 Jul 2020, 18:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 154773
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

We need to remember that the use of the Carriers to support amphibious operations has been quietly dropped with no work now being done to modify either to support this role. They could still provide a transport to ship rotary craft into theatre though.
by Lord Jim
06 Jul 2020, 18:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

The initial order is stated as 500+ so that could mean as many as we can get for the initial funding. Besides equipping the four Mechanised Infantry Battalions in the "Strike" Brigades, around 300, I can see it replacing the majority of the remaining FV432 series in various units. It may e...
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 23:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1186214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Twelve month cycles and nothing beyond that except PR talk.
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 15:34
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle
Replies: 131
Views: 44932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle

Well the last I read the OSD for the L85 was supposed to be 2025 but obviously that has been pushed back. I have also read that we have more than a passing interest in the US Army's next generation small arms programme, actually contributing to it, with the aim of maintaining commonality with them. ...
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 15:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 154773
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I fear aviation support is going to be an issue and we will have to rely on other to provide the platform for that role, Australia east of Suez and the Dutch/French when west. With Amphibious support being removed from out Carrier's area of responsibility,(being done on the quiet), and no move being...
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 15:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 735
Views: 101664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Slightly off topic but are the Estonians using their Hunt(s) for simply patrol work or are they still operating as MCVs?
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 15:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1186214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ok thanks for that, calming down now :D
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 116
Views: 23827
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

Does anyone expect the CROWSNEST kit to be swapped between airframes anywhere but during maintenance and even then probably during major overhauls in the cycle?
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 14:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1186214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Zero Gravitas wrote: clearing out the over entitaled civil service


Please differentiate between the Senior Civil Service and those who actually work for a living. It really (biting one's tongue) annoys me when ignorant people don't
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 14:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

ArmChairCivvy wrote:while we must acknowledge that the Army has shrunk as well

But we also have the bulk of our Infantry basically lacking any transport except the modern equivalent of an unarmoured 4ton Truck!
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 14:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: British Aerospace EAP (Eurofighter Typhoon prototype) (1982-1991)
Replies: 9
Views: 5864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Aerospace EAP (Eurofighter Typhoon prototype) (1982-1991)

The Shorts Belfast, if it is still there, is also impressive.
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2020, 14:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1808
Views: 279614
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Nice reply, though I always thought the Flanker had far more internal fuel than most western fighters exactly because it had to deal with the distances involved in defending the USSR, when it was designed. I have never seen a Flanker with under wing tanks, have you?
by Lord Jim
03 Jul 2020, 19:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 735
Views: 101664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

The team seem to be on the right track and managing things well, testing numerous platforms and mission profiles from both what is out there already and what they can put together in house. It could result in an actual we thought out and joined up solution.
by Lord Jim
03 Jul 2020, 19:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1214
Views: 176105
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

They need to pick basically an existing design, only add what is absolutely necessary and have them (two probably) built in the UK with the MoD committing its £1.5Bn and any additional funding to come from other departments whose areas of responsibility would benefit form their construction.
by Lord Jim
03 Jul 2020, 19:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11831
Views: 1516186
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

And maybe cut down on the caffeine.
by Lord Jim
03 Jul 2020, 19:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4085
Views: 493265
Location: United Kingdom

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

Well take out the Mission Bay have I guess you could install a shed load more MK41s etc.
by Lord Jim
03 Jul 2020, 19:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69135
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

I would settle for one of the Foxhounds if they are actually getting rid of them.
by Lord Jim
03 Jul 2020, 19:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 154773
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I tend to agree we will not be getting a FLSS anytime soon but rather getting by with what we have with a few modifications. The question is do we use the LPDs or the Bays as stand ins. Which would be the cheapest to run and the most flexible after a limited amount of modification? Could we afford t...
by Lord Jim
03 Jul 2020, 19:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1808
Views: 279614
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

With the drastic reduction in the number of Fighter Wings and Airbases the Swedes have their aircraft have to cover a lot of airspace and quickly these days.
by Lord Jim
03 Jul 2020, 19:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

I suppose they are already looking towards the JLTV and are doing what the RAF often does nowadays and have a Capability Gap in that vehicle class until then. Obviously it isn't the Army Top Brass's to have the shared Brain cell at the moment.
by Lord Jim
02 Jul 2020, 21:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 154773
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Maybe we should look to another three or four B3 Rivers, built at the outset to have a MCV role, or at least optimised to act as an auxiliary platform, as well as its patrol function to replace the B1s.
by Lord Jim
02 Jul 2020, 21:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 735
Views: 101664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Very true and the the longer a programme takes the more changes are requested causing further delays and the cycle goes on and on.

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