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by Lord Jim
24 Jan 2020, 12:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4393
Views: 394496
Location: United Kingdom

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

You probably want the pilots to qualify to be able to use unfamiliar ordnance That is exactly the point I am trying to make, are both nations pilot going to cross train with the others weapons. To not do so would be very inefficient and limit the effectiveness of the Air Group. I raised this point ...
by Lord Jim
24 Jan 2020, 12:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 871
Views: 91914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

From what I have read the US Army want its M240 replacement to have a round in between the current 7,62 and the 12.7mm Browning M2. I do not think they will use this as a Section or Squad weapon but more for sustained fire support at platoon level. At Section and Squad level it will basically be the...
by Lord Jim
24 Jan 2020, 12:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

I think the 120mm is an option, but I do not see the role of the Boxer MGS as a Tank Destroyer, but more a support platform that is more than capable of destroying AFVs other than a top tier MBT. For those the Brigade would have alternatives from the Infantry carrier MBT LAW and Javelin to vehicle m...
by Lord Jim
24 Jan 2020, 06:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Location: United Kingdom

The future form of the Army

I have been working on how the British Army should look by the latter half of this decade. The current doctrine of trying to keep a little bit of everything has meant that it lacks many of the capabilities needed for modern peer warfare and with those it does retain it lacks the mass to be truly eff...
by Lord Jim
24 Jan 2020, 05:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 871
Views: 91914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Doing some reading on the L85A2 and A3 it seems the British Army has plans to start introducing a replacement around 2025 yet even if an off the shelf weapon is chosen, shouldn't there be some work being done now to assess the various weapons available. A fly in the ointment maybe the US Army's curr...
by Lord Jim
23 Jan 2020, 23:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4393
Views: 394496
Location: United Kingdom

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

Thinking about the mixed RAF/FAA/USMC force of F-35Bs embarking on the far east cruise next year, how much commonality will there be between the UK and US contingents. Yes having the USMC along will enable a reasonably sized air group, but take ordinance for example. How much of each inventory will ...
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2020, 22:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4393
Views: 394496
Location: United Kingdom

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

Am I right is believing that the lightning flash on the aircrafts tail plane still has nothing to do with the squadron insignia of 617 Squadron, historically also a lightning flash?
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2020, 12:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 970
Views: 107395
Location: United Kingdom

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

Forgot about them, but my main point was we need more than the nine P-8s on order, as I think we all agree here.
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2020, 09:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1564
Views: 151379
Location: United Kingdom

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

Video of the "Streetfighter 2" Challenger 2, an evolution of the original "Streetfighter" developed with input for the troops themselves.
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2020, 09:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 970
Views: 107395
Location: United Kingdom

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

I really hope the next SDSR adds at least three more P-8s to the planned fleet. With out dwindling escort fleet, these force multipliers are essential. Of course we could purchase a number of the Global Hawk maritime variant like Australia, to provide persistent patrol coverage and queuing the P-8s ...
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2020, 08:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24732
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Wasn't there a ground surveillance version of the Defender with a large radome up front based on the requirement that eventually led to the ASTOR programme?
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2020, 08:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 250
Views: 34796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I think they like the ides of a relatively low cost, long range precision weapon system that can be launched from the back of a "Standard" HGV, so have been willing to partially fund the programme. The Norwegians also like the idea and both are looking towards coastal defence for this type...
by Lord Jim
21 Jan 2020, 14:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 250
Views: 34796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Looking through December's Jane's IDR I saw a joint US/Swedish programme that could be very useful for the Royal Artillery. This is the Long Rang Ground Launch Small Diameter Bombs programme. This takes a SDB and integrates it with the legacy M26 Rocket Motor from the MLRS using an adaptor. In these...
by Lord Jim
21 Jan 2020, 14:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 881
Views: 91095
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

If we went down the route of a MGS variant of the Ajax, I would stuck to a 105mm. Yes a 120mm would give it better MBT killing capability, but would you really want to be going head to head with T-90s for example. A 105 is big enough for a good support weapon, can deal with anything short of a moder...
by Lord Jim
21 Jan 2020, 11:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 881
Views: 91095
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Well surprise, surprise for a British Army AFV programme, according to this weeks Jane's Defence Weekly, its Ajax programme has been delayed further, having already missed its mid and late 2019 milestones for the delivery of a mix of all six variants of the Ajax family to the Army's Household Cavalr...
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2020, 16:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24732
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

The replacement of the E-3 is essential for the RAF as it is a force multiplier and one thing the RAF needs nowadays is a platform that provides that capability. Modern AWACS are so much more than an airborne radar and will become even more so in the future, with them co ordinating unmanned platform...
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2020, 16:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136511
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Maybe we should start one along the lines of "British Army for the future".
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2020, 07:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136511
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I have had another look at how I would like to see the British Army's planned Mechanised Battalion organised. I have looked at further increasing the formations firepower and ISTAR capabilities. Battalion HQ, with; 2x Boxer Command (HMG, Javelin) Recce Section, with; 4x Boxer IFV (CTA40, 2 Spike-LR ...
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2020, 06:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6241
Views: 483570
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I would be very surprised if there was any increase in the spec for the T-31 before they all hit the water. Any extra funds will probably be just to maintain the status quo and ensure the five ships are delivered at the same spec as of the signing of the contract. Or at least that had better be the ...
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2020, 06:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169468
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Well this must raise a few eye brows, according to the Daily Mail, the platform the results from the Tempest programme is to be on able to travel at hypersonic speeds!!!!!
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2020, 15:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1804
Views: 170195
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Ok so we will end up with eight Squadrons of Typhoons but with each with only eight to ten aircraft available at any one time. Eight frontline squadrons will look good in the papers but will it actually benefit the RAF on operations. It may mean the RAF has a bigger pool of Pilots and Ground Crew wi...
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2020, 15:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24732
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

It would be interesting it the west adopted what the USSR/Russia has done for decades and use Aircraft to provide target date to allow AShMs to reach there full potential. This may become important once again as ships counter measures make it more difficult for the on board guidance systems of AShMs...
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2020, 15:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 114
Views: 18240
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

There was a link to an article posted on here that mentioned that the threat level the MRV(P) platforms were intended to be able to cope with was now greater than when the programme was started. As I said it is not intended to allow Light Role infantry to fight against a peer opponent, but like to v...
by Lord Jim
18 Jan 2020, 22:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6241
Views: 483570
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

With both the T-26 and T-31 we need the hulls in the water before we start thinking of upgrades. I would love to see the remaining T-26 built to an improved design, leveraging some of the ideas that have come out of the Australian and Canadian competitions but not at the cost in numbers. The Navy ha...
by Lord Jim
18 Jan 2020, 22:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 114
Views: 18240
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

More like a second-line protected mover. That appears now to have changed. Ok it isn't going on the frontlines against Russian Tank units, but in lower tier warfare it is now expected to be a front line vehicle, if that classification is still relevant with frontlines becoming ever more grey areas.

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