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by Lord Jim
22 Nov 2019, 16:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2575
Views: 175464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Well I seem to be on the right page as far as RUSI go, but they have come up with some capabilities I hadn't even dreamed of like the XLUUVs. As for the 120mm Mortars, again there are systems with recoil dampeners that would fit on the rear section of the Viking as one option which I think would be ...
by Lord Jim
22 Nov 2019, 14:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 276
Views: 32296
Location: United Kingdom

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

Probably the biggest decider for the MoD when it stated a preference for the JLTV has been the original price quoted. At the time its seemed too good to be true and this has been shown to be the case. With the JLTV's price increase it does bring a multitude of platform into play if a competition was...
by Lord Jim
21 Nov 2019, 21:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 276
Views: 32296
Location: United Kingdom

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

One of the key drivers for the JLTV was for it to be more reliable and require less maintenance with the time between overhaul being far greater than the vehicles it will partially replace in the US Military. Yes when work is required it is more involved that its predecessors but you have to do t he...
by Lord Jim
20 Nov 2019, 15:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1361
Views: 106913
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Money can be very persuasive.
by Lord Jim
20 Nov 2019, 08:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 14055
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

In theory, how different from shooting down a plane with a missile would turning up the power on a laser, blinding the pilot and causing the plane to crash? In both cases even if the pilot survived he or she could be seriously injured. I also think such weapons are a law suit waiting to happen given...
by Lord Jim
20 Nov 2019, 08:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1361
Views: 106913
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I cannot see any really problem with having more than one RWS in service. Given the planned size of the Boxer fleet, an order for the RWS to be installed would be big enough to gain the fabled economies of scale and most kit like this is now serviced by the manufacturer so no need to set up an in ho...
by Lord Jim
20 Nov 2019, 08:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10742
Views: 670353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It could be possible to improve the T-31 down the line at some point, most likely at their first major overhaul/refit and the A140 design has plenty of space for extra kit. It is interesting that the 5 sets of "Interim" AShMs will have probably ben replaced by the FCASW leaving 5 sets sitt...
by Lord Jim
20 Nov 2019, 08:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2575
Views: 175464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Don't think that is the case. The two vehicles have different roles, and being all terrain is v sensitive to weight penalties (to mobility/ swimming) is likely to be an influence to keep it so? Watching an interview with a BAe Exec at DSEi, who was standing in front of and talking about the latest ...
by Lord Jim
20 Nov 2019, 08:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2575
Views: 175464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

ArmChairCivvy wrote:CG will get a guided round?

Yep one is already being tested as part of a joint US/Swedish programme. The US are getting into the CG in a very big way now.
by Lord Jim
19 Nov 2019, 01:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2575
Views: 175464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Looking forward, the change of emphasis of the Royal Marines to that of a primarily "Raiding" force is gong to require a further restructuring of the force. The more recent restructuring programme put the Royal Marines in a far better position to deploy 3 Commando Brigade, but has made it ...
by Lord Jim
16 Nov 2019, 01:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2575
Views: 175464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

As has been discussed the bread and butter for the Royal Marines is going to be a return to the role of "Raiders from the sea", but with the volume turned up to eleven. This is the area where there is going to be a need for new equipment for the Marines and new amphibious vessels and raidi...
by Lord Jim
15 Nov 2019, 13:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1361
Views: 106913
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I suppose I was thinking what savings would be actually realised from cancelling those current programmes aimed at the Armoured Infantry Brigades, as well as those from disbanding them bring the only funding available to spend on equipping the third Brigade. Wasn't thinking too hard though.
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 23:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The answer to that is so far off topic it should be on a different forum.
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 22:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1361
Views: 106913
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

That is the issue that even the Experts agree on and I have even put forward alternative organisations for the Army moving forward as have many others. But we are where we are, and it will be possible to have the current "Strike" Brigade be a viable formation, but it will require additiona...
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 15:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1361
Views: 106913
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Are those heavy or medium transporters? The former can carry two Ajax sized vehicles whilst the latter only one to the best of my limited knowledge.
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 09:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1361
Views: 106913
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

One of the issues with the whole "Strike" Brigade concept is the moving of the Ajax units at the same time as the ones equipped with Boxer. Whilst the latter can easily self deploy the former will require transporters to get them into theatre and this is going to require almost 150 medium ...
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 00:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 148499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I wonder if they could adapt the AMRAAM/Meteor stations to allow the fitting of slimline ECW pods, possibly by increasing the number of power and other connectors. Installing two such pods on the front two stations would produce less drag as a minor benefit and not take up existing pylons. Just a th...
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 00:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1361
Views: 106913
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The minimum number of variants for the Mechanised Battalion to be able to function as well as replacing many of the FV432 series still in service is, APC with 12.7mm HMG and Javelin ATGW RWS. Command with 12.7mm HMG and Javelin RWS. Ambulance possibly 7..62mm MG RWS. Engineering vehicle with 7.62mm ...
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2019, 17:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2575
Views: 175464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The reason the Round Tables were not armed was that the policy at the time was for the RFA fleet not to be armed where as Fearless and Intrepid were part of the Royal Navy. I am not suggesting that the Bay replacements and the possible new smaller amphibious assault vessels are permanently armed, th...
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2019, 17:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1361
Views: 106913
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The Army is still working on what variants it actually needs. The list released is simply a generic one not what we will end up with to equip the Mechanised Brigades.
by Lord Jim
12 Nov 2019, 00:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2575
Views: 175464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Obviously where and when a full Commando led battle group would be employed is very dependant on the circumstances, but one standing commitment for such a force is the reinforcement of northern Norway. The Royal Marines do bring additional skill sets to the table compared to say 16 Air Assault, and ...
by Lord Jim
10 Nov 2019, 23:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2575
Views: 175464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Most likely including the tail and supporting units like an Artillery Battery, Air Defence troops, Engineers and so on.
by Lord Jim
10 Nov 2019, 21:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2575
Views: 175464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Reading articles on the reorganisation of the Royal Marines, where they are to concentrate on their historical raiding role, their desire to distance themselves from the Army, adopting unique digital camouflaged uniforms and adoption of the C7/8 rifle throughout the force, really outs a focus on whe...
by Lord Jim
09 Nov 2019, 02:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1034
Views: 82001
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Should we start a "Bring back Penny", campaign, as she did seem to be making some positive moves even before she even got her feet under her desk at the MoD. Her removal was a strange move by Boris in my opinion.
by Lord Jim
09 Nov 2019, 02:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 148499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I do believe there are actually two squadrons formed, with one being a joint UK/Qatari outfit. How they are actually organised and whether they actually have planes allocated I cannot find any info, so we could just be keeping the Tr1 airframes in the pool, with the majority of the usage being carri...

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