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by Lord Jim
21 Sep 2019, 18:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 115
Views: 9258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

If they can reduce the height of the Boxer 155mm SPG then it should become a serious contender. Remember with the Boxer what is being developed is a Mission Module not the whole vehicle, which would also include any stability items as well. It will be interesting to see if such a modified Boxer base...
by Lord Jim
21 Sep 2019, 01:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2954
Views: 182203
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Did they simply had cut off and stock left over from working on the QE? :D
by Lord Jim
20 Sep 2019, 18:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 5663
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

The adoption of the BAe 57mm for a wider variety of ships is something I have been advocating for some time given its flexibility. I must say though that fitting it to the waist positions on a T-45 in addition to replacing the old Mk8 maybe going to far. Placing two on a T-31e though would be a very...
by Lord Jim
20 Sep 2019, 13:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 5663
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

With the level of proliferation of AShMs even to insurgent groups, any platform conducting NGFS will need to be able to protect itself effectively. This is of course if those at the top decide that a NGFS mission is essential and nothing else can achieve the same result. With the increasing risks, a...
by Lord Jim
20 Sep 2019, 13:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2954
Views: 182203
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Both the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force are suffering form a lack of new recruits in technical trades and in the retention of existing personnel. Without them even if you have the remainder of a crew ready embark and set sail they can't. From what I have read the MoD is looking to open up its cheque...
by Lord Jim
19 Sep 2019, 20:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 115
Views: 9258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Regarding the firing rate of the GMLRS, I must admit I am going by the video footage I have seen of the weapon firing mainly during GW1, and it certainly isn't like the old BM-21s. If anyone has the actual data on the maximum firing rate it would be interesting to compare it to similar sized platfor...
by Lord Jim
18 Sep 2019, 19:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 115
Views: 9258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The key with the Strike Brigades is to be able to deploy rapidly and the fewer transporters needed to move heavy equipment the better. At present we already have to move two Regiments of Ajax and adding a further Regiment and a half of Tracked Artillery further increases the burden. Yes once in thea...
by Lord Jim
17 Sep 2019, 18:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 5663
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

Is this idea of the RN adopting a 40mm for the T-31 anything more than a rumour?
by Lord Jim
17 Sep 2019, 18:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62000
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Good Question, though it does now have a rail along the entire upper part of the rifle.
by Lord Jim
17 Sep 2019, 18:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 115
Views: 9258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Ok I am open to suggestions. Can any identify a 155m SPG that has superior Strategic and tactical mobility, limited protection against small arms, is affordable, can carry out rapid fire support mission, coming into an out of actions rapidly, and will be easy to maintain? Regarding HIMARS, the Briti...
by Lord Jim
16 Sep 2019, 17:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1470
Views: 104865
Location: United Kingdom

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

The Army is seriously looking at what version of both Ajax and Boxer may be needed to properly equip the Mechanised Brigades beyond those already planned. Whether funding will allow them to proceed to the actual procurement is a different issue.
by Lord Jim
16 Sep 2019, 17:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 115
Views: 9258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Lord Jim wrote: Of course those who want our next mobile gun to be as well protected as a MBT will not be happy or agree.Bit of a strawman, no-one has suggested that. Things like the AS-90 and Pzh2000 are not even moderately in the same universe as MBT level protected.The real issue is more having ...
by Lord Jim
16 Sep 2019, 03:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349452
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

by Lord Jim
16 Sep 2019, 02:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 115
Views: 9258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Well this is interesting, but it does fit in with other information regarding what could replace the AS-90. Halving the team of shooter and supply wagon based on the same chassis with the same level of mobility makes sense. Of course those who want our next mobile gun to be as well protected as a MB...
by Lord Jim
15 Sep 2019, 09:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Until we see what is chosen for the RN's interim AShM everything up up for grabs. How such a weapon is launched could have a bearing on this as could how the FCASW evolves. The A140 has plenty of deck space for both canisters and even Mk41s (who knows what the future holds ten plus years down the li...
by Lord Jim
15 Sep 2019, 09:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 642
Views: 55592
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

From what I have read, the RN is looking at a vessel similar to that converted for the USN form a Point type vessel to be deployed forward with an escort? and possible an RFA Tanker. This would form a Littoral Strike Group. The size of the FLSS negates the need for a Bay to accompany it as it will e...
by Lord Jim
15 Sep 2019, 01:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For me the biggest need is for a Bow mounted sonar, And I wouldn't be surprised now things are moving forward that they try to find the cash somewhere to have one fitted during construction, either second hand off the T-23s or new optimised for littoral operations. Seeing what results from the final...
by Lord Jim
15 Sep 2019, 00:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 829
Views: 58431
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

The Strike Brigades are probably going to rely on the lorry launched bridging systems rather then use a version of Ajax or Boxer for the role. The kit is already in service.
by Lord Jim
15 Sep 2019, 00:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1259
Views: 83200
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

At present only four variants of the Boxer are confirmed; APC Command Recovery and Repair Ambulance. In addition there will be a small number of driver training vehicles. However the Army has already admitted that additional variants will be needed for the Mechanised Brigades to be equipped properly...
by Lord Jim
14 Sep 2019, 14:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 642
Views: 55592
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Until additional work is carried out on them no Chinooks of any variety are going to be embarked on any naval vessels for any length of time unless you want very large repair bills after each deployment. The same goes for the Apaches.
by Lord Jim
14 Sep 2019, 14:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ok five then if it makes people happy. :D
by Lord Jim
14 Sep 2019, 14:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62000
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I wonder if anything will actually result form this programme? There is a well publicised history of the US Military trying to field the ultimate small arms with $Bns spent so far. he fact that each submission also included its own take on the desired 6.8mm ammo doesn't bode well in my books. Surely...
by Lord Jim
14 Sep 2019, 14:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1470
Views: 104865
Location: United Kingdom

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

As part of its need to find efficiencies, the MoD seems to have decided that war stocks of equipment, as well as those of ammunition and spares are an area they can work on without affecting the headline numbers. It is not just the number of Challenger 2 planned to be upgraded but also the number of...
by Lord Jim
14 Sep 2019, 05:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Politicians have been selling the Armed Forces down the river so to speak since the end of the World War 2. As soon as a Politician get elected all they are really bothered about is doing whatever is needed to get re elected at the next election and what is in the nation's interest does not appear o...
by Lord Jim
13 Sep 2019, 02:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

IF Artisan sets are available from the GP T-23s I am pretty sure they will use them. As for a Bow sonar like the 2150 again from the T-23, that is up for haggling between the various interested parties I am sure.

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