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by Lord Jim
31 Mar 2020, 02:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11047
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Turning 16 Air Assault into a "Ranger" style formation, bringing all three Parachute Battalions together plus the Gurkhas. One Battalion would be allocated in the SFSG role on a rotational basis. the brigade would be trained in both Parachute and Air mobile operations though the latter is ...
by Lord Jim
31 Mar 2020, 02:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 105
Views: 13902
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

I believe that ours are actually different in some ways from that of the German and Dutch and could be called the Mk2. I think the Australian Boxers have a similar drive train and suspension. But still there will be more in common between ours and our allies Boxers than different, and far more than ...
by Lord Jim
30 Mar 2020, 19:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 105
Views: 13902
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Before I start making a proposal as to how I see the improvements needed by the Armoured Infantry Brigades to make them fit for purpose if we retain the 2+2 organisation of 3rd (UK) Division, I must have one final say regarding the differences in deploy ability between these formations and a re-orga...
by Lord Jim
30 Mar 2020, 17:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11047
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

But isn't 16 Air Assault still classified as the Army's early entry formation, but as described it is in pieces all over the workshop show to speak and like other Army formation unable to carry out its assigned role without investment and reorganisation. All the dithering and under investment since ...
by Lord Jim
27 Mar 2020, 22:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11047
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

to generate exactly what capability? TO be effective one of the capabilities 16 Air Assault needs is organic helicopter lift, ideally a platform able to lift Infantry Sections of weapons teams around the battle field. Yes this could be done by the Chinook, but these are going to be in very high dem...
by Lord Jim
27 Mar 2020, 09:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11047
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Nice idea for second hand Ospreys, but the operating costs !? I think we need to be looking at a purchase of around 30 AW169M or similar sized helicopter to replace the Puma but to be allocated to the AAC to directly support 16 Air Assault. It is the right size in my opinion able to carry an Infantr...
by Lord Jim
25 Mar 2020, 15:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: United Kingdom

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

Without poring too much petrol on this fire, does that mean that all NHS staff should be removed form the Reserves, reducing the militaries medical capacity by at least 80%? If you actually read what I said, I said that the RN should not get a Hospital ship but that the UK should have one, paid for ...
by Lord Jim
24 Mar 2020, 23:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: United Kingdom

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

Manning? Core crew would be civilian contractors, which as part of their employment contracts would be obligates to crew the ship during a military deployment. The standing medical staff would again civilian, though ideally medical reservists and it would be additional reservist medical personnel w...
by Lord Jim
23 Mar 2020, 15:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: United Kingdom

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

If they do the usual "Follow the US", route I am sure someone in the Government has asked why we haven't got such a vessel. As long as all people point the finger a DFID to purchase such a ship I am fine with it.
by Lord Jim
23 Mar 2020, 15:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

If we want to be able to operate out Carriers as we intend to we need the FSS period. Any Multirole ship or Littoral Strike Ship programmes need to be firmly on the "Nice to have", list for the foreseeable future. With GDP falling and a hole already in the budget we need to pair down what ...
by Lord Jim
23 Mar 2020, 15:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 116948
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

There is a chain of thought now that stand alone grenade launchers are now a better idea then those underslung. We are not talking about the multishot weapons here. They are more handy, believed to be more accurate as they are less cumbersome and also means the launcher is not tied to one person. Fo...
by Lord Jim
21 Mar 2020, 12:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I would ay there is a debate going on regarding the ASG, whether the capability needed is to get a force form A to B rather than how it gets ashore, and at what size. This is going to drive what platforms de have in future. The chances of an LHD are probably similar to an eight Astute, with a common...
by Lord Jim
21 Mar 2020, 02:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

There will be plenty of hangar space to stack a few crates of spare engines if needed. I doubt the engines would be in crates, but rather transport and installations stands, together with their bags.. These are big, heavy and do not "Stack", so take up quite a lot of space. It is probably...
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2020, 13:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

For me the immediate way ahead should be an order for either one large FSS or two smaller ones. The CSG must be able to conduct a deployment like that planned for next year without having to go into port every couple of weeks. For one thing this makes the SGC more vulnerable as it would give and adv...
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2020, 20:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

The future of the Navy is supposed to be being built around Carrier Strike, so as long as the CSG is able to operate at the required tempo for a sustained period almost anywhere then the make up of the support elements is not an issue. If however the move to replace the FSS and other platforms with ...
by Lord Jim
18 Mar 2020, 15:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1195
Views: 152701
Location: United Kingdom

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

He is no way as scary as his successor, she who would be Queen of Scotland.
by Lord Jim
18 Mar 2020, 15:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 897
Views: 118193
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Obvious the ASCOD 3 as it currently exists is not going to have all the toys we are fitting to the Ajax, but the important parts are such as engine, transmission, armour package and so on. What I am trying to say is that there is a platform that could be evolved into an IFV with a lot of commonality...
by Lord Jim
18 Mar 2020, 15:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 503
Views: 80990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Whatever happened in the past, we have ended up with a dog's dinner of a programme. As mentioned in the article, upgrades are supposed to be quicker and cheaper than replacement yet we end up with programmes costs almost the same and taking longer, Warrior is a case in point.
by Lord Jim
17 Mar 2020, 18:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1195
Views: 152701
Location: United Kingdom

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

So what would HMS Duncan have on the bow?
by Lord Jim
17 Mar 2020, 18:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 350
Views: 60577
Location: United Kingdom

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

It could be interesting to see how the parachute air drop option evolves though the US Army seems have moved on with the low altitude palletised extraction system route.
by Lord Jim
17 Mar 2020, 17:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 503
Views: 80990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

The continual upgrade path seems to have been followed during the Cold War as we were always trying to get the most out of what we already had, especially the Army. The RAF relied more on programmes to bring in new platforms such as Tornado but that did not stop them from adopting good (and some bad...
by Lord Jim
16 Mar 2020, 21:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 270
Views: 64398
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Back to the RA and RHA, I think as a start they should aim to equip a Regiment, one equipped either with AS-90 or the 105 Light Gun and re equip it with a wheeled platform, my bias is to wards Archer and HIMARS. I would give it three eight Gun Archer Batteries and one eight launcher HIMARS Battery. ...
by Lord Jim
16 Mar 2020, 20:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 49
Views: 12537
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

I thought the Jackals, at least the Mk2 had a "V" shaped underside? https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=B0B35B90F4262131F7EFE149B479F8FAC7910F36&thid=OIP.sDUsMqOFIyiG2t64Nx5RbgHaFj&mediaurl=http%3A%2F%2Fsupacat.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F3%2F2009%2F11%...
by Lord Jim
16 Mar 2020, 00:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 105
Views: 13902
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Taking that lecture, it seems a trap has been laid for the Government and Mr Cummings to fall into with the next review. Will they forego existing conventional capabilities in order to chase capabilities that are either immature or theoretical. Could this mean that the Army's heavy units and equipme...

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