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by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 23:25
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 47
Views: 2372
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

From looking at the manual, the remote weapon station equipped with LMM would be controlled by their own EO turrets to which it would probably be easier to integrate the gun mounts they are attached to rather than trying to integrate LMM into the ships existing EO/gunnery systems. Does anyone have t...
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 23:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4146
Views: 213469
Location: United Kingdom

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

The main benefit to Turkey of being a member of NATO nowadays had been the access to US technology and sales credits. With these possibly reducing or going away entirely, and the present Political leadership in Turkey, things are likely to get much more fragile. Turkey main bargaining chip are the b...
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 23:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 396
Views: 30974
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

Having a third engine and the extra power compared to similar sized platforms has got to come in handy in deployments like this.
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 23:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10025
Views: 670008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It would be interesting to see either Spanish or Italian harriers, if the latter are still around, visit the Queen Elizabeth as she sails to the far east.
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 22:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2767
Views: 141551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Aren't the older cannon mounts not stabilised? Using the three round pedestal would be the basic option to equip RN and RFA platforms obviously, but is an infantryman can it a fast moving target from the shoulder on land, a crew member braced using a pedestal launcher, should be able to hit a much s...
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 22:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9800
Views: 417578
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A platform based on something lie the Absalon would be a good start for a UUV/UAV "Carrier". It would probably need the sensors and self defence capabilities of a full escort, with the endurance and speed to match. It would be an inherently flexible vessels with its role determined by how ...
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 22:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I agree that we need to ensure sufficient logistics support for the artillery, and this is even more important in the planned "Strike" Brigades because of the operational doctrine they are likely to follow. One of the reasons it has been suggested that any 155mm guns used with these Brigad...
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 09:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 685
Views: 51309
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

IF the tension keeps ratcheting up we are going to need to re establish a Flotilla in the Gulf of at least a T-45 and a T-23 though preferably two of the latter. One vessels is not enough, especially if we and other nations are going to begin to escort merchant ships through the Gulf like happened d...
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 02:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4146
Views: 213469
Location: United Kingdom

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

downsizer wrote:Wrong. All the Lightnings will have that marking and NO Sqn markings will be applied.

So the "Lightning" flash on the tail is related to the aircraft name and not the traditional squadron symbol of 617 Squadron then. Good to know.
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 02:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2767
Views: 141551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Or if the vessels have the older manual mounts then add two or more of the three rounds infantry firing pedestals for Starstreak.LMM bolted to the deck.
by Lord Jim
18 Jul 2019, 02:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9800
Views: 417578
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Whilst I can understand the desire to have an enlarged fleet, where is the money going to come from. No amounts of fiddling the books is going to enable the MoD to find the funds unless the other two services take substantial cuts. A large prat of the Defence Budget up to the mid 2030s is already al...
by Lord Jim
17 Jul 2019, 10:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9800
Views: 417578
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The RN could manage with just 14 or 15 high end platforms as long as it has the budget to properly man them, operate them as often as needed and to have them fitted out so that they realise their maximum potential. So I fully agree with Donald's view of cancelling the T-31e and investing the money a...
by Lord Jim
17 Jul 2019, 10:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I have always felt the British Army was skinny when it comes to firepower. Regarding what we are talking about above with the Strike Brigades, you would have three 120mm Mortars in each Company and the three Combat teams would be able to support each other. The Artillery Regiment in the Brigade coul...
by Lord Jim
16 Jul 2019, 21:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9800
Views: 417578
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think we are just going to have to accept that the Royal Navy going forward is going to be limited to 14 Tier1 escorts and then have a force of 5 or more Tier 2 platforms. Things really have come full circle if you include the Rivers, with a fleet of three levels of platform, though in smaller num...
by Lord Jim
16 Jul 2019, 20:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

But surely the support companies have to rest and rearm as well, in which case they are offline for a period of time to. In addition the companies should have artillery support from at least some of the Brigades tube artillery and possible the rocket artillery held in reserve. With this All Arms Com...
by Lord Jim
16 Jul 2019, 17:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 47
Views: 2372
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Should become a standard fit on all RN vessels. It is an elegant solution to dealing with small boats and even UAVs and very cost effective. Now we need to just fit the RFA with a couple of these mounts as well.
by Lord Jim
16 Jul 2019, 17:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

That was the idea behind the Combat Team principal put forward by RUSI. I think we have gone full circle here and we need to continue this back in the Wheeled APC thread.
by Lord Jim
16 Jul 2019, 17:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 85410
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ok, spotted that after I posted, and then found other videos showing off the system, mainly on Leo2s.
by Lord Jim
15 Jul 2019, 21:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 47
Views: 2372
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

I wonder if the LMM will ever be used with the new AH-64E Apache Guardian. Adapting the wings so that two or three could be fitted where it was once planned to fit Singer or Starstreak would be an interesting idea. OF course you could always use the existing launcher, as planned for the Wildcat, to ...
by Lord Jim
15 Jul 2019, 21:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9800
Views: 417578
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Current maritime drones may be limited in speed and endurance, but that is bound to change over time. What is needed is a new class of Warship that is designed to operate as part of the fleet and be able to launch, operate and recover drones and numerous types. I see drones as a evolution of the mod...
by Lord Jim
15 Jul 2019, 20:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I agree with you Voldemort in most regards. The paper published by RUSI on how the "Strike" Brigades should be organised, equipped and used suggests using mortars up to 120mm even below Company level. They suggest that each Mechanised Company should be broken down into three, eight vehicle...
by Lord Jim
15 Jul 2019, 01:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Well as the heaviest artillery available to 16 AA and 3 Cmdo though latter may possibly have access to NGFS against a peer opponent hey would at the very least be opposed by 122mm Field guns and 122mm MLRS with the strong possibility they would also be facing 152mm and large MLRS systems. To this yo...
by Lord Jim
14 Jul 2019, 21:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

In the other thread my main argument was for the current vehicle mounted 81mm Mortars to be replaced by a 120mm weapon. AS mentioned these would be operated by the Infantry not the Royal Artillery. I think we all agree that 155mm is the way to go for the Royal Artillery Regiments supporting our Armo...
by Lord Jim
14 Jul 2019, 11:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 67751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Agreed, the default should be a simple turntable mortar, ideally 120mm being vehicle mounted. This is what I strongly believe the UK should be looking at, retaining the 81mm for light forces, but even they could have a vehicle mounted 120mm weapon using the JLTV for example or the Viking in the case...
by Lord Jim
13 Jul 2019, 21:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 67751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Well the video isn't the best but it does give a good idea of what is out there regarding 81mm and 120mm mortars that could be mounted on the Boxer or even the MRV(P)/JLTV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK1yUjmdv50 Obviously the Russian systems are more an example of what the opposition could be u...

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