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by Lord Jim
01 Oct 2020, 10:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 608
Views: 123499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

The future of the WCSP is going to depend on the results of the Integrated Review and what direction the Government wishes the Armed Forces to take as a result. If the move is away from traditional heavy formations into lighter more deployable ones then it will be very vulnerable.
by Lord Jim
30 Sep 2020, 23:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2098
Views: 346740
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

All these cost saving technologies are great. I'll just be very surprised if any monopoly ever passes them onto the consumer in the form of lower prices. SAAB and Boeing did just that with their T-7A or the eT-7A as they are now calling it, allowing them to submit the bit for the USAFs advanced Tra...
by Lord Jim
30 Sep 2020, 23:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 608
Views: 123499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Whilst I dislike the idea, reducing 3rd (UK) Division to three Brigades could be one possible future. Now the question would be, what form would these remaining Brigades take? If deplorability is one of the cornerstones for the Army, then the conventional Armoured Infantry Brigade is definitely a &q...
by Lord Jim
29 Sep 2020, 23:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 608
Views: 123499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

J. Tattersall wrote:Apart from the anywhere where the laws of physics still apply, e.g. on the terrain in much of Poland and the Baltic states.

Such as?
by Lord Jim
29 Sep 2020, 16:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4961
Views: 722460
Location: United Kingdom

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

It would be useful to ferry out aircraft to the carriers, of course doing the usual thing and using the fuel in the underwing tanks first before going to internal tanks. Also if you were going to use the buddy system to have a F-35 tanker available to top up returning aircraft from a long range miss...
by Lord Jim
29 Sep 2020, 16:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3611
Views: 503265
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

lets start with a .22 ten barrelled Phalanx. It might not work but it would :D be fun to shoot.
by Lord Jim
29 Sep 2020, 16:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12234
Views: 1475226
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I agree, with the UK's own carriers coming on line, how NATOS's European members organise their naval contribution needs to refreshed, and not just in the North Atlantic, but in the Baltic and the Black Sea.
by Lord Jim
29 Sep 2020, 16:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 608
Views: 123499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Other than for Ajax, sounds like the Russian army plan, until 1, the doctrine was changed for "a" war in their West (Zapad) 2, transformation from tracks to wheels was reversed, and 3, brigadisation was also reversed (back to divisions, although there's still only 4 of those - and the 1st...
by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2020, 17:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 402
Views: 93845
Location: United Kingdom

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

Isn't there a newer version of the 6x6 Pandur that has these enhancements built in but without the height restrictions of legacy vehicles that have been modernised?
by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2020, 17:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 608
Views: 123499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Oh and if it's only the most extreme terrain why isn't Germany using Boxers for its IFV role supporting Leopard? Because they have the brand new Puma and what is becoming a well thought out modernisation programme for their AFV fleet tat is well managed. But that are using the Boxer to replace the ...
by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2020, 11:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1515
Views: 264061
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The second article really shows the flexibility and growth potential of the platform. The variants that raised an eyebrow or two were the MLRS, Artillery Radar, Air Defence and those carrying Brimstone or possible ground launched SPEAR variants
by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2020, 10:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 608
Views: 123499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Why on earth would one cancel Warrior to replace it with a heavy wheeled vehicle that can't accompany and support Challenger over difficult retain? It would be only over the most extreme types of terrain that the Boxer could not keep up with a Challenger 2, and in those areas even a Challenger 2 wo...
by Lord Jim
26 Sep 2020, 22:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 608
Views: 123499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

And still the majority weapon system on the US Army's Strykers, until the successor to the interim "Dragoon" turret is selected. As I motioned for the British Army this would be an interim solution, allowing the two Mechanised (Heavy) Brigades to be formed, with the plan being to up gun th...
by Lord Jim
26 Sep 2020, 22:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 276463
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ideally it would be modular like on the Merkava IV.
by Lord Jim
26 Sep 2020, 22:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 402
Views: 93845
Location: United Kingdom

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

RunningStrong wrote:What's the appeal of the Pandur?


US Special Forces use it.
by Lord Jim
26 Sep 2020, 11:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 276463
Location: United Kingdom

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

Is point 5 referring to new modular armour for the front of the Hull? Or could it be an add on armour package for both the hull and the "New" turret, basically a TES set for use when deployed operationally. I can also soo any APS purchased being usable by as many platforms as possible, hen...
by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2020, 22:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 608
Views: 123499
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Just read the Julian Nettlefold paper and it does raise numerous points that are hard to ignore. The fact that are few foundations left of any sovereign capacity to design and manufacture AFVs is an issue many on here wish to be blind to. The Warrior CIP production contract has still not been signed...
by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2020, 13:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2098
Views: 346740
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

And how many RB199s were sold to non Tornado users? There are not that many examples of engines designed for one aircraft (fast jet) being used on another these days. Most nations consider them part of a single systems. The Gripen is a rare example from Sweden, not just because it is a foreign engin...
by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2020, 13:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 276463
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ron5 wrote:hat's enough for about 20 tanks. New turrets do not come cheap neither do new optronics.


I stand corrected, I was basing this on a figure some quoted above of around £12M per tank for the upgrade.
by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2020, 13:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 276463
Location: United Kingdom

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

mr.fred wrote:Why would you want to maintain the MBT capability when you also want to cancel the IFVs?


Because the Boxer can carry out the same role, even if it has to wait for a new turret mounting greater firepower. .50cal plus a javelin will do for the time being and will help with funding issues.
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2020, 13:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12234
Views: 1475226
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Mind you we did shift SAR from the RAF to being a wholly Coast Guard task. Given the increased size of the task to patrol our EEZ post Brexit and its increased importance, transforming our Coast Guard into a larger organisation should be a priority of our Government.
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2020, 13:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 215
Views: 58219
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Are there any tech specs on it? Ultimately if it's not as capable but just dirt cheap then that could be every bit as much a failure as less Wedgetails too. All I have found so far is a few articles in the defence and aviation media on the Swedish platform UAE is starting to operate and that is bei...
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2020, 13:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 276463
Location: United Kingdom

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

All efforts by the Army should be concentrated on getting two Regiments worth of Challengers upgraded as per the Rheinmetall proposal. That should give us an MBT roughly on par with the Leopard 2A7V and the M1A2C when fully kited out. That will tide us over until the next generation of AFVs arrive i...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2020, 13:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2098
Views: 346740
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

We are seeing nice presentations to the media and the resultant articles, but we are not going to see what is really going on with TEMPEST until we actually see hardware being either fitted to existing platforms as upgrades, or an actual flying prototype of the 6th Gen platform. At present the progr...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2020, 13:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 215
Views: 58219
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

I have always felt that the RAF Top Brass simply saw the E-7 Wedgetail as being in service and so thought it a safe, low risk option and therefore grabbed it with both hands, Not wanting the complication of a competition involving other systems that were still in development but that would probably ...

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