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by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2021, 09:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 821
Views: 171932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Very funny. No seriously I wouldn't consider Warrior a Heavy APC and neither would I call Ajax a Heavy Recce Vehicle. Weights have gone up across all classes of AFVs, look at what top tier MBTs weigh these days. What I was underhandedly trying to make the point of was if you are happy to have the Wa...
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2021, 09:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 389
Views: 128136
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

If you stick a 120mm in the back of a warrior after cutting a hole in the roof you would have to raise the mortar every time you wanted to fire it. Either that or add extra height to the troop compartment area. The Swedish "Thor's Hammer" twin 120mm gets around this on the CV-90 by again r...
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2021, 01:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Gun 84mm Infantry L14a1 (CARL GUSTAV)
Replies: 29
Views: 13021
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Gun 84mm Infantry L14a1 (CARL GUSTAV)

Back blast is an issue for some rounds but they also have ones that can now be safely fired in enclosed spaces. If conflicts are going to be conducted increasingly in urban areas, a weapon like the M4 CG will become more and more useful.
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2021, 01:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 389
Views: 128136
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Give the Infantry 120mm Mortars, in one form or another depending on unit type and then stick to 155mm and GMLRS/HIMARS for the Royal Artillery. What about the RM and Paras some may say, well the Viking can take a 120mm on its rear half and UGVs could carry a 120mm, requiring set up. If it has to be...
by Lord Jim
21 Jan 2021, 16:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 389
Views: 128136
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Depends how you look at things. You could say any purchase of a wheeled 155mm system to support the Mechanised Brigade is a replacement for the 105mm LG as the latter is the only system currently available able to do that job without hamstringing the deplorability of the Brigades.
by Lord Jim
21 Jan 2021, 16:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 821
Views: 171932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Why are people calling the Ares a "Heavy Armoured APC"? That is like saying Warrior is a Heavy IFV in the same class as the Israeli Namer! Ares is a tracked APC just as Boxer is a wheeled APC.
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2021, 23:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2268
Views: 474074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I support the programme as well I just worry that it will, like so many programmes, slow down to a snails pace as the funding becomes restrictive. I hope I am wrong.
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2021, 11:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2268
Views: 474074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

As with so many things these days a lot depends on how much Governmental funding will be available and when. France sees FCAS as a National Prestige programme and will keep pumping money into it which will also mean the Defence Aerospace manufacturing sector will be protected in France. Germany will...
by Lord Jim
16 Jan 2021, 20:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2268
Views: 474074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Don't forget the trips by Mosquitoes to Sweden and back to also collect high quality ball bearing made by us. Planes had no markings or armament but it appears were also never caught by the Luftwaffe either. As for Gripen and a possible replacement, the Viggen and Gripen almost broke the bank with t...
by Lord Jim
16 Jan 2021, 20:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384366
Location: United Kingdom

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

Yes there will be a lot of potential customers for a next generation Tank in the mid 2030s, but there is going to be stiff competition, not just from the traditional culprits like the USA and a Franco/German collaborations, but newer producers like Korea and Turkey and the Former could be in a very ...
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2021, 20:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384366
Location: United Kingdom

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

If we follow the T-26 idea, there might be a chance of success if the UK designed a Challenger replacement then licenced it to both Canada and Australia, who in return would also provide sub assemblies for all three countries. Other items like the Gun and Power Pack may come form the three members o...
by Lord Jim
14 Jan 2021, 12:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12724
Views: 2548318
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Japan has already developed a new air launched supersonic AShM, and they always seem to be more interested in this role than land attack, with their Self Defence moniker. For the UK the main issue will probably be whether the FCASW is integrated on the F-35B. If the weapon lives up to its billing th...
by Lord Jim
14 Jan 2021, 12:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 270
Views: 78950
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Or was it a simple exchange programme between RAF E-3 Squadrons and the RAAF Wedgetail force, now dressed up as a forward thinking "Seed corn" programme to support the procurement decision.
by Lord Jim
14 Jan 2021, 12:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384366
Location: United Kingdom

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

The K2 which the proposal is based on is a very good tank but it is a tank of today even with the Polanisation rather than a tank for the 2030s and onwards. However compared to the T-72 and the Polish variants, it would be a huge step change in capability. They have even developed a unique 120mm APF...
by Lord Jim
13 Jan 2021, 02:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 333
Views: 97700
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

It is not that massive compared to other launch systems when comparing deck space, though you would probably only get half as many missiles. But it would give you the ability to launch LRASM from the deck rather then a VLS as was the question. Of course if we had put the Mk41 on the T-31 this wouldn...
by Lord Jim
13 Jan 2021, 02:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)
Replies: 65
Views: 22909
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)

Using Para's as a strategic intervention force was not intended to drop them around Murmansk, but rather somewhere with a lower intensity, the sort of thing we used to plan for and what other nations still do. Of coarse follow up forces would be essential and being part of an allied force preferable.
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2021, 13:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 333
Views: 97700
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

As an aside, I haven't seen any mention of LRASM being incorporated with a box launcher for a while. Anyone know if that is still the plan now that up-arming the LCS is out of favour? There is a version of the Mk41 that is deck mounted at around 45 degrees from the vertical, in the developmental st...
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2021, 13:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)
Replies: 65
Views: 22909
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)

It is about time we started to fully exploit the capabilities of the C-17. Next may be we should look at being able to use its range to drop Airborne troops and equipment over strategic distances as part of out "Global" approach and make the Para's once again a go to first responder force.
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2021, 13:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384366
Location: United Kingdom

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

Exactly, the "Euro Tank" is a ways off and could possibly be a replacement for the Challenger 3s, but France and Germany are not going to be in any rush to replace their Leopards and Leclercs until the late 2030s early 2040s really.
by Lord Jim
08 Jan 2021, 21:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 485
Views: 124538
Location: United Kingdom

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

We could see the Infantry Units within 1st Division being based around a regular cadre with the remainder made up of reserves. Say the HQ, one Company and core of the support units were regular then said unit could still be viable for deployment to either Cyprus or the Falklands with the reserves ro...
by Lord Jim
07 Jan 2021, 22:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 419
Views: 124120
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Thats exactly what its designed to do. Are you sure. I understood they were controlling UAVs that were to expand their situational awareness rather than supersonic unmanned platforms hence my question. It this is the case then surely a cheaper platform could do the same job. Isn't this going to put...
by Lord Jim
07 Jan 2021, 22:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 485
Views: 124538
Location: United Kingdom

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

Luke jones wrote:We have the best part of 1000 UOR vehicles in fleet now. Aren't these already doing whats needed?


Many of which are up for disposal at present. The IR may change this however.
by Lord Jim
07 Jan 2021, 07:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5139
Views: 993169
Location: United Kingdom

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

Well the problem will be solved if we adopt the various versions of FCASW that are planned. It will be on Ships, Submarines and Aircraft. SPEAR will do a vary good job in littoral operations though being able to engage numerous targets on land and sea, especially when the EW variant is also availabl...
by Lord Jim
07 Jan 2021, 07:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 691921
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Makes a lot of sense allowing them to interrogate radar contacts over a wide area, be they Spanish or French. :D
by Lord Jim
07 Jan 2021, 06:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1141
Views: 271802
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Just another item to add to our growing "To do" list.

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