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by Lord Jim
21 Apr 2021, 00:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3747
Views: 836695
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

All of the above could also be applied to the T-31. They are not fully fledged warship by any stretch of the imagination, but rather larger better armed Patrol vessels, with little ability to operate in a medium or high threat environment. The only real contribution in such a conflict would be their...
by Lord Jim
20 Apr 2021, 11:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: DROPS MMLC & IMMLC
Replies: 14
Views: 8656
Location: United Kingdom

Re: DROPS MMLC & IMMLC

Well it looks like the Army has successfully completed the upgrade of 300+ MAN trucks with the replacement for DROPS the Enhanced Palletised Load System, or EPLS. Shows that good thing can happen away from the spotlight.
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by Lord Jim
18 Apr 2021, 08:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 499
Views: 157274
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

This should definitely be looked at if we go down the 120mm Mortar route for supporting the high readiness BCTs as well as equipping the Mortar Platoons of the Heavy and Light BCTs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMbjaighon4 As shown it is an ideal system for urban conflict and could be used agains...
by Lord Jim
17 Apr 2021, 22:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

There's a history of land weapon systems being put in or on boxes to go to sea. All have failed to date. I am not aware of any current proposal. But enough of this nonsense. To put the proverbial Cat amongst the Pigeons, what about the containerised Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb currently bei...
by Lord Jim
17 Apr 2021, 07:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Why are we talking about having a container full of CAMMs sitting on a B2 River.
by Lord Jim
16 Apr 2021, 20:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Not having to deploy stabilisers before firing could be a capability that moves this option up the list of replacements for the AS-90. Whether this would out way the additional cost, which again we have no way of knowing, is therefore anyone's guess. But the Drive Module for the Boxer will be being ...
by Lord Jim
14 Apr 2021, 15:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 34494
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

I suppose we could get a few pf AW189s to shuttle around important people and Politicians in a certain level of comfort.
by Lord Jim
14 Apr 2021, 15:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Ideally we need to start thinking about fitting more than eight AShMs to a platform. Against peer opponents it will not be one shot, one kill, but a need to saturate an opponents defences. This is also going to be a problem for the F-35Bs using SPEAR 3 in the AShM role as they will need to succeed i...
by Lord Jim
12 Apr 2021, 22:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4341
Views: 1001719
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

From an article in Military Technology magazine on the Italian Navy's future plans, it seems that for its new PPA Light Frigates the full variant will be equipped with Aster 15/30 whilst the Light Plus and Light Variants will get CAMM-ER quad packed in the Sylver VLS.
by Lord Jim
12 Apr 2021, 10:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 118
Views: 7953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

ETH. Everything you have said is along the same lines I was following with a few minor changes. When I stated that the T-31 or possibly the T032 could form the basis for the T-83 I must admit I was thinking more along the lines of then parental design rather than the Arrowhead 140. But the more I th...
by Lord Jim
11 Apr 2021, 02:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 365
Views: 130257
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Just had a thought, regarding BABELFISH 7, surely this alters the Air Tanker contract. If it can be done for this what about other changes lie fitting an upper cargo door or even a Boom on some of the fleet.
by Lord Jim
11 Apr 2021, 01:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

A Hi/Low mix would make a lot of sense especially if both could also be air launched or even sub launched. Going down that route a fully agree that upgrading existing stocks of buying new Harpoon Blk II+ would be the way to go for the Interim Missile, but if the cost are as low as some sources state...
by Lord Jim
11 Apr 2021, 01:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 118
Views: 7953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

The T-83 needs to dovetail into the end of production of the T-26 in order to keep the workforce in place and the planned drum beat for new warships ongoing. The production of the the T-31 and then T-32 elsewhere should do the same, with both combining for the T-83 and eventually the successor to th...
by Lord Jim
08 Apr 2021, 16:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 118
Views: 7953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

Using the BMD Arleigh Burkes Flight IIIs as a yard stick would be a good place to start, though a bit more tonnage from the start may help as the former are pushing the AB hull etc. to its limit. By the time we order these it should be known how far the Aster 30 BMD capability has been taken and thi...
by Lord Jim
08 Apr 2021, 08:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I am hoping that the second Light BCT will be equipped with variants of the MRV(P) programme as and when they are delivered, eventually the same should happen to the first, but that will have to make do with the Jackals and Foxhounds as mentioned in order to stand up sooner. The second will either h...
by Lord Jim
07 Apr 2021, 22:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

That is so and that is the standard the USN is upgrading its Harpoon stocks to.
by Lord Jim
07 Apr 2021, 16:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Ron5 wrote:Recently RM announced a 30mm Skyranger turret that seems to be more Boxer sized.

Well that fits the bill quite nicely, and could also carry a couple of either Starstreak or LMM as well, just gets better and better.
by Lord Jim
07 Apr 2021, 11:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

If we want the simplest solution to which system to purchase for the Interim SSM requirement then the Boeing upgrade of the Block I Harpoon to Block II is the best answer in my opinion. It totally refurbishes the missiles and bring them up to the latest standard. Our existing launchers can be used w...
by Lord Jim
07 Apr 2021, 11:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 499
Views: 157274
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Most likely, but I would still like to see a purchase of a MAN 6x6 based HIMARS platform to support forces deployed further afield than Germany, keeping the M270B1s in Europe as part of the Deep Strike BCT, possibly forward based in eastern Germany or Poland. The current HIMARS's FCS is what the M27...
by Lord Jim
07 Apr 2021, 11:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I agree that the RA/RHA should keep the main responsibility for air defence which is why I organised the Boxer SPAA platforms into such Regiments which would then be taken form the Support Pool and allocated to a Combat Team when it deployed operationally if required. From what I have read Starstrea...
by Lord Jim
07 Apr 2021, 10:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Only heavy and light; where did Medium disappear to? Or did we get Medium-heavy and Light-medium

Is the Eagle V the 4x4 or the 6x6 variant? Are you sure of the price differential between the Boxer CVR and the Jaguar CVR. I know the former is better protected and has greater mobility and load carrying capacity with the option of six dismounts but four times the price seems a bit strange given th...
by Lord Jim
07 Apr 2021, 02:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 499
Views: 157274
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

How the US Army is upping it EW capabilities especially with its Stryker Brigades could be worth examining. That said we have always been pretty good at this sort of thing though it is a rarely publicised capability and we do not know what the units in 6th Division already have on the go or in devel...
by Lord Jim
07 Apr 2021, 02:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Pairing a Boxer/Starstreak platform and a Boxer/Shy Ranger platform as fire teams would be the way to go, allocating a pair to each Company and Squadron in the BCT. This would mean around 16 of each vehicle per BCT, which with support vehicles etc. would equate to a Regiment from the Royal Artillery...
by Lord Jim
07 Apr 2021, 02:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Only heavy and light; where did Medium disappear to? Or did we get Medium-heavy and Light-medium

Doesn't the article mention a couple of times that the Army is now looking to accelerate the production, possibly buying more off the German production line whilst the UK sites get up to speed, or at least this would be the simplest option. I also hope it is now intended to have the Heavy BCTs organ...

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