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by Jake1992
22 May 2019, 08:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Why would you only have electronic upgrades what makes you think that’s all that could be done over what is to mostly be an 7-8 year period, you could look to improve the Boxers rate of fire over that time or look at the Archers weapons set up on a different vehicle. It’s about having an open mind ...
by Jake1992
21 May 2019, 22:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Why would an As-90 be hundreds or thousands of metres ahead ? You place your SPGs where needed fire quick move quick to your next location you wouldn't just have them sitting there to take counter battery. Because it's faster out of action by up to a minute and nearly as fast over ground. It's abou...
by Jake1992
21 May 2019, 21:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

I believe the supposed figures for the new Russian SPG is meant to be 12-16 RPM with a range of 70km standard ( I’m unaware if they range extended rounds ) As it stands no western SPG comes close, the closest is Archer with extended range rounds at 60km. Except that's not true. The 2S35 Koalitsiya-...
by Jake1992
21 May 2019, 16:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

I am impressed with it rate of fire and leave of protection but god it’s heavy at nearly 56t it really does limit its transportability, I also do still believe that wheeled SPG are the way forward for mobility especially for us since we are going for a large wheeled set up, tracked vehicles will al...
by Jake1992
21 May 2019, 14:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

I am impressed with it rate of fire and leave of protection but god it’s heavy at nearly 56t it really does limit its transportability, I also do still believe that wheeled SPG are the way forward for mobility especially for us since we are going for a large wheeled set up, tracked vehicles will alw...
by Jake1992
21 May 2019, 13:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

a system like Archer that can set up fire 6 rounds and be ready to go in 1:30min and then travel at 65km/h offers more than a slow moving heavy armoured track SPG. That is either equal to, or slower than a PzH2000 can stop and engage from time wise. It has a setup time of 30 seconds, can fire 10 ro...
by Jake1992
21 May 2019, 12:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Honestly the more it comes to it, the more that PzH2000, K9, M109, or a heavily upgraded AS-90 feel like the only true options for the mobile one. Everything else is just flat out too unprotected, too static, or too restricted in its operation compared to the time proven capability of an armoured u...
by Jake1992
21 May 2019, 11:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 215028
Location: United Kingdom

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

For fans of ExLs https://www.janes.com/article/88550/udt-2019-lockheed-martin-touts-exls-success It’s starting to make even more sense for us to move away from the mushrooms and go with ExLS on both the T26 and T31 Has there not yet been any decision taken on what type of silo will be used for CAMM...
by Jake1992
20 May 2019, 23:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

One thing I do think needs to be taken in to account IMO when considering the AS-90 is for it to be A400M transportable, considering we only have a small number of C-17s which will be busy with the heavier Boxers, Ajax and MBTs. No they won't, as we are never going to deploy any sizable force by ai...
by Jake1992
20 May 2019, 18:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

One thing I do think needs to be taken in to account IMO when considering the AS-90 is for it to be A400M transportable, considering we only have a small number of C-17s which will be busy with the heavier Boxers, Ajax and MBTs. So these would be the limit of the next SPG IMO - 37,000 kg (81,600 lb)...
by Jake1992
20 May 2019, 15:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

The Swedes tend to keep their kit in service for a long time, and will probably looking to get at least one or two more decades of use out of their Archers. They have been having a pew problems with them though which they are working to fix. I agree the Archer looks a good choice but against it, as...
by Jake1992
20 May 2019, 13:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1385
Views: 83441
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Seems to be a fairly relentless drip drip of Airbus nigh on begging the UK to come and play with FCAS. Not much from Dassault though... Is this: A) - A sensible idea, 1 has more chance than 2 B) - An attempt to get UK advanced tech into FCAS C) - Just good manners D) - The French have started to re...
by Jake1992
20 May 2019, 13:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

As for a AS-90 replacement, if we are going to buy one system to equip both the Armoured and Mechanised Brigades then the platform chosen needs to be based on the needs of the Mechanised Brigades, so mobility need to be at least equal to the majority of vehicles in these. As a result a wheeled opti...
by Jake1992
19 May 2019, 22:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 17838
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Iv read that early planning has started to take place on the AS-90s replacement and just wanted to hear what the thoughts are out there for what we should be looking at. For me it has to be wheeled just for the over all mobility it’s gives along with distance and speed. The 3 most modern western des...
by Jake1992
18 May 2019, 15:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421683
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

They don’t need to always be filled but it is a lot easier to simply fit the missiles as and when needed than fit extra Mk41s, it’s a matter of flexibility and maximising the use of the design. For example if the were fitted with 12-15 ExLS mid ship this would give them the 48-60 CAMM / CAMM-ER, if...
by Jake1992
18 May 2019, 09:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421683
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Please note 24 more Land attack missiles on 8 hulls means at least 200 more missiles. This will easily amount to 800M GBP which can kill one T26. I don’t like it. The reason why I propose to just replace the mushrooms with the same amount of CAMM, and no mention of Mk 41. But I agree ExLS will make...
by Jake1992
17 May 2019, 20:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421683
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This is what I’ve been saying for a long time now that with ExLS all 48 CAMM or CAMM-ER could be fitted mid ship ( maybe more if desired ) free space up front for 48 Mk41s, personally I’d go for all strike length as it’d give far greater flexibility I really can’t see what the self defence option w...
by Jake1992
17 May 2019, 19:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421683
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If the Royal Navy went for the three cell stand alone ExLS launcher as a start, it could open up a lot of options going forward. Its installation would bring benefits to both the T-26 and T-31e, with the former being able to carry all 48 Sea Ceptor amidships freeing up room up front for additional ...
by Jake1992
16 May 2019, 17:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2769
Views: 142624
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I was wondering how hard would it be to put 2 small hangers either side of the crane just behind the RHIBs, something similar in size to an ISO container for UVA operations ( 1 as a hanger the other as a control room ) ? I was just thinking it could make them more flexible for a relative cheap amount.
by Jake1992
16 May 2019, 13:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 215028
Location: United Kingdom

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



It’s starting to make even more sense for us to move away from the mushrooms and go with ExLS on both the T26 and T31
by Jake1992
16 May 2019, 12:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421683
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Without going too off topic, does this mean we have or will obtain the IP for the Ajax and Boxer when with the sites established in this country for their final assembly? If not it seems we have missed a trick there, but it should be possible to do so as the Ajax is a highly modified ASCOD and we c...
by Jake1992
12 May 2019, 10:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421683
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I agree there is little chance, as the UK government has always looked short term - the unit costs of the FSS built in the UK will be higher but you’ve taken a national capability away and the chance to build something that in the longer term could be competitive building skills and jobs for the ad...
by Jake1992
10 May 2019, 15:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 215028
Location: United Kingdom

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

RetroSicotte wrote:Edging toward theory fleets. Lets all keep it to the news in this one.


Agree we’ve gone off topic let’s move it to current fleet thread
by Jake1992
10 May 2019, 15:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 215028
Location: United Kingdom

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

I could stomach this only if a large number of multi mission sloops ( like the black swan, Venari 95 ) were purchased to fill the gaps, say around 20+ to do mcm, survey, costal ASW and low threat security ( ain’t piracy, wave the flag ) But "more money" is NOT likely to come. AND, if no m...
by Jake1992
10 May 2019, 14:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 215028
Location: United Kingdom

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

I would hesitate to call the RN version "underarmed". That was not my intent. No the T26s are not under armed compared to past RN standards but the difference is that in the past the RN left anti ship and land strike predominantly to the carriers and subs yet we have seen a dramatic drop ...

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