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by Jake1992
23 Sep 2019, 09:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

To say that we need more T26 or more capable T26 just because we have to over-match two of our closest allies is nonsense. We will not be fighting Canada or Australia. The RN needs to spend its budget to meet its actual needs and not spend it so you can win a game of top trumps. See and this is why...
by Jake1992
22 Sep 2019, 19:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

5 x River b2, so what is the likely hood of getting the river B1 replaced ? I can see RN getting a few minehunter type vessels that will do the OPV jobs aswell ? To me it makes more sense to start to build a multi mission sloop around the mid to late 20s, this could be based on the RB2 basic design...
by Jake1992
22 Sep 2019, 00:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

If they can reduce the height of the Boxer 155mm SPG then it should become a serious contender. Remember with the Boxer what is being developed is a Mission Module not the whole vehicle, which would also include any stability items as well. It will be interesting to see if such a modified Boxer bas...
by Jake1992
21 Sep 2019, 15:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Are the RB2s really the best vessel for the C3 ? Yes they could do the mcm, survey and Littoral ASW but are no best designed to. Surely something with an open work deck and covered work area in front with at least a UAV hanger and multiple dividends and cranes would be better. A Venari 95 or modern...
by Jake1992
21 Sep 2019, 12:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Are the RB2s really the best vessel for the C3 ? Probably not no, I still like the Venator 80 design. However, it’s what we have and with the 4 B1s (yes, I want to keep HMS Clyde), with some modification they could do a decent job till the late 2020s when a new design can be built. I agree they can...
by Jake1992
21 Sep 2019, 11:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Given what has been talked about i.e 3 more T-31 and more Rivers if we could end up with a fleet of 6 x type 45 to be replaced by 8 new ship 8 x type 26 8 x type 31 8 x OPV's we would be in a great place with 16 C1's , 8 C2's and 8 C3's Are the RB2s really the best vessel for the C3 ? Yes they coul...
by Jake1992
21 Sep 2019, 10:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The more I look in to it with out design a bespoke design our selfs the best option in the updated Box 155mm. The updates to the design bring it down to 3.2m in hight ( same as a G6 ) to make it fully transportable by train An improved rate of fire to 8 RPM from 6 ( still a bit low for me but not ba...
by Jake1992
19 Sep 2019, 16:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10390
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

...howabout the cancelling of appr. half of the order volume, bcz the 30 mm from another supplier could do more damage (ref: the trials... go and find them) I know it. But, 76mm did not come in, anyway. Also, even with the report, USN is still using 57mm gun. I guess, the report is correct in some ...
by Jake1992
18 Sep 2019, 16:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Ok I am open to suggestions. Under current status, the Strike Brigades are held to the Ajax's speed anyway. So an SPG the likes of the PzH, K9 and such like are matching the mobility. Yes, it's dumb that Ajax has been ball and chained to them, but that's what it is. There is also the very viable ar...
by Jake1992
18 Sep 2019, 09:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 200782
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

brexit will determine the numbers needed for UK EEZ Isn't that purely a question of retaining B1s (and for how long)? - though the impact will be felt in other parts of the navy as manning does dot appear from 'nowhere'. MCM fleet has been mentioned in the early efforts; but if we talking about mor...
by Jake1992
18 Sep 2019, 09:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 200782
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

In my opinion all this talk about up-arming the OPV's is a classic case of mission creep. Patrolling around the Falklands, Gibraltar and the Caribbean does not require anything more than a 30mm. If that changes then it's the job for a Frigate or Corvette anyway. The RB2's should concentrate on patr...
by Jake1992
18 Sep 2019, 08:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 200782
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

It all depends what we’ll want them to do. At the low end it could be something like an extra 2 30mm with all 3 having LLM At the higher end we could have a 57mm up front, 2 30mm with LLM and 2 permanent ISO’s one either side of the funnel / crane one to house and maintain a UAV the other as it’s c...
by Jake1992
17 Sep 2019, 21:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 200782
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

It all depends what we’ll want them to do. At the low end it could be something like an extra 2 30mm with all 3 having LLM At the higher end we could have a 57mm up front, 2 30mm with LLM and 2 permanent ISO’s one either side of the funnel / crane one to house and maintain a UAV the other as it’s co...
by Jake1992
16 Sep 2019, 19:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Lord Jim wrote: Of course those who want our next mobile gun to be as well protected as a MBT will not be happy or agree.Bit of a strawman, no-one has suggested that. Things like the AS-90 and Pzh2000 are not even moderately in the same universe as MBT level protected.The real issue is more having ...
by Jake1992
16 Sep 2019, 16:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It’s a bit miss leading though as we spend a disproportionate amount on our navy compared to the US ( rightly so IMO ) If you look at the army numbers and there equipment as well as the Air Force you’ll find we don’t have a 14% odd make up compared to the US. If we are to compare figures like this ...
by Jake1992
16 Sep 2019, 15:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Mmh not sure if people going to agree or even like this but maybe rn escort fleet getting that small and under equipped that maybe in hind sight it might have been better rn trying not to have 2 large carriers or any carriers all and just have gone for very well top notch escorts and subs and not t...
by Jake1992
15 Sep 2019, 20:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 15492
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Not sure where to post this but this seems as good a place as any. Iv been wondering with the recent showing by BTM of their new Ellida concept could this be aimed at the proposed HADR platforms for the DFID by HMG? If equipped with a large medical facility ( modular or permanent ) these could be sp...
by Jake1992
15 Sep 2019, 09:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 64847
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

- Given the focus on the challenges of resupply, will the “FLSS” part be focused on Aviation and Solid Supply Support? Back more towards the JSBL requirement?. This was spoken about up thread with the showing of the Ellida concept, I did mention that this concept was very much like a KD with what i...
by Jake1992
15 Sep 2019, 09:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yes, I think they'll get 24 Camm, and I'm almost certain they'll get the space for the 8 ASM's, but not the actual ASM's (upon commission at least, hopefully they'll get them later down the line) I think we could very well get them with the transfer of equipment from the T23s, we have 13 sets that ...
by Jake1992
15 Sep 2019, 07:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yes, I think they'll get 24 Camm, and I'm almost certain they'll get the space for the 8 ASM's, but not the actual ASM's (upon commission at least, hopefully they'll get them later down the line) I think we could very well get them with the transfer of equipment from the T23s, we have 13 sets that ...
by Jake1992
14 Sep 2019, 23:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1299
Views: 92311
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Do we know yet for sure what variants are being ordered and what are just maybes ? To me it needs to be wide ranging for the strike brigades to work, something like this in varying numbers. - APC - Command & Control - Reece - IFV - Recover & Repair - Logistics - 120mm Mortar - Anti Tank - 15...
by Jake1992
14 Sep 2019, 09:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1477
Views: 113342
Location: United Kingdom

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

150 Challenger 2 with the upgrade seems too few. It might be sufficient perhaps if the direct fires version of the Ajax was purchased though. Not that I realistically expect that to happen at any stage. IMO I can see the army holding off on any 120mm Ajax ( even if allowed them ) until they get a m...
by Jake1992
13 Sep 2019, 21:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601450
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

One thing I have been wondering on the A140 design is how come they went for 2 small boat bays side by side and not one larger bay that could can 2 small boats nose to nose or one larger boat ?
by Jake1992
13 Sep 2019, 16:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 200782
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

We have seen the Thai B2 design fitted with 76mm and decoys plus a mock up of the second Thai navy B2 with anti-ship missiles so it is doable but why the RN would want to go that far is the question that grabbing me . We have talked in past about what could be done with a B2 and what could fitted a...
by Jake1992
12 Sep 2019, 23:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 64847
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

It’s a complex area and being flexible I think will be key. It will demand a need to be constantly engaged in areas we consider a priority simple because it can change so rapidly. I don’t think we can go barging into the domain with both feet without knowing what we’re getting into. Controlling the...

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