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by benny14
03 Aug 2018, 19:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4103
Views: 188264
Location: United Kingdom

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

A thread on the journey...
by benny14
03 Aug 2018, 12:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4103
Views: 188264
Location: United Kingdom

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

Five are apparently on their way today. Due to arrive this evening.
by benny14
01 Aug 2018, 05:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warthog All Terrain Tracked Carrier (ATTC) (British Army)
Replies: 31
Views: 3457
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warthog All Terrain Tracked Carrier (ATTC) (British Army)

From some accounts the Warthog is a piece of crap. They want to dump them just like they want to dump the Panther vehicles. Last thing we want is multiple fleets doing the same job. Warthog is no longer needed and is a drain on resources.
by benny14
31 Jul 2018, 12:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warthog All Terrain Tracked Carrier (ATTC) (British Army)
Replies: 31
Views: 3457
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warthog All Terrain Tracked Carrier (ATTC) (British Army)

Little J wrote:And they couldn't be sold/gifted to a friendly nation?

Now that is a waste :cry:

They are still up for sale.
by benny14
31 Jul 2018, 09:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warthog All Terrain Tracked Carrier (ATTC) (British Army)
Replies: 31
Views: 3457
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warthog All Terrain Tracked Carrier (ATTC) (British Army)

Those will be the 17 destroyed by IEDs. The other 85 should still be up for sale given the timeframe.
by benny14
26 Jul 2018, 23:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598839
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

seaspear wrote:Is there any consideration of using the baseline two phalanx

Fairly sure all are either already upgraded or in the process of been upgraded to version 1B.
by benny14
24 Jul 2018, 22:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598839
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If there was a reason to scramble QE this is it. Fires in Greece, a need for Helicopters there, she should go now! Best possible PR and she could really make a difference. One of the reasons she exists. Not worth devastating her trials schedule for a token gesture. If we want to help, fly the helic...
by benny14
24 Jul 2018, 22:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 255
Views: 19047
Location: United Kingdom

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

shark bait wrote:The government to government price to the U.K. before integration is a little over double the price you worked out. I've been told that price is closer to $700k.

Does that include the theatre entry gear? If so, then still cheaper than Foxhound by a mile.
by benny14
24 Jul 2018, 22:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 357754
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I take the current situation as BAE saw Arrowhead and realized that they could not compete within the price range, so pulled out of the competition. This results in there been only one company in the competition, hence it needs to be reworked, either requirements change, or the price cap raised to b...
by benny14
23 Jul 2018, 23:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598839
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think at least one of the Phalanx guns has been fitted, on the starboard side just in front of the forward island. Look back to my 13th July post to find the video when Portsmouth FC visited the ship, its in the first few seconds. You'll see what I mean. Found this one as well. https://pbs.twimg....
by benny14
14 Jul 2018, 11:34
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4103
Views: 188264
Location: United Kingdom

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

Of the multi-platform choices we do not use the air-launched weapon that LRASM was derived from so that leaves just the updated Harpoon and NSM/JSM (that share components) as good choices. I agree. We wont see a decision on this until 2020-21 at the earliest. Potential that it might be gapped due t...
by benny14
14 Jul 2018, 09:56
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4103
Views: 188264
Location: United Kingdom

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

I wonder if the RN is going to have to wait until the 2030s as well for a replacement for Harpoon? A couple days ago the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff for Military Capability said that an interim Harpoon replacement is not funded in the equipment plan. He said that they are looking at options d...
by benny14
12 Jul 2018, 03:04
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4103
Views: 188264
Location: United Kingdom

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

If anyone was watching the defence committee meeting today on future ASM. They said the F-35 is going to get the future joint UK-French ASM. So we are going to have to wait until the 2030s until we have dedicated air-launched ASM... Also seems that the P8 is not getting Harpoons, I think we might be...
by benny14
30 Jun 2018, 13:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 255
Views: 19047
Location: United Kingdom

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

Caribbean wrote:At $1.30 to the £ , that's approx. £237,000 each - so within the £250k target price.

Might get them even cheaper if we wait until they start full rate production next year.
by benny14
30 Jun 2018, 00:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 255
Views: 19047
Location: United Kingdom

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

"U.S. Army has placed a $484 million order for 1,574 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles" "To date, Oshkosh has produced more than 2,000 JLTVs and has delivered more than 1,600 JLTVs to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. A Full Rate Production (FRP) decision is expected in FY19." https://...
by benny14
24 Jun 2018, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 357754
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Remember there is the need for between £2.5Bn and £4Bn a year to cover the already underfunded Equipment programme. Not sure where you got that number from. It is between £4.9bn and £20.8bn. That means there needs to be roughly an increase of between £500m and £2bn a year. “The Department’s Equipme...
by benny14
21 Jun 2018, 21:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3780
Views: 186366
Location: United Kingdom

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

abc123 wrote:I agree, if the RN has no enough sailors allready and has no realistic hope to solve that in future- then reduction to six Type 26 actually makes sense.

If we are going down the manpower route. 8/9 Type 26s, cut the Type 31. Give up on the Gulf fantasy deployment.
by benny14
21 Jun 2018, 17:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3780
Views: 186366
Location: United Kingdom

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

Tempest414 wrote:but the wine is better and cheaper and for most part so is the weather

I forgot you have good weather. Canada it is.

shark bait wrote:Its not that bad is it?

Not the end of the world. Just fed up with defence been a joke in the UK. France seems to take it seriously.
by benny14
21 Jun 2018, 10:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3780
Views: 186366
Location: United Kingdom

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

If we cut the Type 26 order to 6, I am moving to France.
by benny14
19 Jun 2018, 01:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4103
Views: 188264
Location: United Kingdom

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

jimthelad wrote:There are virgins left in the States

Everyone in the States got fucked when Trump won the election. So definitely no virgins.
by benny14
18 Jun 2018, 06:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598839
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

whitelancer wrote:Do you really think it needs it?

Most likely not, but it seems incredibly laxed. Also nice to see they are still allowing drones to fly close to it.
by benny14
17 Jun 2018, 21:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598839
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The Armchair Soldier wrote:Some nice aerial footage of Queen Elizabeth in Penzance here:

No force protection in the air or on deck. Potentially a single police boat far behind it.
by benny14
16 Jun 2018, 01:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 794
Views: 41124
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

Ron5 wrote:I think Protector is only part of the Ajax peace keeping configuration. For war it is replaced with an EO sight. If so you need to look elsewhere for your ATGM mount.

Fair enough. The supporting variants will be equipped with it though, so there is a possibility.
by benny14
15 Jun 2018, 23:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 794
Views: 41124
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

Entire capabilities cannot be done reactively. "Okay everyone, rotate the entire army's main armoured vehicle back to the UK for a few months, we need to add a new weapon to it, and retrain the armoured units in its operation, maintenance and tactics. Wait, what do you mean the war's already o...
by benny14
15 Jun 2018, 20:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 794
Views: 41124
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

What the British Army has is excellent platforms. They have the potential to be the best in the world. They have the space, the means, the options and the fitting I agree. Ajax remains only a gun vehicle, for example. And having lost the direct fire and overwatch variants, Ajax routes absolutely re...

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