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by ArmChairCivvy
30 Sep 2019, 08:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Continuing the 'monologue' - while the importance of long-ranged c-battery should not be forgotten "the [US] Army’s development of a maneuverable[as in 'Iskander'] long-range precision fire missile, urging the service to look into design tools and additive manufacturing technologies that can be...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Sep 2019, 01:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

rate of fire has been mentioned, but MRSI has not. Obviously, as an opening salvo, the two are related (Archer ticks this box; how about the other alternatives?) OK, the Danes got a good deal (abt e3 mln) for each of their improved CAESARs. If you want (semi-) autoloading giving you sustained 6 rpm...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2019, 11:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Your argument about weight of fire (neglected for many years) is valid. Counter-battery actions/ capabilities can determine who gets to do the first mentioned actions, so all aspects of this latter capability will need to be carefully considered: like immediate and persistent ability to respond (air...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2019, 10:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

"Question A. was in two parts"
ArmChairCivvy wrote:rockets to a maximum range of fifty-six miles [how much more is that than the 70-km sniper's range?]

... so the exam question needs to be read again:
Stal wrote:BM 30 is on a truck, not a Boxer-like chassis
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2019, 10:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 9
Views: 781
Location: United Kingdom

Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

I will be eager to hear if (and when) the prgrm will pick up from the Anglo-French MCM prgrm - this announcement might also answer the question as to "why" - when the French pretty much made their announcement not long ago - the corresponding RN announcement was pencilled into 2020. Could ...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2019, 10:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 610015
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

That amount would supply the Mk45 and auto mag although CMS intergation costs are difficult to quantify. As an alternative, an extra £60m would probably give the T31 an ASW capability roughly comparable to the FTI. It's a question of priorities but ideally it needs to be an extra £120m and fit both...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2019, 09:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Why go for a 2 million GBP chassis if you can put it on a 200.000 GBP one ? Before dismissing the alternative, A. BM-30 Smerch can fire twelve three-hundred-millimeter rockets to a maximum range of fifty-six miles [how much more is that than the 70-km sniper's range?]. B. Smerch is also unique in b...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2019, 08:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

identifying and channelling opposition forces that will be one of the key roles of the Strike Brigades so that theses assets can be brought to bear. A good way of putting the aspiration for a divisional-strength manoeuvre force. However, we also need to recognise that (initially) the one (or two) S...
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2019, 21:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

All guides systems use a combination of GPS and inertial navigation, and later units are implementing seeker heads. No one is naive enough to think we'll always have GPS control. One option that might be revisited of 155mm munitions is that of laser guidance, to allow precision fire as long as some...
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2019, 20:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 610015
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Should have mentioned no helicopter flight deck/hanger as well as the limited CIWS. https://corporalfrisk.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/laivue2020_kaksialusta_20190204_fullhd.jpg?w=640 the image clearly shows how the CIWS has been traded for a helo deck+ hangar ... the design grew quite a bit (may no...
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2019, 11:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 65972
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Yes. as for transporting goods to or from the UK energy might not count as "goods" and on the relative scale UK's energy dependency https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/images/0/08/Energy_dependency_rate_%E2%80%94_all_products%2C_2007_and_2017.png is not bad compared to the r...
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2019, 09:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

And cost matters....we need shells, lots of shells to be able to conduct suppressive fire missions (we no longer have submunitions) we need guided munitions 155 and 227. I guess the 227 ref is to GMLRS and there we have only the pinpoint target type of warhead, no AW (which is available) for suppre...
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2019, 06:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

This together with relatively cheap running cost and smaller logistical requirements compared to tracked platforms, and the most likely cheaper acquisition and support costs compared to the RCH155, whilst being a very effective weapon system put it in first place \as far as I am concerned. If we en...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 21:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114431
Location: United Kingdom

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

Lord Jim wrote: looking at what version of[ both] Ajax

sights = Orion
... standardisation is good.

So one and a half hundred of these, and two and a half hundred of Ajax
= 400, not much.

But put in all the other frontline vehicles, and it is starting to look much better
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 20:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 286409
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ron5 wrote:Trivial pursuit: what was the last RN warship class to be delivered at original budget?


For the winners :lolno:
- the last RN warship class that did not get cut back as for numbers
- REF: Q1 :lol:
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 20:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10517
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

OOps; the tungsten cloud (conical), vs. AB (programmed by individual round as for the right distance) vs. fragmenting (in any, whatsoever, other way)
... discuss!
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 20:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Protection good.[1] Tactical mobility somewhere short[2] of tracks. [1] Who says? Top heaviness. and recoil forces playing with that often bring to the fore that the level of protection is only good against 7.62 ball or AP? Do we have the facts? [2] yes, but intra-theatre? What is the 60/40; 80/20....
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 14:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10517
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

RapidFire® T40AA system is capable of intercepting helicopters, drones or light craft up to a distance of 4000 m So, sticking to that "same" category: Rapidfire 40mm 5 x 0.98 = 4.9 kg in 1.5 sec Millennium 35mm 25 x 0.75 = 18.75 kg in 1.5 sec hmmm... :think: [where is the emoji for "...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 12:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Wikipedia suggest that a corps could have brigades, battlegroups and supporting battalions. i.e. everything and anything, as Wiki often does Virtually no information about army corps [...] composition exists in public realm. Asked a Finnish contact to use his google (optimised for the country &...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 10:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 65972
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

priority in SDSR 2025? We are obviously too busy with other :) things to bother with a 2020 round... and quite rightly so, as the available funding will be determined by the outcome of these "other things". But it would be rude not to answer the question poised: here goes 5. More T26 and ...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 09:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 65972
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Versatility is the key. If the FLSS hits the water in the next two years it should become operational by around 2023/2024. I agree about versatility. Persistence is also important as if you are not present at all, then you don't count... and ticking this point (in more than one location, at times) ...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 08:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 65972
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

a small crossover LPH/Expeditionary Sea Base


Nicely 'coined' :thumbup:
- small as in the force normally projected/ embarked (ferry function aside; as part of a larger TF)
- not small as for ship size as persistence is part of the core mission
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2019, 08:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

what kind of formation I was projecting the choices into the BA army context: - bns/ BGs don't have organic artillery (attaching and so on; yes, I know) - we don't have divisions (and DAG was done away with a long time ago)... so in the BA context brigade-level (rolling off the 1 Artllery Bde barra...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 21:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14815
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

If we are buying specifically for the Strike Bdes (and potentially for others, like AI), then a couple of things don't seem to come to surface (yes the normal: high ROF, both precision and mass of fire, the latter by adding the limber for rapid replenishment, they are all good and they are there). -...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2019, 18:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 27837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

the current one is MAST-13 which is 13m long too big for type 26 Well, the A-frame on Hunts can, hopefully, still manage one (instead of the two ARCIMs) http://navyrecognition.com/images/stories/news/2018/may/First_Unmanned_Minesweeping_System_Handed_Over_to_Royal_Navy_3.jpg The frigate may be the ...

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