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by ArmChairCivvy
14 May 2015, 09:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)
Replies: 149
Views: 14254
Location: United Kingdom

Re: C130J

Demanding flight ops? Like turning it around, also to leave, not just to arrive (Operation Mikado, anyone?).
- a bit like why have Puma when there are (were) Merlins around. The Wildcat being too small on many occasions
by ArmChairCivvy
14 May 2015, 09:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 86024
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

I wonder what's wrong with the latest Abrams... just drop a diesel into it? At least would not need to play catch-up with getting a state of the art penetrator round for it (the current Parliament might even accept DU if someone carefully explained what needs to be achieved with it)? The Italian JV ...
by ArmChairCivvy
12 May 2015, 10:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1155
Views: 58935
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (RN)

If you get it right, never miss an opportunity to gold plate it (aus.com news site): ""That hasn’t stopped the Abbott Government examining the $13 billion idea to turn our newest troop-carrying warships into aircraft carriers. But a review of the proposal to buy F-35B “jump jets” for our t...
by ArmChairCivvy
09 May 2015, 18:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 20
Views: 3531
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

A good question, as Pinzgauer was/is about the largest vehicle that can be airdropped, using the platform that goes together with the Hercs. I hope to be corrected, but there is no such platform (yet?)for A400Ms? Dropping artilery to support the first wave of light forces was a focal point for a joi...
by ArmChairCivvy
09 May 2015, 13:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 86024
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

Agreed, and while the difference between the two concepts normally is about economics, we can bring in the doctrine as well (economy of force; the Army chose to use c. 5bn on AHs having weighed the relative merits of the two platforms). ...Ahh, using the back arrow seems to be dangerous on this plat...
by ArmChairCivvy
09 May 2015, 12:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 86024
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

Quite agree with Ch2 being OK for a while. The 3 remaining heavy bdes are mechanised, not tank, in their nature and quite rightly focus on combined arms operations. Btw, the all mighty Leo is lacking behind in penetrator development, and even when a new one will arrive (2017?), only the Mk 7s can ta...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 May 2015, 10:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 328
Views: 23246
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (Army Air Corps)

Now that we save some by reducing the numbers, and some more through remanufacture (not decided yet), here is a good way to use the extra dime: http://breakingdefense.com/2015/05/grey-eagle-apache-run-shows-techs-not-enough-to-use-drones-ya-gotta-have-doctrine/?utm_source=Breaking+Defense&utm_ca...

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