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by ArmChairCivvy
08 May 2019, 10:27
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4146
Views: 213526
Location: United Kingdom

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

The reason for this entry being posted onto this thread is at the end, in bold. India did not buy at the offered price that was not 'damn costly' the Su-57 designs, prototypes (and tooling :!: ) so now they (Russia) want to sell the turkey... to Turkey :) . DID of today tells us: "Russia wants ...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 May 2019, 22:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9800
Views: 417725
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It is understood that what the MoD terms “government-furnished equipment” - thought to cover items including weapons and sophisticated software - will now not be included in the costing. We knew this all along; tilts the table in one direction a partnership of BAE Systems and Cammell Laird, and gro...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 May 2019, 21:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82605
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

As far as the pilot is concerned they should be interfacing with a single off board system. pre -programmed... with some autonomy. Otherwise you will need the backseat driver? A penetrating fighter, the Navy doesn’t have to do that.{>>>}Instead, the USN would conduct penetrating airstrikes against ...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 May 2019, 21:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 256
Views: 21969
Location: United Kingdom

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

Frenchie wrote:It is not right to advertise for vehicles of its own country :D
:lol: :lol:

We know
... but this is like the Wimbledon (and the Scots don't turn out any AFVs :) )
by ArmChairCivvy
06 May 2019, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41629
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

combined FSS, FLSS and T31 budgets Quite right to group them all together. Nato reaches from the Barents Sea to the Tropic of Cancer ( no chasing of Capricorns! :D ), and only for Ops/ presence further out we need any/ all of those. - our presence in the Gulf, at the scale it has been, neatly falls...
by ArmChairCivvy
06 May 2019, 10:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41629
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

something much more rounded in thought that just sending a naval vessel. agree v much with this broader thought, while being pedantic If we send the carrier group on a cruise to the Far East then that’s all we do that year, we cant send another one to Africa or the gulf or where ever. the two indic...
by ArmChairCivvy
06 May 2019, 10:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41629
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

This leads to only one conclusion if the fulcrum of global geopolitics moves away from europe to asia - we must go with it. So, yes, we are going to spread limited resources more thinly, and it is unquestionably the right thing to do to spread them thinner in europe. To give an extreme example - th...
by ArmChairCivvy
06 May 2019, 09:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41400
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

I think we will have to contend with one of the FLSSs to squeeze HMS Aboukir (Bay) in; was a Cressy-class armoured cruiser
- the name would suit as they will venture (and be seen, unlike the Dreadnoughts) to far away lands
by ArmChairCivvy
06 May 2019, 09:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 189
Views: 17767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

That would make sense; we might still be getting our G's - but JLTV would need doors and armour removing, to be lifted by them or will this "the aircraft's payload capacity will increase more than 1,814kg (4,000lb), Boeing says. apply to the G's as well as to F's ... and will that increase be e...
by ArmChairCivvy
06 May 2019, 08:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 11654
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

contract run they will have 35 crew plus 30 RN giving a crew of 60+ And this will be no different from the Points when they are sent to nastier parts of the world. Though the RM contingent could be anything between a section and a platoon (as this is never committed to print... or at least I haven'...
by ArmChairCivvy
06 May 2019, 08:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 256
Views: 21969
Location: United Kingdom

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

But we should also remember that Russian tactics are heavily based on high volumes of artillery and that when you start protecting against that at all angles you are rapidly climbing the STANAG levels and in all the wrong places (high on the chassis). Agreed. And in a way this answers the question ...
by ArmChairCivvy
06 May 2019, 08:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9800
Views: 417725
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

- Purchase and refit HMS Clyde to continue as FIGS for say £50mn. She is off to Brazil? On the list, the first 250 mln is a premise. The others I would not do. - as for the money above, I would back bringing the 2nd LPD out of reserve, this would allow each CSG to have a LPD available plus Singleto...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 May 2019, 10:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 189
Views: 17767
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Let's see what happens with the order for nearly half a thousand improved Chinooks " Boeing granted CH-47F Block II contract after cancellation fears On Jan 11, 2019 The US Army granted Boeing a low rate initial production contract for the CH-47F Block II Chinook " ... all four of them, wi...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 May 2019, 08:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 11654
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

Caribbean wrote:additional catering staff and that's about it. Thirteen extra bodies

Tempest414 wrote:a type 23 /45 has galley team of 10 to 14

Tempest414 wrote:between 120 to 300 people embarked at any time

I knew something had been forgotten: with 45 days + 45 RAS'sed days on top... that's a lot of laundry :)
by ArmChairCivvy
05 May 2019, 04:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41629
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

yet our Government wants to spread out limited resources even thinner by adopting this aspiration to be a global player Not too dissimilar from the way that EU's CSP is evolving ... for once we could be "an equal partner". Trump wants costs +50% surcharge. I thought he was from NYC; not a...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 May 2019, 04:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 256
Views: 21969
Location: United Kingdom

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

there is a danger here that people desire to forget the lessons of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, believing that the lessons regarding protection levels are not relevant to conventional operations and manoeuvre combat. here may be, but the US army will use their JLTVs exactly for those ops, with...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 May 2019, 04:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 85424
Location: United Kingdom

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

would we keep them in the Armoured Infantry Brigades to be used in Battle Groups composed of units from these formations or do we spread them even thinner by attaching squadrons It will not be the first time if I say that we are on our way of having the Matilda infantry tank (again). should have bo...
by ArmChairCivvy
04 May 2019, 22:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 256
Views: 21969
Location: United Kingdom

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

- limit the JLTV order to intervention (16X and 3CDO) and follow-on (Strike BDEs) forces - ditto for the long wheelbase "version" which has turned out to be a completely different vehicle anyway OMG! Alan Adair contributed a few facts onto the TD thread on this, so the official version of...
by ArmChairCivvy
04 May 2019, 06:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 685
Views: 51332
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

An ASW frigate can go on patrol/ policing/ antiterror duties whereas for a GP frigate to do ASW... LMM ISD is very close (haven't seen any announcement), but more interesting in the above context will be its heavier brother, the details for which include - during flight control (if boghammers are we...
by ArmChairCivvy
02 May 2019, 22:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41629
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

General discussion beckoning?
- great to read stuff like the few above, when trying to catch up last thing in the evening :evil: on the real stuff as 'headlined'
by ArmChairCivvy
02 May 2019, 21:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 105
Views: 8590
Location: United Kingdom

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

Tempest414 wrote: make room for halfassed FLSS
and the same number, of the same hulls, painted white?
by ArmChairCivvy
02 May 2019, 09:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 105
Views: 8590
Location: United Kingdom

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

shark bait wrote:Hospital ships are dumb anyway.
Dedicated ones, yes, as they need to be huge for the stability required
- for up and coming powers they can be a useful instrument in buying 'influence'
by ArmChairCivvy
01 May 2019, 21:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 85424
Location: United Kingdom

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

that the cut in the fleet numbers is to allow a more comprehensive programme APS would be a good sweetener? suffering the same fate as Ukrainian Armoured forces The early fiascos were from 'lager' tactics... it isn't quite the Wild West or Boer War out there. - but the footage shows that anything o...
by ArmChairCivvy
01 May 2019, 21:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 11654
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

Yeah, you could boil it down into three classifications:
- good enough to ensure most of the crew survive
- good enough to stay afloat (even if not under own power),
and good enough to stay in the fight.
by ArmChairCivvy
01 May 2019, 00:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 11654
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

RichardIC wrote: this board[, so] maybe I should keep off it. And being compared to Mark Francois is a major, major wake-up call.


Absolutely not; we need diverse views and opinions, to have a discussion
- may be we should extend a special invitation to Mark Francois :) - just for some spectacular fireworks

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