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by jimthelad
01 May 2018, 17:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1349
Views: 105404
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

They weren't very reliable by all accounts during Herrick.
by jimthelad
29 Apr 2018, 10:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 147345
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

To defuse any tensions- the comment was made in jest. My great uncle was a pathfinder in Mosquitos- he used to wind me up as being retarded ordinance :lolno:
by jimthelad
26 Apr 2018, 23:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1349
Views: 105404
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

RS just to be clear, I especially understand the need for the right kit. I lost friends because of it. What we need is the bloody vehicles, now, and not another fucking arse fest competition. As for Strike, the new term is configurable brigade elements. They currently are 3800 men short of the previ...
by jimthelad
26 Apr 2018, 10:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1349
Views: 105404
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

They are not being bought as IFV or recce variants. They never were. They are modular and they can be retrofitted later but we need the actual vehicles first. The Strike brigade concept is been mooted as a casualty of the review with a general shake up based on preformed battlegroups and brigades- i...
by jimthelad
23 Apr 2018, 17:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 952
Views: 88501
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft) (RAF)

Thank WgCdrs Speight, Wallace, and Angus.
by jimthelad
22 Apr 2018, 18:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 952
Views: 88501
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft) (RAF)

DS is right. The RAF was to be the lead customer of the P7. When it was cancelled by the USN BAe thn offered 2 designs: a coalition effort based on the A319 and the Nimrod 2000 as the sole bidder. Other bids were the Be200, P3 upgrade, Atlantique 2+, and the A235. BAe was far from philanthropic and ...
by jimthelad
21 Apr 2018, 23:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 952
Views: 88501
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft) (RAF)

They could only assemble a maximum of 14. The wing box alignment was an absolute bitch. Of the original 4 airframes sent for the prototype s only 1 was usable and a further 3 had to be pulled off the line.
by jimthelad
17 Apr 2018, 22:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Panavia Tornado (RAF)
Replies: 195
Views: 25848
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Alles Klar :lolno:
by jimthelad
17 Apr 2018, 15:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 103
Views: 16784
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)

Having a SSBN?GN so close to the coast is a bad idea. Ok Tactom has a 1200 mile range (the figure that seems to get kicked around in the US forums) but if you really want to reach out and touch the deep strike targets that means your sub has to be in shallower inshore waters (ie at the continental s...
by jimthelad
14 Apr 2018, 22:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)
Replies: 22
Views: 4541
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)

Probably not best to air that really. OPSEC.
by jimthelad
12 Apr 2018, 17:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 147345
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

:shh: :evil:
by jimthelad
11 Apr 2018, 22:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 147345
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

And many answers. Personally I would say call it what you wish (unless you are crab air) lol. That said the pathfinder sqn in WW2 were serious troops.
by jimthelad
11 Apr 2018, 19:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 147345
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

The Pathfinder is a term now reserved to the pathfinder platoon The Parachute Regiment.
by jimthelad
10 Apr 2018, 17:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 147345
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

If crab air starts usurping the title of 'pathfinder' then they will be getting a leather enema from the red devils! :evil:
by jimthelad
09 Apr 2018, 19:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1349
Views: 105404
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Light formations need to be able to move rapidly and then bring weight of fire followed by controlled disengagement. Yes, airborne forces in particular have strategic level entry mobility but then are limited by helo support or the Mk1 foot. Rate of fire is more important and to do this you need lot...
by jimthelad
06 Apr 2018, 22:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10709
Views: 663535
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Depends on water tracts, littoral noise and accoustic interface, etc. Even if you can hear you cant estimate range, bearing, or even time of inception. If you are the emitter the original point of reference and timing mean you can get more information than anyone listening. It is not like ESM but mo...
by jimthelad
29 Mar 2018, 19:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 26353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Give Carter a chance, He has quite a lot of combat time and has made himself quite unpopular with the bean counters which is a major win in my books.
by jimthelad
08 Mar 2018, 13:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10709
Views: 663535
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The away wins class:

Waterloo, Trafalgar, El Alamein, Gibraltar, Quebec, and Falklands.
by jimthelad
02 Mar 2018, 19:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1495
Views: 130395
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

G limitation on pilot is about 10g max
by jimthelad
02 Mar 2018, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10686
Views: 928012
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It would appear that the hidden safety and design features may make this the most survivable and all weather operable Western carrier yet. STORVL ops have a wider weather tolerance than CATOBAR or STOBAR anyway. As an aside, does anyone have any data on that Kinzhal missile. Mach 10 hyperglide seems...
by jimthelad
27 Feb 2018, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 726
Views: 78418
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

About the same I think. It just looks smaller on the QE due to the vast scale.
by jimthelad
23 Feb 2018, 22:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6195
Views: 415431
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

they have sea wolf radar tracker on top of bridge in that image. i suspect it will be 2 x 12 camm in front.
by jimthelad
09 Feb 2018, 14:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 147345
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

A spear3 storm will give you a mission kill. The original AsUW alpha strike was a below horizon lob attack of airburst 1000lb bombs by the Buccs. The Soviet era and even modern Sino/Russian designs have lots of exposed rotating array in high places, take them and the ship is blind.
by jimthelad
05 Feb 2018, 19:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1349
Views: 105404
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I think in reality Afghanistan was our Vietnam. What we need to do now is have a long hard look at our defence budget, have clear political directives with respect to intervention, readiness, and foreign policy (easier than you might think), and be pragmatic about the force structure. I agree with J...
by jimthelad
19 Jan 2018, 19:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10686
Views: 928012
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

ASRAAM is already integrated with firings complete. Meteor is scheduled for testing 2019 it think but Gab did put a link somewhere in the past.

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