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by Lord Jim
14 Jun 2019, 18:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668524
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Reads to me like another piece of F-35 bashing. Besides the F-35C isn't supposed to be the Fleets primary air defence fighter, and I am not sure but I do not think fighter sweeps are one of the primary day 1 or 2 mission profiles for the platform either. Also I thought the F-35 could "Super Cru...
by Lord Jim
12 Jun 2019, 04:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27451
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Calm down, you realize you are actually preaching the converted on here. The issue is that until Politician begin to realize that if a high intensity conflict erupts where we are directly involved we will have to fight with what we have be it stocks of 5.56 ammo to Frigates and Destroyers. Unfortuna...
by Lord Jim
10 Jun 2019, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2765
Views: 141014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

True but it does have the fused ammo to compensate. Mind you a name has never had to bear any relation to the platform it applies to does it.
by Lord Jim
07 Jun 2019, 10:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 67529
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

And with that we return to the argument as to whether the British Army can actually afford to do both the Armoured Infantry Brigades and the Mechanised Brigades properly or end up with four Brigades equating to a Dog's dinner and not for for purpose. My personal view is that we should Concentrate on...
by Lord Jim
05 Jun 2019, 01:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 67529
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

As far as I am concerned you are preaching to the converted, but there are many who still believe tracks are essential in modern peer level warfare and that wheels still lack the cross country mobility.
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 20:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668524
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:Westlant19 will feature several US port visits, including one to the Washington DC area.

And the local Police will be waiting.
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 20:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2765
Views: 141014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

NGS is over rated and I cannot see the RN committing one of its few T-45s to the role. Therefore the need to retain the Mk8 vanishes on this class so you might as well install a weapon that is of some use and the BAe 57mm fits the bill. If NGS was that important the RFI for the T-31e would have stip...
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 16:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 49268
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

One wonders if it was by luck or design?
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 16:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2765
Views: 141014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I can see an argument for installing a BAe 57mm on the T-31e with the associated ammo types, but also going for the 40mm is very difficult to justify. I would rather see the 57mm on the Rivers, especially if their roles are going to be expanded along the lines suggested here. Saying that I would als...
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 16:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668524
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It would be nice if we sent a beginners CSG over for Westlant19, with in addition to HMS Dragon a T-23, Fort Victoria and a Tide. Not only would if give a good impression, but would allow the vessels involved to start to get used to operating together over an extended period of time.
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 16:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 67529
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Well here is a list of Boxer variants we should be looking at both the equip the Mechanised Battalions and replace legacy platforms like the FV430 series across the Army; Enhanced APC. Command vehicle. Mortar carrier. Engineering vehicle. NBC Recce platform ARV. Signals/ISTAR platform. Direct Fire S...
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 16:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47252
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Well the system has now been developed and it shouldn't be too hard to adapt it to the Ajax family...…
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by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 13:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103912
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

As far as Politicians are concerned they are always going to be Frigates or Escorts so that they can maintain the lie that the RN will still have 19 such vessels. To say otherwise would leave a hole that anyone can see in the size of the fleet and that would be a serious reduction.
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 03:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103912
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I don't think the issue is having the replacement for the Puma and Merlin HC4 be able to fit in the hangers of existing Escorts but that it can operate form their flight decks, which should not be an issue with the T-26 at least.
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 03:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2765
Views: 141014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

An interesting piece of kit. But can the B2 Rivers be adapted to carry and use such a thing or would it be more applicable as a low cost option for the T-31e?
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 03:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 67529
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I think you have identified a number of the issues we face with the Boxer. It is a very capable and flexible platform but at present the British Army doesn't seem to be able to appreciate this, instead seeing it simply as an infantry transport. This maybe down to their limited experience of operatin...
by Lord Jim
02 Jun 2019, 11:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 49268
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I agree with all of the above, but my instinct is to be less than optimistic regarding defence procurement having first hand knowledge. I personally think the best we can hope for is a cheaper Fort and that the design will be purely for stores with a Merlin capable flight deck with hopefully a hange...
by Lord Jim
02 Jun 2019, 00:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103912
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Just for the record, I was not including the Merlin HM2s when talking about a common FAA/AAC platform, and mentioned that these would probably end up serving longer than the Sea Kings they replaced. So the Escorts would still have the ability to operate them whilst parking spaces were limited on the...
by Lord Jim
01 Jun 2019, 13:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 49268
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

To support the CSG on extended deployments we really need the SSS to be at least as capable as Fort Victoria, but I fear with money tight we may see something more akin to the Italian design.
by Lord Jim
31 May 2019, 23:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103912
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Even if the Commandos do not get a dedicated Attack Helicopter squadron, I do think that they do need a number of lighter utility helicopters that can carry up to eight men and all their equipment, and can operate in all weathers, day and night and in hostile conditions. In fact a similar platform c...
by Lord Jim
31 May 2019, 14:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103912
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

It is also important to remember that the MoD had launched its initial phase of the programme to find its next generation of Rotorcraft, and calling it that is deliberate as according to reports everything is on the table, from conventional to Tilt Rotor to the entries in the US Army's programme to ...
by Lord Jim
31 May 2019, 00:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668524
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

What's this all about besides the obvious??
by Lord Jim
31 May 2019, 00:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 67529
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Well if the price is right, the Government can be made to put up the funding, and the Donkeys in the MoD realise the current Strike Brigades Structure is inadequate for the role they are to be given, then yes we should as long as the RWS allows the Boxer to still carry the necessary number of dismou...
by Lord Jim
30 May 2019, 16:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668524
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Jake1992 wrote:Is this testament to how good she is or just how calm the weather was lo

Opinion was she was too stable for stability when operating aircraft trails to be useful which was seen as a credit to the ships design and a negative as they would have to do the trails on the next trip.

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