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by Lord Jim
10 Sep 2019, 16:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1474
Views: 111002
Location: United Kingdom

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

IF the expanded Challenger 2 overhaul does actually include the Rheinmetall L55 120mm, perhaps we should look at the new American AMP round from the secondary load for the vehicle?
https://www.janes.com/article/90965/hig ... y-dsei19d1
by Lord Jim
10 Sep 2019, 16:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 271
Views: 28799
Location: United Kingdom

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

Although the picture is of the HMT I like the idea behind a 4x4/6x6 that can be carried inside a CH-47, perhaps 16AA should have a closer look?
https://www.janes.com/article/90964/con ... y-dsei19d1
by Lord Jim
10 Sep 2019, 16:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 47089
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Latest from Jane's, reporting from DSEI 2019, on the progress of the Warrior upgrade programme.
https://www.janes.com/article/90978/bri ... rce=Eloqua
by Lord Jim
09 Sep 2019, 03:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61527
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I am surprised at the size of the platforms being considered, but as proposed they would be a very useful addition to the UK's amphibious assets. As pointed out we could get a similar capability by refitting the Bay class, but doing so would probably take longer than building/converting two merchant...
by Lord Jim
09 Sep 2019, 01:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1296
Views: 88679
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I believe the thinking behind the Company organisation is aimed squarely at the dispersed operating principal, taken to a level far exceeding what is practiced to day within Armoured Infantry formations. Now whether all the components are permanently organised within each company or Battalion level ...
by Lord Jim
08 Sep 2019, 20:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590708
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Operating a fleet with two levels of escort platforms like the French and Italians would be new territory for the RN but with the T-31e having greater range than either of the French and Italian platforms it could still be a very useful platform for the Royal Navy. This is not the first time the Roy...
by Lord Jim
08 Sep 2019, 20:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1296
Views: 88679
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

IF it is possible to have the exact same (or only a software difference) version of Brimstone across Fast Jet, Helicopter and ground launched then it should be a no brainer. Even better would be a modular launcher that could also have launch cells for NLOS. Priority should go to the Mechanised Infan...
by Lord Jim
07 Sep 2019, 19:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590708
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How much kit could be taken off the GP T-23s and installed on the T-31e, leaving off the Mk8 as that weapon system really is a dead end and installation would be a major undertaking.
by Lord Jim
07 Sep 2019, 02:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1148
Views: 100292
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

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by Lord Jim
04 Sep 2019, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Just been going over what was said, and these are simply proposals to show off what could be developed if there was a need, and or customer. It does mention that the technology would have some bearing on the FCASW programme which appears to be a single platform for now at least. Europe should get to...
by Lord Jim
03 Sep 2019, 14:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 47089
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Well to replace the Warrior in its existing roles within the Armoured Infantry Battalion we need 57, so by my poor maths that around 240 for the four such Battalions as a starting point, 40 odd for BATUS, again in same roles and than however many we intend to have in storage. WEll still need to defi...
by Lord Jim
02 Sep 2019, 17:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I know that a number of ideas were shown at Paris but none were actually what is being worked on as FCASW, but rather other proposals for other weapon systems.
by Lord Jim
02 Sep 2019, 17:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590708
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If the MoD has any sense the T-26 will evolve into a multirole platform combining the ASW qualities of that hull with the radar and AAW systems of the T-45. this assumes that by a miracle we actually build more T-26 above the 8 already on order to fill the gap between replacing the T-23s and then th...
by Lord Jim
02 Sep 2019, 17:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 47089
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Things are moving forward, with the test vehicles completing their latest set of MoD/Army trials last month. I believe there are two more stages to go in the glacial progress of this programme that really should have been completed by now
by Lord Jim
01 Sep 2019, 19:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

FCASW is trying to be a wonder weapon and affordability could become an issue down the road. I do think they should split the requirements into on to replace Storm Shadow and is kin and another to replace Exocet and Harpoon. If everything works and they can get the weapon system to do everything as ...
by Lord Jim
31 Aug 2019, 22:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590708
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The TLAM is a different weapon from the recently reintroduced (or soon will be) anti ship version of the Tomahawk. I believe that besides the different guidance package it also has a different warhead. AS for whether the TT launched version of TLAM is the same as the VLS version I am sure there are ...
by Lord Jim
31 Aug 2019, 16:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 65166
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Ah one of the things at the top of my wish list, give the infantry 120mm mortars, mounted on the Boxer (for Armoured and Mechanised Infantry) and on the MRV(P)/JLTV for lighter units. Retain the 81mm as an option for some units like the RM and Paras.
by Lord Jim
31 Aug 2019, 00:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Yes it was but any successor will have to cover other nations to be of any use.
by Lord Jim
30 Aug 2019, 22:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

How much do we actually know about FCASW? I know it is to be both air and sea launched and possibly ground if the intermediate treaty isn't rehashed, and it is supposed to be both high speed and long range with some level of stealth. But what is the method of launch? VLS? Do the French want to repla...
by Lord Jim
30 Aug 2019, 02:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 22119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Mind you the interim AShM is only intended to cover the seven year gap from the retirement of the RN's Harpoon Block 1C and the introduction of the planned Anglo/French FC/ASW weapon system, so a small limited buy does actually make sense.
by Lord Jim
30 Aug 2019, 02:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 65166
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

New 60mm Mortar from Rheinmetall looks interesting.
https://www.janes.com/article/90430/rhe ... ial-forces
by Lord Jim
30 Aug 2019, 02:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590708
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It is interesting to compare the idea of ordering warships in small batches to how the Typhoon programme was carried out. Each batch was an evolutionary step forward with work being continuously done to improve the plane. However is also showed the negative side when agreed numbers for later batched...
by Lord Jim
29 Aug 2019, 21:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590708
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

AS we are building forward deployment stations in Bahrain and Singapore in order to establish a forward presence in these areas, would it be an idea to actually build the T-31e as a true Corvette rather than a wanabe Frigate? Can we build a decent Corvette for the budget allocated to the T-31e? I do...
by Lord Jim
29 Aug 2019, 00:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 103
Views: 14770
Location: United Kingdom

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

Well if Labour get in our CASD will probably be reduced to that of most of our capabilities, that being we have it but lack the capacity for it to be truly effective. We could end up with only three boats each with a maximum of say four D5s on board and each of these with only half a dozen actual wa...
by Lord Jim
29 Aug 2019, 00:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 590708
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I am not suggesting that NATO is the solution to all the worlds woes, but it has done a pretty good job regarding what it was established to do. Our commitment to NATO is the cornerstone of our defence policy and those commitment should be our priority before we start acting as a world wide policema...

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