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by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2017, 23:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Why is it whenever a platform is developed that is modular, many decide that it is impossible to do anywhere but a sterile clean room. Don't people realise that the Manufacturers would have has to put the design through tests involving bashing the chassis about to ensure the modules could still be c...
by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2017, 22:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105256
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Maybe we should equip one of the Cmdos with the MIV? They would be of more use in land warfare and more mobile than the BV210s in many areas.
by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2017, 22:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9813
Views: 421837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

In an ideal world we would set up production of the T-26 to the rate of one every 18 months and let it run, adapting and improving the design as we go. As suggested that would drive down costs and allow programmes like the T-45 replacement to be far cheaper and easier down the line. The same could a...
by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2017, 22:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41738
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Its a british thing like squaddies having fancy dress in their kit when on exercise! Was on a training course with six from the Royal signals who had come straight from exercise in the Brecon Beacons and when we went out in to Swindon they produces costumes from out of no where, one had a full Elvis...
by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2017, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9813
Views: 421837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What must not happen with the T-31e is to go down the same route as the T-21. There must be sufficient space and weight growth to allow future expansion of the design, not just for the RN but also exports. If it is built just big enough for the basic RFI, then it will be a major missed opportunity f...
by Lord Jim
27 Sep 2017, 04:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41738
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

If we stick to buying the Dreadnought class our armed forces will comprise of them and SF backed by the TA and airline pilots flying Typhoons part time.
by Lord Jim
26 Sep 2017, 16:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Don't know if this has been posted before, but an interesting look at the Boxer and its modularity.

by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2017, 22:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105256
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

HMS Ocean is up for sale already with the aim of doing the deal in 2018. So one year form now we will effectively have onw Albion and the Bays as out Amphibious lift capability plus the active CV. As escorts/numbers are now the dish of the day do not loo for any additional funding going to amphibiou...
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2017, 19:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105256
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Oh well I give up. The MoD is have a "Garage sale" of kit to try to cover the shortfall in funding. Most is kit we knew was going but three things stand out. The MoD ids selling off a large portion of its ammunition stocks now we are out of Afghanistan and Iraq, but more importantly HMS Sc...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2017, 00:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9813
Views: 421837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The Leander could hunt submarines with its hull mounted sonar and at the end of its career some has TASS. As I mentioned if the design for he T-31e is clever enough it would be possible to fit a hull mounted sonar at a later date if it is not done at the start. The open architecture CMS etc. will al...
by Lord Jim
22 Sep 2017, 02:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 61379
Location: United Kingdom

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

I doubt it. The funds to do any UK integration are needed elsewhere and what UK weapon systems would we actually integrate. It makes sense to simply bed borrow or steal whatever the USN puts on their P-8s, given the numbers of rounds needed will be very small and the other NATO nations will probably...
by Lord Jim
22 Sep 2017, 02:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1385
Views: 83463
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

Given the Treasury seems to run everything these days as it holds everyone's allowance, maybe the SDSR should start out by stating exactly how much money the MoD has to spend over the next five years and then the three services can work out what they can afford, basing their plans on national priori...
by Lord Jim
21 Sep 2017, 23:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1385
Views: 83463
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

If the "Black hole", has been fixed it has been done on the quiet and probably why so many programmes seem to be going even slower today. As for the F-35, I can see us but the 48 F-35B's but we won't order any more until the Typhoon is deemed ready to leave service and then we might not ev...
by Lord Jim
21 Sep 2017, 23:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Isn't the MRV(P) going to cover the Ambulance role in lighter units? I thought it was replacing the Landrover in this as well as many other roles.
by Lord Jim
21 Sep 2017, 23:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

We do not need industry to upgrade and maintain our AFV fleet, but rather take a step back and do the work in house. Certainly a partnership would be valid but a central workshop would work, similar to how the RAF do maintenance these days. I am just concerned that having Contractors set up final as...
by Lord Jim
21 Sep 2017, 19:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9813
Views: 421837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I am usually a pessimist here with regards to UK defence procurement (having been in the system), but I think the T-31 could actually save the Royal Navy. Many are criticising the capabilities of the basic proposed designs but if you compare those to the Leanders say, it isn't a disaster by any mean...
by Lord Jim
21 Sep 2017, 02:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

How much additional cost is added to programmes like MIV and Ajax just to get a token number of jobs in the UK for doing the final valet on the vehicles? When will the Government admit the UK is out of the AFV building business except for limited numbers of specialised vehicles. Anything spent on th...
by Lord Jim
18 Sep 2017, 21:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 137
Views: 11716
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I wonder if some Civil Servant somewhere is looking in to the RN using empty but capped Harpoon Canisters to place on RN ships when the cameras are out. AS long as the labels are right who would know, then it would simply be a case of hoping they weren't actually needed. So job done, the RN still ha...
by Lord Jim
17 Sep 2017, 15:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 137
Views: 11716
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I cannot see a replacement for Harpoon entering service until the first T-26 enters service. Keeping a limited number of Harpoon available until then should not break the bank, we only need a maximum of 48 available for the number of ships available at any one time. We could probably borrow that fro...
by Lord Jim
17 Sep 2017, 15:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9813
Views: 421837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The Bays have a very bright future and will probably outlast the Albions by quite a margin. I think we can all agree that the current plans for a T-26/T-31e mix are not what the UK needs but it is what we can afford. To say that they are a waste of funding misses the point, it became a case of the T...
by Lord Jim
17 Sep 2017, 00:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9813
Views: 421837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Imagine how the RAF Top Brass will react if they are told they will have to do with the Typhoon as the RN is getting all the F-3s we can actually afford to put aboard its carriers. Mind you a similar thing happened in the 1930s but the RAF wasn't giving up its state of the art equipment. I also agre...
by Lord Jim
16 Sep 2017, 18:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9813
Views: 421837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I fully agree, in that the more the spot light shines on the Armed Forces and the inherent fragility it not suffers from the better. However the british public, except those with a direct link to the Armed Forces seem to care very little for how the lack of proper funding has affected the capability...
by Lord Jim
15 Sep 2017, 22:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5942
Views: 279238
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

As advertised it will still be a far better platform for many of the jobs the UK si currently using RFAs and RN research vessels for. It isn't a war fighter but then until possible future refits it won't be used as such. If a Wildcat is carried it still will pack quite a punch and a 57mm, if the rig...
by Lord Jim
15 Sep 2017, 22:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 49661
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

At DSEI it seems the latest Carl Gustav is being pushed very hard towards the British Army, emphasising its now relatively light weight and great flexibility. Considering the latest version is almost half the weight of the Old M2 and had a bewildering array of ammo types it could be a good add on to...
by Lord Jim
15 Sep 2017, 06:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9813
Views: 421837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just read an article regarding BAe pushing the T-26 for the USN FF(X) programme. The comment that court my eye was the fact that the current cost of a AB Destroyer is only slightly less than the current price of the RN's version of the T-26. Surely this is not the case for if it is the RN and Britis...

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