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by Lord Jim
28 Sep 2019, 23:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The (G)MLRS for the moment is our key long gun so to speak, and it is identifying and channelling opposition forces that will be one of the key roles of the Strike Brigades so that theses assets can be brought to bear. I do still think we should move towards HIMARs rather than the existing heavy pla...
by Lord Jim
28 Sep 2019, 16:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

What you fire and when depends a lot on what the target is and the circumstances of the fire mission. You do not fire expensive GPS rounds at a grid square except in dire circumstances. But you would for example fire BONUS rounds to dispense large numbers of Sensor Fused Munitions if the target was ...
by Lord Jim
28 Sep 2019, 11:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 65540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Why do we need a Bay and a Point east of Suez? The role of the Bay will for the most part be carried out by the use of the forward bases and also the FLSS when needed for limited duration operations. As for the Point, what would be its role, we are not carting a Battalions worth of vehicles around t...
by Lord Jim
28 Sep 2019, 11:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114321
Location: United Kingdom

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

All the pieces to properly equip both the Ai and Mech Brigades are out their we just need the will and the funding to implement things.
by Lord Jim
28 Sep 2019, 11:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The 5 in reload for the Archer from the designated limber platform was mentioned by the BAe/SAAB representative at DSEI 2019. As for numbers, well we are looking at two Regiments worth of new guns to replace our existing AS-90 Regiments. Nothing has been announced regarding the two Regiments equippe...
by Lord Jim
28 Sep 2019, 01:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The RCH155 is my second choice for the British Army's new self propelled gun. My first is still the modular Archer gun mounted on the MAN 8x8. BAe/SAAB have developed a complete system for the gun including support vehicles. A six gun battery of these vehicles could in the space of a few minutes arr...
by Lord Jim
26 Sep 2019, 23:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Can we afford two different artillery platforms? Archer for me does tick all the boxes High Mobility High ROF (12 rnd/min) Range 40Km (greater with ER ammo) Compatible with all current Smart and cargo rounds. Protection for crew when in action - Automatic with 20+ rnd mag Rapid reload 5 min from ten...
by Lord Jim
26 Sep 2019, 19:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10508
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

I could see Rapidfire with its programmable ammunition as well as more conventional types, as an alternative to the Mk4 40mm currently being proposed for the T-31. Given the weapons commonality with those due to enter service with the Army already and the fact that the Army could use a land based ve...
by Lord Jim
26 Sep 2019, 18:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 65540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

We need to be very careful that the rush to establish Littoral Strike Groups does not weaken our ability to conduct other types of operation that are part of our core priorities and capabilities. The Bay's and Points are vital in our ability to move a combat Brigade by sea and spreading these platfo...
by Lord Jim
26 Sep 2019, 02:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10480
Views: 867919
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

MV-22s carrying out landing trails on board HMS Queen Elizabeth on the other side of the pond.
https://www.janes.com/article/91483/mv- ... -elizabeth
by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2019, 23:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607400
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

From last year, maybe a few things to go on the RN's shopping list for the T-31e and other platforms.
by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2019, 23:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Another video from DSEI 2019, this time from Jane's, about the Modular Archer Artillery System. The Campaign continues. :D
by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2019, 18:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10508
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Without upsetting people by crossing thread boundaries, Skymaster or the equivalent weapon system using the CTA40 is something the Army needs as a matter of urgency. Both weapon systems have been shown fitted to a Boxer Mission Module as would be ideal for VSHORAD including against UAVs and Helicopt...
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2019, 18:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10508
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Do we know what spec level we are going for with the Mk4 if we adopt it. Like the 57mm you get what you pay for. Also if we are going to introduce the Mk4 shouldn't we be looking at also including it on the T-26 instead of the 30mm?
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2019, 18:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 27736
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

What speed can the current generation of USVs operate, and how fast can the launching vessel be going to conduct launch and recovery? This is why I see possible difficulties operating as part of the CSG. As technology advances we will see the speed of USV probably increase as well as having speciali...
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2019, 05:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Interesting video from DSEi. Talks about the Archer/MAN configuration from 2:38 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5IWz5DaTWM The Rheinmetall Defence Canada UGV (11:53) would be an useful addition to say 16AA to carry its heavy weapon and ammunition, bring carried inside a Chinook. Sort of like an unm...
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2019, 02:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10508
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

They are now but a couple of month ago you had a USN CBG outside the HMS Montrose plus one or two USN Destroyers/Cruisers in the Gulf. The distance across the Gulf is very small and a IRG attack group could have launched an attack on Montrose and retire before any help could arrive. They would have ...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2019, 20:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607400
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

And we have quite a backlog of helicopter that have to be marinized already, the Chinook and Apache to start with. However stripping out the crew compartment of the Army's Wildcats and giving them to the FAA after the necessary work would give the RM etc a useful LUH for moving small numbers of troo...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2019, 20:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 27736
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

It is interesting that the one naval platform we will have that is ideal for the operation of USVs will be operated in a way that makes there use extremely difficult. Until technology advances I can see little use for USVs by the T-26 when they are operating with the Carriers. We will have to see if...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2019, 20:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10508
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Agreed to a certain extent, if you get enough warning to move assets into theatre. HMS Montrose in the Gulf was out on a limb for quite a while and would have had to fend for itself it the Iranian had decided to make a serious move. The T-31e is probably going to be the vessel of choice for forward ...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2019, 20:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The whole point of the Boxer Mission Modules is that besides the three or four standard connectors for power and data, the modules are self contained, including things like hydraulics for example. I have not seen any public reports form the German Army regarding the Boxers they deployed operationall...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2019, 17:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10508
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

If I was the RN I would accept the T-31 into service with a 57mm, 2x 30mm RWS with or without LMM port and starboard and a Phalanx on top of the hanger, as far as a gun fit goes. there is plenty of room if funding allows additional systems to be fitted if the need arises.
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2019, 17:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

So not proven, but demonstrated for the cameras. I suppose half a dozen large bolts and a few standard electrical connectors might be complicated for some, oh and a crane. Mind you the Germans are not really known for well thought out and designed Armoured Fighting vehicles are they. The Boxer/155 ...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2019, 16:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 211
Views: 14775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

What evidence do we have of that? Posted a video of it being done last year. Took less than half an hour in the base work shop but the system is designed to be resilient and to allow damaged modules to be easily swapped out in the field if needed. I agree with the automation on the Boxer/155 could ...
by Lord Jim
22 Sep 2019, 22:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607400
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What is really hate about the T-26 is that of the three nations who are going to put it into service, it is the Royal Navy that will have the fewest and most likely least capable. This is made worse by the size of the budgets and economies that both Canada and Australia have compared to the UK, even...

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