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by Lord Jim
29 Jun 2019, 20:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17493
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Not knowing the capacity of the RHIBs we use, how many Royal Marines could say four of them transport at any one time, and are the RHIBs of a similar size to the small craft already in use with the Royal Marines?
by Lord Jim
29 Jun 2019, 20:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2759
Views: 139929
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Reading that article you get the impression some people see the T-31e is the poor mans T-26 and the River B2 becoming be the poor mans T-31e, with all the kit they would like to see installed on these two classes of ship, and the expansion of their respective roles.
by Lord Jim
27 Jun 2019, 13:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 274679
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well according to the media, the bids are in for the T-31e, but no information yet on what they entail.
by Lord Jim
26 Jun 2019, 17:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 48706
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Has anyone had experience of actually using the old 7.62 LMG/Bren? My only experience was on the range where I did find it pretty accurate and very controllable on full auto. I do like the top loading magazine method even though it has fallen out of favour as it is far easier to change mags prone or...
by Lord Jim
25 Jun 2019, 19:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 46985
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Cancelling it would be the Army's equivalent of the Nimrod fiasco and I do not think the MoD will want another of those. AS for support costs, with the reduction in fleet size there should be sizable pool of spares to maintain the fleet and support is already in place for the new turret and other ne...
by Lord Jim
25 Jun 2019, 18:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 46985
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

If it’s going to end up as basically a new vehicle then why not just go the Ajax rout and gain long term savings by reducing logistics and through life costs. The smaller the number of different families of vehicles we have the better. I agree if logic were applied to the situation, but too many pe...
by Lord Jim
25 Jun 2019, 13:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212120
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Nearly ten years to built a Frigate, well we sure are showing the world how not to do things these days!
by Lord Jim
24 Jun 2019, 20:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 60534
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Wouldn't a MAD Boom be useful in shallower water found in littoral regions? Also how effective are hydrocarbon detectors against conventional AIP boats?
by Lord Jim
24 Jun 2019, 20:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 46985
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I see it as buying the basic metal hull and by doing so the MoD does appear to have faith in the programme to delver what they need. The only issue is where would these come from? When was the last Warrior built for home use or export? We have here another "Nimrod" programme where the MoD ...
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2019, 16:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I must agree that we would do better to go for two additional T-26 than the five T-31e and possible up gun the B" rivers for duty in areas where the latter may have been stationed other than the Gulf. Even better we should look upon the T-26 as an evolving platform, and I am going to be repeati...
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2019, 16:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 60534
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

In the last picture, at the back of the tail, is that where the retractable MAD probe/boom would have been fitted?
by Lord Jim
22 Jun 2019, 23:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Providing a number of Escorts to NATO standing groups and as part of our eventual Carrier Group together with our MCM force and Amphibious Group are what we need to commit to NATO. The T-31e should be committed to acting as our presence in and around BOT and possibly one being out east with a Wave. ...
by Lord Jim
22 Jun 2019, 11:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The Carrier group should by default be committed to operations in the North Atlantic. NATO will possibly only have a total of three carriers available in this theatre unless the US changes it policy of moving assets to the Pacific. These would be one USN, one RN and one French. NATO must be our top ...
by Lord Jim
22 Jun 2019, 11:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 48706
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Cheers for the follow up. I wasn't intending to make a case for an actual "Bren" but rather a weapon to fulfil a similar role with improved accuracy of traditional LMGs to enable it to undertake precision fire in both semi-auto and possibly full auto modes. As pointed out the Knights Desig...
by Lord Jim
22 Jun 2019, 02:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212120
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

It seems the USN basically want a small AB for its FFG(X), being more of a multi role platform than one tailored to ASW as initially described. IS this another case of too many cooks and the resultant mission creep?
by Lord Jim
22 Jun 2019, 02:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 666
Views: 50286
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

I love Malta having been born there :D
by Lord Jim
22 Jun 2019, 02:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 48706
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

After the announcement of the retirement of the LMG from the British Army, I strongly believe that we are falling into the trap of reducing the firepower of the Infantry Section too much, especially if there is no ready access to a GPMG within the Platoons. That got me thinking about this and the us...
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2019, 14:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 666
Views: 50286
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

I don't know why everyone is getting excited by this. The mushrooms are frangible as can be clearly seen is these tests. https://youtu.be/NjA7L7e7uN4 One of the advantages of the Sea Ceptor system with the mushrooms is its ability to operate in the most extreme environments such as the South Atlant...
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2019, 08:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17493
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Fair point, I was just offering an example not a full in depth proposal.
by Lord Jim
20 Jun 2019, 22:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 666
Views: 50286
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

So it seems we have another situation where the RN has decides to over protect a weapon system for fear the North Atlantic is too nasty. Previously we installed our version of the Ikara system with a large protective shied and so on because we were worried. So a single installation took up a very la...
by Lord Jim
20 Jun 2019, 22:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17493
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Having a mobile SOSUS sonar barrier which you can take to which ever region you need and deploy out of the back of an LSD or LPD seems a pretty good idea. Said LSD/LPD could also have the control nexus on board, possibly containerised, allow the data form the unmanned platforms to be co ordinated wi...
by Lord Jim
20 Jun 2019, 22:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9756
Views: 412134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SO the North Atlantic is the priority going forward then. Ok well where does that leave the Governments aspiration at deploying naval assets globally in order to achieve a global presence. If we struggle to even meets the needs of the North Atlantic with what we have now and plan to have moving forw...
by Lord Jim
20 Jun 2019, 15:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 666
Views: 50286
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]



£135M for three T-23s including pre delivery work and training!!!
by Lord Jim
19 Jun 2019, 22:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2875
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

As mentioned elsewhere, use the money from the FLSS and possibly the T-31e to allow the purchase of both manned and unmanned small craft and the conversion of one or more Bays to operate them effectively. I really think the CB-90 should be adopted as part of the RM's arsenal, there are few better pl...
by Lord Jim
19 Jun 2019, 22:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 132
Views: 11168
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

HAs anyone seen any info on a possible ship launched version of the Sea Venom, like we did for the Sea Skua?

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