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by Phil Sayers
26 Sep 2022, 13:30
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

His office has issued a clarification this morning. Unfortunately, when he said in the CBS interview that they have received NASAMS he meant that the delivery has been agreed rather than the system is already in Ukraine.
by Phil Sayers
15 Sep 2022, 22:56
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

Comedy hour on Russian State TV is an absolute belter (and also utterly terrifying):

by Phil Sayers
14 Sep 2022, 19:00
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: Armenia/ Azerbaijan conflict escalation
Replies: 26
Views: 940

Re: Armenia/ Azerbaijan conflict escalation

War is like a contagious disease. Azerbaijan has launched a completely unprovoked attack on Armenia and spent the last 48 hours wrecking what little was left of Armenia's military following the conflict a couple of years ago. They have now crossed the border (of Armenia proper; not the disputed terr...
by Phil Sayers
06 Sep 2022, 23:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

It just seems to me that it is far more likely that we would wish to or be required to utilise the LRG capabilities in places such as Syria, Yemen and Libya (accepted of course that it is not in the Middle East) than it is likely we will ever be called upon to use them in the Norwegian fjords. There...
by Phil Sayers
06 Sep 2022, 22:55
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: UK Politics - General News & Discussion
Replies: 389
Views: 11532

Re: UK Politics - General News & Discussion

wargame_insomniac wrote: 06 Sep 2022, 19:34
But I admit I was a touch disapointed that she did nt mention the 3% Defence Spending today.
Ben Wallace has been quick to remind her of this promise and seemingly requires that it be kept with no ifs or buts:

by Phil Sayers
06 Sep 2022, 18:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

As far as I am concerned, LRG(S) should be put on the back burner and we should retain the Batch 2 Rivers as the only forward deployed naval vessels except for the ships currently in the Gulf. Mind you with our facilities in Bahrain, we could probably bring the Bay class back for a refit, even if i...
by Phil Sayers
29 Aug 2022, 14:11
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

Many reports including from Ukrainian officials that they have began their long-awaited offensive on occupied Kherson and have made initial breakthroughs (mainly because Russian personnel have retreated rather than try to hold their positions): https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1564203368670760962 ht...
by Phil Sayers
25 Aug 2022, 19:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14192
Views: 4093056

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Any news on how many F-35s will be embarking for the deployment?
by Phil Sayers
14 Aug 2022, 13:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2916
Views: 783337

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Good points above but to a degree they just reflect that it is the right of the Labour party that can win an election rather than the left. If someone like Corbyn was to get in it would be a very different story.
by Phil Sayers
13 Aug 2022, 15:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 535
Views: 162691

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

The Ukrainians are claiming that Stormer has also downed an SU-25 but no proof as yet.
by Phil Sayers
10 Aug 2022, 22:30
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

Those were some big, big hits - at least ten aircraft clearly destroyed and many that look intact have likely sustained write-off damage:

by Phil Sayers
09 Aug 2022, 18:16
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

Deep in occupied Crimea, over 200 Km from the nearest Ukrainian held territory:



Seems to have been precise strikes on two different munitions storage areas of the base.
by Phil Sayers
09 Jul 2022, 13:28
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: UK Politics - General News & Discussion
Replies: 389
Views: 11532

Re: UK Politics - General News & Discussion

Wallace rules himself out. A pity, I think he would have had the best shot of any candidate of getting the job if he had wanted it. I imagine he will be staying on as Defence Secretary whoever gets the gig so that is something anyway.
by Phil Sayers
29 Jun 2022, 19:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)
Replies: 59
Views: 17244

Re: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)

Unless I have missed something it is the additional four HIMARS that will take the total to eight - four having been the original announcement. More will follow in due course anyway once crews are trained.
by Phil Sayers
28 Jun 2022, 19:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1072
Views: 40177

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Where do you even start with a budget increase? more Ships, more Aircraft, more Tanks, more Equipment? you could make an argument for all. We have cut everything back so much its a bit difficult to know where to start. I think the most urgent and important thing is to drastically increase our stock...
by Phil Sayers
23 Jun 2022, 18:22
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

HIMARS has now arrived and I assume our MLRS are not far behind. The Russian rear is hopefully in for an utterly torrid time:

by Phil Sayers
18 Jun 2022, 21:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)
Replies: 104
Views: 45823

Re: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)

Send them to Ukraine to use as loitering munitions....
by Phil Sayers
16 Jun 2022, 17:39
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

Russian MI-35 attack helicopter being shot down at extremely low altitude over Ukraine this afternoon, reportedly by an Igla MANPADS:

by Phil Sayers
03 Jun 2022, 18:08
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

Better yet you tell me a weapon system that the UK led the USA on and I'll shut up for good. The decision to send 2,000+ NLAW in the weeks before the invasion sort of counts. Not the type but the quantity. Yes the US was already sending more sophisticated Javelins but so far as I know (may well be ...
by Phil Sayers
03 Jun 2022, 13:36
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

In fairness they did also, early on, supply Stingers in significant quantities along with a large number of Iglas (albeit many of the latter were faulty having been in storage for decades).
by Phil Sayers
01 Jun 2022, 13:36
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

Germany are apparently already on the case:



Significantly, they will also be sending the surface to air variant of the IRIS-T. That would mark a step change in capability and range.
by Phil Sayers
27 May 2022, 20:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15363
Views: 3451973

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I may well be completely wrong but I had assumed that the reason was simply that the 40mm Bofors is deemed to be a better CIWS than Phalanx is anyway? I appreciate that the primary role is to engage FAC but in the secondary AA role does 20mm really cut it anymore anyway when dealing with supersonic ...
by Phil Sayers
27 May 2022, 19:23
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

To state the obvious sending M270 MLRS and HIMARS in large quantities (by this I mean say 70 M270 and 30 HIMARS along with tens / hundreds of thousands of munitions) would be an absolute game changer. They could either saturate any Russian advance or else strike deep and with precision key targets i...
by Phil Sayers
26 May 2022, 18:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Starstreak Missile (Man-Portable Air-Defence System) (British Army & RN (RM))
Replies: 55
Views: 3406

Re: Starstreak Missile (Man-Portable Air-Defence System) (British Army & RN (RM))

AD systems with substantially more range than Starstreak would presumably also fall into "heavy" I have said before on the Ukraine war thread that transferring our Rapier batteries would make perfect sense (and I would hope is under active, albeit classified, consideration or has advanced...
by Phil Sayers
02 May 2022, 16:27
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 694
Views: 22346

Re: The war in Ukraine

whitelancer wrote: 02 May 2022, 15:37 Any idea what weapon they used?
Not seen anything on that but the usual MAM-L seems most likely.