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by ~UNiOnJaCk~
08 Oct 2019, 11:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 865
Views: 65760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

^ Love the look of that light tank proposal. Kinda reminds me of the M18 Hellcat for some reason.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
05 Oct 2019, 14:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 865
Views: 65760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I read somewhere that the Australian army thought the the turret offered on the ajax was a piece of shit. That's an exact quote. The latest DTR magazine offers a little bit more on this claiming that in addition to a disappointing turret, there wasn't enough growth margin for the Australian require...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
16 Sep 2019, 18:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10517
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

On the T31 guns: As addition of two new types of guns (57 mm and 40 mm) looks like a bit in-efficient, I have some proposal. How about carrying two 57 mm, in double end . one at the bow, another on top of the hangar. Arrowhead 140 has an additional "top-space" at the back end of the Merli...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
01 Sep 2019, 11:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 66778
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I am not trying to be confrontational and send this thread into the fantasy arguments that seem to dog other parts of the forum BUT: The days of man packing mortar tubes and rounds are over. In the 'fight fast, fight dispersed' mentality especially against numerically superior forces then you have ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
30 May 2019, 17:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1299
Views: 93417
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Lord Jim wrote:
ArmChairCivvy wrote:Toutas
? :?


The Toutatis remotely controlled turret: https://defense-update.com/20060601_toutatis.html
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
07 May 2019, 19:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 386844
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

There's me getting caught out with the headline and a lack of subscription! :clap:
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
07 May 2019, 18:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 386844
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

MoD 'to scrap cut-price frigates plan' after fears ships would not be able to protect themselves https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/20 ... -250m-per/ According the the Telegraph, the T-31 looks likely to be getting the bin... Can't see the rest behind the subscription wall sadly. Anyone who can f...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
07 May 2019, 18:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 609837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

MoD 'to scrap cut-price frigates plan' after fears ships would not be able to protect themselves https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/05/07/hopes-cut-price-frigates-navy-dashed-mod-gives-way-250m-per/ According the the Telegraph, the T-31 looks likely to be getting the bin... Can't see the res...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
25 Apr 2019, 10:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 286390
Location: United Kingdom

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

That article also seems to suggest there is "speculation" around possibly cancelling the T31 in favour of my Type 26s.

First I've ever heard of that suggestion. Is this something others have come across?

Given the accuracy of the article however I'm not reading that much into it.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
28 Jan 2019, 18:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114422
Location: United Kingdom

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

Well, I have good news for you, some information has been found on the L55A1s limits. http://rusjev.net/2019/01/25/eksperimentalnyiy-britanskiy-tank-na-strelbah-probil-rossiyskiy-navyilet/ Not fully official, but it mentions this: Rh120L55A1 has a permissible pressure in the barrel bore up to 700 M...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
26 Jan 2019, 11:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114422
Location: United Kingdom

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

I've never heard of DM55. You mean DM53A1? Yep, a typo. On DM63: "A further development, called the DM63, improved upon the round by introducing a new temperature-independent propellant, which allows the propellant to have a constant pattern of expansion between ambient temperatures inside the...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
25 Jan 2019, 18:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114422
Location: United Kingdom

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

Worth recalling that the DM53 and DM63 are very similar, the DM63 being essentially a reworked DM53 to perform more consistently, rather than as an explicitly new round. They are often mistaken and used as overlapping terms in some outlets and by some people (as inaccurate as that is). Surely that ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
24 Jan 2019, 21:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114422
Location: United Kingdom

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

Drummond and others have talked about testing with, and potential operational use of the, DM53 round. Janes however seems to suggest that the intended round for the LEP standard Challenger would be the newer, more capable DM63 instead: https://www.janes.com/article/85918/iav-2019-rheinmetall-unveils...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
14 Jan 2019, 19:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 609837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As much as we would like them to be, they are not a coastal navy any more. For the last decade they have been developing blue water skills, and since they're not breaking new ground they're learning very quickly. We have yet to see a combat example of this, but we do have a botched evacuation in Li...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
11 Jan 2019, 18:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1743
Views: 137276
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

BriteCloud to be integrated onto Typhoon in RAF service: https://www.janes.com/article/85668/bri ... ntegration
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
01 Jan 2019, 17:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2356
Views: 151907
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

From that to saying that LPDs are not needed, for me there is a whole ocean in the middle. Thankfully nobody is sold on the idea that runs here and in some other circles of pretending that a few blokes on helicopters are "amphibious capability". The USMC briefly messed up with the first t...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
12 Dec 2018, 14:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114422
Location: United Kingdom

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

Nicholas Drummond seems to be suggesting that the LEP now features a requirement for a new smoothbore gun???

by ~UNiOnJaCk~
06 Dec 2018, 21:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Trials and Development Units.
Replies: 17
Views: 3320
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Trials and Development Units.

Lord Jim wrote:Probably the best you could get is the Italian Centauro Mk2, but this platform still falls way short on protection.


If you are trying to use it as a like-for-like replacement for an MBT then sure, not if you know to play to its strengths though.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
01 Dec 2018, 12:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 865
Views: 65760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Either way, investing in more HETs/and or our wider logistics capacity is something we should be doing anyway.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
27 Nov 2018, 19:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 865
Views: 65760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

All I'm saying is this is the reasoning they have chosen in the past with similar things. The US are notoriously specific about upgradability in design. As a note, several IFVs these days can resist 140mm ammunition from the frontal arc, and some from a frontal 30 degree arc, at the ranges that wer...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
26 Nov 2018, 19:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 865
Views: 65760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

US Army often has a big thing about ongoing development potential. That is one of the weaknesses of the CT40. Its rounds have no real room for enhancing the size of the dart. Not a major weakness, but still, it is the sort of thing the US have used in the past as reasoning. I'd have thought that if...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
18 Oct 2018, 21:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 40694
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Sacrificing our tanker "surge" capability in order to convert them to AWACs is a terrible idea, all the more so if it is being done simply to appease a stropping Airbus. You have to be in it to win it, so they say. If they felt that have been cheated, maybe they should consider their produ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
03 Oct 2018, 19:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114422
Location: United Kingdom

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

Even in 1998 it was regarded as no longer being the top. The comparatives to the British Army standard on the 2E were tested in Greece and found to be considered lower protection than the M1A2 Export variant, and the 2A5. Err...? What gave you this idea? It pretty much runs contrary to every piece ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
17 Sep 2018, 21:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114422
Location: United Kingdom

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

Wonder if Rheinmetall's offering will break cover soon then? The Black Knight certainly looks err...busy on top, doesn't it?
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
09 Sep 2018, 20:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 49001
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Number of dismounts shows the impact of different turrets on the vehicle. Not necessarily. Personal kit has just as much an of influence on carriage capacity as the internal profile of any weapon system. I believe it is the commonly cited reason behind the allegedly reduced carriage capacity of the...

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