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by ~UNiOnJaCk~
12 Jan 2022, 13:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1234
Views: 400920
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

I’m personally not sure the requirement for 21 MPA ever went away as such. It was what we decided we were prepared to afford that changed things. Now you can also argue that there is a large Sentinel shaped hole in our overall ISTAR picture too (again a requirement that seems not to have gone away -...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
11 Jan 2022, 18:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1234
Views: 400920
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Mate of mine working on them at Lossie still insists they're ideally looking for at least 3 more. 🤷‍♂️ More are definitely needed to my mind - somewhere between 3 and 6 would seem about right. Obviously i'm not saying we couldn't always do with even more than that, but I imagine between 3-6 is prob...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
07 Jan 2022, 17:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 344
Views: 132518
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Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

Thank you for the pointers to the source all.

Also noticed that Gabriele Molinelli has tweeted some additional snippets from the same document, unrelated to A400M so not for here but interesting pointers nonetheless.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
06 Jan 2022, 20:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 344
Views: 132518
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Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

From UKDJ, possible additional A400M purchase later this decade: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-plan ... -aircraft/

Make of it what you will. Would like to see the source myself.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
23 Dec 2021, 11:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 622
Views: 201964
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Whatever platform we do choose, only to things seem important to me: A: Under no circumstances should we entertain a split buy - we need to consolidate on the one platform whatever it may be (though I don't think there is any serious discussion of a split buy actually taking place in the MoD). B: If...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
15 Dec 2021, 17:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409046
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

For me personally, even if the mechanical issues can be resolved, perhaps the bigger question right now is one of doctrinal suitability. As things stand, Ajax sits rather awkwardly within the Army's plans. It's crystal clear that some sort of broadly equivalent capability is essential to the Army's ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
10 Dec 2021, 18:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409046
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I'd be extremely surprised if it were canned now, especially in light of Future Soldier. That's not to say I think retaining it would be the best call at this stage however...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
17 Nov 2021, 15:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529019
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

"British F-35 fighter jet crashes during routine operation in Mediterranean - pilot ejected safely, MoD says"

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59323895
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
17 Nov 2021, 15:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13830
Views: 3957395
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

British F-35 fighter jet crashes during routine operation in Mediterranean - pilot ejected safely, MoD says

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59323895
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
09 Oct 2021, 10:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 664
Views: 191360
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

It's ironic what with all the references to the Great War, that, to my mind, the only thing that will rescue the Army now is a period of reforms of Haldanian proportions - literal root and branch. Much as then, it is clear we stand at the precipice of great change in terms of how land warfare will b...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
27 Sep 2021, 20:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2221
Views: 576469
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

You might want to read the rest of my post up above. It wasn't a criticism of the remainder of your post. Was just opining that I think the two variants I mentioned would be in my list from the outset, preferably somewhere near the top; depending on the outcome of Ajax in the case of a recon variant.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
27 Sep 2021, 16:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2221
Views: 576469
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Armoured Personnel Carrier - agreed Command Vehicle - agreed Armoured Recovery Vehicle - agreed Ambulance - agreed Joint Fires Vehicle - Is a Boxer based solution necessary? Signals Vehicle - Is a Boxer based solution necessary? ISTAR/EW Vehicle - Is a Boxer based solution necessary? Engineering Su...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
18 Sep 2021, 14:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1565
Views: 451130
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Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

Will bring substantial increase in its AAW firepower capability, both in area defence and CIWS, but still looks limited in firepower for a ship of its class and crew size. If you take the new Israeli Sa'ar 6 1,900t corvettes with 70 crew as a benchmark for firepower at only a quarter of the T45s di...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
09 Sep 2021, 12:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 664
Views: 191360
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

JLTV is in the demonstration phase until sometime in 2021 ( now the back end of 2021 clearly ) once complete the MOD will put a business case forward for 821 vehicles Has that figure you reference been confirmed anywhere? I know the original FMS notification mentioned a possible contract total of u...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
08 Sep 2021, 17:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 664
Views: 191360
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

I doubt there's a stated requirement for 6x6, or even wheels. But the issue of a 4x4 would be a compromise of approach angle and break/over angle for a vehicle of the required payload dimensions length. With all the talk of 6x6 that gets bandied about I had begun to think it was some sort of formal...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
08 Sep 2021, 15:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 664
Views: 191360
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

I have a question that maybe someone here can help with. What is the rationale behind the requirement for a 6x6 anyway?

Is a 6x6 solution even a stated requirement for MRV-P package 2?
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
06 Jul 2021, 19:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1565
Views: 451130
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Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

For those asking the question earlier: "The existing 48 Sylver cells on the Type 45 will now be solely for the longer-range Aster 30 missile, which is also subject to a recently announced mid-life refresh. This will see the missile remain in service throughout the life of the Type 45s." Fr...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
19 Jun 2021, 10:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14878
Views: 3333206
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote: That's a nice way of saying effing stupid.
Cries in Leander...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
03 Jun 2021, 11:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409046
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Yep, Land-Nimrod. GDLS has never built a vehicle in this class in Europe. They're standing up a supply chain and manufacturing facility from scratch. An empty shed in Wales that used to build forklifts. A workforce that has never built a military vehicle before. What could possibly go wrong. And ev...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
01 Jun 2021, 15:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409046
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

What a pantomime...I say this as someone who was very enthusiastic about Scout and GDLS’ bid initially.
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
26 May 2021, 21:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409046
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

How tempting? Let's consider the precedence you'd be setting. GD spend millions on Methyr Tydfil to bin it. LM spend millions on Ampthill to bin it. FPE spent millions on Foxhound facilities, only for it to be a limited purchase and not considered for later programmes. Why would anyone have confide...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
26 May 2021, 20:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409046
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Are there actually any sources for binning/ curtailing... or whatever? I don't think so. I think he is speaking rhetorically at this point. I would be staggered if it was binned but perhaps his comments are a hint at just how serious the alleged issues are right now? Could they really be terminal? ...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
26 May 2021, 17:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 622
Views: 201964
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Not personally convinced that tracked guns are the way to go. If we are to ever look again at a tracked system then any competition would almost certainly be K-9's to lose, no doubt. It's a quality system. That said, I think the Army would be much better served going down the all wheeled route which...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
26 May 2021, 15:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409046
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Which BAE? Rheinmetall BAE systems land may be delivering CR3, but they have no corporate reach-back to CV90. So you'd want an overseas business with no UK presence putting in a proposal? At this point, I wouldn't be opposed to it, providing of course the rumours about Ajax are accurate. I'm sure y...
by ~UNiOnJaCk~
25 May 2021, 14:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409046
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

This is all pretty damning to be honest. One does begin to wonder if and indeed where a line should be drawn as the current situation is increasingly unacceptable. All stakeholders seem to share at least some of the blame, no one is coming out of this squeaky clean that's for sure. One wonders if, i...