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by ArmChairCivvy
13 Dec 2019, 00:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1578
Views: 146696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SD67 wrote: In the year since that Single source decision was made the price seems to have doubled.


Just today read about the "MRAPs in a hurry" report that the US Gvmnt/ Army may have been defrauded of $ 1.6 bn
- breaking news, let's see about the substance behind it
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Dec 2019, 09:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721080
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Jake1992 wrote:the beam is only what 0.4m narrower than the current T45s and as wide as many longer vessels

Anyone ever wondered ;) how, in the long and tortuous evolution of design options for the T-26 that became the driver?
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Dec 2019, 09:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1578
Views: 146696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

It now seems a pity that I didn't buy The Times yesterday (an x-ref in the linked article that was referencing the FT of the 10th): (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Times reported Dec. 11 said “a source close to the Tempest program said that competition between Britain and the US for the F-3 contract was ‘hottin...
by ArmChairCivvy
11 Dec 2019, 09:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2712
Views: 201557
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The vaunted Green Men are actually terrorists and should be dealt by local SWAT team. If you put together all the elements from this one, from the events across two different, but neighbouring countries, any such SWAT teams (if they exist) might be 'decapitated' for the lack of command chain - invi...
by ArmChairCivvy
10 Dec 2019, 18:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1578
Views: 146696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Ron5 wrote: Putin-bots and useful idiots. One or two of the later appear here.
None of the former :D ?
by ArmChairCivvy
10 Dec 2019, 17:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1578
Views: 146696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Japan just saying might go with someone else to get a better deal with USA Have you seen how much of S. Korea's defence budget is dedicated to R&D? - yes, I know, they should be on the same side, and the comparison is stupid - but there is 7k yrs of history to 'who's the top dog', or cartoon-wi...
by ArmChairCivvy
10 Dec 2019, 16:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 316
Views: 37910
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

there is an urgent need to replace the 1960s vintage FV430 series of AFVs in the combat and support roles so there is some logic in also allocating some to the roles planned for the MRV(P). Commonality was the stated driver for launching the MRV(P) prgrm. For 150-300 vehicles to live on for the nex...
by ArmChairCivvy
10 Dec 2019, 16:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721080
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

single function ship, the ASW T26 originally quoted as £350/450 million per ship, changed to multi-mission ASW and Amphib, due to the near criminal incompetence the costs were allowed to spiral out of control to £4 billion programme for the first three ships including its development, don't know wh...
by ArmChairCivvy
10 Dec 2019, 04:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2712
Views: 201557
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

But the name of the game going forward is to get troops in place to prevent and/or deter the operations of the "Little Green Men" in disputed areas. Quite; RUSI aptly labels it "bite and hold"... let's see what will happen with the latest "chunk" that will be the Norma...
by ArmChairCivvy
09 Dec 2019, 17:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 316
Views: 37910
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Boxer can certainly cover [SOME OF] the rest, in fact exceed the requirements by some margin. The 2 remaining options for Part 2 are both around 15t, the Boxer is nearly 40t in operational fit. That's a huge difference in deployability! You also struggle when you move into more urban environments a...
by ArmChairCivvy
09 Dec 2019, 17:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1405
Views: 122720
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

For me the Stryker was the obvious choice, yes it's an older vehicle less well protected compared to the Boxer but it is a mature platform with a countless number of variations We might even get the 'best of breed' - rather than the rebuilds, first with a V-hull, then with added firepower.... I dou...
by ArmChairCivvy
09 Dec 2019, 16:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 316
Views: 37910
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

use [it and] additional Boxers to cover the requirements the MRV(P) programme [Group 2...] The right Group 1 platform could also carry out some of the roles intended for the Group 2 platform, and [t]he Boxer can certainly cover the rest, in fact exceed the requirements by some margin . - for once I...
by ArmChairCivvy
09 Dec 2019, 09:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 316
Views: 37910
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Bushmaster is for Group 2, and its only rival left running is the GD Eagle 6x6. For the former, the existing Thales facility here has been mentioned; no such mention (has caught me eye) for using the GD facility for producing/ assembling Eagles 'locally' - we do remember how "british to the bo...
by ArmChairCivvy
09 Dec 2019, 09:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2712
Views: 201557
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Being a raiding force does not preclude the RM being involved in fact the opposite it’s what required along the Norwegian coast using hovercraft and raiding craft. https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/y ... l-vessels/ The linked article's sources (as listed in it) were quickly followed with the RU...
by ArmChairCivvy
08 Dec 2019, 09:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2712
Views: 201557
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

We maintain a limited ability to deploy globally and we maintain engagements with countries all across the world as we have done for decades. The idea that global means naval is simplistic to the extreme I would wager the biggest deployment is an expeditionary wing's worth across the middle East; s...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 Dec 2019, 22:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2712
Views: 201557
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

We should retain the Brigade Head Quarters (3 Commando Brigade) but its role would now be to command a multinational force made up of troops from other NATO countries starting with the Dutch Marine Force, which will, from 2020, also contain the German Army's Sea Battalion. Yep, the biggest Dutch am...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 Dec 2019, 16:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721080
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

i would agree so far FREMM = 20 F-100 = 13 Iver Huitifeldt/ A140 = 8 ... Type 26 = 32 Why I put the [...] into the quote is that that is where the shift is to the next-gen. And as opposed to mainly driven by the R&D and cost of the WR21s? the T45s became expensive because of the radar & BM ...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 Dec 2019, 15:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2712
Views: 201557
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

A good insurance policy [against this] is to have another vessel or 2 that can to some degree mitigate the risk in addition to performing their primary functions. An LHD itself is a dual purpose vessel, allowing insertion of amphibious forces by sea, by air, or by both. We all know about the curren...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 Dec 2019, 15:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2712
Views: 201557
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

only the US navy can afford to do carrier operations properly in multi locations and to operate its naval forces largely independently. For everyone else including us the LHD offers the more sensible route given limited funds, limited numbers of aircraft and a need to operate in a number of locatio...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 Dec 2019, 14:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 338
Views: 45685
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

an article online that stated the wings generated an appreciable amount of lift during flight? May be (?) that was about Merlin, with stub wings, and the lift/ saving in fuel, would be important as perseverance (in ASW) is the name of the game - those stub wings never came about, anyway - and may b...
by ArmChairCivvy
07 Dec 2019, 04:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 338
Views: 45685
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Timmymagic wrote:The new UK wing will enable both the Sea Venom and Martlet 5 pack to be carried.
I guess you are saying "at the same time"?
- looking for Brimstones as ripple launching the whole load (of them, as carried... how many would that be) would be the appropriate answer to manoeuvring boghammers
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Dec 2019, 16:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1405
Views: 122720
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

a heavy ATGW like Spike NLOS is needed. These type of weapon are far harder of APS to deal with as they get zero launch signature to alert them and the near vertical approach makes latter detection also more difficult. A good point> Javelin replicates some of that, but the Armata ' looking like a X...
by ArmChairCivvy
05 Dec 2019, 12:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1405
Views: 122720
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Well, had to read the piece, to be able to 'partake' in the discussion. I think there is something to this... difficult to say, though, as the BA has not spelt out the variants and their users in full: "currently aiming for a grand total of 8 (small) battalions with some form of mechanization (...
by ArmChairCivvy
04 Dec 2019, 20:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1578
Views: 146696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Lord Jim wrote: to supplement the Super Eagles they are working on


Are they on it, too?
by ArmChairCivvy
04 Dec 2019, 16:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721080
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just a couple of comments: Sir Humphrey is a prize prat whose sole purpose is to deify the civil service. Most of what he writes is also bullshit and should be ignored. Which means he actually knows what hes talking about and doesn't concur with your views ....... Totally aside ;) from the thread's...

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