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by ArmChairCivvy
16 Jun 2021, 19:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 44
Views: 7331
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

That 'patrol boat' version of the gun went out of production a long time ago... has it made a comeback?
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Jun 2021, 18:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3162947
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

carriers were assembled not built at Rosyth The past may be a guide into the future (but the FCA warns against taking that as a copper-bottom guarantee) going to be some "Mission creep" with the T-31 between now and the last ship entering the water, which will also add to costs, with the ...
by ArmChairCivvy
16 Jun 2021, 12:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1535
Views: 370428
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Ron5 wrote:the seeming lack of inquisitiveness

None of that here :D ... but not many sources (should be a day job, may be, with an expenses account to pick up bar tabs?)
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Jun 2021, 22:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3162947
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

RichardIC wrote:it wasn't ordered to replace the Batch 1 Rivers
as 5 RB2s were ordered to replace RB1 & RB1.5s
RichardIC wrote:The MoD was skint. Actually the RN is getting something that is far more than anyone ever imagined possible when the competition was launched.
Competition can work wonders!
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Jun 2021, 16:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2033
Views: 539760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

the Strike Brigade concept and instead moving to BCTs. They don't have enough of the troop carrier variants and are probably going to end up needing +100 equip the 2 heavy BCTs with 2 mounted battalions a piece. Nowhere near enough... as the calculations upthread have shown that just to do that (wh...
by ArmChairCivvy
15 Jun 2021, 08:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3027
Views: 829563
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Didn't pick up that repetition, but as they are talking abt LRG (N), the standing group onboard is supposed to be company-sized, though Albion can do many more, and that number of bods then goes towards 200 with boat handlers, Viking drivers etc included (who are not part of whichever 'organic' comp...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Jun 2021, 18:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3162947
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

There is absolutely no reason why France and Italy should be walking off with all these contracts. We will be getting there... then there's the Dutch as well that have a v shrewd strategy... didn't they even penetrate the Kriegsmarine ship building (sorry for the old name for the navy, if any Germa...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Jun 2021, 05:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A321 (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 8359
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A321 (RAF)

bozza72 wrote:G-GBNI
the call sign a nice 'poke' in Macron's eye (ref. G7)
the official name of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
especially as
bozza72 wrote:in Bordeaux right now too
the mentioned location also used to be part of the same (predecessor) kingdom
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Jun 2021, 05:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3162947
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I'm amazed the Hellenic Navy is considering 4 FDI's and 2 La Fayette's. A VERY expensive option for the capability required. Note the 'full interoperability' not just with NATO but also with the MN, as mentioned ... should there be a fracas developing the latter is more likely to sail into the area...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Jun 2021, 06:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1535
Views: 370428
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Clever clogs, those Dutch (the Swedes may have played a part, too ;) ) - throw in the Danes, for good measure, as they too chose the gun that can be upgraded with supershot, to equal our 'coke can' in punch Oh, did I mention the Norgies (they converted a good number of IFVs into recce wagons that lo...
by ArmChairCivvy
13 Jun 2021, 05:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3162947
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We all know the plan was for 13 T26 cut from the original 20 odd that would of be required back at the start of that very long project , we know that a “light” frigate was never part of the plan even when it was C1, C2, C3 the C2 part was the be a striped down T26. It was only post-2010, and with t...
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Jun 2021, 18:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3162947
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Jake1992 wrote: chosen by the RN because the project was a rush job, if the RN really wanted, hand the time and hand the money for a “light” frigate they would of had a new design done possibly something based off a shrunk down lighter armed T26 design.


Not anywhere near the mark, sorry to say
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Jun 2021, 16:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2033
Views: 539760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

whitelancer wrote: Another case of the MOD leaving as many questions as they answer.


I would say, more so 8-)
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Jun 2021, 16:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1535
Views: 370428
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

That is interesting, as I thought the Norway recce (kit) upgrade was unique
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Jun 2021, 16:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 473
Views: 173621
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Who could put it better

A shame that we have only been able to demonstrate it (from a fast jet) against a stationary tank 'park'.
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Jun 2021, 10:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 473
Views: 173621
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Tempest414 wrote: go with the US weapon now and bring Brimstone [and Spear] later

Well, going with Hellfire on Apaches and on the UAVs that will be flying supporting circuits will rather make the (LM's?) VL-Hellfire pod on the back of a Stryker - read: Boxer - an appetising offer
- BLOS out-of-the-box ;)
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Jun 2021, 09:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3162947
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

impression that their edge was the max local build content Not sure to which of the contendors that ref is in regard, but Damen has later supplied another series of frigates. The local dockyard in Surabaya has done most of the 'metal bashing' according to the Damen design, but the central blocks, w...
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Jun 2021, 07:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2033
Views: 539760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Carrying on from the above, the ambition should not only be this (DID, ten days ago) "The French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) received the first operational version of the combat information system for the SCORPION program (SICS) developed by French firm, Atos. Its deployment is plann...
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Jun 2021, 00:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 473
Views: 173621
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Its truly baffling that Brimstone isn't going to be fitted to Apache. While I agree, could it be that launch speed / altitude of the platform (fast jet vs helos) are just too different and would require mods? - this argument probably is not relevant to UAVs (fly higher) But Brimstone has been trial...
by ArmChairCivvy
12 Jun 2021, 00:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2033
Views: 539760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

wondering why the OPV doesn't have these comms? Parliamentary answers... famous for 'bare minimum' as for elaboration given - next Q should therefore follow (soon?) If we go by the old roles (not just comms, but the rest of the fitting out, including how many work stations and the required power fo...
by ArmChairCivvy
11 Jun 2021, 16:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)
Replies: 435
Views: 158684
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)

From the scoping of the domestic 'medium helicopter competition' one could have as much as guessed that
... now the real question is the spec (TBA) for the NATO medium helo prgrm. The tolerance for the first one rolling out and the Merlins going is ONLY 5 years in between
by ArmChairCivvy
11 Jun 2021, 11:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7104
Views: 1752176
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

time limitations almost exclusively due to incredibly poor procurement planning and decision making. well, we (or rather, the RN) painted itself into a corner, to be able to get the carriers. The thinking must have been that other 'prerequisites' for their operation will automatically follow. They ...
by ArmChairCivvy
11 Jun 2021, 11:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7104
Views: 1752176
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Poiuytrewq wrote:Why add the Mk41's to the T26 to future proof the design but not future proof the T31's? Seems nonsensical.

Has this new, 24 escorts 'target' emerged so that we can sell the 5 (first?) T31s?
... be back to where we started; but with fairly new ships
by ArmChairCivvy
10 Jun 2021, 17:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2033
Views: 539760
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Tempest414 wrote:would come to 20 x C4I Boxers


Sorry! The terminology is only (just!) settling in
by ArmChairCivvy
10 Jun 2021, 14:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1535
Views: 370428
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Would seem like good news for Ajax that there is not (in the current plans) a joint fires version of the Boxer; just a small number of observation posts I don't think that is correct. false claims (...) without reference. C'on Ron, if you don't think it is correct, either A. give us the 'correct' a...

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