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by Ron5
19 Jul 2022, 17:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1331912
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Aviation Week: UK Dragonfire Laser Begins Firing Trials by Tony Osborne The MBDA-led team developing the UK Dragonfire laser has undertaken the first firings of the directed-energy weapon. Low-power firings of the laser undertaken in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, proved the system “can successfully ...
by Ron5
19 Jul 2022, 17:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5743
Views: 1574692
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Aviation Week: UK Eyes Increased F-35 Numbers Amid Advances On Capabilities, Capacity by Tony Osborne On July 19, it will be a decade since Lockheed Martin delivered the UK’s first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Today, the aircraft is beginning to make its mark on the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) and Roya...
by Ron5
08 Dec 2021, 16:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431994
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I agree it wont be 48 however no where has it been confirmed it would be 12 just because the CGI shows 12 dose not make it so the clear statement was the number of CAMM is not yet decided As the system is already contracted between HMG and MBDA, the number is already decided. As the hull build has ...
by Ron5
08 Dec 2021, 15:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431994
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This articles says SkySabre (or LandCeptor)'s radar can handle 24 CAMM missiles at once. T23 has 32 CAMM. T26 has 48 CAMM. And, T31 has 12 CAMM... Surely, not only T31, but even T23/26 is not fully utilizing the systems capacity. Increasing its number shall be important. Hope T26 batch2 carries 96 ...
by Ron5
08 Dec 2021, 15:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2407
Views: 609604
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Aren't the first Boxers coming off the German production line? Yes, and their production started in June this year and first vehicles should be delivered in late 2022. UK will provide some components for them. It was planed that production in UK will start in 2023. Excellent news and there have bee...
by Ron5
08 Dec 2021, 15:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 960
Views: 281019
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Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I could he making that up about the turrets actually, I know the Ajax turrets are almost all manufactured. I doubt LM produced many for the warrior without the production contract being signed. Although I would like to know how the blew most of the CSP budget on so few vehicles. The 250 canons are ...
by Ron5
08 Dec 2021, 15:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 960
Views: 281019
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Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Arm

why do you think that LM had a working turret at the time of the competition when they did not? I think that LM had a physical turret at the time of the competition, as evidenced by the contemporary photographs. I assume that the MoD would have had access to it, which is kind of what I said, or at ...
by Ron5
08 Dec 2021, 15:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 88
Views: 36037
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Re: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Yes it "hasn't managed to deliver" something the user hasn't ever asked for :crazy: In many cases features are not requested because the manufacturer has said they cannot be accommodated within the budget. With GD profligacy, that would seem to be a reasonable guess. The fact that the arm...
by Ron5
08 Dec 2021, 15:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 88
Views: 36037
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Re: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

In many cases features are not requested because the manufacturer has said they cannot be accommodated within the budget. You will note the absence of an ATGW from the BAE turret, or in fact any British Army vehicle. Which Bae turret? They have more than one turret type featuring an ATGW. Regarding...
by Ron5
07 Dec 2021, 17:49
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Sheffield Forgemasters
Replies: 7
Views: 475
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Re: Sheffield Forgemasters

Excellent, thanks Jonas :thumbup:
by Ron5
07 Dec 2021, 17:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431994
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This articles says SkySabre (or LandCeptor)'s radar can handle 24 CAMM missiles at once. T23 has 32 CAMM. T26 has 48 CAMM. And, T31 has 12 CAMM... Surely, not only T31, but even T23/26 is not fully utilizing the systems capacity. Increasing its number shall be important. Hope T26 batch2 carries 96 ...
by Ron5
07 Dec 2021, 17:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431994
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Impressive that Sky Sabre can control the flight of 24 missiles simultaneously whilst in flight, guiding them to intercept 24 separate targets, and assuming that capability down to the Israeli Rafael BMC4I system, battle management, command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (BMC4...
by Ron5
07 Dec 2021, 17:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 147
Views: 50847
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Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Probably the UK "rejecting it due to the common "Not Invented/Built Here" syndrome even though some of the services liked it a lot" To be fair its not integrated on Typhoon... I'd prefer that we ordered SpearGlide and a 'SpearSimple' version from MBDA, keep leveraging that inves...
by Ron5
07 Dec 2021, 17:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 88
Views: 36037
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Re: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Yes it "hasn't managed to deliver" something the user hasn't ever asked for :crazy: In many cases features are not requested because the manufacturer has said they cannot be accommodated within the budget. With GD profligacy, that would seem to be a reasonable guess. The fact that the arm...
by Ron5
07 Dec 2021, 17:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 960
Views: 281019
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Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

What was same turret to be used on both vehicles? Or if not what was the reason why they couldn’t use the same turret on both vehicles? Can't physically be the same but the original idea was to have a great deal of commonality between the two and that would be achieved by selecting the same turret ...
by Ron5
07 Dec 2021, 17:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 960
Views: 281019
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Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

LM did not have a working turret when they won both the Ajax and Warrior contracts. Why do you think that? Why did who think what? Seems odd offering a Brit advice on English :D Anyhoo, the question is:, why do you think that LM had a working turret at the time of the competition when they did not?
by Ron5
06 Dec 2021, 16:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431994
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This articles says SkySabre (or LandCeptor)'s radar can handle 24 CAMM missiles at once. T23 has 32 CAMM. T26 has 48 CAMM. And, T31 has 12 CAMM... Surely, not only T31, but even T23/26 is not fully utilizing the systems capacity. Increasing its number shall be important. Hope T26 batch2 carries 96 ...
by Ron5
06 Dec 2021, 16:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4468
Views: 1132079
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

The T31 are supposed to be 5,700 t and just shy of 140m long. The River B2's are 2,000 t and just over 90m long. There is ample difference in size / length to have a River B3 to be between the two. I'm sure that's exactly the way the Navy decides on new ships :roll: I was replying to a comment that...
by Ron5
06 Dec 2021, 15:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 147
Views: 50847
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Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Arguably the investment in lower-yield weapons in the West has been driven by the need to provide accurate effects while keeping collatoral damage to a minimum in a COIN environment. Maybe it's an ROE/experience problem which plenty of nations haven't had to face for decades, so they don't see the ...
by Ron5
06 Dec 2021, 15:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 521
Views: 160258
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Repulse wrote: 06 Dec 2021, 14:58 I understand that the current ambition is for 24 Sky Sabre launchers which probably means 8-10 Radar units - feels very low given the range of threats this will be tackling on the modern battlefield.
I doubt that many.
by Ron5
06 Dec 2021, 15:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 960
Views: 281019
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Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Do you think the MOD made the decision based on a photo from LM? That’s a photo of actual hardware that existed at the time of the bid. Presumably the MoD had opportunity to look at it? Here’s a photo of the second prototype during the contract https://u0v052dm9wl3gxo0y3lx0u44wz-wpengine.netdna-ssl...
by Ron5
06 Dec 2021, 15:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 491
Views: 187003
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Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I don't think anyone has ever really complained about the FMS process. It's insanely straight forward. The US gov buys it like it would for its own force and presto add a fee and bam done. You think wrong. There have been complaints about it's process and high cost. It's used mostly because the buy...
by Ron5
06 Dec 2021, 15:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 88
Views: 36037
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Re: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

The Ajax turret is 10 or 11 years old now. It's out of date relative to what's offered by Rheinmetall and Hanwah defense in the Australian land 400 program. How these programs managed to get delayed by 5 or 6 years without heads rolling and financial penalties in the contractors is insane :lolno: I...
by Ron5
06 Dec 2021, 15:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 88
Views: 36037
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Re: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

The Ajax turret is 10 or 11 years old now. It's out of date relative to what's offered by Rheinmetall and Hanwah defense in the Australian land 400 program. How these programs managed to get delayed by 5 or 6 years without heads rolling and financial penalties in the contractors is insane What do y...
by Ron5
06 Dec 2021, 13:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 521
Views: 160258
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

From this mornings DT .. Royal Artillery's new Sky Sabre missiles 'can strike tennis ball travelling at speed of sound' Advanced 'detect and destroy' air-defence system needed to counter threat from modern Russian stealth fighters By Dominic Nicholls, Defence and Security Editor 6 December 2021 • 6:...