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by whitelancer
17 May 2024, 19:44
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry - News & Discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 15581
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Re: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry - News & Discussion

It's still £!2.6m lost to the UK economy.
by whitelancer
17 May 2024, 19:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Directed Energy Weapons
Replies: 87
Views: 11083
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Re: Directed Energy Weapons

To be made into a viable weapon it would need to be shrunk in size, with an increase in range, say 5000m against an individual target less against a swarm. Then their is the problem of countermeasures. I'm not an expert, but I would have thought it would be relatively easy to harden drones against R...
by whitelancer
20 Feb 2024, 22:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15472
Views: 4667561
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Jdam wrote: 20 Feb 2024, 16:07 Interesting video, while 1 F-35 is landing the follow up F-35 is already hovering next to the deck waiting for to land.
Exactly the way Harrier used to do it.

One of the advantages of STOVL operations from carriers is the simplicity and speed of launch and recovery.
by whitelancer
15 Feb 2024, 00:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 386
Views: 89555
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Jdam wrote: 14 Feb 2024, 14:10 Whats the reason for going to Germany for the test firing?
As the Government got rid of all the establishments the MOD lost the knowledge and facilities to do much in the way of R&D. Its now over reliant on the private sector as the problems with Ajax demonstrated.
by whitelancer
21 Nov 2023, 00:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 386
Views: 89555
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

There was a lot of from what we’re hearing ect from the committee in questioning the sec def about it. They were also quite forthright in telling the defence secretary and the VCDS they wanted the program cancelled. Why did they want it cancelled? As for not having enough hulls in a fit state, I fi...
by whitelancer
15 Nov 2023, 20:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 289
Views: 149093
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

Don't forget that their is wind over deck to be factored in. Even in still air a ship generated 20-25 knot wind over deck will make quite a difference to take off performance.
by whitelancer
27 May 2023, 20:58
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 124534
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Along with the Challenger's are we sending any engineering kit, Titan, Trojan, Terrier and Python for example?
by whitelancer
08 Mar 2023, 19:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 617
Views: 229308
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Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

The MOD often seem to make bizarre decisions, unfortunately we never hear by whom and why such decisions are made. While I'm sure the decisions made are sometimes justified the unnecessary secrecy, that seems to be the default setting, doesn't help convincing those of us on the outside that some nef...
by whitelancer
01 Mar 2023, 00:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1970
Views: 287166
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

At first sight yes but it depends what it is working with. If it is in a combined artillery regiment of 1 x HQ Battery 1 x Battery of 105 SP Jackal 1 x Battery of HIMARS 1 x AD Troop 1 x UAV Troop If this is added to a Infantry Battalion that also has Javelin , SP 120mm Mortar & Brimstone Over-...
by whitelancer
03 Feb 2023, 23:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 2323
Views: 1088336
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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

People keep referring to type 46 Armoured Regiments. I am not sure where this comes from. As I understand it each Armoured Regiment is made up as follows: RHQ 2 x CR2 3 x Sabre Squadron's each with: SHQ 2x CR2 4 x Troops each with 4 x CR2 This gives us 18 x CR2 per Sqn, and a total of 56 x CR2 per R...
by whitelancer
28 Jan 2023, 18:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2838
Views: 797509
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Ha Ha
You got me.
Perhaps I should have said the modern (20th century) interpretation of a mortar.

Anyway when you look at systems such as NEMO the capabilities they are after look more and more like those of a howitzer rather than a mortar.
by whitelancer
28 Jan 2023, 16:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2838
Views: 797509
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Mortars were developed as a means of providing infantry with organic fire support, they were cheap, simple and effective, particularly against targets behind cover or in dead ground. However modern mortars which are rifled, breech loaded and possibly automatic loading as being discussed above are no...
by whitelancer
11 Jan 2023, 23:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1492
Views: 482278
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

What I would like to know is the justification for the purchase of a new rifle for the Rangers.
by whitelancer
29 Oct 2022, 07:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2838
Views: 797509
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

and (being particularly fussy) has a load of unnecessary hatch episcopes for the commander... Leaving aside whether they are periscopes or episcopes, I fundamentally disagree that they are unnecessary. For an AFV commander situational awareness is vital, one aspect of this is having all round visio...
by whitelancer
08 Oct 2022, 19:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1492
Views: 482278
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

Why does the Ranger Regt want/need a new rifle rather than the SA80?

Why does it need to be an AR15 based rifle?
by whitelancer
02 Sep 2022, 01:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 914
Views: 347875
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

1st Regiment RHA will gain an AJAX tactical group battery. 3rd Regiment RHA will re-role to the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), with two batteries equipped with M270 launchers, one of which also has a JACKAL tactical group. A third M270 battery will be provided by 101st Regiment RA on deploym...
by whitelancer
29 Aug 2022, 15:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 788
Views: 225757
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

It wasn't just Bloodhound that needed replacing but Thunderbird too. Money of course was the problem and they could always rely on the RAF to deal with medium/high altitude threats! Today the situation has changed with the widespread use of precision guided munitions putting any fixed installations ...
by whitelancer
07 Aug 2022, 17:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dual Tramway STOVL Carrier
Replies: 6
Views: 1447
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Re: Dual Tramway STOVL Carrier

Having witnessed Sea Harrier operating from HMS Ark Royal I was impressed by how efficient and quick launch and recovery operations were. I feel that their is little need for a duel tramway as you call it, its as likely to unnecessarily complicate launch procedures and actually slow them down. As fo...
by whitelancer
26 Jun 2022, 18:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 227
Views: 221866
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Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

It would not surprise me to see Sentinel operating over Poland, if its not already!
by whitelancer
29 May 2022, 11:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)
Replies: 11
Views: 4374
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Re: Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)

The fake news has been that we will keep more of our tanks in Sennelager... where they have been all along Their are three Battle Groups worth of equipment based in Europe, one in Estonia the balance at two bases in Germany. This includes artillery(AS90) and I assume the balance of the equipment fo...
by whitelancer
28 May 2022, 23:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2865
Views: 829708
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Entering service by 2030! Far to slow.
by whitelancer
04 May 2022, 22:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 386
Views: 89555
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

The particular arm that deals with turret control is Swiss. They do have a subsidary in the UK but it deals with other things . Who built the gun control/ stabilisation system for CR2? I had always assumed that it was a solid state system under development at the time for fitting to CR1. But I am n...
by whitelancer
04 May 2022, 22:38
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 124534
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Think First World War, if you have a new fangled flying machine spying on you, even dropping the odd bomb what do you do? You arm your own flying machines to shoot them down. Which leads to to them arming their flying machines..... Inevitably that's what will happen with drones. The interesting ques...
by whitelancer
02 May 2022, 23:46
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 124534
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Phil Sayers wrote: 02 May 2022, 16:27 Not seen anything on that but the usual MAM-L seems most likely.
Thanks for that.
by whitelancer
02 May 2022, 15:37
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1183
Views: 124534
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Any idea what weapon they used?