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by BlueD954
16 Jan 2021, 08:28
Forum: Personnel and Units
Topic: a future Reconnaissance Corps ?
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Singapore

Re: a future Reconnaissance Corps ?

That is the role of the Light Cavalry Regiments within 1st Division, equipped with Jackal. Whether it would be a good idea to have some mounted infantry battalions using similar vehicles working alongside them, well they would at least be more deployable than the Strike Brigades. https://twitter.co...
by BlueD954
16 Jan 2021, 08:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)
Replies: 1223
Views: 19201
Singapore

Re: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)

I must admit I prefer it when aid goes to NGOs operating in countries rather than the countries themselves, even though though they are far from perfect. As far as taking the moral high ground, this has zero effect on countries like China and little or no effect on those like India. Yes seeing poor...
by BlueD954
16 Jan 2021, 06:53
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1631
Views: 32650
Singapore

Re: Australian Defence Force



This will affect the UK's MRV-P programme?
by BlueD954
16 Jan 2021, 05:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13830
Views: 3957395
Singapore

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Thanks Naval news for the heads up, Does this bode well for QE maiden deployment to meet up with the french ? would be a good sight to see :clap: https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/01/french-carrier-strike-group-to-deploy-to-eastern-mediterranean-and-indian-ocean/#prettyPhoto Anything can ha...
by BlueD954
14 Jan 2021, 04:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 320
Views: 122035
Singapore

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-01-08/134370 In common with all 737 Next Generation airliners, the first two airframes to be modified to become RAF Wedgetail AEW Mk1 aircraft were manufactured by Boeing in the United States. They were initially operated by co...
by BlueD954
13 Jan 2021, 14:50
Forum: Deployments
Topic: Forces stationed abroad (other than the Falklands thread)
Replies: 6
Views: 223
Singapore

Re: Forces stationed abroad (other than the Falklands thread)

Forgetting Germany now we are leaving... Permanent Joint Operating Bases (Permanent Joint Headquarters): -Gibraltar -Akrotiri and Dhekelia (Cyprus) -Falkland Islands -Diego Garcia -Bahrain (which I assume falls under this category) Permanent facilities/garrisons: -RAF Ascension -Singapore - refueli...
by BlueD954
13 Jan 2021, 14:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Army Command to 2030
Replies: 51
Views: 1171
Singapore

Re: Army Command to 2030

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/army-digitalisation-theia

THEIA will accelerate the delivery of Army digital transformation by; driving coherence; better integration between projects; breaking down silos and realising efficiencies.

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Mumbo-jumbo.
by BlueD954
13 Jan 2021, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179419
Singapore

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

It is not that massive compared to other launch systems when comparing deck space, though you would probably only get half as many missiles. But it would give you the ability to launch LRASM from the deck rather then a VLS as was the question. Of course if we had put the Mk41 on the T-31 this would...
by BlueD954
13 Jan 2021, 09:34
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)
Replies: 1223
Views: 19201
Singapore

Re: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)

So what will be the defence cuts? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/budget-cuts-boris-john-sajid-javid-government-a9308726.html The first of many Brexit dividends. So what will be the defence cuts? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/budget-cuts-boris-john-sajid-javid-govern...
by BlueD954
13 Jan 2021, 00:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Think Defence
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Singapore

Re: Think Defence

Jensy wrote:He's back!

Isnt that nice?
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 15:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Defence Equipment Plan
Replies: 0
Views: 49
Singapore

Defence Equipment Plan

Government's Report

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... -plan-2020


NAO's Report

https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploa ... Report.pdf


Obviously the same as the last few years.
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 09:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 2022
Views: 597534
Singapore

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Makes sense - realistically it's almost inevitable we collaborate with either Europe or the US. We don't have the political backing to support the MBTs in service we already have and don't really have any international market share worth defending. Just an observer status. Doubt there's the money f...
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 08:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 2022
Views: 597534
Singapore

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)



“Observer status is being granted to the U.K. for the Franco-German Main Ground Combat System program,” an MoD official in London said.
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 07:22
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Donald Trump
Replies: 822
Views: 10462
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Re: Donald Trump

by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 04:32
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: First Gulf War
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Singapore

Re: First Gulf War

Long reads: https://britisharmy.wordpress.com/tag/desert-storm/ Then Captain Tim Purbrick's account of his service during the OP GRANBY, especially scoring the longest tank kill https://britisharmy.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/desert-storm-part-22-charge-of-the-heavy-brigade/ https://www.army.mod.uk/med...
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 03:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)
Replies: 65
Views: 33892
Singapore

Re: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)

You may, or may not know that we initially leased the a/c and had to 'handle with care' if we were to (theoretically) hand them back some day. That there is nothing new in this (except throwing caution to the wind :) ) is captured by " “exploit” the existing capability" in the linked arti...
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 03:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Strategic Command to 2030
Replies: 0
Views: 39
Singapore

Strategic Command to 2030

Might as well have a thread as it is a FLC.

https://www.gov.uk/search/all?organisat ... ic-command
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 03:23
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 221
Views: 5469
Singapore

Re: MBDA (UK)

Does it say what is SPEAR1 capability as 2 +3 are parallel, for different uses but sharing some technology, and 4+% are different missiles, sequentially time wise, but meant for the same uses? Paveway IV variants - one has a seeker for moving targets and the other has a penetrator warhead (as penet...
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 03:22
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 221
Views: 5469
Singapore

Re: MBDA (UK)

I thought I would give you a chance to clarify your non-meaningful response to my earlier pots (which was SPEAR2... and did not relate to my post at all). Tried to be polite and gloss it over; oh, well, You are trying to be impolite. Try harder, if that is the case. I am polite The article and othe...
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 02:21
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 221
Views: 5469
Singapore

Re: MBDA (UK)

TD on the history of the 5 SPEARs https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/spear-missile-system/ Does it say what is SPEAR1 capability as 2 +3 are parallel, for different uses but sharing some technology, and 4+% are different missiles, sequentially time wise, but meant for the same uses? Read the article do...
by BlueD954
11 Jan 2021, 15:10
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 221
Views: 5469
Singapore

Re: MBDA (UK)

by BlueD954
10 Jan 2021, 10:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529019
Singapore

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

interesting if used by helicopters forces Spear would need alteration to be used by helicopters. It would need a booster rocket to bring it to a speed where the jet could function. This is also the reason why Kongsberg proposes the NSM not the JSM for helicopter use. If I got the gist, the idea was...
by BlueD954
10 Jan 2021, 06:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529019
Singapore

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

My limited understanding is that only the future new variants of F-35B Block 4 a/c will have the capability to use the ASRAAM CSM, Meteor and Spear 3. Block 4 including its new computers and software is $12 billion 2018-2026 development programme with its various iterations, did see mention that th...
by BlueD954
09 Jan 2021, 10:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529019
Singapore

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

For now UK F-35Bs may likely use AIM-120C or D.

https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major- ... ile-amraam