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by RunningStrong
23 Nov 2022, 13:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

MilDef bring manufacturing to Wales, first time outside of Sweden, to build processors for Boxer. https://news.cision.com/mildef-group-ab/r/mildef-establishes-its-first-production-facility-outside-sweden--at-historic-raf-air-base-in-wales,c3671184 Wonder could Ares with Nexter unmanned turret could ...
by RunningStrong
12 Nov 2022, 15:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Perhaps, but not the A2 with the autoloader and reduced crew. That is true, altho 460 locally produced K9PL in Poland would be based on K9A2 including its autoloader and with crew of three, or at least that is current plan. Not sure that's confirmed... https://euro-sd.com/2022/09/articles/27293/coo...
by RunningStrong
12 Nov 2022, 14:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

sol wrote: 11 Nov 2022, 19:20 But if they just want tracked then K9A2 all the way, as it seems that it would be the most common artillery system in NATO, and it is pretty good.
Perhaps, but not the A2 with the autoloader and reduced crew.
by RunningStrong
11 Nov 2022, 13:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Whilst I think a mixed fleet has its benefits, I can't see how a tracked turret with hull penetration would be reasonably compatible with a truck/boxer module mounted solution. Perhaps a wheeled/wheeled solution with Boxer sharing a turret with a truck system is a better compromise in terms.of cost...
by RunningStrong
09 Nov 2022, 16:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: M777 Portee DVD 2016
Replies: 102
Views: 23297

Re: M777 Portee DVD 2016

Are the crews unable to compensate for barrel wear in their fire control computers? Sounds odd to me that they are proposing changing barrels more frequently for accuracy reasons. This isn't exactly an unproven system...
by RunningStrong
09 Nov 2022, 16:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Whilst I think a mixed fleet has its benefits, I can't see how a tracked turret with hull penetration would be reasonably compatible with a truck/boxer module mounted solution. Perhaps a wheeled/wheeled solution with Boxer sharing a turret with a truck system is a better compromise in terms.of cost ...
by RunningStrong
05 Nov 2022, 17:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Jdam wrote: 05 Nov 2022, 15:40 Its "completed user validation trials" and "All aspects of these characteristics are fully understood and compliant with the Ajax design and safety requirements" so have they sorted the issues or moved the goal posts?
How do you move the goalposts when they're written in law?
by RunningStrong
05 Nov 2022, 11:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

bobp wrote: 05 Nov 2022, 10:04 Seems like the gun has also been fixed, and it can now fire on the move against a moving target.
That was always a simple fix. It was simply a difference to the French implementation.
by RunningStrong
04 Nov 2022, 09:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 123
Views: 21305

Re: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Given the last 8 month demonstration in Ukraine I could guarantee over the coming decade these type of aircraft will be the go to for many countries looking to enhance their security. The U.K. has a large aerospace base and should be making it is own, it will be a critical area going fwd to get out...
by RunningStrong
03 Nov 2022, 21:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

BB85 wrote: 03 Nov 2022, 20:56 How long do the reliability trials last? From memory the Warrior trials took close to two years although Covid may have delayed them.
Are we looking at 2024/25 before we get to completion?
CR2 took 5 years.
by RunningStrong
31 Oct 2022, 18:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Lord Jim wrote: 25 Oct 2022, 15:20 YouTube video giving a pretty good summary of the Ajax programme and worth a watch.
It's like someone took an inaccurate Daily Fail article and stuck a robo voice on it :lol:
by RunningStrong
31 Oct 2022, 13:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

mr.fred wrote: 30 Oct 2022, 15:43 Also, Def Stans are a 'good read'? Yikes. :P
At best they sometimes contain useful information, but they seem to be moving away even from that.
Oh dear, a discussion on human factors and you haven't even read the foundation material.
by RunningStrong
30 Oct 2022, 14:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I have been around AFVs at least to the extent that I know that the periscopes have name plates on them calling them periscopes. I've never seen something described as an episcope. You buy and sell military surplus? The flexibility of positioning electro-optics is an advantage, for sure. And a mass...
by RunningStrong
29 Oct 2022, 22:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

There does seem to be a trend for certain branches of the military to develop a jargon based on misuse of words. It doesn't make them right. A trend for the last 50 years? Have you even been around an AFV in that time? Poor fields of view are linked to poor positioning of the devices. How do you pr...
by RunningStrong
29 Oct 2022, 08:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I’m aware of the erroneous usage in some quarters, but an episcope is a kind of projector, periscopes are an arrangement of mirrors to displace the line of sight. And you're wrong. Not unusual for the military to use different language. If you want to be an authority on it then please educate Shriv...
by RunningStrong
28 Oct 2022, 22:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

hatch episcopes Periscopes. Episcopes are something substantially different. Periscopes are for snorkeling, episcopes for fighting. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episcope https://www.lmslichfieldltd.com/epages/BT4011.mobile/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/BT4011/Products/Lms0015C&Locale=en_GB "...
by RunningStrong
28 Oct 2022, 21:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624145

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I think the opposite of Sol myself. This solution is more difficult to integrate, has fewer ready rounds, burdens the RWS with the inertial mass of the missile system, includes a secondary optic for the missile system which seems unnecessary when firing BVR or NLOS, and (being particularly fussy) ha...
by RunningStrong
27 Oct 2022, 20:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 568
Views: 166045

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

We are buying a lot of RS rws and they’re manufactured in the U.K. by Thales. I would integrate lmm/starstreak with that rws and give the commanders the option to configure the system as they see fit for where they operating. I wasn't aware that Kongsberg manufacture in the UK. The agreement is for...
by RunningStrong
26 Oct 2022, 08:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 568
Views: 166045

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Western ground based AA is a joke, way too much reliance on airpower, which has proven to be a bit overrated with HIMARS and drones. We've spent 20 years fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan against an opposition that didn't use UAS, let alone jets. So yes, it's been massively neglected but have still ...
by RunningStrong
25 Oct 2022, 14:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Lord Jim wrote: 25 Oct 2022, 12:25 Can anyone point out a timeline where the issues with Ajax must be solved or the programme is cancelled or is it a case of an indefinite one so that they can keep trying to fix the issues regardless of how long it takes?
Spent nearly 5 years trying to fix CR2 reliability issues...
by RunningStrong
24 Oct 2022, 15:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Does anyone in the forum have any first hand experience of Ajax noise versus that of tracked vehicles of a similar weight. I only have videos to go by but it has always sounded extremely loud and put that down to it being a mobile phone upload at a defense exhibition. I just can't see how it could ...
by RunningStrong
21 Oct 2022, 08:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

In the meantime where defence is taken seriously somebody has just arrived in Poland for field trials and from the lattest info it will be procured in hundreds of vehicle's. https://twitter.com/RyszardJonski/status/1583092493738180608?t=kd5PfD3m-a0KEYdyN2_l5w&s=19 Can't believe they've taken a ...
by RunningStrong
19 Oct 2022, 14:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Assuming cancellation, does this mean we now have 500 turrets / CTA40 systems sitting around without a home? Pillboxes in Ukraine? Maginot Line v2.0? No. The British MOD ordered circa 500 CT40 cannons split between AJAX and Warrior. AJAX has 245 turrets variants, many of which are probably built or...
by RunningStrong
19 Oct 2022, 13:45
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: French Armed Forces
Replies: 1797
Views: 60426

Re: French Armed Forces

Physically more diverse options but will always be politically constrained in France. Hence, they'll gain little from it. Realistically there are 2 catobar aircraft that can be operated from it. There are a grand total of 5 Catobar aircraft in production. Rafale, F/A-18E/F, F-35C, E/A-18G and E-2D ...
by RunningStrong
19 Oct 2022, 10:41
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: French Armed Forces
Replies: 1797
Views: 60426

Re: French Armed Forces

ny word on how many they will build ? The advantage to the French approach is that they can operate a more diverse set of assets than the QE class of carriers can do. They will have to deal with nuclear decomissioning in the future - but then we have that same issues with our subs so not material t...