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by RunningStrong
03 Dec 2021, 14:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 44551

Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Ron5 wrote: 03 Dec 2021, 13:57 Or you could consider using more reliable sources :roll:
You mean like the Eurofighter website which only lists Spear as air to ground.

I know you're a bit daft at times, but try not to make it too obvious.

https://www.eurofighter.com/advantages
by RunningStrong
03 Dec 2021, 13:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 44551

Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Is Brimstone an export failure and why? Too expensive? Appears on UK, Germany and KSA are using it. The missile doesn't seem to be selling well with Eurofighter operators, who are perhaps sticking with Maverick missiles? Or none at all? It seems in a potential NATO conflict involving armour, we cou...
by RunningStrong
03 Dec 2021, 10:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 44551

Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Is Brimstone an export failure and why? Too expensive? Appears on UK, Germany and KSA are using it. The missile doesn't seem to be selling well with Eurofighter operators, who are perhaps sticking with Maverick missiles? Or none at all? It seems in a potential NATO conflict involving armour, we coul...
by RunningStrong
02 Dec 2021, 04:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 135
Views: 11842

Re: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

. Are Rheinmetall going to move their design office to the UK? Is GD? GD design office is in South Wales, UK. RBSL is effectively the design office of RLS, with RDUK more a shop window. KMW/KNDS have WFEL as the design office in UK. Supacat and Pearson also have long running design offices for high...
by RunningStrong
01 Dec 2021, 19:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 135
Views: 11842

Re: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Everything is still about in year spending, so timescales and total cost seem to be secondary priorities. In the same timescales you could expect to develop a whole new design. Would it be cheaper to just install teh turret form the latest Leopard 2 A7V. May not have the same protection levels but ...
by RunningStrong
01 Dec 2021, 16:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401148

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I guess the real issue with an IFV-based SPG is the question: “Why not use a tank”, especially when IFVs are getting heavier and protection arrays tend to be modular, so you could strip a tank to a lighter weight. There's also the political issue of "it looks like a tank, it shoots like a tank...
by RunningStrong
30 Nov 2021, 16:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 601
Views: 198778

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

For me we need 3 x regiments of self propelled guns 2 x full time , 1 Reserves 3 x regiments of MLRS same as above 3 x regiments of Light gun ( 1 Air assault , 1 commando , 1 Reserves 3 x regiments of Air defence 2 x regiments of battle field UAV's I don't see the light gun going anywhere on top of...
by RunningStrong
30 Nov 2021, 10:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401148

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Two issues, firstly a manned turret would need to be sufficiently armoured which would in turn reduce azimuth drive performance. Secondly, if you could achieve the azimuth drive performance needed for point-defence the positive and negative acceleration on the crew would be brutal if you wanted to ...
by RunningStrong
30 Nov 2021, 10:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 601
Views: 198778

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

If the money was available I'm sure they would have replaced the L118 with the M777. Now what is likely to happen is we will lose both AS-90 and the towed 105 guns to be replaced with a single option. The budget would need to include more tractor vehicles, more resupply vehicles and greater heavy l...
by RunningStrong
30 Nov 2021, 10:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401148

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

As point defence on a ship, with central fire control, you don’t need a turret crew but I don’t think anti-missile fire precludes a crewed turret. It ought to follow that a manned turret, with the right fire control, could engage in anti-missile fire. Two issues, firstly a manned turret would need ...
by RunningStrong
29 Nov 2021, 20:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401148

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

sol wrote: 29 Nov 2021, 14:55 Well Thales and Nexter are developing a naval CIWS system RAPIDFire which will use CT40. Apparently it could also be used by ground forces
Well aware it exists, but I'm not convinced by it.
by RunningStrong
29 Nov 2021, 20:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 601
Views: 198778

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The cuts to the army over the last 20 years are impossible to paper over. The 105 light gun is completely obsolete against any professional army and the only reason it wasn't replaced 15 years ago was budget cuts and CVRT replacement taking top priority. It's why the complete farce that was FRES /A...
by RunningStrong
29 Nov 2021, 12:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401148

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Yeah, it would be interesting to see how capable the air burst rounds are to counter of UAVs and helicopters could they even counter an incoming missile as Thales are working on a CIWS version. That's bound to require an unmanned turret for that option though. Why would it require an unmanned turre...
by RunningStrong
29 Nov 2021, 10:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401148

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

So basically the same price as Ajax. Oh well there was me thinking there was a cheaper alternative for an actual scout vehicle. CTA will probably limit its export chances as well then unless they can get this cost of ammunition down. Surely the money is in the fancy electronics inside each round ra...
by RunningStrong
27 Nov 2021, 13:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 224
Views: 55573

Re: Border Force Cutters.

It really is not that hard all you need to do is allow applications to be made at the first UK embassy in Europe they come to they will be told to report to that embassy within 14 days for a interview they will then be given a reference number that they can follow on line. once we have this in plac...
by RunningStrong
27 Nov 2021, 00:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 601
Views: 198778

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

104RA (light gun) providing individuals as support to two AS90 regiments, and support 103RA in providing a regiment strength.

Seems like a bum deal...
by RunningStrong
23 Nov 2021, 09:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569821

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

@sol - Great stuff! Not ideal, but still gives both crew two routes in most scenarios.

Hope there's space for the BV!
by RunningStrong
22 Nov 2021, 21:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569821

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

If I remember correctly, the Gun System maintains a path for the driver to exit to rear. But you don't remember where the commanders sits? Okaay. For LJ: the turret is unmanned, not the entire vehicle. Well one is obvious to people that have seen the vehicle in the flesh, and the other information ...
by RunningStrong
22 Nov 2021, 16:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569821

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Lord Jim wrote: 22 Nov 2021, 16:34 I thought the 155mm turret shown above was unmanned?
It is! But supposedly the crew is Driver/Operator and Commander. No idea where Commander is stationed.
by RunningStrong
22 Nov 2021, 16:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569821

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Lets say a Boxer takes an ATGW hit to the front taking out the engine and Driver's slot. The platform is designed and built so that unless the vehicle received absolutely catastrophic damage the Mission module will be able to be removed, and would still be useable. There's no bulkhead or door betwe...
by RunningStrong
21 Nov 2021, 19:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569821

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Lets say a Boxer takes an ATGW hit to the front taking out the engine and Driver's slot. The platform is designed and built so that unless the vehicle received absolutely catastrophic damage the Mission module will be able to be removed, and would still be useable. There's no bulkhead or door betwe...
by RunningStrong
21 Nov 2021, 15:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569821

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Lets say a Boxer takes an ATGW hit to the front taking out the engine and Driver's slot. The platform is designed and built so that unless the vehicle received absolutely catastrophic damage the Mission module will be able to be removed, and would still be useable. There's no bulkhead or door betwe...
by RunningStrong
19 Nov 2021, 12:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569821

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I imagine this would be a lot easier to stick on an Atlas or C17 with a base vehicle and fly to Mali where a switch over could easily be made if a boxer was damaged by an IED. If a Boxer is written off by an IED, what are the chances that the mission module is undamaged? And who's going to make tha...
by RunningStrong
09 Nov 2021, 21:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401148

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Personal Injury lawyers are going to have a field day if it turns out soldiers suffered hearing loss due to inadequate PPE. That's been going on for years. I don't know many ex-forces personnel that don't have hearing issues. I'm not sure what the mod thought it would gain if it turns out the noise...
by RunningStrong
09 Nov 2021, 16:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401148

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I'm not sure this was shared, but MOD have identified that there are wider noise implications on other legacy platforms that use the same headsets. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hearing-fears-in-army-prompt-curb-on-headset-use-8m825rngj "Military sources said that soldiers had been given ...