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by BB85
17 May 2024, 10:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 752
Views: 211244
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

To me the 1km range is not the major issue, if its purpose is to defeat swarm drone attacks, the game changer would be to miniaturise this so it can be operated similar to trophy where it can be bolted onto armoured vehicles. I know Ajax has passive defensive aid systems but don't believe they would...
by BB85
10 May 2024, 11:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 112
Views: 15057
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Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

Interesting that this option has been selected without a competition. Has the RCH155 undergone much testing to prove its more than just a concept. I'm nervous once it goes into serious development and production a host of reliability issues will be uncovered delaying the delivery. Overall I think bo...
by BB85
03 May 2024, 08:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)
Replies: 112
Views: 44446
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Re: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)

Strange the framing around the armoured windows is missing from the upgraded M270 in Estonia, but it is there on the cab outside the EKA factory.
Mounting of the drivers camera is also interesting, assume it is for testing and it's not the most stable mount I have ever seen.
by BB85
25 Apr 2024, 13:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2837
Views: 759122
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Interesting that Krauss-Maffei Wegmann has merged with Nexter, that will certainly help them when it comes to pursuing a future European MBT and other armoured vehicles and might explain why Rheinmetall is keen to have closer ties on future UK projects.
by BB85
24 Apr 2024, 14:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 906
Views: 332588
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

There is more to it than just the unit price. If we consolidate the fleet around boxer we are benefitting from reduced logistics, training, servicing costs, there will also be more UK content from an industrial perspective. K9 and Archer would have been foreign orders with UK assembly, requiring bes...
by BB85
27 Mar 2024, 10:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2440
Views: 549852
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Unfortunately Ajax has been built so bespoke to British army requirements it has been a total flop in the export market. Too heavy to be a scout and reconasaince vehicle but too small internally to be considered an IFV. Considering that Australia and Germany are acquiring turreted Boxer as a Scout ...
by BB85
23 Mar 2024, 08:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2440
Views: 549852
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I thought I saw a post talking about Fox hound mark 2, maybe MRV-P will pick up again. Unfortunately Ajax has been built so bespoke to British army requirements it has been a total flop in the export market. Too heavy to be a scout and reconasaince vehicle but too small internally to be considered a...
by BB85
28 Feb 2024, 23:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 193
Views: 65688
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Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

I can understand the benefits of an open top design in Afghanistan especially when enemy drones were less of an issue, but do these vehicles actually have a viable use case in Europe? Feels like a contract placed in order to keep a British manufacturer afloat for a few more years. What difference i...
by BB85
28 Feb 2024, 09:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 193
Views: 65688
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Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

I can understand the benefits of an open top design in Afghanistan especially when enemy drones were less of an issue, but do these vehicles actually have a viable use case in Europe? Feels like a contract placed in order to keep a British manufacturer afloat for a few more years.
by BB85
22 Feb 2024, 04:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 159
Views: 87706
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Re: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)

Is it unreasonable to expect a retest in the near future once the investigation has explained what went wrong on this test? We can't go another 7-8 years without a successful test fire to demonstrate the issues have been resolved when launching from a British sub.
by BB85
24 Jan 2024, 16:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 370
Views: 81113
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Interesting the new turret looks flatter and taller from the front versus the more angled previous turret. I see they have moved the front facing lights that where central previously to just above the tracks on the hull. I wonder if that has something to do with heavier armour protecting the driver....
by BB85
23 Jan 2024, 20:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Sig / Accuracy International
Replies: 2
Views: 908
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Re: Sig / Accuracy International

I'm guessing Sig is gearing up to compete for an SA80 replacement offering the XM7 with some sort of UK manufacturing involved to sweeten whatever insane price it will be once ammo is factored in.
I still would have thought the Knights rifle will be favourite to replace the SA80 but what do I know.
by BB85
19 Dec 2023, 12:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2440
Views: 549852
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I wonder if the banging the crew were complaining about was the step ladders bouncing and banging on the hull. That would be annoying.
by BB85
15 Dec 2023, 14:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Morpheus Cancelled
Replies: 6
Views: 1413
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Re: Morpheus Cancelled

SOTAS from Thales is used by 30 countries. How many countries use Bowman?
by BB85
15 Dec 2023, 13:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Morpheus Cancelled
Replies: 6
Views: 1413
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Re: Morpheus Cancelled

Flip imagine procuring a capability that already exists off the shelf rather than over complicating and specifying the functionality to the point it will be a decade (or two) old by the time it enters service.
by BB85
16 Nov 2023, 12:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2440
Views: 549852
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

For some reason I always thought the storage bins on the side opened down the way which is why there is a huge overhang. I know it's just aesthetics but always thought Ajax looked odd versus CV90 and Lynx that either don't use storage boxes on the side or have lower panels which makes them flush on ...
by BB85
13 Nov 2023, 21:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 752
Views: 211244
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Whatever happened to the turrets, were the Canons removed and handed back to the MOD with the rest of the turret scrapped by LM?

I am still hopefully they will be repurposed in an unmanned variant on boxer.
by BB85
29 Oct 2023, 21:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 617
Views: 221034
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Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Morning Tom, providing your armed forces with its primary infantry rifle domestically, is the absolute foundation of defence, the first building block of sovereign capability. There is no domestic market to support a domestic manufacturer of automatic military rifles. Even France has gone down the ...
by BB85
25 Oct 2023, 20:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 617
Views: 221034
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Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

The news of this is pretty shocking, I was under the impression the US missiles where less than half the price of brimstone making it hard to justify the cost of integration.
If they are significantly more expensive, less capable and we get no workshare is criminal.
by BB85
23 Oct 2023, 14:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2440
Views: 549852
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

This article is a bit old now so not sure if there is a more up to date on on think defense
https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/british- ... lity/ajax/
But it covers most of the questions you asked about target tracking, risk detection and laser warning receivers.
by BB85
16 Oct 2023, 21:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 370
Views: 81113
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

I think I read somewhere that the current transmission meant they where getting nowhere near the full 1,200 hp from the current power train so hopefully we will still be a substantial improvement.
by BB85
13 Oct 2023, 16:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2850
Views: 796548
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Yes I'm wondering what France is thinking Frankly, and with respect, as a Brit who has spent the last 17 years in Belgium, France and Germany I have to intervene here and just point out how much those in the UK still misunderstand their neighbours even after everything that has happened and make th...
by BB85
06 Oct 2023, 10:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 752
Views: 211244
United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

How many Skysabre batteries did the army order again, was it 24? It's interesting that when Ukraine is at war we are able to produce this Supacat solution launching Asraam at extremely short notice and produce a heck of a lot more than 24 if we need to. We have likely produced more NLAW missiles in ...
by BB85
05 Oct 2023, 19:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1492
Views: 464613
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

Was the issue with 3 round burst it's reliability? If army doctrine was to never use the fully automatic mode anyway I can understand why 3 round burst would be considered an option as you get the benefit of landing 3 rounds on the enemy before the recoil and muzzle rise takes the aim off target and...
by BB85
02 Oct 2023, 16:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 289
Views: 144680
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

A) So what is it's outdated, do we just scrap everything the second something more up to date comes along? The CVRT has been outdated for at least 30 years now yet it's still in service. B) Why does it need to be able to fly all over the UK to remain in service? C) Again not a reason to scrap the re...