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by BB85
29 Nov 2021, 23:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 592
Views: 198379
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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.
by BB85
29 Nov 2021, 15:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Yes this is the one I was thinking about. I guess it will he a competitor to the BAE 40 mk4. It seems strange BAE pumped money into CTA unless it was under political persuasion if it could have just pushed their existing 40mm cannon onto the mod for the likes of cv90 and utilised it as an air defens...
by BB85
29 Nov 2021, 11:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
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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.
by BB85
29 Nov 2021, 10:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
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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 rat...
by BB85
28 Nov 2021, 21:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I'm curious to see how the jaguar performs on the export market. I know they won a decent contract with the Belgian armed forces but politics might have been at play there. The CTA cannon has not received any interest from anyone due to the cost of ammo, bit if Jaguar price is 1 million euro it's bo...
by BB85
28 Nov 2021, 21:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 592
Views: 198379
United Kingdom

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 /AJ...
by BB85
26 Nov 2021, 10:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 212
Views: 55154
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Re: Border Force Cutters.

Once the migrants are in a dingy in the channel there is very little border patrol can legally or humanely do to deter them. A better options is to take them in and fast track them to eastern Europe to be processed officially. There was talk of the UK signing a deal with Albania. While there though ...
by BB85
25 Nov 2021, 17:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 285
Views: 55144
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Sounds like a bit of a veiled threat to be honest. The government allowing BAE to sell their stake in Airbus from a political point if view was insane unless they where willing to purchase the shares themselves. I can't see airbus's selling many commercial helecoptors from the UK when they can produ...
by BB85
24 Nov 2021, 13:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13729
Views: 3924593
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It would explain why they did not ground all of the F35B's until they understood the cause. But it does seem bizarre when there are multiple checks and protocols in place to ensure that very thing can't happen.
by BB85
23 Nov 2021, 13:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 212
Views: 55154
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Re: Border Force Cutters.

There is very little border force can to physically deter them crossing without the risk of drowning women and children which the media would have a field day on. There needs to be some way to fast track their applications and once rejected quickly return them home within days of arriving.
by BB85
22 Nov 2021, 17:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569495
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Yeah I'm not sure how a boxer 155m would work. The HX3 recently revealed by Rheinmetall or Archer systems carry the crew in the same vehicle. It will be interesting to see what option the army selects as it looks like they want to replace both their 105 and AS90 options
by BB85
22 Nov 2021, 17:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4096
Views: 1066201
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

The R2 won't be taking on Corvettes, they will be tracking and intercepting drug runners, people smugglers and anti piracy patrols. All of which can be performed with UAVs and DS-30 MkII. If they where to take on corvettes they would need armed with anti ship missiles, a better radar and CAAM
by BB85
22 Nov 2021, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14546
Views: 3298999
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The way China is behaving I'm surprised the US has not offered a military support package similar to Israel. Give them Iron Dome and enough anti ship and TLAM missiles to make China think twice and they will guarantee their sovereignty.
by BB85
19 Nov 2021, 13:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569495
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The scenario can be reversed when the module is damaged and needs to be replaced or just no longer required if the army wants to swap one out for an ambulance module they can. A big benefit of boxer is that modules and base vehicles are significantly lighter to transport by air than a single 38T 8x8...
by BB85
19 Nov 2021, 12:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569495
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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.
by BB85
11 Nov 2021, 20:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 70
Views: 39907
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Re: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

The reactors are knackered though aren't they. I couldn't understand why they where spending £20bn on two huge reactors built by China and France when they could have used newly built submarine reactors by RR at a 10th of the price. Oh wait corruption.
by BB85
11 Nov 2021, 20:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I would love to know how Ajax stacked up compared to Lynx and AS21 Redback. The Aussies where very quiet on why it didn't meet their requirements. I know the other two are technically IFV's but if the digital architecture is fully networked and allows them consume and process the same data to track ...
by BB85
10 Nov 2021, 11:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I read up that RUSI article again last night. There definitely are issues with the hulls being fabricated outside of tolerance especially the initial 100. If that's the case how long would it take to fabricate new ones built to spec, strip the old hulls and assemble the new hulls where at least they...
by BB85
09 Nov 2021, 20:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
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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. I'm not sure what the mod thought it would gain if it turns out the noise issues are down to the head sets, they really should have been supplied by GD if it's a new vehicle. T...
by BB85
08 Nov 2021, 18:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

The only positive of that last report on Ajax was that there was no mention of reliability issues or barrel wear from the CTA cannon so maybe the issues are fixed. Or all the issues raised where from testing Ares :lolno: Joking aside, the report did mention not being able to fire on the move due to ...
by BB85
08 Nov 2021, 14:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

That's not much if we will be the only customer and anything coming out of Ascod 2 will be manufactured in Spain and Austria. The chassis for Ascod2 and Ajax looks much larger than the original Ascod, it can't just be bolt on armour. So general dynamics have basically milked the mod to develop a new...
by BB85
07 Nov 2021, 17:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1810
Views: 400279
United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I see the Czechs have put their of competition on hold with none of the vehicles meeting national requirements due to inaccuracies in technical specs and arrangements with domestic suppliers. It would be interesting to see who was coming out on top. I wonder if the UK would have had any workshare ha...
by BB85
07 Nov 2021, 15:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7387
Views: 1829142
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Interesting news. I didn't think their defense budget would allow for new build ships but at $125mm a ship if they get a financing package it's probably cheaper buying new when you include servicing costs. The frigate as excellent chances of winning orders from Chile, New Zealand, Malaysia who knows...
by BB85
07 Nov 2021, 10:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 699
Views: 169546
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

France cancelled a meeting, they certainly haven't cancelled the program as they need it as much as us. Also if they pulled out they can only pull their funding. The UK would keep going ahead with mbda
by BB85
05 Nov 2021, 18:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2196
Views: 569495
United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The boxer has completed trials in either Norway or Sweden (I can't remember where). Finland developed the Patria 8x8 and 6x6 so is happy to go all wheels for APCs. In Finland mobility will be key with ground units well dispersed because whoever controls the airspace will obliterate the opponent's gr...