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by mr.fred
16 Jul 2019, 21:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Yes, support teams have to rest and rearm, but are they on the same cycle as the rifle companies? Keep the support at a higher level and you can attach to lower level or come together for more concentrated effect Disperse the teams throughout the rifle companies and you can’t redeploy them en masse....
by mr.fred
16 Jul 2019, 19:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Organic artillery does mean better co-operation with the sub unit they are part of, but it makes cross-posting them to other sub-units more difficult. If you have one of your companies resting or otherwise in reserve, their support weapons go too. With support weapons at the battalion level you can ...
by mr.fred
15 Jul 2019, 23:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I’m not sure about this company level business, when you can concentrate at battalion for training purposes then attach to sub units as required
by mr.fred
14 Jul 2019, 22:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The 105mm has been a very good weapon but is totally out classed in todays conflicts except possibly COIN operations. Totally outclassed by what? The logical replacement is the latest version of the M777 which has similar mobility but provides far greater fire support at longer range and is more fl...
by mr.fred
14 Jul 2019, 21:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Voldemort wrote:Obviously best case would be all four, 81-105-120-155. Finland is moving to 81-120-155 in the near future.


Why keep the 81mm?
by mr.fred
14 Jul 2019, 19:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I don't think there's anyone on this planet could legitimately look at the Royal Artillery's capabilities right now and say with any sanity that sticking to just 81mm and 105mm is the best way forward. One look at Ukraine will evaporate that thinking in an instant. I would say it depends on the con...
by mr.fred
14 Jul 2019, 14:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68105
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

But why? What is the situation where one of many hand held rockets/missiles or indirect fire won't do the job? A miniscule niche I say. Perhaps, people seem keen on having it, to the extent of suggesting dedicated MBT variants for it. Targets beyond 600m or so, or that require many shots to destroy...
by mr.fred
14 Jul 2019, 14:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Doesn’t having no guns, or guns with no ammunition, restrict your combat power and utility further?

With the mortars, when do they go from logistics hungry to excessively logistics hungry? What defines when they become excessive?
by mr.fred
14 Jul 2019, 13:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68105
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

while a turntable mortar may be cheaper, it is limited. A turret mounted mortar, such as NEMO, has advantages in that it can be used for direct fire as well, plus it’s under armour. Seems to me that’s more valuable for strike since they’re supposed to be moving around, isolated, in unsecured locati...
by mr.fred
14 Jul 2019, 13:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I’m sure that I’ve asked before, but why do we need this? Why do we need to encumber our light forces with bigger and heavier ordnance, and bigger and heavier logistics demands? Because of firepower and logistics go hand in hand? This must be a rhetorical question. Where is the gap in logistics? Is...
by mr.fred
14 Jul 2019, 12:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 79
Views: 5618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

https://ukdefenceforum.net/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=376&p=93270#p93270 We need to make a step change in the weight of artillery we use with the 120mm Mortar replacing the 81mm weapon at Battalion level in most units and replacing the 105mm Light Gun with a highly mobile, possibly air transportab...
by mr.fred
14 Jul 2019, 12:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68105
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

while a turntable mortar may be cheaper, it is limited. A turret mounted mortar, such as NEMO, has advantages in that it can be used for direct fire as well, plus it’s under armour. Seems to me that’s more valuable for strike since they’re supposed to be moving around, isolated, in unsecured locatio...
by mr.fred
12 Jul 2019, 14:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47662
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

If you have designed your stowage racks to use the same fixings as your seats then you can just take the racks out and replace with seats.
by mr.fred
12 Jul 2019, 08:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47662
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Voila! The vehicle can seat 7 dismounts. So it seems to me that both statements : “the vehicle can seat 7” and “the army has only bought ones that seat four” can be true. Mine blast seats aren't exactly bolt-on equipment. I'm fairly sure that mine blast seats are exactly bolt-on equipment. If not, ...
by mr.fred
12 Jul 2019, 08:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 34935
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I didn't think that there had been a production contract so Trials vehicles?
by mr.fred
11 Jul 2019, 23:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47662
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I don’t know about anything being unquestionable. It strikes me that both points of view could be true, depending on how you look at it. The poster states that Ares can carry up to 7 troops. As anyone who has been to a sale can tell you, “up to” includes any number below that stated and doesn’t mean...
by mr.fred
11 Jul 2019, 19:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47662
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

RunningStrong wrote:More than 1 glaring inaccuracy in that "information".

Go on then, what are they?
by mr.fred
09 Jul 2019, 18:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68105
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I like to be sure. You do have a habit of introducing your own abbreviations.
by mr.fred
09 Jul 2019, 08:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68105
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

What’s an ARV?
And who is BAR?
by mr.fred
05 Jul 2019, 18:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 49
Views: 2497
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

NickC wrote:
Any thoughts why Starstreak never adopted by RN in its AAW role in preference to the ~1.5 km short range Phalanx,

I would hazard that it’s because phalanx is an anti-missile system and HVM isn’t.
by mr.fred
25 Jun 2019, 20:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47662
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Considering this: http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/203802/bae-systems-cannot-bid-type-26-in-ffg%28x%29-contest.html Lead ship HMS Glasgow is now under construction in Scotland. Float-out is expected in late 2021, followed by fitting out, acceptance by the Royal Navy in 2025 a...
by mr.fred
24 Jun 2019, 18:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47662
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Defence chiefs are considering an about-turn on a delayed £1.6bn project to upgrade the army’s Warrior armoured vehicle. After spending eight years and more than £400m trying to refurbish the hull of the 30-year-old vehicle, army officials are considering buying new hulls instead. Tracks, engines a...
by mr.fred
23 Jun 2019, 10:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 49430
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Range, accuracy, ability to sustain fire.
by mr.fred
22 Jun 2019, 18:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 49430
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

whitelancer wrote:Why not return to the LSW?

It doesn't offer enough extra capability to offset the weight.

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