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by mr.fred
19 Jun 2024, 11:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 380
Views: 85538
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Saw an interview with someone a while ago who would know and they stated matter of fact that DU was easier to work with than Tungsten... From what I know about tungsten, that doesn't surprise me, or mean that DU is easy to work with. Machining in inert gases of titanium for example is not unusual. ...
by mr.fred
18 Jun 2024, 20:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 776
Views: 219400
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Timmymagic wrote: 18 Jun 2024, 15:27 unless the 40mm are bringing something special to the table (like the 40mm CT guided round using Starstreak Dart)
Range. Even the unguided stuff will go further, faster, with more stuff, out of a CT40 than a 30mm can manage.
by mr.fred
18 Jun 2024, 20:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 380
Views: 85538
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Timmymagic wrote: 16 Jun 2024, 16:49 Making DU penetrators isn't really hard though...
Isn't it? How do you know?
Is it still easy if you have to comply with health and safety regulations?
by mr.fred
03 Jun 2024, 19:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 776
Views: 219400
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

While I don't think that putting a Venom into a place where an M230 was before is entirely trivial*, the swap out is hardly an insurmountable challenge and doesn't change the rest of the system, beyond perhaps some mods to the feed system. The bulk of the cost of a turret is in the servo control and...
by mr.fred
01 Jun 2024, 22:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 776
Views: 219400
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

sol wrote: 01 Jun 2024, 21:43 If UK chose MOOG then maybe they could order couple of those equipped with XM813 30mm gun and stick it on infantry version of Boxer
If the 30x173mm is available, I'd say go with that for everything unless the weight is unbearable.
by mr.fred
26 May 2024, 10:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4157
Views: 1049740
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

They also bought United Defense in the US in the same time period for £2bn or so.
by mr.fred
11 May 2024, 19:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 113
Views: 16282
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Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

Timmymagic wrote: 11 May 2024, 17:26 I don't think it will be derisory...I suspect at least 80 will be ordered.
With no spares so we end up with 40 and dwindling in short order?
by mr.fred
26 Apr 2024, 20:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2838
Views: 778883
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

sol wrote: 26 Apr 2024, 19:46 It is 2 man crew, not 3.
Even worse then.
by mr.fred
26 Apr 2024, 19:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2838
Views: 778883
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

K9 had the K10 ammunition carrier, but as far as I know, everything else is a manual loading (PzH 2000). Any reason why a MAN truck can't supply? One would hope that the MAN truck rocks up with a couple of crew to help with the loading, since a 3 man crew will have a much harder time of it than the...
by mr.fred
19 Apr 2024, 16:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 776
Views: 219400
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Martlet refers to the Wildcat/LMM capability according the Navy...i.e. the system as a whole. A Wildcat armed with LMM becomes Martlet...obviously the names hark back to the Grumman F4F fighter names in RN service in WW2... First time I've seen that claim anywhere. The manufacturer seems to think t...
by mr.fred
17 Apr 2024, 20:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 223
Views: 87264
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Caribbean wrote: 17 Apr 2024, 17:00 I hope they take the skis off to fire.
What, have you never heard of shoot and scoot?
by mr.fred
12 Apr 2024, 19:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2838
Views: 778883
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (

bobp wrote: 11 Apr 2024, 20:58 Would this be useful for protection against drones?
It kind of sounds like Ajax’s role, for which we already have Ajax.

For close protection of existing Boxer units four entirely separate units doesn’t seem like a good solution, unless you have a vested interest in supplying them.
by mr.fred
02 Apr 2024, 18:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1492
Views: 475792
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

The USA has always seemed to have a bit of a thing about precision and individual participation. Marksmanship rather than Musketry. In some areas, such as guided ordnance, it has proven very effective. Others, like the 7.62mm NATO cartridge for rifles like the M14, or the Norden Bombsight, not so mu...
by mr.fred
31 Mar 2024, 19:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1492
Views: 475792
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

The RM277 looks interesting, but I fear that the effort put into full-auto controllability with a too-large round kind of compromises the rest of the rifle.
It would be interesting to see what level of precision/accuracy can be achieved with a rifle that isn't shot out.
by mr.fred
31 Mar 2024, 16:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 776
Views: 219400
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Actually you called it "Startreak" so a double no, no. So I did. A typographical error that is probably more egregious than calling a missile by a name rather than an initialisation that describes the same item. Does any of that alter the reasoning for deploying UK MANPADS to defend the F...
by mr.fred
31 Mar 2024, 15:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 776
Views: 219400
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Ron5 wrote: 31 Mar 2024, 14:02 Martlet is a Navy name for a Navy air to ground missile in Navy service. LMM is the name the Army uses for its surface to air missile. Please keep up.
It's the same missile.
If you're going to be that petty you should also have picked up that Starstreak is not the name that the Army uses either.
by mr.fred
30 Mar 2024, 18:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 776
Views: 219400
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Martlet is a Navy air to ground missile. I think you mean LMM. I meant Martlet. Very similar missiles tho. So similar as to be identical. It's like pulling someone up for calling a particular aircraft a Lightning and saying "Actually it's a JSF" Thinking on it for a second further, why no...
by mr.fred
30 Mar 2024, 14:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 776
Views: 219400
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

The missile in service with France in the MANPADS role is Mistral, which is heat-seeking. Startreak (and Martlet) are command to line of sight guided and as such somewhat more capable against drones. So possibly that?
by mr.fred
29 Mar 2024, 11:38
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 665
Views: 163207
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Re: The future form of the Army

Also what the army needs is a new light gun witch needs to come in both towed and light SP witch has a 40km range Using the same ordnance on towed and SP seems sensible, but is 40km from a light gun possible or desirable? Would it not compromise the "Light" part of the requirement? Greate...
by mr.fred
27 Mar 2024, 18:58
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Airlander Airship
Replies: 73
Views: 12887
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Re: Airlander Airship

Wouldn't this be better done by Airlander?x A Chinook could land almost the same amount vertically*, an Airlander might be able to land more depending on the model, but an Atlas ought to be able to drop more too. I suppose an Airlander might be able to go slower and lower, but at that point small a...
by mr.fred
25 Mar 2024, 18:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2838
Views: 778883
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Well, he'd know about that.
by mr.fred
23 Mar 2024, 18:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1492
Views: 475792
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

What do understand by a GPMG. from what have read think the MG-42 The MG42 and its predecessor, the MG34, are certainly the first iteration of what we now call a general purpose machine gun. This by dint of its use in the section as a LMG and as a crew served support weapon on a mount, which was at...
by mr.fred
23 Mar 2024, 18:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2454
Views: 569564
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Well said. When people argue that AJAX is too big, they've clearly not met BOXER. Thank you. To go further, this is the picture I wanted to use to highlight the issue, but couldn't find earlier: https://www.army.mod.uk/media/11307/redone_panorama1.jpg Note how the Boxer hull roof is about level wit...
by mr.fred
23 Mar 2024, 15:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1492
Views: 475792
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

I disagree, it's going to be no heavier, it's not an LMG anyway, it's a HMG hybrid. You have to view this in another way, .338 will defeat all body armour and lightly armoured vehicles, if it's using armour piercing rounds, than it's capable of defeating or crippling AFV's. The gun is a similar wei...
by mr.fred
23 Mar 2024, 12:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2454
Views: 569564
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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 ...