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by Timmymagic
23 Feb 2024, 15:00
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Taiwan
Replies: 23
Views: 1801
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Re: Taiwan

by Timmymagic
22 Feb 2024, 17:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 216
Views: 77730
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

TMF was a massive missed opportunity. It would have enabled us to really standardise across the Armed Forces. Now we've got the Navy going in all directions with 127, 114, 57mm, 40mm, 30mm....and the Army with 155, 105 and perhaps 127, plus 40CT, 30mm and whatever daft calibre they use for AA in th...
by Timmymagic
22 Feb 2024, 09:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 216
Views: 77730
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

A bit of reversal of fortune as back in the day it was the thing to replace the RN 4.5 with the 155mm from AS90 as that was where all the exciting developments were meant to happen. TMF was a massive missed opportunity. It would have enabled us to really standardise across the Armed Forces. Now we'...
by Timmymagic
22 Feb 2024, 09:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 216
Views: 77730
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

And that's been successful? Sending unreliable, ill-equipped hardware into battle? Perhaps when you want to measure your survivability in hours then it's an irrelevance if you manage 48 hours between maintenance. Why would we want to aim for that? The Maxims were actually Ukrainian...and incredibly...
by Timmymagic
21 Feb 2024, 18:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 216
Views: 77730
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Russia has neither taken AFV out of fields or taken 10,000 maxims out of a forgotten warehouse. In the very early days following the retreats from Kyiv, Sumy and Chernihiv they were pulling tanks from open storage with little to no refurbishment. 2 years in they tend to go to a tank repair facility...
by Timmymagic
21 Feb 2024, 13:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 216
Views: 77730
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Well, hopefully someone will remember the scramble for any useable weapons for Ukraine & decides to put the replaced L118s into storage, rather than scrap them. You never know when they might be needed again The issue there would be the ammo stocks...which is simulteneously L118's big advantage...
by Timmymagic
21 Feb 2024, 12:00
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: BAE Systems plc
Replies: 191
Views: 15326
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Re: BAE Systems plc

BAE doing very well...record profits of £2.7bn and order book ever increasing...

https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... s-ftse-100
by Timmymagic
20 Feb 2024, 23:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 216
Views: 77730
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Seems an odd calibre to choose why not 120mm like the guns fitted to most NATO tanks? Why use a 'Navy' size? The rational is greater range and payload, but also that as the main naval gun of the US and Allies that there will be lots of ammo developments, especially in terms of guided rounds. But......
by Timmymagic
18 Feb 2024, 10:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2787
Views: 711284
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The German shill still at it I see. What is your suggestion M- Shorad for Boxer infantry Battalions? Don't mean that in a critical way, simple curiosity? If an UK Infantry Battalion is being depleyed, potentially by air to Poland or Estonia to rapidly deploy as deterrance, makes sense to me to incl...
by Timmymagic
08 Feb 2024, 13:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6019
Views: 1718403
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Firstly there is no reason they need to be in a HAS. The US doesn't put them in a HAS and whilst there is arguably some protection offered the UK CONOPS for F35 isn't based around HASs like it used to be. Secondly there is no modern muntions storage left at cottesmore, it was never maintained once ...
by Timmymagic
08 Feb 2024, 13:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 684
Views: 189654
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

First good look at the Supacat/Asraam combination in Ukraine...

by Timmymagic
08 Feb 2024, 10:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6019
Views: 1718403
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

We'd need at least one other base and hundreds of people for this fleet alone to hit 138. Just out of sheer curiosity, if there were to be enough 'extra' F35's to justify it, which previous but currently non-active airfield is still close enough to being operational to be worth reactivating? Any of...
by Timmymagic
05 Feb 2024, 18:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4011
Views: 943874
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Hawk sized, 1,500nm combat radius, modular with sensor and weapon paloads carried internally in 2 bays. 1/10h the cost of a manned aircraft...very stealthy....allegedly demonstrator flying in 2 years... https://twitter.com/FlightGlobal/status/1754565698309742739?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eser...
by Timmymagic
02 Feb 2024, 22:02
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: BAE buys Malloy Aeronautics
Replies: 7
Views: 593
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Re: BAE buys Malloy Aeronautics

SD67 wrote: 01 Feb 2024, 19:46 This could be interesting -

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/20 ... er-of-sky/

Delivery platform for Stingray?
Yes or the Future Lightweight Torpedo, which will either be an entirely new design or Stingray Mod2.
by Timmymagic
31 Jan 2024, 12:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 216
Views: 77730
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Australia has over 100 L119 in storage....are we just providing training facilties and this is in fact Australian (or someone elses) L119? Hi Timmy. Australia sold its HAMELs back to BAe Systems some years ago and, as the guns turning up in Ukraine have Australian cammo, I strongly suspect those ar...
by Timmymagic
31 Jan 2024, 12:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6019
Views: 1718403
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

F-35 value to UK ‘significantly higher' than before says Lockheed Martin https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/f-35-value-to-uk-significantly-higher-than-before-lockheed-martin I'd love to see their workings....bet they don't provide them to anyone....if MoD try and make the claim again th...
by Timmymagic
30 Jan 2024, 23:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 349
Views: 64171
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

I think Abrams X was displayed with a fully hemispherical APS. Not really, it is presented with Trophy APS. Technically, T-14 Armata has vertical launching APS, together with horizontal one, but not sure if it is working (as there is no any public presentation of it) and, if it is, how effective it...
by Timmymagic
30 Jan 2024, 15:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 684
Views: 189654
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

I'm still confused about this... Looks like Thales RapidRanger on URO Vamtac will be the Stormer replacement... RapidRanger on Vamtac is alread in service in Malaysia and Indonesia so might be ease of fielding...but does seem to ignore a Gun/Missile/EW solution like the Moog RiWP, which seems daft. ...
by Timmymagic
29 Jan 2024, 22:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 684
Views: 189654
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Looks like we know where the 150 Towed AA guns come from now... Hi Timmy. Do we have any better photos of this system in use in Ukraine? I'm afraid not. Turns out it 'might' not be the system supplied. There was a muzzle brake missing on the pic, which means it might be a Yugo built one. Still the ...
by Timmymagic
26 Jan 2024, 08:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6019
Views: 1718403
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

It's approaching that time of year when another delivery happens... Should be another flying shortly (BK-35/ZM169). Probably delivered together in late October/early November based on previous delivery cycles. The only question is if BK-31 which has been at Edwards AFB also comes over at the same t...
by Timmymagic
26 Jan 2024, 08:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)
Replies: 78
Views: 26046
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Re: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)

This is strictly from the companies point of view. If there is enough money anything can be done, but I wonder if MBDA has the floor space and the staff to start Storm Shadow production up again in conjunction with other orders? MBDA may be hesitant take people off CAAM and brimstone right now as t...
by Timmymagic
25 Jan 2024, 13:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)
Replies: 78
Views: 26046
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Re: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)

I don't follow missiles. Thinking of supplies to Ukraine, has Storm Shadow/Scalp production finished? France still has a production line for SCALP-EG in operation at the MBDA facilities in Bourges, its been used for export orders with Rafale. Not massive numbers, but according to Francis Tusa they'...
by Timmymagic
23 Jan 2024, 21:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 175
Views: 81713
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Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Jdam wrote: 23 Jan 2024, 14:50 Is Brimstone an ongoing production line?
Yes the 3B only recently finished testing so should replace the 3A in production.
by Timmymagic
22 Jan 2024, 07:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Sig / Accuracy International
Replies: 2
Views: 438
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Re: Sig / Accuracy International

I'm not sure where to put this - but it sounds interesting https://soldiersystems.net/2024/01/20/sig-sauer-expands-operations-in-united-kingdom/ “SIG will benefit from AI’s extensive UK market expertise and manufacturing and logistical infrastructure to assist in the transition toward a fully indep...