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by RetroSicotte
16 Jul 2019, 14:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 35
Views: 1960
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Fantastic work. Could hopefully see a speedy introduction if it all goes smoothly.

What oddly fitting timing given recent events.
by RetroSicotte
16 Jul 2019, 09:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 84809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

It's still mounted to the sides in the video though.

Either way, ROSY has been around for a few years, but it's new on the Challenger .
by RetroSicotte
16 Jul 2019, 08:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 35
Views: 1960
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Comparing it to other AT missiles that are man guided and with a fairly flat trajectory, warhead weight is (from wiki): LMM - 3kg Tow - 4-6kg Milan - not stated but total missile weight is 16.4KG AT-5 Spandrel - 2.7kg AT-14 Spriggan - 4.6kg - 10kg depending on version Javelin has an 8KG warhead. LM...
by RetroSicotte
15 Jul 2019, 14:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 35
Views: 1960
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

I'd be very curious to know how powerful that shaped charge is. Right now it's not being seen as an AT missile, but it could be a darkhorse threat.
by RetroSicotte
14 Jul 2019, 18:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 73
Views: 5195
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.
by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2019, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212403
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Would be excellent if so. Truly the Commonwealth frigate, if it won't be the Anglo Frigate due to the US and their choice :D
by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2019, 11:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 67151
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

In fairness, ARV is a common one for military vehicles. :p
by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 18:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 34471
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)



Spotted while at Tankfest.
by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 18:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 47058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Spotted while I was at Tankfest. Good grief it's enormous. Very neat looking in person.



Note the 7 men transported.

by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 11:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413244
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We should not kid our self that US is not pocking the nest hoping something will happen at will let them have pop. I think that's beyond doubt. People seem to be on "Blame Iran!" or "Blame America!" In truth, I blame both of them. Bravo zulu on Montrose having the discipline not...
by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 08:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413244
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

An interesting point - the IRG seem to have been unaware of the presence of HMS Montrose until she intervened (hence the rant yesterday from some Iranian bigwig about the British being "cowards" because we protected our own shipping, which I thought was odd when it was reported. The fact ...
by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2019, 08:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 84809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Couldn't say.

Also reminds me I forgot to get those photos. Someone ping me on PM to post em if I forget again. :D
by RetroSicotte
10 Jul 2019, 11:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413244
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As much as I don't want to see Scotland go if they did I think a fleet of 1 x Albion 2 x T-31 3 x River B1s 3 x Hunt class 5 x Archer 1 x Point class would be a good match this could allow the RN to build a sixth Type 31 what are we losing 1 Albion we are not using 3 x B1 Rivers that will go anyway...
by RetroSicotte
10 Jul 2019, 09:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 84809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Folks genuine question here, from someone who appreciates but doesn't really know armoured vehicles. With all the talk about Challenger 2 updates or potential replacements, why is the Israeli Merkava never proposed? It's obviously a very formidable and modern MBT, with the latest active protection....
by RetroSicotte
10 Jul 2019, 08:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 84809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Apparently the British Army, who own the vehicle, disagree. The British Army don't own any yet ;) The men of the British Army I spoke to face to face who drove the vehicle itself in, who've been working as its crew for a few months, make a pretty convincing point that yes, they do know their own ve...
by RetroSicotte
09 Jul 2019, 16:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2881
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

I would normally agree with home build home design but with something so small and inexpensive is there any point in times of short funding ? I wouldn’t use them to march in to Iran but to protect ports like Clyde, Portsmouth, Gib, Cyprus, the gulf and Far East 1 or 2 at each along with them to be ...
by RetroSicotte
09 Jul 2019, 14:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 2881
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

It would be foolish to not simply just get a home borne design. They're not expensive, and the Archer hardly needs anything fancy to replace it, given its role. Nor is a replacement needed urgently. They can continue to run. The idea of marching them up into Iran is just nonsense. A decent patrol bo...
by RetroSicotte
09 Jul 2019, 12:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413244
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ever since the Barnett Formula was implemented, they would have already been more than recompensed. The additional costs, to the remainder of the U.K., of relocating both the Submarine Base and other Defence facilities would also need to be paid for. They would not be entitled to much, if anything ...
by RetroSicotte
09 Jul 2019, 09:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 84809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

ARES is definitely 4+2. With 3 PAX on the side and 1 PAX taking the Tac Cmdr position. Well, the Army who uses it says 7 and explicitly state that it's 7 on the current version they have, and 3-4 on a separate version in the family. There is strictly, 100%, not a 7 PAX version in the AJAX family fo...
by RetroSicotte
09 Jul 2019, 08:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413244
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Well they have got the Shipyards, let her build her own Navy. I wonder how popular she will be in her home city when there are No ships being built and No possibility of them being built either. :mrgreen: In fairness to them, they do have a claim on vessels, since they paid for them as well via tax...
by RetroSicotte
08 Jul 2019, 15:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9768
Views: 413244
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The SNPs White Paper called for: https://www2.gov.scot/resource/0043/00439021.pdf - Two frigates from the Royal Navy’s current fleet - A command platform for naval operations and development of specialist marine capabilities (from the Royal Navy’s current fleet, following adaptation) - Four mine cou...
by RetroSicotte
08 Jul 2019, 14:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 84809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

RunningStrong wrote:ARES is definitely 4+2. With 3 PAX on the side and 1 PAX taking the Tac Cmdr position.

Well, the Army who uses it says 7 and explicitly state that it's 7 on the current version they have, and 3-4 on a separate version in the family.
by RetroSicotte
08 Jul 2019, 13:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 84809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

The WARRIOR pre-upgrade has 3 2-man benches and a single small seat which, as far as i know, is right on top of the CBRN toilet. In practice the Army seems to have set the armoured infantry section at 6, and that seems reasonable. Can imagine it is a rather tight fit already. Interesting about ARES...
by RetroSicotte
08 Jul 2019, 10:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275083
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Lets say the Scottish leave there will be a need for them to form a Navy of sorts for me this would take the form of 3 x River B2's and two T-31's fitted with CAPTAS-2 plus Bulwark. this way the rest of the UK would take the first 3 T-31's and the Scotts would end up with a useful fleet as there on...
by RetroSicotte
08 Jul 2019, 10:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 81851
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

No disagreement there. But I don't believe we should consider watering anything down about the result. Tempest has direct competitors already forming aimed at high end stuff themselves. The aim should be on surpassing that to succeed.

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