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by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 23:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1492
Views: 129254
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The answer to that is so far off topic it should be on a different forum.
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 22:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

That is the issue that even the Experts agree on and I have even put forward alternative organisations for the Army moving forward as have many others. But we are where we are, and it will be possible to have the current "Strike" Brigade be a viable formation, but it will require additiona...
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 15:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Are those heavy or medium transporters? The former can carry two Ajax sized vehicles whilst the latter only one to the best of my limited knowledge.
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 09:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

One of the issues with the whole "Strike" Brigade concept is the moving of the Ajax units at the same time as the ones equipped with Boxer. Whilst the latter can easily self deploy the former will require transporters to get them into theatre and this is going to require almost 150 medium ...
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 00:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I wonder if they could adapt the AMRAAM/Meteor stations to allow the fitting of slimline ECW pods, possibly by increasing the number of power and other connectors. Installing two such pods on the front two stations would produce less drag as a minor benefit and not take up existing pylons. Just a th...
by Lord Jim
14 Nov 2019, 00:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The minimum number of variants for the Mechanised Battalion to be able to function as well as replacing many of the FV432 series still in service is, APC with 12.7mm HMG and Javelin ATGW RWS. Command with 12.7mm HMG and Javelin RWS. Ambulance possibly 7..62mm MG RWS. Engineering vehicle with 7.62mm ...
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2019, 17:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2518
Views: 171059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The reason the Round Tables were not armed was that the policy at the time was for the RFA fleet not to be armed where as Fearless and Intrepid were part of the Royal Navy. I am not suggesting that the Bay replacements and the possible new smaller amphibious assault vessels are permanently armed, th...
by Lord Jim
13 Nov 2019, 17:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The Army is still working on what variants it actually needs. The list released is simply a generic one not what we will end up with to equip the Mechanised Brigades.
by Lord Jim
12 Nov 2019, 00:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2518
Views: 171059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Obviously where and when a full Commando led battle group would be employed is very dependant on the circumstances, but one standing commitment for such a force is the reinforcement of northern Norway. The Royal Marines do bring additional skill sets to the table compared to say 16 Air Assault, and ...
by Lord Jim
10 Nov 2019, 23:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2518
Views: 171059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Most likely including the tail and supporting units like an Artillery Battery, Air Defence troops, Engineers and so on.
by Lord Jim
10 Nov 2019, 21:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2518
Views: 171059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Reading articles on the reorganisation of the Royal Marines, where they are to concentrate on their historical raiding role, their desire to distance themselves from the Army, adopting unique digital camouflaged uniforms and adoption of the C7/8 rifle throughout the force, really outs a focus on whe...
by Lord Jim
09 Nov 2019, 02:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1019
Views: 79980
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Should we start a "Bring back Penny", campaign, as she did seem to be making some positive moves even before she even got her feet under her desk at the MoD. Her removal was a strange move by Boris in my opinion.
by Lord Jim
09 Nov 2019, 02:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I do believe there are actually two squadrons formed, with one being a joint UK/Qatari outfit. How they are actually organised and whether they actually have planes allocated I cannot find any info, so we could just be keeping the Tr1 airframes in the pool, with the majority of the usage being carri...
by Lord Jim
09 Nov 2019, 02:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Thanks for that, well that is more than enough to get things started, equipping the four Mechanised Infantry Battalions, plus replacing the old FV430 series in other units including Signals, REME and so on. The Trials unit the Army has established is pretty certain to identify additional variants ne...
by Lord Jim
09 Nov 2019, 01:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 19363
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I must admit I do like the Archer, if people haven't already guessed. Yes 5 min may seem a long time but it is done with the majority of the crew under armour , thin though it maybe and as far crew the Limber has only 2 to three and the same goes for the gun itself. You can load individual rounds if...
by Lord Jim
07 Nov 2019, 23:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Excluding the two Tranche 1 squadrons, the TAF will have five frontline squadrons with Tranche 2 and 3 airframes with only the Tranche 3 getting the new radar initially. With 12 operational a/c allocated to each squadron plus the reserve and OCU/OEU that would be around 80 to 90 airframes.
by Lord Jim
07 Nov 2019, 12:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1019
Views: 79980
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I know it is against Government policy to build Warships overseas, but you missed my point. the way things are going with the stop/start drip feed of order for warships, it is only going to be viable to retain one shipyard building complex warships. Even then that yard will probably not be as effici...
by Lord Jim
07 Nov 2019, 11:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 19363
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Just out of interest how many crew are needed to reload a Caesar with 36 rounds in 3 minutes? I am not saying Archer is the fastest but it is certainly not a cumbersome reloading process. I think it is safe to say you are not a fan of the Archer, either in its original form or the latest as shown at...
by Lord Jim
07 Nov 2019, 00:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1019
Views: 79980
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Without Government Investment, the NSS in any shape or form is dead. The UK will be left as it currently is, the T-31 programme is not going to allow Babcock to become a truly sustainable warship manufacturer, so it will really be BAe or nothing moving forward. And if they do not a get a long term o...
by Lord Jim
06 Nov 2019, 18:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1019
Views: 79980
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Yet again the curse of Brain, Fingers and Eyes not working together strikes. :)
by Lord Jim
06 Nov 2019, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412041
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

In my view the funded 30 year plan is probably the most important part as it removed the year on year budget bottleneck that plagues existing large procurement programmes, and is something the Treasury continues to resist as it makes their spreadsheets more complicated.
by Lord Jim
06 Nov 2019, 12:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2518
Views: 171059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Yes, with similarities to the amount of work undertaken on Argus throughout her career.
by Lord Jim
06 Nov 2019, 12:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1019
Views: 79980
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

am I being to much of an optimist. In a word, yes in my opinion. Until we have a steady stream of naval orders instead of the current stop start, and Governmental investment into ship building beyond actual orders, we are going to struggle to retain more than one and a half warship building yards. ...
by Lord Jim
06 Nov 2019, 12:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

How many Boxer's the UK is actually getting has not been clarified beyond the "Will receive more than 500 Boxer 8x8 high mobility, network-enabled armoured vehicles". Knowing how the MoD and Treasury like to keep the annual account simple, the contract probably covers all spares, repairs a...
by Lord Jim
06 Nov 2019, 03:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 657781
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If ASW was dependant on the all or nothing quietening of ships then the USN would be out of the ASW game with the exception of its SSN force, and wasted millions on giving its surface vessels any form of sonar, let alone fitting them with ASROC. :D

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