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by Lord Jim
05 Apr 2020, 02:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Well it is time to look at the 2+2 organisation for 3rd(UK) Division as favoured by quite a few here as opposed to the more radical proposition I made a while back. Retaining the two Armoured Infantry Brigades is going to place a burden on the Army which as always is going to require significant new...
by Lord Jim
04 Apr 2020, 19:13
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 125
Views: 12198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

I was avoiding mentioning the UH-60 option, though if we went down that Rabbit hole like the AW169M with skids they should go to the AAC not RAF. Let the RAF concentrate on the Chinook and the heavy lifting and let the AAC handle the Battlefield Utility, light attack, assault roles, using a combinat...
by Lord Jim
04 Apr 2020, 18:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

A v good idea (though ANG may have taken all the remaining slots as they are now getting exposure more often) But it would show the US Government that we might actually be once again serious about being a full on ally able to operate with them once again at a similar level of capability once we imp...
by Lord Jim
04 Apr 2020, 18:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 279
Views: 64904
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I also agree. TO support the Mechanised Brigades I would suggest the purchase of a Regiments worth of HIMARS based on the MAN 6x6 or 8x8 Chassis already in service with the British Army. This gives us a mobile, rapidly deployable platform that can leverage developments in the US regarding such as th...
by Lord Jim
04 Apr 2020, 10:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 125
Views: 12198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

If the Merlin HC4s are doing what they ae supposed to they will probably remain in service as long as the HM2s. It makes shipborne logistics easier as they will use many same support packages, and other similarities. Maintaining them is going to be cheaper than replacing them unless they are no long...
by Lord Jim
04 Apr 2020, 10:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 291
Views: 47729
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

But with "OTH" getting further from the shore so to speak with airborne and other sensors, other issues come into play.
by Lord Jim
04 Apr 2020, 00:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 125
Views: 12198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

whatever replaces puma replaces merlin. They may both be part of the joint helicopter Forces but they have different roles and the Merlin will meet the needs of the Royal Marines for quite some time and well past that of the Puma OSD. Providing the AAC with a the AW169W will enable 16 Air Assault t...
by Lord Jim
03 Apr 2020, 23:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

That is not what I am saying. At present our vehicles are basically vanilla before the installation of TES kits. Everything from add on armour etc is in the kits and we have too few of them. What I am saying is that the TES kits should be very theatre specific so for example for the middle east you ...
by Lord Jim
03 Apr 2020, 18:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 125
Views: 12198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

For me a AW169M with skids built/fitted out at Yeovil is the best option with a support contract with Leonardo following. It ticks all the boxes for a platform to support the Army and SF at the level intended and can have its capabilities expanded as and when the need and funding allows. Yes it coul...
by Lord Jim
03 Apr 2020, 18:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 291
Views: 47729
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

I believe this would give the best flexibility over the fleet but still allow larger scale ops with the only draw back being it’ll be slight more difficult in organising flight ops in first wave. That brings us back to the discussions we had about replacing both the Albions and Bays with 3-4 Damen ...
by Lord Jim
03 Apr 2020, 18:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1009
Views: 143341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

There is a huge difference between Capability and Capacity. In many areas we have the former but seriously lack the latter. Great to see the P-8 in service though.
by Lord Jim
03 Apr 2020, 18:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 38700
Location: United Kingdom

Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

I am surprised 39 Squadron are not going to be the operators of the Protector as they ran the Reapers, or was 31 Squadron a typo?
by Lord Jim
03 Apr 2020, 18:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

The Infantry will also have MBT LAW and/or Carl Gustav M4s. Retaining the Javelin in the vehicle mounted units is something I have no problem with, but it shouldn't predicate not going for a more modern ATGW like Spike-LR or MMP for the vehicle mounted system. Their man in the loop option gives them...
by Lord Jim
02 Apr 2020, 22:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

If u have Javelin teams jumping out of the back, will it not make sense to carry the same reloads for them and the turret launchers? I was thinking more fof the infantry in 16 Air Assault and 3 Commando Brigade, plus the units in 6th Division and so on. There would be no need for ATGW Section in th...
by Lord Jim
02 Apr 2020, 22:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Ideal for the early batch(s) with the RWS if we up gunned later ones. Then just purchase a number of Ambulance modules to cover that angle.
by Lord Jim
02 Apr 2020, 16:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 291
Views: 47729
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

It may also concentrate the minds of the Powers that be, a to the need for the UK to have at least a Ship with a substantial hospital on board and aviation facilities. Whether with is an RFA or civilian vessel I think isn't important.
by Lord Jim
02 Apr 2020, 16:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

I would say that we could do better than Javelin, say Spike-LR. Javelin really lacks the range and other capabilities the Spike and other systems like the MMP are now bringing to the table. We should keep it in its current role at the infantry's ATGW but for vehicle mounting look for something else....
by Lord Jim
02 Apr 2020, 12:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 125
Views: 12198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

by Lord Jim
02 Apr 2020, 12:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

The Army has always been churning out new doctrines, some good, some bad for years. The problems always seem to arise when they try to fill out the concept and decisions on personnel and hardware have to be made and the funding secured. This often leads to indecision and takes time and before anythi...
by Lord Jim
31 Mar 2020, 02:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 125
Views: 12198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Turning 16 Air Assault into a "Ranger" style formation, bringing all three Parachute Battalions together plus the Gurkhas. One Battalion would be allocated in the SFSG role on a rotational basis. the brigade would be trained in both Parachute and Air mobile operations though the latter is ...
by Lord Jim
31 Mar 2020, 02:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

I believe that ours are actually different in some ways from that of the German and Dutch and could be called the Mk2. I think the Australian Boxers have a similar drive train and suspension. But still there will be more in common between ours and our allies Boxers than different, and far more than ...
by Lord Jim
30 Mar 2020, 19:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 134
Views: 14751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Before I start making a proposal as to how I see the improvements needed by the Armoured Infantry Brigades to make them fit for purpose if we retain the 2+2 organisation of 3rd (UK) Division, I must have one final say regarding the differences in deploy ability between these formations and a re-orga...
by Lord Jim
30 Mar 2020, 17:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 125
Views: 12198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

But isn't 16 Air Assault still classified as the Army's early entry formation, but as described it is in pieces all over the workshop show to speak and like other Army formation unable to carry out its assigned role without investment and reorganisation. All the dithering and under investment since ...
by Lord Jim
27 Mar 2020, 22:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 125
Views: 12198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

to generate exactly what capability? TO be effective one of the capabilities 16 Air Assault needs is organic helicopter lift, ideally a platform able to lift Infantry Sections of weapons teams around the battle field. Yes this could be done by the Chinook, but these are going to be in very high dem...
by Lord Jim
27 Mar 2020, 09:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 125
Views: 12198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Nice idea for second hand Ospreys, but the operating costs !? I think we need to be looking at a purchase of around 30 AW169M or similar sized helicopter to replace the Puma but to be allocated to the AAC to directly support 16 Air Assault. It is the right size in my opinion able to carry an Infantr...

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