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by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 21:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)
Replies: 21
Views: 14712
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)

Mk VIII is still my favourite.
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 21:45
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1876
Views: 37640
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Downsizing. :D
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 21:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328115
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Getting any high end Escort for less then or equal to £1Bn is about the going rate these days, and even then you won't get everything you want. The RN is going to have to work out some tough scenarios in teh near future, like can if afford highly specialist Warships like the T-26 which became a spec...
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 21:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872069
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

You may be right. I can see a couple of Chinooks plus Merlin HC4/4a and Wildcat and maybe two or three of the Apaches assigned to support the RM but not a lot else. F-35s would be nice but the fleet is sorting itself out after CSG-21 so the RAF may contribute some land based Typhoons instead. With e...
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 11:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 790
Views: 15474
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Someone in the Treasury has obvious decided that if you have got it use it. They do not like things they have paid for sitting around not being used. I just wish they could be ordered to return anyone recovered in the Channel to the place they put to sea so they can begin to claim Asylum there, wher...
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 11:54
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Italian Armed Forces
Replies: 841
Views: 20523
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Re: Italian Armed Forces

Yes that is what I was thinking about and thought was already entering service.
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2022, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328115
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I understand that many of the heavily armed Corvettes in service today are mainly aimed at protecting their country's littoral EEZ, and sacrifice range etc. to do so where as the T-31 is a Global patrol ship, but that is where the problem lies. What sort of vessels are going to be operating in many ...
by Lord Jim
16 Jan 2022, 00:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872069
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

As far as I am concerned one of the priorities of the RN and RFA moving forward is to rapidly moe and Army Battlegroup to a location, say the high north, with all it kit and logistics in under fourteen days with the remainder of the BCT the former originated from arriving after no more than a furthe...
by Lord Jim
16 Jan 2022, 00:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328115
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Interesting that the photo of the IH shows it with sixteen Harpoon. This is a good thing as this will be the minimum number of AShMs an Escort should be carrying today and tomorrow. We may not be building the most capable Escort with the T-31, but it should be relatively easy and not too expensive t...
by Lord Jim
13 Jan 2022, 11:37
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1876
Views: 37640
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Well they have chosen the calibre and now the optics. The new Rifle and Automatic Rifle should be with the troops sometime this year, and joining the British Army by 2030 we can hope. The optic is like a mini Tank FCS, automatically providing an adjusted aim point taking into account all sorts of fa...
by Lord Jim
13 Jan 2022, 11:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4278
Views: 1081849
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Now we just need to paint a River in a scheme similar to the Swedish littoral "Green" scheme to bland in with the African coastline.
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 08:03
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Italian Armed Forces
Replies: 841
Views: 20523
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Re: Italian Armed Forces

Doesn't the latest version of the OTOMAT AShM give the Italian Navy a long range land attack capability already?
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 08:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 790
Views: 15474
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

A very nice, glossy publication full of a lot of what has already been announced and what the RAF aspire to be twenty or so years from now. I do find the introduction of Space Command "Wings" a little bit too much, do the Army Operators of the Watchkeeper UAV get full pilots wings now as w...
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328115
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The need to provide escorts for the LRGs is probably one of the main reasons the capability of the T-31s is being looked at including the installation of one or more Mk41 LS systems. As for lacking AAW platforms, in theory if a CEC was introduced between the T-45 and T-26 the latter could have the o...
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 427
Views: 106959
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Re: Royal Navy SSK?

The Russians developed a reactor that used liquid metal to transfer heat but even then they still used steam to drive the turbines. The PWR3 will still rely on heat transferred from the closed pressurised water systems that is part of the reactor to a separate closed cycle that forms steam to drive ...
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179076
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

There is a joint European effort to develop a layered BMD capability but we are not part of it at present. WE still only aspire to have a BMD capability but nothing has been funded beyond some assessment work if that.
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: SSN(R) Future Astute Replacement (2040s) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 16
Views: 1182
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Re: SSN(R) Future Astute Replacement (2040s) (RN) [News Only]

The issues I see is that the version the RAN will want of the Virginia Class will be substantially different from what will be being built for the USN at the same time. I do still see the operation of SSNs being mainly an aspiration for the RAN rather than a definite result.
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1234
Views: 400531
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Well the existing number closes the capability gap left by the retirement of the Nimrod MR2 and the Cancellation of the MRA4. There is still a capacity gap though is one looks at what the Nimrod fleet was before it left service, that was needed to meet all its commitments.
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV430 Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 52
Views: 18373
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Re: FV430 Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

No the US Army is bringing in a new vehicles built by BAe that uses the Bradley's base chassis including its running ear, power plant and dirve train but a more basic hull as a replacement for some of its M113s. Given the number of the latter still in service it will be a very long time until they a...
by Lord Jim
12 Jan 2022, 07:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2221
Views: 575840
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I think the short answer is nothing. WFEL seems just to be in the headlines more, maybe due to any new jobs being created and their location.
by Lord Jim
11 Jan 2022, 18:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 427
Views: 106959
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Re: Royal Navy SSK?

We need to revert to the old SSN building schedule where we had two classes in service at any one time. Therefore the SSN(R) should not be a replacement for the Astutes but compliment them, with their production dovetailing right after the Dreadnought class is built. The next class after SSN(R) woul...
by Lord Jim
11 Jan 2022, 18:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179076
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Somehow I cannot see the RN filling the flight decks of their Escorts with 20' Containers in order to launch a limited number of Hypersonic missiles. Doing the same with either the Bays or Albions would also not make much sense, better to go with having M270 GMLRS on the decks of these ships to prov...
by Lord Jim
11 Jan 2022, 18:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1875
Views: 407649
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

They are obviously hoping Ajax will fade in to the background and nor cause any public shaming etc. I wonder how the Defence Select Committee will look at this turn of events. There is no way it should take a further six months to work out what to do with Ajax. The independent testing of the platfor...
by Lord Jim
11 Jan 2022, 18:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV430 Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 52
Views: 18373
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Re: FV430 Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Boxer is only 8x8. As for CV-90, I think ot would be good fit if the Army still wanted a tracked IFV, it has a much lower profile than say the Lynx, and in its latest configuration would meet all the Army's needs including its digital network integration. However the Army's Equipment Plan is on a ve...
by Lord Jim
11 Jan 2022, 09:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 427
Views: 106959
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Re: Royal Navy SSK?

Yet is seems that according to some sources the RN is looking at unmanned SSKs rather that is being discussed here. Maybe they think that being unmanned they won't affect the number of SSNs the RN operates going forward. Who knows?