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by Lord Jim
18 Nov 2022, 22:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: M777 Portee DVD 2016
Replies: 102
Views: 23297
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Re: M777 Portee DVD 2016

Yes, but with modern fire detection radar and UAVs finding who is shooting at you can be done far more easily and rapidly, with the latter possibly able to directly attack any guns it finds.
by Lord Jim
18 Nov 2022, 22:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5064
Views: 1352175
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

With the CTA, if the contractor has been able to use the same ammunition handling system as used in the French Turrets, we may have had fewer problems. It is a shame as it is a world class weapon even if its ammunition is rather expensive. Mind you CVR(T) crews have always been conservative with amm...
by Lord Jim
18 Nov 2022, 22:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 85
Views: 12443
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Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

Maybe look at the design of the new RCN Arctic Patrol Vessels they are currently building and use this as the core to their design?
by Lord Jim
18 Nov 2022, 22:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15684
Views: 3476057
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With the T-31, we do seem to have forgotten the lessons we painfully learnt in the Falklands. Many of our Warships had gaping holes in their capabilities that were known, but the speed of the deployment would have curtailed any modification to even partially rectify them. There is a danger that the ...
by Lord Jim
18 Nov 2022, 22:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1831
Views: 495268
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Isn't the core FREMM still there. Yes, there have been major changes to the design but wasn't it designed so that the vessel could be radically altered whilst retaining its core. Yes, the USN's Constellation is a far greater alteration than the differences between the Italian and French FREMM. It is...
by Lord Jim
18 Nov 2022, 15:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5064
Views: 1352175
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Looking at the above GFE discussion, it does seem to be trying to make mountains out of mole hill. From experience I know hoe GFE can cause problems for what should be straight forward contracts, in my case an aircraft engine upgrade programme. What I find interesting is how such a contract would be...
by Lord Jim
07 Nov 2022, 22:42
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1952
Views: 65606
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Re: Australian Defence Force

Ok I stand corrected. It will be interesting to see how things turn out. Is there a theoretical date the first RAN SSN is due to be launched by chance?
by Lord Jim
07 Nov 2022, 01:25
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1952
Views: 65606
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Re: Australian Defence Force

Wanting to build the boats in Australia will kill the programme. All Australia should aim for if the final fitting out of the boats once they have been delivered, nothing more. Operating and maintaining these first SSNs may help with the manufacture of their successors, but it is asking too much to ...
by Lord Jim
05 Nov 2022, 03:09
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 795
Views: 27438
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Re: The war in Ukraine

by Lord Jim
05 Nov 2022, 03:03
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: POLAND
Replies: 105
Views: 4515
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Re: POLAND

by Lord Jim
05 Nov 2022, 02:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Interesting that there is no mention of the issues that caused the halting of further trials and how they may have been fixed. But it does look like Ajax will remain and enter Army service at some point. I wonder how much of a hit GDUK will have taken over this assuming the MoD stuck to the proviso ...
by Lord Jim
03 Nov 2022, 11:33
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Italian Armed Forces
Replies: 897
Views: 41449
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Re: Italian Armed Forces

That is some seriously capable equipment Italy is sending. The additional PzHBz2000 155mm SPGs, M270 GMLRS, SAMP-T Battery and three Spada SAM Batteries. The overall quantities are not large but similar systems have been or are being sent from Germany, the Netherlands, France amongst others.
by Lord Jim
03 Nov 2022, 11:27
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1952
Views: 65606
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Re: Australian Defence Force

Whilst the selection of new C-130J-30 aircraft to replace the existing fleet, is a logical decision, was any consideration given to the A400 at all. IT would obviously involve additional costs to set up a a new support infrastructure, wouldn't the increased payload and range been of benefit to the R...
by Lord Jim
03 Nov 2022, 11:20
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 43203
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

I must admit that I strongly believe that having withdrawn most of our forces from continental Europe, we need to hold an exercise to deploy a full heavy BCT from the UK to say eastern Germany or western Poland, on short notice. The use of prepositioned heavy equipment is a must to find out if the r...
by Lord Jim
30 Oct 2022, 23:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2531
Views: 624146
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Aren't modern optical systems being augmented so that that identify possible targets through various means and then highlight which should be the priority? AS a minimum capability aren't modern systems now giving a Commander a heads up to study a location for possible targets. In these cases, doesn'...
by Lord Jim
28 Oct 2022, 02:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 568
Views: 166045
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Don't Starstreak and LMM use the same guidance and control unit? All one has to do is keep the cross hairs of the control unit on the target and the missile closes on its target. It should be slightly easier when using Starstreak due to its speed and therefore shorter engagement time, whereas LMM ha...
by Lord Jim
27 Oct 2022, 07:54
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1952
Views: 65606
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Re: Australian Defence Force

It appears to be a good piece of kit that has had many customers. I assume the person with the control unit is only involved with launch and recovery operations. I wonder of such a system could operate of a River class utilising a container for hangarage and support needs?
by Lord Jim
27 Oct 2022, 07:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 86
Views: 7638
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

The MoD is well known for implementing moratoriums to cut or reduce spending at little or no advance notice to the relevant departments.
by Lord Jim
27 Oct 2022, 07:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 221
Views: 23321
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Re: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Just avoiding cuts would be a win for the MoD. The General Public have little interest is Defence caring far more for the things that actually affect their li8fe day to day such as the Health Service or Education. What is worrying is that unlike previous eras, the time it takes to re-arm and bring t...
by Lord Jim
27 Oct 2022, 07:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 568
Views: 166045
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Should shoulder and/or tripod launched Starstreak and LMM be kept with the Royal Artillery ro should they be disseminated down to combat units? I can see the Royal Artillery retaining control of platform-based systems but can also see advantages in individual units such as Infantry Battalions having...
by Lord Jim
25 Oct 2022, 15:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

YouTube video giving a pretty good summary of the Ajax programme and worth a watch.
by Lord Jim
25 Oct 2022, 12:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1220
Views: 377867
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

I think the Jury is out until front line units have had the M5 for a period of time and developed a list of issues in their feedback. I am sure Sig Sauer will be more than happy to correct any issues they can, and the US Army will also expect things to go wrong with the introduction of a new service...
by Lord Jim
25 Oct 2022, 12:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2084
Views: 443951
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Can anyone point out a timeline where the issues with Ajax must be solved or the programme is cancelled or is it a case of an indefinite one so that they can keep trying to fix the issues regardless of how long it takes?
by Lord Jim
25 Oct 2022, 12:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 568
Views: 166045
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

It is the way western nations have looked at GBAD that is a joke no the systems involved. You are right in that western nations have relied too much on their air power having been lulled into a false sense of security over the decades they have been able to dominate the airspace above any conflict t...
by Lord Jim
20 Oct 2022, 11:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3780
Views: 925998
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Far from stealthy and wya too big uless it was to be the MRSS. :D