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by Lord Jim
04 Oct 2022, 21:12
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 699
Views: 22518
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Re: The war in Ukraine

As the Ukrainians push the Russian south towards Kherson, they are trapped except for a number of lash up ferries, on the wrong side of a major river. The Ukranian do seem to be aware of the risk of overextending themselves as well, moving support and logistics units up behind there advancing forces...
by Lord Jim
04 Oct 2022, 21:05
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1972
Views: 61783
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Re: USA Armed Forces

It's about time.
by Lord Jim
04 Oct 2022, 21:04
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1885
Views: 61497
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Re: Australian Defence Force

When I think about it and it doesn't hurt when doing so, I like both platforms Bushmaster and Hwakei. I wonder if we could pay back Australia for choosing the Hunter Class, as well as fortifying our recent agreement with Australia and the US by purchasing both platforms as a quick solution to our dy...
by Lord Jim
04 Oct 2022, 20:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2919
Views: 783818
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Military Aviation is our strongest area for defence exports by quite a Margine, and we have had quite some success in partnership with other European Countries with both Tornado and Typhoon. Team Tempest is the nearest thing we have to a national defence programme that we have given the number of co...
by Lord Jim
04 Oct 2022, 20:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 750
Views: 205710
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Developing a family of AFVs these days seems to be reliant on having a requirement existing and in place from your own Military. Few countries have a home-grown Manufacturer of AFVs that can afford to develop AFVs based on the possible future needs of another country, even France is struggling to do...
by Lord Jim
03 Oct 2022, 23:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15388
Views: 3453699
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With the T-31 could we go down the well-trodden route of FFBNW for additional capabilities? Build the first two or three as per the current design and amend the last two so that they are fully plumbed in for additional Sea Ceptor, the Interim AShM and maybe replacing one of the 40mm with a Phalanx o...
by Lord Jim
03 Oct 2022, 17:01
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 699
Views: 22518
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Fascinating video, in the Ukrainian's own words, as to how they were able to attack and destroy a number of Russian strong points. I was especially interested how the Tank unit Commander did not actually accompany his unit but used Quad-copter UAVs to direct them in real time. https://www.youtube.co...
by Lord Jim
03 Oct 2022, 16:46
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1885
Views: 61497
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Re: Australian Defence Force

Surprised at the choice of .300 Blackout for the round to be used with the Sig Sauer MCX. Do any other countries use this calibre in their main line military as against SF? Regardless an impressive selection of weapons chosen.
by Lord Jim
03 Oct 2022, 00:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 231
Views: 96469
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Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

And of course, don't forget the Carriers either.
by Lord Jim
30 Sep 2022, 23:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 231
Views: 96469
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Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Maybe remove the forward gun installation on the T-45 entirely and add two or three eight cell Mk41 VLS for say TLAMs, or two or three eight cell Sylver VLS to increase the number of Aster-30 carried.
by Lord Jim
30 Sep 2022, 23:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2479
Views: 617701
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I agree Boxer is expensive, but it is the only platform on order that could be used to replace platforms like the Sultan and Bulldog is the roles they currently hold. Other programmes like the MRV(P) which could have provided cheaper alternatives have withered through lack of progress and/or interes...
by Lord Jim
30 Sep 2022, 12:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2479
Views: 617701
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Well Considering the Armoured Regiment currently use the Sultan as a Command platform at the appropriate levels, boxer as it is on order would be an obvious choice for that role and given the number of command variants on order this has probably already been decided. Sultan and Bulldog have massive...
by Lord Jim
28 Sep 2022, 19:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2479
Views: 617701
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Saying that the CVT(T) and FV432 platforms in service with Armoured and Armoured Infantry units will need the greater protection offered by Boxer, as will some support units such as Artillery. Why? They don't currently offer such protection. What do you expect to change? If indeed that is your posi...
by Lord Jim
28 Sep 2022, 03:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2479
Views: 617701
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Well, we do or did have the MRV(P) programme, whose phase two 4x4 or 6x6 platform whould be ideal for replacing the AFVs in some of the supporting roles that cannot justify being replaced by Boxer. Saying that the CVT(T) and FV432 platforms in service with Armoured and Armoured Infantry units will n...
by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2022, 22:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2479
Views: 617701
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

What is useful is the clearer understanding of the Boxer Mortar variant, showing a much more conventional installation allowing the Mortar to be fired from the platform. Being able to use the same mountings for either a 81mm or 120mm Mortar is also very useful as is ease of installation/removal mean...
by Lord Jim
25 Sep 2022, 18:55
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 699
Views: 22518
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Re: The war in Ukraine

One of Gordon Browns bright ideas, namely "Resource Account Budgeting". We greatly reduced our holdings of both consumables and repairables at units and depot and tries to rely on a just in tome policy for to delivery of new consumables and repaired items from the OEM. It led to the financ...
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2022, 20:53
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1885
Views: 61497
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Re: Australian Defence Force

I personally see a more cautious programme moving forwards. The first part is the embedding of RAN personnel on board USN and RN SSNs. I then see Australia leasing a Los Angelese class, but it would operate with a number of USN personnel still on board and as part of the SUBPAC. Things would then pr...
by Lord Jim
24 Sep 2022, 20:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 711
Views: 216759
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Haven't the South Africans developed an extended range 105mm Gun?
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2022, 22:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)
Replies: 1251
Views: 36214
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Re: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)

The "Financial Crisis" is going to impact defence spending. The fact that the UK's GDP is falling as a result of the Crisis is just foir starters. WIth other more politically sensitive Governmental Departments crying out for additional funds, what the Government say and what it actually do...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2022, 21:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 921235
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

EAch if the two full strength Commandos is responsible for providing the manpower for a specific LRG. Each would have a reinforced Company afloat at any one time. Therefore LRG(N) would have access toa full Commando is the Balloon really went up. Present plans as they stand would therefore require L...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2022, 21:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)
Replies: 59
Views: 17256
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Re: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)

Well let's see if we can get the OEM to grant us a license to develp an 8x8 that carries the same launcher as the M270, accepting all developmental costs ourselves.ALternatively could we buy the South Korean System that may be able to be adapted to fire the advanced Rockets we are looking at. Given ...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2022, 21:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 711
Views: 216759
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

IT will be difficult to find any platform able to carry and fire a 105mm Light Gun that is capable of being carried by a Chinook as an underslung load, even more so if said platform is also to carry the Gun Crew and a couple of dozen rounds of ammunition. IF we are keeping the L118,then for our airm...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2022, 21:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2479
Views: 617701
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I cannot understand the logic of having a Boxer that carries a Mortar that can only be used when dismounted! IT almost sounds like a Bean Counter exercise to save a few pennies. Having a SP Mortar that can be used dismounted if required to is one thing, but this idea, for Mechanised Formations is ri...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2022, 13:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 921235
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The number of troops that are part of LRG(N) is a little confusing. The Dutch, and the German Battalion that is part of their Marine force are still seeing themselves working very closely with the Royal Marines. But we are organising the ROyal Marines into LRUs that are made up form a Commando Compa...
by Lord Jim
23 Sep 2022, 02:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 711
Views: 216759
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Just watched this video and found it interesting and related to a number of threads on here. IT starts off with an evolution of the Hummer, seen as an alternative to the JLTV but then mover to a platform developed by GM and Supercat, providing a lightweight SP gun using the British L118 Light Gun. P...