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by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 23:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13402
Views: 3770441
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The UK Government is two faced when it comes to China. It says it is appalled over the country's human right record and its disregard for intonations laws, but this often still seem sot be trumped by trade. China will spin the Queen Elizabeth Carrier Groups avoidance of disputed waters as being a re...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 23:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 834
Views: 284710
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Only if Babcock win the new Frigate contract, I believe but the UK Gov could be trying to sweeten the deal by gifting them in advance I suppose. I mean they literally gave Brazil HMS Ocean after you deduct the costs for the overhaul and updating carried out just before it was decided to sell teh shi...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 23:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3932
Views: 1018781
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Modifying the 30mm mounts so that they can also mount five LMMs as was done in the trials, was it last year? They don't always have to have them fitted but it would be nice to have the option. Also as a minimum a couple of M2 .50cals would not go amiss instead of the L7s. By the way what sort of fir...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 23:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)
Replies: 72
Views: 40518
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)

There are trial linking Watchkeeper to both Wildcat and Apache Guardian that have been fairly successful, with Watchkeeper passing data to both platforms and receiving instructions from at least the Guardian though the same capability is in the future for Wildcat. By the way this was from an article...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 23:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1535
Views: 370457
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

More to the point, ASCOD is only really used by its developers, Spain and Austria as far as I know. Compare that to the number of countries using CV90 related platforms. Surely that should have given the MoD a clue? Or was ASCOD/Ajax simply the cheapest combined with a load of false promises from GD...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 16:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3163184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

At least Montrose can be refitted as the Greeks would want as they have a blank slate so to speak, whereas Montrose having been through Life-EX may mean the Greeks would like to keep her as is, giving them two separate ship sub classes. But they are only to be loaners after all and may help the Gree...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 16:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 526
Views: 155389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

It has got to worry Royal Navy Ship's Captains that they cannot shoot back against anything beyond visual range, except with Sea Ceptor witch would have limited effect against anything bigger than a speedboat.
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 16:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3932
Views: 1018781
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Agreed, but unfortunately our Government seems to think it can be used as a Corvette in the roles a Corvettes would normally be assigned. Patrolling the UK's overseas territories and dependencies is fine, and they are well suited for that. Operating in a major Pirate infested zone where piracy is so...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 16:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2033
Views: 539786
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Of course nobody is even going to stick their head out of the two hatches over the infantry compartment let alone stand up in case someone shoots at them. I know it is not the same as crawling out of the turret under fire, but who would do than, the vehicle would be orders back into cover if reloadi...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 16:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1535
Views: 370457
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Well the bulk of Ajax's "Goodies" are in the turret. So one would surmise that creating a Boxer Mission Module for it would bring most of Ajax's capabilities to the new platform. Boxer already has numerous situational awareness systems like cameras built into its hull, and there would be p...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2021, 14:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 209
Views: 47577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Partly on topic, a nice video showing various aircraft including the Rafale and F-16, but from 7:12 you see Romanian Pumas in their fairly unique configuration with a chin mounted 20mm cannon and two hardpoints each side for rocket, gun pods or other loadouts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll3bdPE...
by Lord Jim
02 Aug 2021, 03:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7104
Views: 1752274
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Wasn't this partially due to the fact that the Navy wanted thirteen, but the Treasury was unwilling to sign off on such a large amount as it would mean extra new money when the aim at the time was to at most keep thing at the same level of expenditure. After considerable haggling we ended up with on...
by Lord Jim
02 Aug 2021, 03:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3163184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Or the more capable T-31s could be the basis for the T-32, increasing the size of the Royal Navy as has been promised, with capable vessels able to do more than one specialised role in the Gulf.
6x T-45
8x T-26
10x T31/32
It would be a start.
by Lord Jim
02 Aug 2021, 03:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3932
Views: 1018781
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

We are adopting a policy of forward basing Naval assets before we have the right naval platform to do so. Use the B2s to conduct a trial deployment by all means but only fir a few months, learn any immediate lessons and then try to find the right vessels to actually do the job. The US forward deploy...
by Lord Jim
02 Aug 2021, 02:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 209
Views: 47577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Well that is basically what I was aiming at, though the "SH" providing surprising fire for the initial landings would have more to offer than door or tail MGs. If AH are available then the "SH" can compliment them providing additional fire support for the landings as they rotate ...
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 20:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3932
Views: 1018781
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Ron5 wrote:ll fine and dandy but who deploys OPV's to the other side of the world without backup?

We do apparently!
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 20:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13929
Views: 3163184
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Another hand me down that should be planned into the life of the T-31 as GFE. Removed from the T-23s as they are retired and held in storage until the T-31s begin their first overhaul in dry dock.
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 20:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1164
Views: 380447
Location: United Kingdom

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

With only 4-6 Nimrod MRA4 destined for service such a capability would have rarely been used if ever if it had been adopted. When I was at the Paris Air Show in teh 1990s, A Nimrod MR2 was displayed trying to drum up orders for the MRA4 conversion and sale of surplus RAF airframes. I was sitting nex...
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 20:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 209
Views: 47577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

I would think simply referring to the Puma and its replacements as "Support Helicopters" makes the conversation biased. Yes in small scale operation where you are able to deploy detachments for both these and attack helicopter the it is less of an issue. But we will only ever have fifty Ap...
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 20:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1535
Views: 370457
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

For me Challenger 3 is the key programme. Boxer is proven but we will have to see how Rheinmetall get on working with UK companies to produce the UK vehicles. The advantage they have is that any problems can be compensated for to a certain extent by manufacturing vehicles form their German productio...
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 20:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2033
Views: 539786
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Ok but many unmanned turrets are designed to be reloaded or topped up from inside of the turret . Cannon like the CT40 are designed for singe or short bursts of 3-4 rounds. The Ajax and Warrior turrets had 70 ready rounds I believe in their manned turret with the rest in teh hull. Unmanned turrets w...
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 15:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461439
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Brimstone 3 is an effective and proven weapon system capable of engaging single or multiple targets, autonomously or semi-autonomously. It has a smaller warhead than SPEAR 3 but still effective and is probably cheaper. With the F-35 it would probably carried on external pylons, but the F-35 will not...
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 15:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3932
Views: 1018781
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

J. Tattersall wrote:They're not meant to be 'fighty'.

Yes but the MoD is looking to make them more "Spiky". :D
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 15:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A321 (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 8361
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A321 (RAF)

Yes the RAF used to operate quite a few aircraft that could be used by Government Ministers, though in the past they often liked to charter an aircraft from British Airways, especially for long haul.
by Lord Jim
01 Aug 2021, 15:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1164
Views: 380447
Location: United Kingdom

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

For the USAF such a platform dies actually make sense. In the past there has been talk of restarting the B-1 production like to produce a similar platform, or converting 747s, but actually using a 737 airframe is in the realm of reality whilst the previous ideas have really be pure fantasy. One of t...

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