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by Lord Jim
26 Jan 2022, 15:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 664
Views: 191339
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Well to equip both the Ranger Regiment and 1st LBCT, the Army either needs to increase the number of Mastiffs that are upgraded or purchase a number of MRV(P), especially the Phase 2 platform. For this the Bushmaster, in its latest form should be the easiest to bring into service as teh Army already...
by Lord Jim
26 Jan 2022, 15:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409035
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

So problems could also have arisen if the ASCOD 2, from which the Ajax was created also did not meet current UK H&S standards due to its age. With the desire to get the Ajax up and working could GDUK not paid full attention to the need for the ASCODs hull etc. to be modified to a higher H&S ...
by Lord Jim
26 Jan 2022, 15:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14877
Views: 3333169
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How about the T-83 plan being replaced by a T-26 B3? Longer so it can be fitted out with more VLS etc, similar to the extension given to the T-42 B3. So the T-26 increases the number of Mk41 VLS to 64, with three eight cell Strike Length Mk41s forward and three Standard length eight cell mk41 amid s...
by Lord Jim
25 Jan 2022, 23:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14877
Views: 3333169
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

IF I had the decision to make I would concentrate what resources were available on improving the T-31s already on order. I believe it is here the Royal Navy could get its biggest win, gaining five effective Tier 2 Escorts that can operate as forward deployed asses as well as compliment the escort gr...
by Lord Jim
25 Jan 2022, 23:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409035
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Some of the issues these days may come form the emphasis on capability rather than more specific requirements. We would not say request a tracked Armoured Recce vehicle able to effectively engage enemy light and medium armour whilst protecting its crew form weapons likely to be used by an opponent. ...
by Lord Jim
25 Jan 2022, 22:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 664
Views: 191339
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Interestingly though we do not call them Bushmasters. I had an article with the name we use but cannot seem to find it, but I believe it is very british in nature.
by Lord Jim
25 Jan 2022, 01:36
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1895
Views: 38312
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Well if we go down the T-32 route it must as capable platform as the USN's Constitution class at the very least.
by Lord Jim
25 Jan 2022, 01:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4303
Views: 1084079
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

With the B2s and the theoretical B3 Rivers the Royal Navy would just be doing what the French Navy has done for decades and reaped the benefits. With the A69 and Floreal classes then have maintained a presence around the Globe, protecting their overseas territories and been able to conduct HADR oper...
by Lord Jim
25 Jan 2022, 01:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14877
Views: 3333169
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Is that tailored for the Gulf in "Peace" time or conflict? The former is as we are now, whilst the latter would undoubtable require Tier 1 assets.
by Lord Jim
24 Jan 2022, 18:39
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1895
Views: 38312
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Re: USA Armed Forces

What is interesting is that the initial contract is for 10 vessels for a total of $5.5Bn. That will probably cover additional one off costs, but using very basic sums that is around £500M per ship which seem good value for money to me. Considering we are paying nearly £400M for the T-31, which is fa...
by Lord Jim
23 Jan 2022, 19:04
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1895
Views: 38312
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Re: USA Armed Forces

The A400 will be a very capable platform once all its initial operating pains are resolved. It will be superior to the C-130 in nearly every way. Our C-130s had been worked very hard, often due to the above. As for the RAF getting any of these, well like the Osprey, the SF may really want some but t...
by Lord Jim
23 Jan 2022, 19:01
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1895
Views: 38312
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Re: USA Armed Forces

I must admit when I first saw this I did think it was an "April Fool's" joke.
by Lord Jim
23 Jan 2022, 19:00
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 481
Views: 9955
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Re: German Armed Forces

The current NATO Command Structure means nothing can really be done in an emergency until the political decision to enact Article 5 takes place. The manifestation of warfare in the grey zone is an issue for NATO members as is defining the line between this and conventional warfare. How Germany toget...
by Lord Jim
23 Jan 2022, 13:38
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1895
Views: 38312
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Though I have seen articles in various magazines regarding this programme this is the first video I have seen. The idea of an amphibious C-130 is pretty mind blowing, and makes you wonder if our SF would start to petition fo a few once they enter service with AFSOC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K...
by Lord Jim
23 Jan 2022, 12:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409035
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Could that have been an issue then with management thinking more about how things used to be rather then what is needed now. From experience I know of officers who thought that way at time and had to have their backs covered by others.
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2022, 23:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Phalanx
Replies: 81
Views: 29192
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Re: Phalanx

Any further info or source material on the issues French air crew had on the CdG?
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2022, 23:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4303
Views: 1084079
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

To be honest if it’s just disaster relief,law enforcement and the such like I wouldn’t have fwd presence at all other things to spend the money on. Trouble is being a 'global nation' means we have global responsibilities, i'd sooner have a River doing that sort of work than a frigate or RFA support...
by Lord Jim
22 Jan 2022, 23:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409035
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

If the Warrior had this issue with CO then surely the CVR(T) series had similar issues if using their guns too frequently? Neither the Scorpion or Scimitar/Sabre had a fume extractor. As for shock attenuating seats, how many of our tracked AFVs actually have these at present? In do any of our legacy...
by Lord Jim
21 Jan 2022, 21:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1890
Views: 409035
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Senior Managers, both Military and Civilian who have worked on the Ajax programme at DE&S Andover are going to be in the crosshairs of the report. If their actions give GDUK the evidence they need to show that DE&S accepted and signed off on all stages so far including the IOC vehicles. If a...
by Lord Jim
21 Jan 2022, 12:26
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1895
Views: 38312
United Kingdom

Re: USA Armed Forces

Interesting video on the USMC's planned Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle or ARV. It might be something we should take a look at for our Recce needs for both the Army and Royal Marines. Having an amphibious capability would be very useful as well as it being digitally connected and having reasonable f...
by Lord Jim
21 Jan 2022, 12:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Phalanx
Replies: 81
Views: 29192
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Re: Phalanx

I would like to see two of the Phalanx on heh Carriers replaced by bays of twenty four Sea Ceptor, covering Bow/Starboard and Stern/Port respectively, though both could cover 360 degrees is needed.. These would provide a far better point defence capability but we would retain the two remaining "...
by Lord Jim
21 Jan 2022, 12:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4303
Views: 1084079
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

My vision of the future for the Royal Navy would be for the T-32 to be binned and the money used for five B3 Rivers that would be available for forward deployment and a modest upgrade to the T-31s that will be in service by then. Babcock would be given the job of developing the building the B3s with...
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2022, 01:01
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1895
Views: 38312
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Re: USA Armed Forces

Click on the link to find out. It is quite an interesting development.
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2022, 00:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 801
Views: 15787
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Given how useful the B2s are, I can easily see the MoD wanting to replace them with new OPVs increasing the number available for both their traditional and new roles. A B3 would take on board any lessons learnt from the deployments of the B2. Acting to stop immigrants is not a prime role for the RN ...
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2022, 17:07
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: New Zealand Defence Force
Replies: 479
Views: 11959
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Re: New Zealand Defence Force

Good to see. Do we know who else is sending ships?