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by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 13:39
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 545
Views: 15529
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Re: The war in Ukraine

I wonder if NATO could form a sort of Volunteer "Flying Tiger" outfit, equipped with Typhoons, Ukrainian roundels and Tiger mouths on the Air Intake or under the Cockpit wrapping around each side. Would that be escalation enough. Of course any Pilots and support Crew would be private citiz...
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 13:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: BAE Hawk (RAF & RN)
Replies: 132
Views: 58228
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Re: BAE Hawk (RAF & RN)

Be interesting to find out how many paint schemes some of these Hawks have had through their years of service in numerous roles. I met the Arrows in my youth at Biggin Hill where they were based for the Queen's Silver Jubilee, where all their Gnats were lined up together with their Hercules Support ...
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 13:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Starstreak Missile (Man-Portable Air-Defence System) (British Army & RN (RM))
Replies: 53
Views: 2560
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Re: Starstreak Missile (Man-Portable Air-Defence System) (British Army & RN (RM))

Well their seem to be six Field Squadrons and six Force Protection Squadron which make up the regular element of teh RAF Regiment. Each squadron is roughly Company sized give a total of around 1500 personnel after a numebr of Squadrons were disbanded or the manning levels reduced in total by 300 per...
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 13:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 943
Views: 195763
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Mind you having twelve to sixteen SPEAR 3, canister or rail launched, on a T-31/32 would be useful.
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 13:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15089
Views: 3408052
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How about we build three T-31s to the current design, then build three to an improved more spikey variety briging the gap to four full fat Tier 2 T-32, bring the first six up to the same level as they go through planned maintenance in stages. Call them Batches 1, 2 and 3 why not.
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 12:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)
Replies: 6
Views: 1859
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Re: Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)

I still think we need to run a short notice brigade deployment from the UK to Western Poland to test our ability to do so and highlight any issues. No "Blame Game" just spot problems so they can be fixed moving forward.
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 12:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 162
Views: 58887
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

At least the FH-70 has an auxiliary power unit so it can go to the limbers rather than they having to leave cover to get the guns, Surprised no one has suggested one or a detachable 4x4 version for Airborne and airmobile forces to give their M777 a limited amount of mobility.
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 12:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 46
Views: 2263
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Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

On the plus side there is a jopint programme with the Germans to expand out s and theirs holdings of M3 Amphibious Ferries as the current amount is deemed insufficent to enable mobile units to freely manoeuvre over water crossing. To think at one stage we were going to get rid of the lot! Great piec...
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 12:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1960
Views: 428186
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

My personal favourite at present are the Ukrainian's use of small commercial drones to drop hand grenades into and around Russian vehicles. Maybe not as effective as a Switchblade but they scare the hell out of their victims. Talk about a low cost precision weapon!
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 06:57
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Starstreak Missile (Man-Portable Air-Defence System) (British Army & RN (RM))
Replies: 53
Views: 2560
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Re: Starstreak Missile (Man-Portable Air-Defence System) (British Army & RN (RM))

I would prefer we retain our Rapier FSC and give them to the RAF Regiment to defend airfields at home and abroard as there are not going to be any Sky Sabre units to carry out that role as ew seem to have forgotten how vulnerable airfield are to attack.
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 06:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15089
Views: 3408052
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

More likely the T-31 was designed to a request for a "Gunboat" to patrol the Persian Gulf against IIRG FACs, for which the 40mm was deemed better.
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 06:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 943
Views: 195763
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I doubt MBDA would develop a Sea Venom-ER unless contracted to do so as they already hae a number or weapons in that category I believe start with Exocet. I am not happy with the range of Sea Venom I must admit as it like Martlet is limited to engaging AC and smaller less well equipped corvettes. An...
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 06:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1960
Views: 428186
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I am not an expert on manning levels, no intent at being sexist, but we have nearly twenty "Light Role" infantry Battalions that have little or no use ion a high intensity battlefield. I see the number of effective units that a country can deploy and operate effectively more important the ...
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 06:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 46
Views: 2263
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Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

Which is why we could do with a combat engineering version of the Boxer. It could supplement the Terriers working with out three Heavier BCTs but also be transportable and mobile enough to work with the Lighter ones, Airmobile excepted.
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 01:08
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 545
Views: 15529
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Re: The war in Ukraine

IF the US President is being told that the M270 has a range of hundreds of miles he is not being told all the facts. Yes there is the long range Missiles that can be fired from the launcher but Ukraine seems more interested just in the standard 70km+ rockets, possibly with some of the guided variety...
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 00:46
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Taiwan
Replies: 20
Views: 692
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Re: Taiwan

I bet they could hear the screams of outrage from China in Tokyo by just opening the window. :D
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 00:45
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: POLAND
Replies: 85
Views: 3151
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Re: POLAND

And we a dithering about buying fifty odd SP 155mm with delivery at the end of the decade. Poland once again put the UK to shame over defence procurement of systems urgently needed. We could also do with a regiment of HIMARS to supplement the forty four tracked M370 we will eventually have, both can...
by Lord Jim
28 May 2022, 00:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2300
Views: 682937
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Should be a great bit of kit but at present we only intend to buy forty of these Radars. :thumbdown:
by Lord Jim
27 May 2022, 21:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 46
Views: 2263
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Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

Interesting to know that the strength of a UK M270 Battery is eighteen launchers. Currently we have one regular Regiment and one Reserve Regiment. The latter has only twelve launchers in peacetime rising to eighteen in wartime. We have a total of fifty four launchers but we are only upgrading forty ...
by Lord Jim
27 May 2022, 21:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 629
Views: 208541
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

One of the doctrines being developed for our LSGs is to impinge enemy A2/AD areas and part of that involves using mortars to tie down any opposition in a targeted area with mortars. We could use a tethered UGV to tow a standard 120mm Mortar and carry the ammunition, with both being carried, plus the...
by Lord Jim
27 May 2022, 21:12
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1960
Views: 428186
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

If Israel is still prohibition the delivery of any of the Spike family to Ukraine from European sources then they are going to shoot themselves in both feet. been getting a very good reputation in NATO with Germany probably being the digest user but many of remaining member's have chosen one or more...
by Lord Jim
26 May 2022, 01:58
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Argentina
Replies: 242
Views: 8371
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Re: Argentina

If there was ever a place the UK established a shore based AShM capability it should be the Falklands! Of course we would also need the detection capability to utilise such a system effective range as well.
by Lord Jim
26 May 2022, 01:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15089
Views: 3408052
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A European BMD system is being developed, with one option being able to be fired from both naval Sylver VLS and from the lauch vehicles of the land based SAMP-T system.
by Lord Jim
26 May 2022, 01:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2300
Views: 682937
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

That is usually one of my failings!
by Lord Jim
26 May 2022, 01:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 213
Views: 19704
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

In my world we would end up with three Heavy (Mechanised) BCTs each with a Armoured Cavalry regiment with Challenger 3s and Ajax as I mentioned above, two Mechanised Infantry Battalions in Boxer, a Combined Support Regiment with Engineering, Signals and EW and an Artillery Regiments with three Batte...