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by Lord Jim
28 Jun 2022, 06:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 999
Views: 35120
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Despite the Russian invasion of Crimea and defato occupation of large parts of eastern Ukraine in 2014,the Politicians were not willing to accept the step hange in the threat Russia posed. They wanted to concentrate on a Global Britain, linking in with the results of BREXIT, and allowing the planned...
by Lord Jim
28 Jun 2022, 05:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 127
Views: 45188
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Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

I haven't seen a video of the Ukrainians using Starstreak yet, just Martlet.
by Lord Jim
27 Jun 2022, 17:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Panther Protected Command Vehicle
Replies: 30
Views: 15950
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Re: Panther Protected Command Vehicle

If I appear to be shouting I am not, my typing is getting worse due to my eyesight. I bow to your greater understanding of bowmen and its various installations. Showed how common sense and reality are not the same. SO Panther as a Command and Liaison vehicle does have a command set up, but one small...
by Lord Jim
27 Jun 2022, 17:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 90
Views: 4219
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Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

Whilst I personally favour a whhed replacement for the AS-90, that K8A2 is an absolute beast.
by Lord Jim
27 Jun 2022, 17:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Yes the Boxer is expensive, but the Army appears to be doubling down on it with the second order wholst in the meantime the whole MRV(P) programme seems to have come to a halt. Could some of the money planned for the latter have been used to purchase more Boxers? AS for the vehicles the Army intend ...
by Lord Jim
26 Jun 2022, 19:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

If the wheeled and tracked platforms Dive Modules share many components starting with the engine and so on you are going to get savings retarding support and running costs even if you just cover the purchase of consumables, and any repair of parts schemes. No one is saying Boxer is the ONLY choice, ...
by Lord Jim
25 Jun 2022, 01:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

please bear with me here my eye sight is getting very bad. The reason I put boxer forward as a replacement for ajax if that was cancelled is because the Army by then will desperately need a Recce platform as the Warrior stop gap is just that unless we want to invest heavily in it, Wgilkst ukraine ha...
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2022, 20:59
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 625
Views: 17593
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Re: The war in Ukraine

With only a total of Twelve MLRS systems (HIMARS and M270) in total they will not have the impact the Ukrainians need they need dozens of each and a large supply of munitions of various types for these and the 155mm Guns delivered. I still think we should send all our M270s and then try to get the R...
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2022, 20:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15134
Views: 3418697
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

By the way how effective will a T-26 be in ASW if it loses its Merlin?
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2022, 20:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 952
Views: 197624
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Even Russia's new COrvettes/Light Firgates have supersonic AShM and Cruise Missiles, with a reasonable Air Defence Capability. They are also often equipped with more of each type compared to NATO's usual maximum of eight sub sonic AShMs. Even their conventional SSKs carry long Range supersonic and c...
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2022, 20:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

For what it is worth I see tracked Boxer with the 155mm gun module fitted being a play by RBSL for the AS-90 replacement Not a chance. It's about 5 years behind the MFP requirements timeline. Five years is well within the probability of error for most Army procurement programmes so who knows. :D
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2022, 20:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Whilst I have reduced my caffeine intake, I agree it would be a good idea for the UK to strengthen the partnership with RBSL, and at the very least try to get its UK sites the primary manufacturing locations for the Tracked Boxer if any orders are forthcoming from countries other then the UK. Yes we...
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2022, 12:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

When it comes to the British Army, its resources and procurement plans, things are definitely "Glass half empty".
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2022, 12:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 952
Views: 197624
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I am more concerned about the large numbers of supersonic AShMs our potential adversaries have already. NATO to my knowledge has none in this category except for a few SAMs that have an anti-ship secondary capability. We will be lucky to see FCASW enter service before 2030 , and even then I doubt it...
by Lord Jim
23 Jun 2022, 11:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

At current funding levels the British Army will have Boxer and only Boxer. Unless something is removed from the current ten year equipment plan to free up resources we will not be getting another tracked IFV full stop. As for mobility issues, I suppose everyone has heard of those novel defences call...
by Lord Jim
22 Jun 2022, 21:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

THe video may be in German but it clarifies that both the tracked and wheeled Boxer can use at least twenty or the same Mission Modules, according to the manufacturer. This may be a simple PR piece, but give the legal nature of things nowadays, if they cannot back the statement up they are being inc...
by Lord Jim
22 Jun 2022, 21:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

In terms of mechanical environment, if something is good for one wheeled vehicle it's probably good for all others, while the same is not true from wheeled to tracked. If you look at the various environmental test standards you can see that they have different tests for wheeled and tracks and track...
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2022, 22:52
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: NEDERLANDS
Replies: 109
Views: 4070
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Re: NEDERLANDS

Or ask to join the Franco/German C-130 equipped SF Squadron.
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2022, 22:50
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 548
Views: 17429
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Re: German Armed Forces

I am assuming when then speak of their desire to become the biggest land force in NATO bar the USA, they are forgetting Turkey. I believe they are currently the second biggest army in NATO by quite some margin.
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2022, 22:47
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Turkish Armed Forces
Replies: 238
Views: 7320
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Re: Turkish Armed Forces

More like a few decades to take the man out of the loop in WVR air combat. BVR possibly sooner. Until then high performance UAS will either be "Bomb Trucks", or magazines for manned aircraft initiating BVR air combat.
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2022, 22:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 90
Views: 4219
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Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

Yes it would but it wouldn't be made in the UK then. I brought it up because there is usually someone who brings up the "Mande in UK", argument whenever something is purchased and manufactured abroad, so I thought I would play Devil's Advocate for once, and even that didn't work. Oh well. ...
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2022, 22:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Whilst I like the idea of using a Nemo Turret, I do not like the idea of using such a platform as an "Assault Gun", of sorts. The Batalions mortars are too valuable to be used up close to an Enemy especially in urban terrain. I would rather a Platoon has access to a M4 Carl Gustav with the...
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2022, 19:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 262
Views: 22374
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Remember the KF-51 is just a demonstrator to show a way forward and also show off a possible "New" MBT as against upgrades to existing MBTs or new builds of that standard. So yes it uses the same Power Pack as the Leopard 2A7 and the hull is also based on that vehicle's, but the turret is ...
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2022, 19:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1970
Views: 430793
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Agreed, especially as it was the other option for the FRES(SV) contract.
by Lord Jim
21 Jun 2022, 19:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2384
Views: 605955
United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Oh well I might as well chip in again. ARTEC has deli8vered Boxer to four nations so far and with the exception of the weight of the turret on the Australian Army's Boxer CVRs, there have been few issues with the platform or its modules to date. It is now safe to say that Boxer is rapidly becoming a...