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by Lord Jim
02 Dec 2021, 13:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 1067047
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

If we follow these paths there is a danger people could see the B2 Rivers as light Corvettes, and the Royal Navy doesn't want Corvettes. What they need is an effective weapon to take out speedboats and similar at ranges greater then the latter can open fire at effectively. The existing 30mm is a sta...
by Lord Jim
02 Dec 2021, 13:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 657
Views: 189391
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Little actual effort of resources goes towards that already.
by Lord Jim
02 Dec 2021, 13:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 131
Views: 11697
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

All of the above are paper thin and mainly there to simply support existing programmes not to develop new ones which the parent companies will do in the US, Spain Germany or where ever. It is also the case that it is not economically viable to support at the most one design house on the size and fre...
by Lord Jim
02 Dec 2021, 13:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 657
Views: 189391
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

I suppose the fact that only one of the Light BCTs was classified as "Motorised" was a clue. Despite all the hype and hot air about the Army being transformed, the Army has really gotten a bum deal out of the Review and has ended up with what is in effect a game of musical chairs, moving u...
by Lord Jim
02 Dec 2021, 00:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 601
Views: 198740
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Yes of course, how could I forget my favourite programme.
by Lord Jim
01 Dec 2021, 22:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401026
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

But the ABCTs are going to lack many of the tools they need to be effective and the Ajax are likely to be used as light armour as much a Recce, such is the lack of fire power in the teams.
by Lord Jim
01 Dec 2021, 22:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 131
Views: 11697
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Everything is still about in year spending, so timescales and total cost seem to be secondary priorities. In the same timescales you could expect to develop a whole new design. Would it be cheaper to just install teh turret form the latest Leopard 2 A7V. May not have the same protection levels but ...
by Lord Jim
01 Dec 2021, 19:05
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 131
Views: 11697
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Everything is still about in year spending, so timescales and total cost seem to be secondary priorities. In the same timescales you could expect to develop a whole new design. Would it be cheaper to just install teh turret form the latest Leopard 2 A7V. May not have the same protection levels but t...
by Lord Jim
01 Dec 2021, 19:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401026
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Affordability seems to be the real issue for the British Army. It barely seems to have the funding for its existing programmes, or if it has the funds it doesn't know what to spend them on. It is also dithering on whether to spend money on short, medium or long term programmes, and many programmes a...
by Lord Jim
30 Nov 2021, 18:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 131
Views: 11697
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Has anything be released about the total timescale for the Challenger 3 programme and what delivery rate the Army can expect?
by Lord Jim
30 Nov 2021, 18:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 601
Views: 198740
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Yes the M777 is replacing more and more M119s in Infantry and Light Armour Brigades due to its greater range, and there are developments for teh M777 like new ammunition and longer barrels to increase this even further. I agree towed 155mm guns are just as vulnerable to counter battery as their smal...
by Lord Jim
30 Nov 2021, 18:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401026
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

The Bofors/BAEs 40mm is a very large gun for its size. One of the key selling points for the CTS was that it, like the 30mm Rarden, is very compact, especially in teh amount of space it actually takes up in the turret. It's ammunition, though expensive, is very powerful, many times that of rival 30m...
by Lord Jim
30 Nov 2021, 00:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 224
Views: 55521
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Re: Border Force Cutters.

First things first, any immigrants intercepted anywhere in the Channel should be returned to France safely.
by Lord Jim
30 Nov 2021, 00:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2225
Views: 657862
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

The RAF has been doing this sort of thing for years, the Jaguars, due to the role often deployed on exercise in an austere fashion.
by Lord Jim
30 Nov 2021, 00:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401026
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Mind you with the response times required, the turret would need to be automated so any crew would be redundant and simply make the turret larger, heavier, more complicated and more expensive. I suppose there is a reason Phalanx was not built as a manned turret.
by Lord Jim
30 Nov 2021, 00:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 601
Views: 198740
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The US Army is replacing the majority of its M119s with the M777, precisely because it is outclassed by the opposition as they see it and it lacks the flexibility of ammunition the large weapon has. If the US Army cannot afford or be bothered to develop new rounds for its 105mm M119s it is no wonder...
by Lord Jim
29 Nov 2021, 15:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 601
Views: 198740
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Don't forget being focused on COIN.
by Lord Jim
28 Nov 2021, 18:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 601
Views: 198740
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Considering the Light Gun is out ranged by nearly every weapon an opposition of any quality would use, we might as well use lighter, more portable 120mm mortars to support our light troops. Yes this to will be out gunned by the opposition but they would be easier to move around, have a far greater v...
by Lord Jim
28 Nov 2021, 18:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1833
Views: 401026
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Well there are option for the cannons that are currently surplus. Nexter has fitted a remote turret to its VBCI in an attempt to win an ongoing contract, equipped with a CTA40 Cannon and two ATGW. It would not take a lot to fit the same turret to a Boxer Mission Module as according to ARTEC such a p...
by Lord Jim
25 Nov 2021, 22:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 285
Views: 55285
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

China is a bit of a "Red Herring" in all this, and will have little or no impact on Airbus's submission for the competition. My vote would go to Leonardo as it still can produce the Merlin, unless these are now all produced in Italy. A slow trickle of orders seems to be continuing with thi...
by Lord Jim
25 Nov 2021, 21:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727048
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The problem(s) I see with both European programmes being combined is the requirement the French have to make the end product(s) carrier capable. Unless France bears the additional cost for this variant itself rather then sharing the cost with the other partners it will simply make the programme more...
by Lord Jim
23 Nov 2021, 19:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14546
Views: 3299835
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The T-31 appears to be a slow burner on the export market. Because of its size and innate flexibility of design I can see other order following. It is also a good design for countries wanting to expand their own ship building capability to larger warships. Fully tooled up it is a viable warship that...
by Lord Jim
23 Nov 2021, 19:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14546
Views: 3299835
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Taiwan needs the US who are by law obliged to come to its aid if China were to attack. You are thinking about Japan, not Taiwan. No I am pretty sure that at the same time the US recognised Communist China as the China it passed a law binding the USA to the defence of Taiwan if China tried to forcef...
by Lord Jim
23 Nov 2021, 18:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Border Force Cutters.
Replies: 224
Views: 55521
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Re: Border Force Cutters.

AS far as I am concerned, no migrants arriving in the UK by unofficial means should be able to claim asylum. All, including children should be returned to the last safe country they were in, basically France. If a small boat is intercepted, it should take those on the boat aboard and take them back ...