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by Lord Jim
09 Aug 2022, 22:15
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 656
Views: 19624
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Re: The war in Ukraine

They have soviet era missile systems that have a range easily reaching 200km and an Air Base is a pretty large stationary target and they know the location as prior to 2014 it was one of theirs. Ukraine has been careful not to use its long range rocket too often, but if Russian air power is having a...
by Lord Jim
09 Aug 2022, 22:09
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1056
Views: 37723
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

It might be quicker to wait for the first T-83 to enter service to gain a ABM capability. If that vessel doesn't use Aster we would lose any commonality with its land based cousin. This is more important in my opinion as it can be networked seamlessly with our planed Sky Sabre Batteries, finally giv...
by Lord Jim
09 Aug 2022, 22:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2413
Views: 610037
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

We must not forget that by 2030 the British Army is looking to become a fully digital and networked force, allow ISTAR date to be freely moved around its units. Assuming we did purchase a new NLOS weapon system, with the latest version of the Spike NLOS missile being the most mature and avasilable o...
by Lord Jim
08 Aug 2022, 10:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2413
Views: 610037
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Sorry, but when in service Swingfire was class as the Army's long range ATGW, only beaten by the TOW on its Lynx AH-7. However you are correct regarding the FV438, Infantry Battalions had their Milan Section(s) which varied greatly in size over time. As I also mentioned the Spartan MCT was also intr...
by Lord Jim
08 Aug 2022, 04:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1056
Views: 37723
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Going all in with Sea Viper as well as purchasing a number of SAMP/T batteries would meet the UK's need for both defending the country and fores deployed further afield. There has been an offical requirement for a replacement for Bloodhound since that system retired and adding an ABM capability to t...
by Lord Jim
08 Aug 2022, 04:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3698
Views: 914752
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The LSS will not operate without an escort screen designed to be effective at whichever level of conflict is involved. This could be simply a single T-31 up to having a CSG available and both T-26 and T-45 in close. The size of the LSS is probably going to be less than many people think, which is wh...
by Lord Jim
08 Aug 2022, 04:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section Infantry Weapons
Replies: 1199
Views: 371500
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Re: Section Infantry Weapons

"How much", is the complex equation most Militaries are now facing. We wnat individual sodiers to have many capabilities which at present are provided by equipment that weighs too much and is too bulky. Over time things will improve in both thse criteria as well as the size and number of b...
by Lord Jim
08 Aug 2022, 04:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2413
Views: 610037
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Historically, the structure of Infantry Battalions has included the inclusion of both Mortar and Long Range ATGW Sections. For the latter Swingfire mounted on FV438s was the norm until replaced in the late 1980s by hte Spartan MCT and the addition of Milan Foring Posts to some Warriors. Today a much...
by Lord Jim
07 Aug 2022, 02:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1056
Views: 37723
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

If defence of the UK is paramount, finding money for the establishment of a viable ABM capability on land and at sea should be very near the top of the pile
by Lord Jim
07 Aug 2022, 02:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3698
Views: 914752
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The size of any future LSS will be based around the needs of the RM LSU and any SF embarked. We are only looking at a reinforced Company sized force, self contained on each deployed LSS. Using the existing Albions, Bays and Argus should not be seen as representing the size of ship required for the L...
by Lord Jim
07 Aug 2022, 02:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2413
Views: 610037
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

But with in the BCT's there will a Ajax equipped Cavalry and a Armoured regt with CH-3 doing those jobs [/quote] That is assuming Ajax actually enters service. On the defensive yes the Armoured Regiments Squadrons would provide fire support for the Infantry Battalions in most caseswith the Infantry ...
by Lord Jim
04 Aug 2022, 22:43
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 656
Views: 19624
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Will be interesting to see if such actions result in a change to the ROE issued to NATO troops.
by Lord Jim
04 Aug 2022, 22:41
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Turkish Armed Forces
Replies: 249
Views: 8059
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Re: Turkish Armed Forces

SO what have they done to the M" QCB that gives it the noted advantages over legacy M" QCB Heavy Machine Guns?
by Lord Jim
04 Aug 2022, 22:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1728
Views: 487836
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Remember it is an RFA not a RN warship. It only is the latter when it comes to how and where it is built and fitted out, or at least that was the revised plan.
by Lord Jim
04 Aug 2022, 22:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773902
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I cannot see any issue with having an options list of US equipment for Tempest, especially if they pay for the majority of the integration work. This may improve its export potential to customers who already use certain US systems or weapons, but the platform would also be available without any US i...
by Lord Jim
03 Aug 2022, 19:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2413
Views: 610037
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I still think the Boxer Battalions need something like a Cavalry Squadron/Company of say 12 boxers fitted with a turret equipped with a medium Auto cannon and ATGW. This unit could provide each Battalion with both a Recce and direct fire support capabilities.
by Lord Jim
07 Jul 2022, 19:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 683
Views: 213368
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Whether you airlift in a c-139 or a C-17 is really irrelevant. We are not going to be airlifting medium to latge forces now or in ther future, most likely any system will be moved by see. If we expanded our inventory of GMLRS weapon systems and decided on a wheeled platform cost is going to be the k...
by Lord Jim
07 Jul 2022, 14:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 683
Views: 213368
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Few questions. How many countries operate either South Korean MLRS compared to HIMARS? How many Countries using HIMARS have changed the truck chassis? How many Trucks with a similar chassis to that of HIMARS has the US Military bought and how many are in Europe and therefore require a supply chain? ...
by Lord Jim
07 Jul 2022, 05:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 683
Views: 213368
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

I do wonder why we are talking so much about airlifting MLRS around the place? Any large scale deployment is going to require the use of the Points to get both combat and support vehicles in theatre in the number required. What is important is how say MLRS both get to the port and from the destinati...
by Lord Jim
05 Jul 2022, 21:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 24078
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

I am also hoping the number of CA2s ungraded to CA3 will be increased as part of a much needed revisiting of the Future Soldier programme.
by Lord Jim
05 Jul 2022, 02:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 683
Views: 213368
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Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

From memory the US Barrel reduces the range by around 30%. As for range, as the guns/motars would be for direct fore support rather then aiming for rear area targets and counter battery, weight of fire and time into and out of action is probably more important. IF we went down the Brandt Rifles 120m...
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2022, 21:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 24078
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

I have always understood that the combination of its Power Train and Suspension have meant the CA2 is one of the better MBTs across company and one of the most stable. Unless we have to send our heavier units to the Gulf again I do not see the need for any Cavalry Charges at top speed. For Europe th...
by Lord Jim
04 Jul 2022, 21:44
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 683
Views: 213368
United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Neither of the South Korean MLRS are really suited to what the British Army needs Taking the K-239 it is as heavy as the M270 but is a larger platform and its cross country mobility will suffer as a result. The Army might as well simply retain the M270 as it also fits in teh A400. The reason for my ...
by Lord Jim
03 Jul 2022, 15:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 390
Views: 26608
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Re: The future form of the Army

headcount cap needs to be increased along with everything else if we want to be in the top table warfighting business. WE are still basing our readiness levels on a cycle, this needs to be either heavily modified or abandoned and more a return to the 1980s readiness levels for most units in BOAR. 3r...