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  • I hate doctrine on Conflict Prevention from AboveThere are a few general assumptions that need to be dispelled. Firstly, the RAF has been doing defence engagement since its conception and contributes quite widely to the BMATT programme from defence attaches to specialist fields e.g medical, engineering, SERE trg. And secondly, you don't need high end and/or an...
  • Phil on How to Fix UK Land PowerSo a force which would fight on a continent with the densest road and rail network in the world by far should be configured to fly in and then have to fight a heavier force? I appreciate this article tries to think at a fundamental level but it totally side-steps...
  • Daniele Mandelli on Speech: First Sea Lord’s defence and security lecture to the City of LondonIntention of the RN and MoD and reality in what waffle HMG comes out with and what they are prepared to pay are two different things. He talks about challenging trade offs to keep price down on the Type 31. Is 8 high end ASW Frigates and the 6 T45's...
  • Geraldine Menzies on Speech: First Sea Lord’s defence and security lecture to the City of LondonAn incredibly informative speech. Encouraging amongst the doom and gloom to hear such an orator and the hope and indeed intention to turn the decline of shipbuilding in our country and to strengthen our global bases .
  • Peter Elliott on How to Fix UK Land PowerFrenchie - let us wait and see what is ordered and what armament they have!
  • Frenchie on How to Fix UK Land Power@Peter Elliott Our future Jaguar and Griffon will not exceed 25 tonnes with a protection level 4 or 5, 40 tonnes this is madness, the Ministry of Defense is doing the same error that with Ajax, a reconnaissance vehicle with a weight very high, with a very small gun. I...
  • Mike W on How to Fix UK Land Power@Mr. Fred “52 calibre ordnance on AS90s – it was tried but not taken up for some reason. Possibly dispersion at range made it ineffective, perhaps the nuisance of dealing with a barrel 2m longer was what did it.” I think the official reason given was that, while funding had...
  • TAS on Speech: Britain’s global role: stepping upI rather suspect there is some extremely dubious accounting going on to justify '30,000 sailors deployed' and '700 ship visits' in one year.
  • Corin Vestey on How to Fix UK Land PowerThanks Frenchie. The French approach is interesting, the Aravis looks like a good vehicle.
  • Peter Elliott on How to Fix UK Land PowerFrenchie I agree with most of your analysis but expect the combat weight of MIV to be much heavier. The governement today will specify the maximum proection levels for any troop carrying vehicle. So while the base vehicle used for training could be quite light maybe it could even reach...
  • Frenchie on How to Fix UK Land Power@ Corin Vestey I think we should find a balance between mobility and security, and 25 tonnes is already high weight for a vehicle that must cross bridges in Afghanistan. Otherwise in France we have a vehicle like the Aravis, which is used by engineer regiments and have a 4-4-4...
  • Corin Vestey on How to Fix UK Land PowerFrenchie - I agree on the organisation. Isn't a vehicle 20-25 tonnes actually lightweight these days? Can that vehicle handle IEDs , RPGs, technicals a la Boko Haram or whoever...
  • S O on How to Fix UK Land PowerJedpc; https://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.de/2010/08/who-says-dumb-artillery-rounds-cant.html Monty; the MBTs won't go. They may revert to the 1960's situation when mobility was valued more and protection less than with the Chobham generation (example Leopard 1, which was really thin-skinned, but very much available, mobile and had a standard gun). https://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.de/2010/09/about-tanks-and-why-theyre-necessity-in.html
  • Frenchie on How to Fix UK Land PowerIt seems that your organisation will look like to the French organisation, two light brigades, two heavy brigades and two median brigades. The two median brigades in France are considered as the brigades that will be most used by the French army, so they are considered as fundamental. They will...
  • Peter Elliott on How to Fix UK Land PowerJH - I'm sure we could in theory. The question would be why would you want to. Surely the base vehicle for any new missile carrier should be one of the new core vehicles: Ajax or MIV. For automotive commonality as much as any other reason.
  • Observer on How to Fix UK Land PowerJed, I suspect the Foxhound would fair much better than the old M-113 at least! That thing was a tin can, anything above 7.62S would have made holes in it. As I mentioned before, hypersonic ATGMs have been proposed for a long, long while. The Vought(?) was first proposed in...
  • JohnHartley on How to Fix UK Land PowerJust a thought. Does the UK still have the ability to make new Stormer family variants?
  • Corin Vestey on How to Fix UK Land PowerRegarding MBTs, the Potomac Foundation's report on the Ukraine-Russian war makes for frightening reading. Apart from the drone/EW elements of the problem NATO faces, the MBT factors are stark. Late Model T-72, T-90 and eventually T14/15 combinations look very dangerous to the best that the West has, let alone to...
  • Peter Elliott on How to Fix UK Land PowerOne holisitc view is that our Land Forces contribution to NATO in Eastern Europe should be a new MIV based "Strike Brigde" rapidly deployed and supported by AH and a variety of heavy Artillary and mechanised ATGW. We would then be reliant on our "Big Army" allies France, Germany and...
  • Peter Elliott on How to Fix UK Land PowerJed - how would you address the MBT issue then? What upgrades would you make? New gun? New turret? Or new rifled ammunitions developed for the existing gun? Or is it more about the sensors and electronics? Or would you take a deep breath, bin Challenger 2, and order new...
  • jedpc on How to Fix UK Land Power@PeterElliot - actually that was my point, an pathetically upgraded Chally 2 probably wont be able to undertake large swathes of the potential mission set for the next 15 years or so. @Ravenser - agreed. Long range "ATGW Overwatch" seems easy to rectify if there is cash, Brimstone 2 fired...
  • @Ravenser on How to Fix UK Land PowerYes, tanks are required for offensive manoeuvre and for holding ground but they are also essential for conducting mobile defence, another manoeuvre warfare tactic that seems to have fallen by the wayside in recent years. Counter-attacks (note the plural) need a high degree of (tracked (in my opinion)) mobility and...
  • Peter Elliott on How to Fix UK Land PowerArguments can be made that both our tanks and the artillary no longer win at top trumps. But what we do have of both are still very functional and capable of delivering a very broad swathes of the missions likely to be demanded of them. We might also think we...
  • Monty on How to Fix UK Land PowerSven, This is definitely a worthwhile article. Until now, no one has openly said that the British Army is broken. That's pretty inflammatory stuff, but actually the points you make suggest that this is true. We can disagree about exactly what's wrong and what to fix, but you've correctly identified...
  • jedpc on How to Fix UK Land PowerJust to chip in on the great artillery debate - on my NGS course at RM Poole over 20 years ago, we had an "effects" lecture by an RA Sgt who stated 105 and 114mm (4.5 inch) were for infantry and other sift targets. He showed us photos from US...

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