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  • Martin on UK F35B Joint Strike Fighter OrdersWe can be reasonably sure the Joint work between Japan and the UK in meteor will likely include integration onto F35 as well. @ TON - I don't see 2021 as a judge issues for the UK for Brimstone integration in 2021. I seriously doubt we will have much of...
  • Mark on Open Thread – 2014 Week 48Some common sense hopefully good outcome http://www.janes.com/article/46210/europe-kick-starts-tanker-procurement-project According to OCCAR, this agreement sets the framework and conditions under which it will manage the acquisition phase of the aircraft on behalf of NATO. The project will be led by the Netherlands, with Norway also participating. Both nations have established a support...
  • Topman on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha Rifles@ as I bet lots of those are only in tiny numbers. Alot of the very unusual ones will be signed out or bought. Costswise, I'd bet it has been asked FoI.
  • as on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha RiflesSome regiments may have up to 16 different uniforms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Army_uniform Ok some are not in use but do you really need more then perhaps 4 maybe even 2 at a push. I have never see how much the MOD spends on uniforms but it sounds expensive. The RAF have 14...
  • wf on Open Thread – 2014 Week 48@monkey: yeah, not the sharpest tool in the box. Perhaps he belongs in Main Building instead :-)
  • as on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha RiflesWiseApe @ Along those lines:- Do the breast plates the Household Cavalry wear do the come in more then one size? Are they custom made for each trooper? Sound expensive if that is the case. Dress uniforms in general if they are made new and not passed down sound like...
  • WiseApe on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha Rifles"...the Guards regiments like every one to be within a few inches height difference to get nice strait lines." - I thought it was because they wear hand me down trousers.
  • monkey on Open Thread – 2014 Week 48@wf Sounds like Camerons proposal to limit benifits for EU migrants got to this Bulgarian :-) For £300 and the price of his supplies (ships busicuits) he could of flown.
  • BigDave243 on Military Pallets, Boxes and Containers – Part 6 Aircraft Pallets and Containers@DavidNiven We call it 'skidding' the pallet. It does happen, but it's not the norm, it does have it's advantages in certain situations though.
  • as on UK F35B Joint Strike Fighter OrdersFound a better full length version of the footage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfwJJD5jGXk
  • as on UK F35B Joint Strike Fighter OrdersTOC & A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar-poc38C84
  • as on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha RiflesThe British army had Bantam regiments during the first world war. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantam_(military) There primary roll was specialized tunnelling companies. Most of the men came from the mines so it is not supressing. The soldiers were below the British Army's minimum regulation height of 160 cm. The requirement for their height...
  • as on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha RiflesA@ Interesting point about height limits. Russian tank crews have to be shorter the 5ft7 to fit in all there modern tanks. I think the autoloader takes up lots of the room. There are various jobs that use to have height limits but those have since been removed. I suppose...
  • The Other Nick on UK F35B Joint Strike Fighter Orders@TOC Last info I have seen was that Paveway IV required F-35 software block 3F to be operational with an in operating scheduled target date of some where between Aug 2018 and Feb 2019, 3 1/2 + years out with Brimstone following, may be block 4A in 2021or block 4B...
  • wf on Open Thread – 2014 Week 48@Anixtu: I have the perfect man to patrol inshore waters while the OPV's are away:- http://news.sky.com/story/1320251/man-rescued-trying-to-sail-to-us-in-300-dinghy Perhaps we could get our astro-navigation trained cavalry officer to assist him when his map of Southampton proves inadequate?
  • WiseApe on Open Thread – 2014 Week 48Speaking of MW and ASW: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2014/11/06/navys-lcs-tests-counter-mine-anti-submarine-technology/
  • Anixtu on Open Thread – 2014 Week 48We have run out of RFAs to stand in for the frigates and destroyers that used to do APT(N), so now we are substituting OPVs for the RFAs that substitute for the FF/DDs.
  • Think Defence on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha Riflesa, I thought we binned the Arms Plot when Noah was a lad
  • a on UK F35B Joint Strike Fighter Ordersmonkey, when the project spec is "we want you to build a Herc that can land and take off in a football stadium" madness is sort of baked in from the start...
  • a on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha RiflesAnd another reason - flexibility. Say you go ahead and do it - so you have three armoured Bantam Brigades made up of tiny little warriors in tiny little Warriors, and the rest of the army is normal size. And then you discover that you need to put, say, your...
  • a on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha Rifles" Of course its impossible in the UK. To bar soldiers from armoured roles due to their size would be discriminatory hence not Politically Correct." No, it wouldn't - that's the Daily Mail talking. It is nothing to do with Political Correctness. There are seated height limits for most aircraft...
  • Engineer Tom on Open Thread – 2014 Week 48HMS Severn is currently tasked to APT(N) is this a sign that the Batch 2 River's will be taking on deployed roles in the future or is it just we have to many taskings this year and they have had to make do.
  • monkey on UK F35B Joint Strike Fighter Orders@ToC The rocketed assisted C130 ! How mad are they ! After about two minutes or so into the video you can get absolute confirmation this particular C130 doesn't have ejector seats :-)
  • monkey on SDSR 2015 Sacred Cows – #3 The Royal Gurkha Rifles@Chris Agree with you on every detail , we could get more for less if we were willing to make a stand on this requirement and make a compromise. We exclude women from many roles based on whatever factors ,not willing to open that stream but it serves my point...
  • ArmChairCivvy on Open Thread – 2014 Week 48A good idea as armoured columns were wiped off not when manouevreing but while on roads, just grouping (or trying to). ". Kyiv has supposedly built a layered defence cordon" After all, the world's biggest tank trap was built just north of the border. And within the borders of Ukraine,...

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