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  • HMArmedForcesReview on Harebrained SchemesWhat if you have to transition from open field warfare to FIBUA? Can you distmantle the overwatch ATGMs and turn them into personnel-carried weapons?
  • Tenor on Harebrained SchemesJust a note, there is a box launched LRASM that has been swotted up! I can't find the link to it (Ask on UKDF, they might know) but that would be a perfect option, that would give even Type 23's a hell of a punch and get Type 45 its...
  • jedpc on Harebrained SchemesWell I really can't argue with any of that boss, your far to practical for my liking. You should get a job at the MoD...... Seriously, I am not sure I entirely agree with your obsession with ground launch Brimstone - it's frakking massive for an armoured vehicle. If you...
  • The Other Chris on Summary, Trends and IssuesWhereas I would normally, cynically, agree I'm not feeling a deletion this time. The GCS design's been firmly pitched for SEA 5000 and the Canadian Surface Combatant now, both of which are firm on the specific VLS cell requirement. That means design work has to be matured beyond the point...
  • TAS on Summary, Trends and IssuesMk41. Between now and first of class being commissioned, there will be a news announcement that either a whole new weapon system is to be procured for Mk41, or the Mk41 is to be deleted. I'm fairly sure my bet on the latter is safe.
  • The Other Chris on HarpoonThe latest incarnation of the weapon system synonymous with British casualties throughout 1982 in the public mind?
  • stephen duckworth on HarpoonOn the Harpoon nearing its OSD (at least the version we use) could we not use the MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 which will be used by the French Navy until their/our new missile is ready? Granted they don't fit in Sylver/Mk41 silos but is that such a problem. The...
  • stephen duckworth on Speech: UK/US naval partnership 2016@Don The USN believe the Nimitz and Gerald Ford class will be able to transit the new enlarged Panama canal which opens next month , holiday anyone? https://www.usni.org/userfiles/file/%20Sept/Selle%20Sept%2008.pdf http://micanaldepanama.com/expansion/
  • Simon257 on Summary, Trends and Issues@ JH I doubt spare parts are a problem. You can get anything on EBay these days: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36401663
  • JohnHartley on Summary, Trends and IssuesHMAFR. I think the problem is you cannot get the parts, the designers are retired/dead & the modern generation has no knowledge of tech that old. Plus it is costing a fortune.
  • Necessary Evil on Summary, Trends and IssuesI think the best solution for the deep strike problem would just be to make sure the Type 26s have mk41s full of Tomahawks as they enter service. I know there was a discussion of the survivability of the Tomahawk, but how many countries have enough high tech SAMs to...
  • Necessary Evil on Summary, Trends and IssuesRE: carrier strike, not putting Storm Shadow on the f-35b is a perfectly sensible decision, since the f-35 is not designed to need such a large stand-off range - putting Storm Shadow on the f-35b (with the increase in RCS) effectively turns it into a conventional aircraft. It would have...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Summary, Trends and Issues@TD You talk about plans but the beauty of plans is that they can change if required. MK 41 cells and increasing open source C4 architecture allow us to buy off the shelf if required. So LRASM simply becomes a plug and play UOR if required. As would a vertical...
  • DavidNiven on UK Complex WeaponsAnother good series TD and as always am eagerly awaiting the 'hare brained schemes'.
  • HMArmedForcesReview on Summary, Trends and Issues@JohnHartley, Floppy Disks can't be hacked by modern hackers, at least not very easily. So it works.
  • Necessary Evil on HarpoonYes, as TD says, you have got the FCASW dates wrong, at least - SPEAR 3 will only just be entering service by 2023 if all goes to plan, and FCASW is behind it in the queue. I don´t know if I believe the Chinese or not, but I do...
  • JohnHartley on Summary, Trends and IssuesHave you seen that Guardian article that says that the US nuclear deterrent is still controlled by 8" floppy disks on a 1970s IBM mainframe?
  • Topman on Summary, Trends and Issues@JH 'Unlike the UK, where every variant of weapon/fuel tank/recon pod has to be tried & approved, they just work out the most likely configuration for the new weapon & just test that. So you can only use the weapon on a couple of stations & only with one missile/drop...
  • Obsvr on Summary, Trends and Issues"You often see people bemoaning the withdrawal of the BL755 cluster bomb and MLRS submunition rocket" Can't comment on BL755 but the rate of blinds for MLRS sub-munitions was high. The problem is not so much post war clean up, its casualties to own troops. Of course with things like...
  • Obsvr on Summary, Trends and Issues"Ground forces will have to be more self-sufficient in precision fire in support of deliberate actions or in response to unexpected activity." No news here, the Army worked out long ago that to depend entirely on Air for support in depth was a very high risk decision.
  • HMArmedForcesReview on Summary, Trends and IssuesThere was the aviationweek article citing Sea SPEAR. Was that a dream or a proposal or something that is on paper?
  • Think Defence on HarpoonI though FCASW ISD was 2030-2035, we don't seem to be planning to award concept contracts until 2020
  • El Sid on Harpoon@NE Wikipedia may not be accurate... They seem to have brought forward the NASSW timetable a bit judging by recent media comments. Obviously that kind of bleeding-edge stuff may well go wrong, but both the UK and US have a Plan B in the form of FCASW and OaSuW Increment...
  • Observer on Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW)Brave new world. In the past, rockets of these calibre won't even have gotten through a T-64/65, with all the ERA the Russians seem to love. Now with all the Top attack modes, they're so much more effective.
  • shark bait on Speech: UK/US naval partnership 2016Why would they comprise the design by adding the well deck? The Americans have the resources to support dedicated assets, the compromise isn't necessary for them. If the plan is to have a high performance aviation capability, which they presumably do since there sinking billions into stealth jets, then a...

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