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  • Richard Carling on Light Forces MobilityI can see some cornering issues. Us Cambridge lads know the hazzards of cornering on a tricycle. Surprised there isn't some forward facing crew served weapon mounted on the handle bars and/or front forks.
  • duker on 24360 – Military Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance (Answered)A further look back at some numbers but covered more costs Typhoon,£90,000. per hour in 2009. [This includes forward and depth servicing, fuel costs, crew costs, training costs and the cost of capital charge and depreciation. The Typhoon cost per flying hour reflects the smaller numbers of aircraft currently in...
  • duker on 24360 – Military Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance (Answered)Maintenance alone for Typhoon over the last 6 years is around £2.5 bill, For FY 2014/15 the Typhoon has around 16500 flying hours in total so that gives maintenance flying HOUR cost of about £27,900 An RAF Flt Lieutenant salary is from £38k to £45k per YEAR. By comparison the...
  • Frenchie on Section transport and Load Carrying (Moving Forward)If you want a highly protected vehicle, the Aravis would be a good choice, its armour corresponds to the standard STANAG 4569 Level 4, for both kinetic projectiles, for mines and shrapnel. It is therefore resistant to armour piercing bullets machine gun 14.5 × 114mm, landmines of 10 kg exploding...
  • Peter Elliott on 25075 – Warships: Construction (Answered)Over in another place I've just read a transcript of 1SL most recent speak. Aside from the valedictory tone the thing that struck me was a deliberately elliptical comment about how well our submarines are performing. Do I deduce that one of the Astutes has just kicked USN arses in...
  • jedpc on Section transport and Load Carrying (Moving Forward)Awesome article, great series. So - Cat 1 - Roush 100RE - check - probably not need that many of them ? Cat 2 - Supacat ATMP Mk IV - check - a bloody thousand of them ! Cat 3 - Recapitalized / refitted Pinz 6 x 6 - check...
  • mr.fred on Project Complete – Light Forces MobilityThis is awesome. Very impressed by all the things I didn't know about an oft passed-over subject. TD doing what TD does best. Could have stood to have more containers though... ;)
  • Peter Elliott on The Type 31 General Purpose FrigateFantasy land that. T31 will be a useful design exercise but it's hard to see it delivering meaningful capability at half the price. As for corvette unless we're fighting the French or the Germans (ie on our doorstep) they're never going to have the legs, range and endurance, to get...
  • Daniel Nickson on The Type 31 General Purpose FrigateI hope that we can make these General Purpose Frigates half the price of the type 26's so that we can get 10 GP Frigates and increase the number of frigates to 18. Also on top of that I think we should buy around 10 Corvettes and fit our OPV's...
  • Peter Elliott on 25004 – Type 45 Destroyers (Answered)Also note that the problem can only be fixed "so easily" becuase there is space and displacement margin available in the design. The people who think that a smaller and cheaper T31 is the way forward for the frigate programme should also take note. T31 will not be cheaper if...
  • Peter Elliott on 25004 – Type 45 Destroyers (Answered)The comments about load shedding are illuminating and to some extent explain why its the diesels being replaced and not the GTs. There will be a certain minimum power needed to sustain low speed manoevre, combat system and life support. My guess is that this is more than the 4MW...
  • Frenchie on Section transport and Load Carrying (History)http://www.unac-france.com/Ressources/Images/Large/l_12019_01_133.jpg
  • Frenchie on Section transport and Load Carrying (History)http://www.armyrecognition.com/europe/France/Exhibition/14_juillet_2004/pictures/Auverland_Military_parade_14_July_2004_France_02.jpg http://www.s164039981.onlinehome.fr/photos/materiel/Auverland_A3F_VAC_000_FR.JPG http://www.unac-france.com/Ressources/Images/Large/l_tna_3-4_avant_aero.jpg http://img.xooimage.com/files61/9/0/1/fardier-20lohr3-23fa15e.jpg Only air droppable equipment by the 11th Parachute Brigade.
  • TAS on 25004 – Type 45 Destroyers (Answered)Useful reading. http://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/putting-the-type-45-propulsion-problems-in-perspective/
  • ewaste1001 on 25075 – Warships: Construction (Answered)“British only underwear”, where can I buy some and what happens if a Frenchman wears them. I’m not overly bothered where consumer goods are made only that they last and have some element of maintainability. Henry Hoover might not be the best or the cheapest but he’s proven hard to...
  • WD Tiffy It. on 25004 – Type 45 Destroyers (Answered)All Politicians are the Same- I suppose I should have gone into the 1-4 OPDEF numbering as well. I hated writing the things in the first place let alone writing about them. "MCMV Out Here" we may well move in the same circles.
  • Frenchie on Multi Role Vehicle – ProtectedThank you Mr Fred :)
  • mr.fred on Multi Role Vehicle – ProtectedIn part it looks like a counter-acceleration system (per the website, http://www.advanced-blast.com/technology.php). The charge tries to accelerate the vehicle upwards so there is a rocket system or something of that ilk that will accelerate the vehicle in the other direction, cancelling out the blast effect on the vehicle occupants. Of...
  • Frenchie on Multi Role Vehicle – ProtectedMr Roger Sloman, You manufacture vehicles that support mine explosions from 25 kilos, how much they weigh, I do not understand. Have you a video ?
  • Roger Sloman on Multi Role Vehicle – ProtectedWhat amazes and shocks me is that the mine blast spec. is Level 2 ........... 6kg in the current IED threat environment. To me this seems like borderline criminal neglect, and I don't understand how the system specifiers can live with themselves if this low spec. is driven by cost...
  • Frenchie on Personal Transport and Load CarryingThe quads in the French army are limited to special forces. A quad is very quick to learn to use, is relatively safe, even in off-road, as long as it does not increase the pace, and it allows quite heavy load, not far from tonne for some model cargo, a...
  • Mike W on Personal Transport and Load CarryingMany thanks, Brian, for your most enlightening post. I never really thought of it that way: i.e. that it is digital encryption that has superseded the rider, rather than radio or teleprinter doing so.. I suppose that I'm still living too much in the Forties and Fifties and watching too...
  • Simon257 on 25075 – Warships: Construction (Answered)@ John Hartley It\'s not just the Green Taxes which are making steel production expensive. When Port Talbots No 4 Blast Furnace was brought back into commission in 2013. The Local Council immediately slapped an extra £200,000 pounds onto Tata\'s yearly Business Rates. As they had improved the site. However...
  • All Politicians are the Same on 25004 – Type 45 Destroyers (Answered)Not quite true ref OPDEFS cat A is a major operational capability non operational cat B is a major operational capability degraded but you then have to look at the numbers. So a 1 means immediate return alongside a 2 is contaminate within the current program I have seen an...
  • Brian Black on Personal Transport and Load CarryingMike W, I think it's generally wrong to think of radios, fax, etc as superseding despatch riders; or even to think of despatch riders in the modern era carrying much in the way of actual messages from one commander to another. One of the things that has been required until...

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