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  • Dangerous Dave on Russian Mud@Mechanical Tom: re hover tank link. "Defence of Wellon"? Have you been reading Traveller:2300, then? :-D
  • IXION on The Lion’s Last RoarMartin 'Every one should have had more troops in Afghanistan but there was no real way to know how the local population would react until they were on the ground in force'. Poor old intelligence services Only 3000 years of history, the Russian experience less than 20 years earlier, the...
  • a on Causes of deaths among veterans of the Falklands campaign: 1982 to 2012Difficult bit is finding a comparable civil cohort. Squaddies will by definition be employable (because "squaddie" is a job), physically and mentally healthy, etc - you're selecting a group that should be inherently less prone to suicide anyway.
  • Deja Vu on The Lion’s Last Roar@Martin "Every one should have had more troops in Afghanistan but there was no real way to know how the local population would react until they were on the ground in force." Just how many Jellalabad and Kandahar Barracks do we need for us to anticipate that some Afghans would...
  • Martin on The Lion’s Last RoarIts worth noting that despite is massively larger budget the US Army and USMC had all the same problems we had in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Lightly armed vehicles going against IED's and too few troops to do the job. If we gave the Generals more resources then they would...
  • DavidNiven on The Lion’s Last Roar@PE 'The idea of upstream engagement by the Adaptable Force cadres is supposed to address this lack of institutional understanding.' Will it though? we had a decent size presence in Afghan since 2001 (Op Fingal, PRT's) but still bumbled into Helmand. I hope we are not drawing all our conclusions...
  • tweckyspat on The Lion’s Last Roarhttps://stephen-saideman.squarespace.com/talking-about-nato-in-afghanistan/ Worth a watch (and I suspect the book worth a read too but not got yet) A lot of good analysis of Alliance partners, caveats, domestic concerns. Part of the frictional mix. it's worth saying that in 2006 it wasn;t just the brits who made strategic miscalculations...but arguably few...
  • Red Trousers on A Boxer Armoured Vehicle Video42 tonne bridge classification. A lardy thing. Won't get to lots of places without a Sapper train behind it.
  • IXION on The Lion’s Last RoarObsvr. You have in part elucidated part of my original objections to both Iraq and Iran adventures. It was a psycho -historically obvious what was going to happen. It was also obvious that the attempts to hold hostile territory with wholly inadequate numbers were doomed. Some of the comments of...
  • Jules on Chemring CenturionLooking at it i am reminded of the old Squid anti Sub system which got me thinking, could it be adapted to anti sub mortar type rounds? or a couple of tubes with a CAMM in it in case all the chaff etc didn't work? I f it can carry...
  • Obsvr on Open Thread – October 2014Re SV turrets for RA. The reason for the wooden 30mm was lack of space due to the size of the specialist equipment including inertial orientation and navigation. LRF have become even more common and smaller since the late 1980s when Warrior was being finalised, as have good imaging devices....
  • Obsvr on The Lion’s Last RoarThe problem in Iraq was a total lack of planning and preparation for what would happen once the old regime was removed. I'd guess the assumption was that there could be a fairly rapid and amicable transition to non-Baath elements. However, UK was faced with a problem not faced by...
  • ChrisM on Causes of deaths among veterans of the Falklands campaign: 1982 to 2012Be interesting to see the suicide rates against civil cohort for those who were actually in combat, particularly on the ground. Seeing as fewer veterans died than in the civil cohort does this mean we need to get involved in more wars?
  • as on HMS Clyde Exercise in the Falkland IslandsTechnology has come along way. we can now carry out precision strikes on all of Argentina's coastal airfields with out entering there airspace. Storm shadow and tomahawk could be a game changer in such a war. So the Gripens airfields would be very venerable this time. Southern Argentina's road network...
  • Gloomy Northern Boy on Open Thread – October 2014Gloomy's Iron Rule of imminent organisational collapse....some silly bastard sends round a memo about reducing the stationery bill. If they call a meeting about it, get straight out to the pub with a comely young assistant from marketing (they dress nicely but with skirts just a little tempting bit too...
  • Gloomy Northern Boy on HMS Clyde Exercise in the Falkland Islands@Peter Elliott - Whilst I agree that China have in the past preferred to maintain stability, they are clearly interested in developing clients in Latin America...presumably to secure access to key resources, including farmland; that being the case I think it unwise to rule out the possibility that they might...
  • Red Trousers on Open Thread – October 2014GNB, paper clips schmaker clips. Who on earth is fussed (someone should be, just not someone I ever want to encounter). I was quite impressed recently when a young protege that I am training up in business reported on one of those ghastly 360 degree HR nonsenses that I was...
  • TAS on HMS Clyde Exercise in the Falkland IslandsAlbert doesn't do much, it's a token gesture to maintain SA of the fishing fleets and to keep aircrew currency up, especially as RAF 'deployments' tend to be less than 3 months (6 weeks if you're a 'Phoon jock). UK MOD has zero liability or requirement to provide maritime surveillance...
  • as on Open Thread – October 2014http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29593405 Bulgaria's military warned of Soviet-era 'catastrophe' It dose make you wonder when the new NATO members in the east of Europe will get round to updating all there equipment. particularly if the Russians are going to start to restrict spares supplies. The rest of NATO should maybe start thinking...
  • monkey on HMS Clyde Exercise in the Falkland Islands@Mark On availability as they will be brand new so close to 100% for a particular special occasion. On training that will be provided by Saab or designated suppliers as part of the package. On weapons fit - what ever they can buy on the open market and what will...
  • Peter Elliott on HMS Clyde Exercise in the Falkland IslandsOK so its 30 days to send an SSN. But how many days to trail an additional Fighter-Bomber squadron and an AWACS down there? 2 or 3 days at most. Depending on how many of our tankers are on the tarmac at home when the decision to deploy is made....
  • Mark on HMS Clyde Exercise in the Falkland Islandsmonkey you should have included the falklands in the list of nos, they buy the aircraft great how many available more than dozen? how are there people trained how are they supported what weapons will arm the aircraft most certainly not western bvr missiles or standoff munitions. The purchase of...
  • Peter Elliott on The Lion’s Last RoarThe idea of upstream engagement by the Adaptable Force cadres is supposed to address this lack of institutional understanding. If we have had training teams and liaison officers in a country for at least 5 years before a problem occurs then we ought at least to have a some specialist...
  • Gloomy Northern Boy on Open Thread – October 2014@RT - I'm assuming that with you as CO, the paperclip supply will be the least of my problems..! :-) GNB
  • monkey on HMS Clyde Exercise in the Falkland Islands@mike Indeed a fantasy but if your willing to take losses you can seize the day, carpe diem so to speak. Indeed an all arms operation would be need , one which you would hope we are monitoring for by any means necessary. If an Astute or any SSN is...

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