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  • Frenchie on The SixtiesThe dimensions of the Griffon are not exact, Length 7.2 m Width 2.55 m Height 2.62 m But for the height I do not know if it is with or without the turret, sorry.
  • ArmChairCivvy on The SixtiesGoing back to mr. fred's comment, there were no "heavy" formations, as the only heavy tank was a "spice" in the normal armoured formations (which obviously were heavier than what we are trying to pin down, or at least the origins of): "All the 180 Conqueror ever built were stationed...
  • ArmChairCivvy on The SixtiesThe dimensions for Jaguar obviously still work-in-progress: - only one number given (the width?)
  • Chris on The SixtiesRef Rolls B range engines; specifically FV600 used B80 and later B81. Ferret and Pig had B60, Champ had B40. This from the excellent RR Enthusiast Club website (https://www.rrec.org.uk/History/Clan_Foundry_Belper.php): The smallest engine in the range was the four-cylinder B40 unit, which had a swept-volume capacity of 2838 ccs and a...
  • Chris on The SixtiesTurret on 432 apparently from CVR(W) Fox, just as CVR(T) Sabre was a Scorpion hull and Fox turret. I might apply for membership of the Society of Pedants...
  • Chris on The SixtiesAll very confusing, FV600 variant labels. Jane's suggests FV604 = Armoured Command Vehicle (that's with the low roofline), FV610 = Armoured Command Post (high roofline this time) and FV611 = Ambulance (high roofline). Wiki adds FV606 - Ambulance (again with low roof). But the declass UK-R User Handbook on the...
  • Chris on The SixtiesAlvis made Pipsqueak prototypes for FV601; Crossley Motors in Manchester had the task of the bigger-gunned FV601B, subcontract to Alvis. Probably the last design work Crossley did - they were sold to AEC the bus & truck company belonging to London Transport around the same time Saladin was designed.
  • Chris on The SixtiesRef Saracen & Mastiff - may be similarities but also big differences - FV603 was highly mobile, Mastiff does not excel, FV603 was designed to be compact and adaptable, Mastiff is a lorry with a box on top etc etc
  • mr.fred on The SixtiesBearing in mind that the Chieftain and the Centurion before it were both classified as medium tanks, isn't the armoured formation of the time a "medium weight" formation, while the Saracen and Saladin are light armour? As for formations, with the British Army it's usual for the administrative arrangements to...
  • @Ravenser on FRES Changes LanesSorry TD but this will probably appear as a bit of a muddle and a regurgitation of your previous work but I’m trying to stick to your script and not add further comment to the ever expanding initial thread. Please feel free to revise as required. When the competition for...
  • Chris on Protected: The British Army’s Long Journey to a Medium Weight CapabilityI still think the right 'first issue' to address is not 'what stuff is' but 'what stuff must be able to do' There needs to be understanding of the role and (wash my mouth out) effect required from Strike Bdes that sets them apart from Armoured Bdes. Without an idea...
  • Richard Avening on Do we have a problem"GS shovels are available to all"... who have a vehicle, at the scale of one per waggon. Your image is a 1958 Pattern shovel, which was issued - when we were serious about the OS threat - at one per 2 soldiers. The other guy had a 1958 Pattern pick...
  • Think Defence on Protected: The British Army’s Long Journey to a Medium Weight CapabilityThanks all for the typo corrections and additional information, again, all incorporated ACC, if you look at the ToC, they all link to what are blank pages. Each time I get the content down, I will do a new blog post to alert everyone, you cal also subscribe to the...
  • ArmChairCivvy on Protected: The British Army’s Long Journey to a Medium Weight CapabilityREF your "and move on to the next" do we find it/ navigate to it through the Home Page, through a link from an alert e-mail, or...?
  • JohnHartley on The Story of the British Army’s Medium Weight Capability – CrowdsourcingThe French were showing off the prototype Griffon multirole troop carrier on the 14 July parade.
  • Chris on From Scimitar to FRES to AjaxStephen - thanks for the heads-up. I may give them a call, although Gaydon would be a long commute. Some thought required. Busy in CAD for the moment. That and commenting on TD's most excellent words of wisdom of course.
  • Frenchie on Thoughts on the FutureI think Nexter gives such a high level of protection to its vehicles with ceramic shields. http://www.army-technology.com/projects/titus-armoured-wheeled-vehicle/ http://www.army-technology.com/projects/aravis-armoured/
  • LostInTranslation on Thoughts on the FutureI'm probably well out of my depth on this and will happily take a back seat from here on. I've appended an Article link: Ballistic performance of a composite metal foam-ceramic armor system. Matias Garcia-Avila (1), Marc Portanova (2), Afsaneh Rabiei (1). Is this a new development and might it...
  • Chris on Protected: The British Army’s Long Journey to a Medium Weight CapabilityThinking about the 'where to start' statement, its perhaps reasonable to point out that the genuine start point was CVR(T) replacement. It would seem that in the late 70s/early 80s the Army was satisfied it had the mix of equipment that made sense, and all it wanted was newer better...
  • Frenchie on Protected: The British Army’s Long Journey to a Medium Weight CapabilityRegarding the Strike Brigades, if they are really fast reactions brigades, for me it is necessary to take into account the capacity of transport by aircraft to choose the MIV, the A400M has a payload of 20 tonnes for a distance of 6,400 km and a payload of 30 tonnes...
  • Monkey on From Scimitar to FRES to AjaxA job for Chris? Position: Project Engineer – Mechanical - 12 month contract Department: Engineering Reporting to: Engineering Project Manager Job Role: The Project Engineer will be responsible for supporting mechanical system integration activities across the various European contracts. The role will involve working with an adaptable team of engineering...
  • mr.fred on Protected: The British Army’s Long Journey to a Medium Weight CapabilityOne thing I think is pivotal in the discussion is defining what "medium weight capability" is, particularly as the term "medium weight" does vary though time. A 1930's medium tank is a lot different to a 1940's one, much less a 1950's one. For example the Chieftain was originally classified...
  • Chris on Protected: The British Army’s Long Journey to a Medium Weight CapabilityMinor grammar point - should read "start with the reqt and work forward" - work back makes no sense as the reqt ought to be the start point, not a post-project assessment?
  • Think Defence on Protected: The British Army’s Long Journey to a Medium Weight CapabilityOK gents This page has all the suggestions and corrections incorporated From this point, ONLY comments relevant to this page on this page Have added an inline commenting system so you can add comments to specific lines and paragraphs, can you all comment as you think required Then I am...

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