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#61 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 0551 AM

Well true. It kind of reminds me of the forced jingoism over the new Cunard Liners, when the only British thing about them is the Name and the flag hanging off the back. :)

 

Top and bottom of it, we have done a miserable, miserable job of sustaining an indigenous AFV production capablity, and now its biting us on the bum because it costs so damn much to import anything. We really should have seen that coming.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 0715 AM


Cynical marketing is cynical.

Did make me laugh, though.

"British by (surrogate) birth"

 
In a sense it is.
 
The hull of the first prototype was built by Alvis and delivered to KMW for integration in November 2001.

TIL....shame the UK voted itself off the MRAV island back in the day. Though I give the UK a lot of grief over their fecklessness with acquiring equipment, things like the DEF STAN on the generic vehicle architecture are worthy of roll out.

#63 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 0721 AM

Ive argued before we have not really  had a well considered AFV policy since the MK1 tank rolled out of Fosters of Lincoln in 1916. The surprise is not that we get it wrong still, the surprise is that we got it right as often as we have.

 

If nobody has read this yet, anyone whom has a passing interest in British AFVs really ought to make time for it. Some of the problems Stern describes still have relevance. Not least, the effect of political interference in procurement, and an inablity to think ahead more than a year or 2. In a war that was dangerous, postwar its was damn near fatal.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 0800 AM

Boxer represents stupid soldiering.When you run up and down a road waiting to be blown up. It means a lot of money for not a lot of combat power.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 0808 AM

I think wheeled vehicles today offer more potential than just roadrunning. And its not as if the Stryker proved to be the disaster in Iraq that its critics said it would be, and that would appear to  not as well armoured as Boxer is.

 

That said, we would do better to max out on IFV's, but then we have to give the RAF something to do with their C17's or the treasurer might take them away. That, and it would mean the Army handing over the rapid reaction role to bootnecks and the Maroon machine.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 0831 AM

Recent mobility trials in Australia demonstrated pretty good cross-country mobility of Boxer and AMV. Both were noted for having better off-road mobility: each clearly superior to the legacy ASLAV (Piraña 2).

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 1150 AM

Aside of the fact that the Boxer is fitted with the Dutch command post mission module, the Boxer carries enough food, water and equipment for the crew and dismounts to survive 10 days without any assistance from other sources; as far as I know, that is not common practice with older APCs.

Does it carry enough fuel and ammo for 10 days of operations? No. Hence:

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 1702 PM

ARTEC really wants the deal, does it not?
The first pic I saw of it looked like photo shop, but no they have actually painted it.


Brexit camouflage, I presume.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 0149 AM

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 0832 AM

 

ARTEC really wants the deal, does it not?
The first pic I saw of it looked like photo shop, but no they have actually painted it.


Brexit camouflage, I presume.

 

 

Yes, its an attempt to use a large Union Jack waving in the breeze to conceal the fact that Theresa May is stalling on making hard choices and the UK is likely to suffer for it. :angry: (No more in this political vein from me on this thread, but sometimes one has to vent when politicians are behaving badly.)



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 1204 PM

We are buying loads of these seemingly;

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 1254 PM

Looks like something out of a Chuck Norris film. :)



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 1755 PM

We are buying loads of these seemingly;

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Oshkosh J-LTV to standardize with the rebellious colonials?.

Next you are going to dump AS-90 and CR2 for Paladin and Abrams. :P



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 0836 AM

 

 

ARTEC really wants the deal, does it not?
The first pic I saw of it looked like photo shop, but no they have actually painted it.


Brexit camouflage, I presume.

 

 

Yes, its an attempt to use a large Union Jack waving in the breeze to conceal the fact that Theresa May is stalling on making hard choices and the UK is likely to suffer for it. :angry: (No more in this political vein from me on this thread, but sometimes one has to vent when politicians are behaving badly.)

 

 

 

Amen to that! 



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 0816 AM


We are buying loads of these seemingly;
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Oshkosh J-LTV to standardize with the rebellious colonials?.
Next you are going to dump AS-90 and CR2 for Paladin and Abrams. :P

One can only hope!

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 0835 AM

"The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has requested a possible sale of up to two thousand seven hundred forty-seven (2,747) Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV).  This possible sale also includes baseline integration kits, basic issue item kits, B-kit armor, engine arctic kits, fording kits, run-flat kits, spare tire kits, silent watch kits, power expansion kits cargo cover kits, maintainer and operator training, U.S. government technical assistance and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. Total estimated cost is $1.035 billion."

 

Most observers don't expect the full forecasted quantity to be procured.



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 1029 AM

"The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has requested a possible sale of up to two thousand seven hundred forty-seven (2,747) Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV).  This possible sale also includes baseline integration kits, basic issue item kits, B-kit armor, engine arctic kits, fording kits, run-flat kits, spare tire kits, silent watch kits, power expansion kits cargo cover kits, maintainer and operator training, U.S. government technical assistance and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. Total estimated cost is $1.035 billion."

 

Most observers don't expect the full forecasted quantity to be procured.

 

True, but by getting their "everything-we-could-want" request approved by the US Congress the UK MoD doesn't have to go through the approval process again if it places a second JLTV order.  It also gives them a high starting point against purchase cuts mandated by the Treasury.

 

Overall, the JLTV is a smart idea for British service.  It is of high quality and is available in quantity at a cost low enough that even if the UK's military cannot buy all the JLTVs its services want they should be able to acquire the numbers that they really need.  And production for US forces and likely for other armies will keep spare parts cheap enough that MoD will buy them.



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 1827 PM

from DSEi 2017:

 

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hmm, a Leo2 based demonstrator by another name and in black-green camouflage...



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 1944 PM

from DSEi 2017:

 

2017-DSEI_Rheinmetall_IMG_4787.jpg

 

hmm, a Leo2 based demonstrator by another name and in black-green camouflage...

 

The Advanced Technology Demonstrator had its own DSEI advertorial:

 

 

Rheinmetall Defence (Stand S7-110) has brought its latest Leopard 2 upgrade package to DSEI. Previously known as MBT Revolution, it is now called the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD). The ATD (pictured) brings together Rheinmetall extensive experience in tank technology, especially in the areas of firepower (gun, ammunition and fire control) and survivability.

 

The vehicle shown at DSEI has a host of improvements, including additional armour protection, hard kill defensive aids system, banks of Rosy electrically operated grenade launchers, all-electric gun control equipment, and cameras for situational awareness.

 

It also features a recently developed remote weapon station, which has a commander’s sighting system that includes day/thermal cameras and a laser rangefinder allowing for hunter/killer target engagements to take place.

 

The ATD retains the 120mm L44 smoothbore gun, but this could be replaced by a 120mm L55, which would enable targets to be engaged at longer ranges when firing armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-type ammunition.

 

Rheinmetall has completed deliveries of a package of upgraded Leopard 2 MBTs and Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles to Indonesia and is now working on a Polish Leopard 2 upgrade programme that also includes local industry participation.

 

The German company was one of two contractors awarded contracts by the Defence Equipment & Support organisation for the assessment phase (AP) of the British Army Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme. The other contractor awarded an AP contract was BAE Systems Land (UK), with this due to be completed in late 2018.

 

For planning purposes, 227 Challenger 2 were expected to be upgraded, with each of the three regiments having 58 vehicles, and the remaining vehicles being used for training.

 

Under the latest changes to the British Army force structure only two regiments will be equipped with Challenger 2, so there could well be a reduction in numbers.

 

The AP will be replacing obsolete subsystems such as electronics and optronics, but the 120mm L30 rifled tank gun will be retained, although this could be replaced by a 120mm smoothbore gun, firing the latest generation of Rheinmetall ammunition.

 

Rheinmetall Defence is pulling through some of its technology from its private venture ATD into the Challenger 2 LEP.



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 2018 PM

 

We are buying loads of these seemingly;

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Oshkosh J-LTV to standardize with the rebellious colonials?.

Next you are going to dump AS-90 and CR2 for Paladin and Abrams. :P

 


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