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Friday, 23 July 2021

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As someone who has served as airmobile and airborne, I am profoundly grateful that I have never seen the inside of an APC or an IFV in my entire life. The Ajax fiasco hasn't given me any reason at all for a change of heart.

The long and short wheeled land-rover was a joy to drive. Sitting on the dual petrol tanks gave great confidence.

For anyone who thinks that our American cousins are any better at this sort of thing, I would implore them to watch the film Pentagon Wars. It was made as a farce, but like all good farces, it contains a strong element of truth. The film was based on part of Colonel James G Burton's factual book of the same name.

The complete film is still available on YouTube and it comes highly recommended. Crack a few beers open, put your feet up and enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir0FAa8P2MU

I'm thinking Richard is directing his comment to y'all over on the east side o' the Atlantic.

Us cousins already know how screwed up our R&D, procurement and trials testing are.

Still I'd heartily endorse his recommendation - the film ought to be required watching for every would-be and sitting Congress critter!

This popped up on my screen sent to me by an old RN colleague.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP-X38tWmMg

Well I see some of the aforementioned tanks. My hat is off to anyone who can perform tank duty as I am claustrophobic.

I'd be having a serious chat with the Israelis. The Merkava IV is a main battle tank with enough space for a 6 man infantry squad because the engine is in the front. So you get two for the price of one: a Main Battle Tank and an Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle ...

https://youtu.be/kRs5ix1be34

That would eradicate the age old Brit problem of co-operation between infantry and cavalry in one fell swoop - the 6 foot sloggers and 3 tankers would all be in the same 9 man squad. Each regiment would be tasked with both roles irrespective of its infantry or cavalry / tank heritage.

For the specific roles of Armoured Personnel Carrier and Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle the Israelis have the Namer ...

https://www.google.com/search?q=namer+ifv

It's based on the same chassis as the Merkava, making logistics and maintenance easier. It's the most heavily armoured vehicle in service I believe, making survivability a key feature. Even Richard and Whiters would be OK inside, it's massive taking 12 crew and passengers.

The Israelis would love a big order funding partner, might even be able to get a local manufacture deal with them. So "Off-the-Shelf" with a few minor tweaks, like having a kettle that Blighty has always insisted every tank has since WW2, would allow us to sack all those procurement nobs and put the money saving into some more vehicles.

But my favourite is that both Merkava and Namer have the Trophy with Trenchcoat active defence system integrated and tried and tested ...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trophy_(countermeasure)

I note with interest that Blighty is looking at adding Trophy to the pitiful 148 remnants of our Challenger tank force ...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.janes.com/amp/uk-selects-trophy-for-challenger-3/ZnlJK3dHVU9mZ28xajRJVkc5dVI5VFp1cVMwPQ2

What's not to like from a survivability perspective?

Oy vey, my life *not* so soon!

SoD

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