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  1. Dachs AEV to Leopard 2 AEV. Buffel ARV to Buffel A1. Biber AVLB to Leguan.
  2. Yes, having some more users will definitely be a plus for you down under. And I am pretty sure that Lynx was a bit in front of Redback (my feeling) up to now since Australia seems to do good work with RLS (Boxer, MAN trucks etc.). Further Korea (my opionion as well - many will see it different) was allways good in doing better copies of existing vehicles (K9 - M109; K2 - Leo2/Leclerc, normal cars as well) but I am not so sure if you what to go with something really new. Besides RLS has many good vehicles as references, too. I will follow the testing phase of L400 and ma
  3. Interesting but hard to tell how much quality is behind the decision. The Czech tested IFVs at least (maybe HUN had access). Hungary seems to buy a lot of German vehicles (which is quality stuff for sure) but it doesn't seem a real competition. I like what Australia is doing. Building prototypes, add their requirments and test against them.
  4. Well, that is basically what I have read and heared at different scources as well. That is why I can't understand why Puma is around in the media everywhere because that are all customer failures (except software). If almost all failure are on my side I wouldn't think about a replacement..
  5. Is there an puplic overview about the key issues?
  6. I think the aim is to put KMW under pressure. But it is very clear that Lynx/CV90 are no real options. ~400 Puma with ~10M€ each + development cost + spare parts means maybe around 5 billion € wasted with some more 3.5 to be spent for CV90s. They will pay another billion to remove the most common child sicknesses and live with what is left.
  7. Might be exhaust air of the heater.
  8. This wouldn't have been something I'd complain about but the positive thing is that good looking in military means nothing as long as the vehicle does its job.
  9. Is that standard Leopard 2 testing?
  10. That should mean some work for Ritek in the next years. Is Hägglunds Moelv still alive for NM189 and NM217 ?
  11. Well, Leguan and Wisent 2 are both based on Norwegian Leo 2A4 and are reworked. Same could be done for the MBT. Leo 2A7 are old hulls with new stuff inside as well (for DK and GER at least). So I don't see why an upgrade should be deemed. The prices that I have seen for Wisent 2 in Norway (documents from NDMA) are ~6.5 mio €/vehicle which is much less compared to a brand new MBT (I think a new 2A7 is ~11 mio. €). That seems quite a good reason for an upgrade.
  12. Yes, FFG is doing a lot in Norway: Wisent 2 ACSV Pasi XA-203N But do you think they could/would do a Leo 2 upgrade?
  13. Norway has clearly stated to go for 2% NATO goal which means there will be more money available (currently 1,7%). The Leo 2A4NOR is much too old to cancel that program. I don't think that EMBT is an option since this is has no launching customer yet (and smaller NATO countries always try to avoid that risk) which is true for CV90 with 105mm as well. It will be K2 or Leo2 for sure.
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