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David Moyes

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  1. Mk.4 had problems with the aluminium hull wearing out. British testing found this out with MBT-80 but the hull was considered a replaceable part. Vickers then quickly partnered with KMW for the Mk.7 for the Egyptians. Challenger 1's layout is a result of being based on the Chieftain. Challenger 2 is similar because Vickers didn't have the time or money to develop a new hull that would have to compete with the Leopard 2 & M1. CR1 was expected to serve alongside CR2 and having a hull that could share equipment and upgrades was seen as preferable. Also Cheaper.
  2. BAE to Get Green Light for $10 Billion Howitzer Project: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/bae-to-get-green-light-for-dollar10-billion-howitzer-project/ar-BBYxHIM?ocid=st ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Army Now Has Enough Upgraded Abrams Tanks To Equip An Entire Brigade: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/army-now-has-enough-upgraded-abrams-tanks-equip-entire-brigade-109656 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BAE Raven:
  3. Mobile Protected Firepower will use 105mm. Developing "Advanced Multipurpose Round (AMP)":
  4. @alanch90 No gun; the round is just there. Presumably Rheinmetal are suggesting that the turret could be fitted with a 130mm gun. Might interest the Dutch if they are able to re-buy tanks.
  5. Missed this. RBSL's Challenger 2 demonstrator and 130mm round got shown at a Dutch defence expo:
  6. Don't know if this has been mentioned before but apparently Santa Bárbara Sistemas cut costs by replacing titanium armour with steel when making the Leopard 2E: https://www.ejercitos.org/2019/12/24/vcr-8x8-requiem-por-un-sueno/
  7. Spain voids production contract for Piranha V: https://www.ejercitos.org/2019/12/23/defensa-declara-desierto-el-contrato-del-vcr-8x8/ https://www.ejercitos.org/2019/12/24/vcr-8x8-requiem-por-un-sueno/ Proposal found unsatisfactory on all fronts: Non-compliance with technical requirements Failure to comply with the deadlines Lack of integration of industrial components required for hull or the turrets under study Lack of financial guarantees for possible cost overruns in respect of the amount approved as the program's expenditure ceiling "From the aforementioned DIGAM report it seems that the contract will be submitted to public tender" Article mentions that Iveco Freccia could be considered the favourite. VBCI and Boxer other contenders.
  8. Qatar Set to Cancel VBCI 2 Contract https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/le-patron-du-psg-mis-en-examen-le-qatar-pres-de-renoncer-au-vbci-de-nexter-833925.html “Due to the indictment of Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the Emir of Qatar is close to giving up the contract VBCI manufactured by Nexter” "Amir asked Minister of Defense to find a new platform..Qatari MOD very close to select 3 candidates which may not include Rheinmetall because of certain disputes regarding to Leopard contract"
  9. You need to look at the add-ons individually rather than as a complete package. They're ideas that are quickly bolted-on to try out in various scenarios and to evaluate their effectiveness.
  10. Used in demonstration. Still runs. Basically is. It's just a test platform for the tankers to try out ideas. Nothing official.
  11. Vickers Mk.7 Model From ebay - listed as a Challenger 2 prototype:
  12. "Smooth-top" Prototype CR2 - V7 Lacks a gunner's periscope:
  13. This article is a bit strange. The Warrior was made by GKN, not Alvis. Although Alvis would later purchase GKN defence. Eventually killing the promising Warrior 2000 to promote the mature CV90. As far as I can tell the flanking armour plates are not new and have been used for some time as the mounting for the WRAP 2 armour system:
  14. @2805662 It's related to NGCV. I think it's an internal technology test-bed. https://defence-blog.com/army/what-will-u-s-army-combat-vehicles-look-like-in-the-future.html https://defence-blog.com/army/u-s-army-develops-advanced-protection-systems-for-next-generation-combat-vehicles.html
  15. @alanch90 Yes. Heavy Armour Automotive Improvement Programme (HAAIP) run by BAE. Either modernising the CV-12 and TN-54 to run at 1500bhp or an alternative such as Europowerpack, maybe EX-Drive.
  16. https://www.army.mod.uk/media/7504/adr008741_in_front_issue_4_final.pdf#BeTheBest BAE/GD 'Black Night' bid dead? Rheinmetall/BAE bids merged Enhancements to powerpack Gun WILL be replaced with smoothbore Armour will be "upgraded" to "provide higher levels of protection" Allow APS to be fitted Sights, fire/gun control upgrades
  17. UK JOINS THE BOXER FAMILY http://www.occar.int/uk-joins-boxer-family Confirmation that UK Boxers will have the uprated powerpack.
  18. £2.8bn armoured vehicle contract secured for British Army ---------------------------- About £5.5m per vehicle.
  19. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/army-to-spend-1-5bn-on-boxer-vehicles-bcdbvln2b 508 Boxers for £1.5bn. Deal was meant to be signed at Army Combat Power Demo but held-up by Treasury. Hope to sign deal by Wednesday otherwise will be delayed for 6 months due to election.
  20. Turns out the Brimstone launcher *IS* mounted on the CR2: Also CO of ATDU confirms change of gun is a requirement for CR2 LEP:
  21. Brimstone. However sadly it seems to be mounted on a Land Rover parked behind the CR2.
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