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I noticed one detail. UK tanks in Iraq use this device. What is this?

 

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I think it is something like device which the IDF use in 1948. Egyptian(arab) insurgents(and army) used traps on the roads. They pulled the line, like fishing line, to cut off the crew's heads.
 

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1 hour ago, Karamazov said:

I noticed one detail. UK tanks in Iraq use this device. What is this?

 

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I think it is something like device which the IDF use in 1948. Egyptian(arab) insurgents(and army) used traps on the roads. They pulled the line, like fishing line, to cut off the crew's heads.
 

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Wire cutters? Americans used them too.

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US tanks also occasionally have them, not just to protect the crew but also spare the topside equipment (such as antennas or even cameras) from being accidentally shorn off or damaged by low-hanging wires.

 

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Those wire cutters are usually more commonplace on helicopters (to protect the main rotor mast), though.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-defence-equipment-plan-2018

Ajax is £25m under-budget and 6 months ahead of schedule.

Warrior upgrade is £231m over-budget and 4.4 years behind schedule.

If you include the original planning then it's actually about £700m and 11 years for double the vehicles.
Even if it hits current targets then it will only have a service life of about 15 years.
 

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7 minutes ago, David Moyes said:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-defence-equipment-plan-2018

Ajax is £25m under-budget and 6 months ahead of schedule.

Warrior upgrade is £231m over-budget and 4.4 years behind schedule.

If you include the original planning then it's actually about £700m and 11 years for double the vehicles.
Even if it hits current targets then it will only have a service life of about 15 years.
 

 

Being a cynical bastard, does this mean the Ajax will be cancelled and the Warrior LEP be forced to continue? That seems like something the British MoD would do... 

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Even without a gun upgrade Rheinmetall is almost certainly going to win.
The only thing that BAE's bid has going for it is that General Dynamics would do the actual work. Offering Iron Fist is bizarre as the UK has two separate APS programmes going and any acquisition would go through them.
No gun upgrade seems like a cynical way to lock the Army into BAE's munitions ecosystem.

Recently the MOD has signed contracts with several companies to test their ammunition in preparation for BAE's sole supplier deal ending in 2023. Rheinmetall is one of them, specifically for artillery.

Offering free guns in exchange for an exclusive supply deal would be smart.
  

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17 hours ago, David Moyes said:

Even without a gun upgrade Rheinmetall is almost certainly going to win.
The only thing that BAE's bid has going for it is that General Dynamics would do the actual work. Offering Iron Fist is bizarre as the UK has two separate APS programmes going and any acquisition would go through them.
No gun upgrade seems like a cynical way to lock the Army into BAE's munitions ecosystem.

Recently the MOD has signed contracts with several companies to test their ammunition in preparation for BAE's sole supplier deal ending in 2023. Rheinmetall is one of them, specifically for artillery.

Offering free guns in exchange for an exclusive supply deal would be smart.

Well, apparently they're going to go with BAE and if they do that, that means any future procurement will also be given to BAE.

Rheinmetall's upgrade wasn't just a gun either, it was quite a bit more but I guess we'll see when they finally decide.

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Challenger 2 Streetfighter Concept Demonstrator

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External Storage for Breaching Tools
External Storage for dismounted equipment
Turret mounted Mortar
Commanders GPMG and Loaders HMG
Enhanced Situation Awareness (Fixed Cameras, and Panoramic 360 Thermal)
Barrel cameras to see left and right at junctions without exposing the platform
Camera Feeds streamed to Dismounts Soldier Systems

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6476755319853764608

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