This is from 3 yrs back
ArmChairCivvy wrote:I am under the impression that Huskies have been converted both to the ambulance and command post roles, when 325 of them were taken into the Core
when the news broke out
The Armchair Soldier wrote:The UK’s Ministry of Defence has revealed it is in talks with the Pentagon, which might lead to a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal. The British Army is interested in acquiring the Oshkosh Defense vehicle, set to replace the Army and Marine Corps Humvees, to meet part of a requirement known as the Multi-Role Vehicle-Protected (MRV-P).
Now military.com reports "The original 49,000-vehicle requirement was first decided before the new National Defense Strategy
came out and shifted the U.S. military's focus away from the Middle East
, Esper [Army Sec] said.
Likewise, the CH-47 Block II helicopters were designed to fly heavier payload in a hotter climate, Esper said.
"And what was the heavier payload? JLTV," Esper said. "What drove JLTV? [Improvised explosive devices] in Afghanistan and Iraq, and because the MRAPs were too big and too heavy.
"They were, in many ways, designed for a different conflict
. It doesn't mean we won't use them in future conflicts, but now my emphasis has to be rebuilding my armor, rebuilding my fighting vehicles
, having aircraft that can penetrate Russian and Chinese air defenses"
so may be we should accept what the Americans will do and also have mixed fleets:
- limit the JLTV order to intervention (16X and 3CDO) and follow-on (Strike BDEs) forces
- ditto for the long wheelbase "version" which has turned out to be a completely different vehicle anyway - and use Huskies for the role in the ' regular' forces [regular as in: for conventional conflicts]
We haven't committed to Chinook BlockII yet, so we can look into that in 2023 (when the first Strike Bde should be operational)?
- by that time the Bundeswehr decision for their heavy battle field lift will have been made
- they are pooling the maintenance of medium fleet (NH90) with France, so why not us do the same for the (much smaller) heavy fleets - should they go Chinook?