I'm not sure I understand your post, or if it's even aimed at me...TheLoneRanger wrote: ↑22 Oct 2022, 12:14 Not sure how you can blamed "the current goverment" for the failures of the MOD to conduct a procurement programme that has gone horribly wrong for 30 years as indicated by Jensy...
The problem is the MOD ... their procurement ability sucks - just look at how effective tiny Israel is in their procurement programmes relative to the size of their MOD ....
It's quite easy to attack civil servants, and can at times be justifiable. However this is a programme that was started under this government, whose parameters, projected procurement numbers and budget were set by this government. Particularly by the MoD, led by Ben Wallace who has portrayed himself as 'the man to set right UK defence procurement'.
Industry responded, some companies more enthusiastically than others and a timetable for delivery was set.
We're now in a position where the programme is delayed, despite this being a fairly simple (in comparison to CASD, Tempest, Type 26 etc.) requirement.
I can't see any possible way to blame anyone but the government, whose ministers are responsible for the failures of their departments.
It might be one of the endless flow of chancellors leading the treasury, it might be Wallace and it might even be the department for BEIS. One way or another this is down to elected officials, not the 'Sir Humphreys' (incompetent or not). As I think my post makes clear, my finger is squarely pointed at those in charge of the MoD.
Israel delivers projects on time because they have existential threats that require efficient and world class delivery of platforms and systems. We're still living like it's the 90s/00s.