FV430 Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

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Re: FV430 Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

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Boxer is only 8x8. As for CV-90, I think ot would be good fit if the Army still wanted a tracked IFV, it has a much lower profile than say the Lynx, and in its latest configuration would meet all the Army's needs including its digital network integration.

However the Army's Equipment Plan is on a very tight budgets with more requirements than funds, and even the programmes funded have had to have their timeframe stretched to make them affordable. The current organisation for the Heavy BCTs is not a one designed to get the job done in a peer level conflict but more a case of cobbling together what we have. At least with the Ajax and Boxer we should finally be able to remove the sixty year old FV430 series form its organisation, reducing running costs and gaining a substantial digital capability boost. One small victory at least.

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Re: FV430 Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

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Why not follow the US route & convert the binned Warriors. Aren't the yanks looking to do the sane with old Bradley's. Convert/rebuild them minus the turret to replace M113s. Or have they shelved that project ?

Or as I said above buy more Vikings. Always had a soft spot for them for some reason.

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Re: FV430 Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

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No the US Army is bringing in a new vehicles built by BAe that uses the Bradley's base chassis including its running ear, power plant and dirve train but a more basic hull as a replacement for some of its M113s. Given the number of the latter still in service it will be a very long time until they are replaced especially in the National Guard units.

At one stage we intended to replace the FV430 series with the Warrior in various forms but due to cost issues this never happened. THe later programme to modify surplus Warriors to replace some of the remaining FV430s dies a slow death due I believe to lack of fund and higher priorities that were raised as a result of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now Boxer and Ajax will replace the FV430 series in Armoured and Mechanised Infantry units, whilst either Boxer or possibly the winner of the MRV(P) phase 2 programme will replace the FV430s in supporting units like Signals and Engineering. Alternatively an existing platform like the Mastiff could be upgraded and modified to carry out the role if funding again is not available at the level required for the purchase of new platforms.

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