Command vehicle is not exactly an IFV, isn't it. Also German still has more infantry battalion on tracked vehicles than on wheeled ones.Lord Jim wrote:I am not saying that Boxer is some utopian answer to all nations problems, but for the British Army it is most likely the best and most affordable option. The Bundeswehr which of course has both Boxer and Puma and operates both with its leopard 2 tanks without any difficulty. In fact the command vehicle for all Armoured formations is a variant of the Boxer which has replaced the venerable M577G. The Bundeswehr also has no difficulty with the mobility of its Boxers when they we deployed in Afghanistan either.
I am not. Sure, wheeled vehicles are now much more closer to tracked vehicles by capabilities but tracked vehicles are still more maneuverable outside roads.Lord Jim wrote:At times there appears to be some sort of memory block that makes people think the cross country mobility of the current generation of 8x8 and some 6x6 still equates to that of vehicles from the 60s and 70s. Then again at that time most nations didn't even have IFVs and used thinly armoured APCs to move the infantry with the tanks, arbeit using different tactics.
And you are ignoring that all of them are either having, upgrading or buying new tracked vehicles too for their heavy units. Hungary is buying 200+ Lynx IFV, Czech is in process of acquiring a new tracked IFV, Slovakia is planing to follow the suit, Bulgaria still keeping over 200 old Cold War era IFVs and Romania, which is acquiring a lot of wheeled vehicles is at the same time upgrading their tracked IFVs. So none of them is relaying just on wheeled vehicles for their armoured infantry.Lord Jim wrote: I have already mentioned Poland, but is seems that the members of NATO that were former members of the Warsaw Pact have no issue operating wheeled AFVs with Tanks. Most in fact are replacing like for like, aiming to rid themselves of the soviet era BTR-60 and 70s in the APC/IFV role and the BRDM -2 in the Recce Role. I say APC/IFV role as many are taking the opportunity to gain an increase in firepower when they update to new 8x8 platforms. Russia has used 8x8 for a long time in its Motor Rifle units, operating with tanks that are part of their Brigades
I already said that British currently don't have anything else beside Boxer to replace Warriors, and Boxer is not a bad solution. But is it ideal solution for HBCT? That is something it remained to be seen. I personally have doubts.