When you read the spec sheet of Foxhound - a carbon fibre chassis, four wheel steering and a monobloc engine - it sounds pretty complex and not particularly scaleable. Carbon fibre tends to be difficult to repair and monobloc engines tend to have heating problems in extreme conditions. I understand Foxhound was designed by ex-FI engineers which would make sense.Lord Jim wrote:Well I wasn't trying to create a divide, i just am of the opinion that there was one developing, apologies if I misinterpreted thigs and now back to the topic of the thread.
I know Foxhound is an expensive option with a few issues which may or may not be as severe as it has be reported, but if the Government want to support the UK AFV industry and increase the amount of kit manufactured in the UK, couldn't it come up with a cross departmental plan to maintain production of Foxhound for the MRV(P) programme, encourage the development of a 6x6 meeting Phase 2 and surely the cost saving of having the base platform already in service so no additional cost to support the platform. Could the Foxhound then be a genuinely cost effective alternative to the JLTV? Or is the JLTV a done deal with just the small print remaining before the contract is signed?
If we were to do an all-British MRVP I'd say use off the shelf commercial components wherever possible. The Cummins B-series in the Jackal has done service in everything from Leyland Roadrunners to CVRT, and it's UK made.