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[[Category:UK Military]]The British Military has a habit of procuring and adopting, usually at great expense to the [[taxpayer]], many things that either:
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The British Military has a habit of procuring and adopting, usually at great expense to the [[taxpayer]], many things that either:
  
#Aren't needed
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* Aren't needed
#Don't work
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* Don't work
#Are obsolete before they're introduced (or even designed in some cases)
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* Are obsolete before they're introduced (or even designed in some cases)
#Are crap
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* Are crap
#Work eventually but cost the GDP of a mid-sized African country to fix
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* Work eventually but cost the [[GDP]] of a mid-sized [[Africa]]n country to fix
#Are not [[squaddy proof]]
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* Are not [[squaddy proof]]
#Are more expensive and worse than civilian equivalents that can be bought off-the-shelf
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* Are more expensive and worse than [[civilian]] equivalents that can be bought off-the-shelf
#Any combination of the above
 
  
We're not alone in this; but at least [[American Military procurement mysteries]] don't completely stuff the Defence budget for everything else. Examples include:
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We're not alone in this; but at least [[American Military procurement mysteries]] don't completely stuff the [[Defence budget]] for everything else. Examples include:
  
;[[SA-80]]
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* [[SA-80]]
;[[Nimrod AWACS]]
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* [[Nimrod AWACS]]
;[[Bowman|BOWMAN]]
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* [[Bowman|BOWMAN]]
;[[Eurofighter Typhoon]]
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* [[Eurofighter Typhoon]]
;[[Enfield No.2 Revolver]]
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* [[Enfield No.2 Revolver]]
;[[Combat 95]]
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* [[Combat 95]]
;[[Chaingun]]
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* [[Chaingun]]
;[[Clansman]]
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* [[Clansman]]
;[[SA-80 bayonet]]
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* [[SA-80 bayonet]]
;[[Boots, Cardboard]] (several patterns)
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* [[Boots, Cardboard]] (several patterns)
;[[Straps, utility]]
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* [[Straps, utility]]
;[[.303"]] ammunition
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* [[.303"]] ammunition
;[[Future Lynx]]
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* [[Future Lynx]]
;[[L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle]]
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* [[L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle]]
  
 
Near-misses that were almost foisted on the army include:
 
Near-misses that were almost foisted on the army include:
  
;[[Pattern 13 Rifle]]
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* [[Pattern 13 Rifle]]
;[[EM-2 Rifle]] (was supposed to work OK but it's still a bullpup)
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* [[EM-2 Rifle]] (was supposed to work OK but it's still a bullpup)
;[[Burton magazine]] (ok, so this was a very long time ago)
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* [[Burton magazine]] (ok, so this was a very long time ago)
;[[.402 Enfield-Martini ammunition]]
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* [[.402 Enfield-Martini ammunition]]
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[[Category:UK Military]]
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[[Category:Equipment]]

Revision as of 11:08, 3 May 2006

The British Military has a habit of procuring and adopting, usually at great expense to the taxpayer, many things that either:

  • Aren't needed
  • Don't work
  • Are obsolete before they're introduced (or even designed in some cases)
  • Are crap
  • Work eventually but cost the GDP of a mid-sized African country to fix
  • Are not squaddy proof
  • Are more expensive and worse than civilian equivalents that can be bought off-the-shelf

We're not alone in this; but at least American Military procurement mysteries don't completely stuff the Defence budget for everything else. Examples include:

Near-misses that were almost foisted on the army include: