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British Military Procurement Mysteries

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

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

Examples include:

SA-80 Nimrod AWACS BOWMAN Eurofighter Typhoon Enfield No.2 Revolver Combat 95 Chaingun Clansman SA-80 bayonet Boots, Cardboard (several patterns)

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

Pattern 13 Rifle 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)