While experts praise the Jackal as a fantastic off-road vehicle for Special Forces, they believe that a lack of alternative vehicles have forced commanders to use it for a purpose that it was not designed for.
meridian said:Richard North aside for a moment and I know we have discussed the ad nauseum but it seems to make a lot of sense to me when faced with a threat you develop a range of counters and if one of these is exposed then you move quickly to change.
Although the details may be incorrect its hard not to have some sympathy with the general thrust of the article. With only a 100 odd jackals in theatre and for a relatively short time it does seem to be vulnerable, whether that is a design or deployment issue I am not sure.
I cant help but think the protected patrol vehicle debate of mobility v protection still hasnt been settled in the context of Afghanistan and IED type explosions are without a doubt the largest cause of death and injury
It is of course more than an acedemic exercise
pandaplodder said:Is there any particular reason why there isn't a mine clearance vehicle available similar to those used for clearing minefields in Mozambique/Angola/Namibia? or is it a question of speed?
Seems strange that there is no modern day equivalent to the Crab/Rollers that where fitted to tanks in WWII
One_of_the_strange said:All vehicle design is a compromise. Design one to withstand mines - high off the ground, wheels away from the crew compartment, V hull and so on and you get something that falls over on rough ground and can't go round corners at any speed. So you can withstand mines, you just can't go off-road to avoid them.
Design something to off-road and drive around at speed safely and you get a vehicle that sucks at mine protection. Any vehicle that places the crew above the wheels cannot offer as much protection as one that doesn't. So you can avoid mines right up until the point the terrain canalises your movements.
The mythical vehicle that does everythibf is just that - it's this kind of wishful thinking that ignores the laws of physics that has wasted so much money on FRES for instance.
To me the real question is why haven't we got more helos in theatre ?