Ok, firstly, i don't profess to know all there is to know about equipment and the procurement of said equipment. I've come here looking for answers off the people who may though: As a serving infantryman i stumble upon articles on future kit through the various literary items knocking about and also obviously witness first-hand the introduction of this new kit. There are some things however about this stuff we're purchasing and introducing that are really pecking at my head though. In an age where we are constantly told this stuff is the best available to the serving soldier and meeting the needs of the modern British Army, i find myself becoming extremely disillusioned with the whole system. Now, i'm not naive enough to believe some of the crap i'm being told and i'm acutely aware that as an infanteer, i will never be satisfied but could someone perhaps explain some of the reasons behind the following: Husky: I've seen this thing first hand in theatre and i have to say, im not impressed. What is it bringing to the table that was so urgent for it to be introduced? Really, come on those in the know...i'm left scratching my head. From my experiences, and they may be different to others so perhaps i never saw this thing in the role it was intended for (whatever that is), this MRAP brought nothing to the table that Panther couldn't. We used it for route domination and re-supply. Perhaps it is because it's smaller and more maneuverable than Mastiff and Ridgeback? But the fact that i saw it get stuck in less than a foot of mud under just the one wheel on a number of occasions suggest that it's too heavy and underpowered to help itself out when the going gets tough. The yanks came to bail us out regularly. Were they really just acquired so we could dominate some roads in the green-zone? What the hell are we going to do with them when the conflict is over? Scrap them like the... Bulldog: Update then discard so soon? I understand these are now surplus to requirements. Reasons? Not IED resistant maybe? If so, what were we going to do when we encountered an enemy that used AT mines? Oh i know, we'll buy the ASCOD 2 instead another flat bottomed, tracked vehicle that holds troops for dismounted combat! Genius. I'm sure i saw something similar to that recently... oh yeah i did, the Warrior. The mind boggles. Future Lynx We need Heli's and decent ones at that. So, smart decisions are needed. The super bright boffins of wherever have committed to updating the Lynx. You know, that tiny airframe that can only hold 4 troops or something equally as piss-poor. So instead of buying the awesome Blackhawk which can hold 12 soldiers for less than the price of this Lynx, we'll stick with an airframe that does....erm... besides incredibly poor and ineffective air support we once had off one...well, i saw the Lynx come to my PB to drop a bergen off for some idiot from 16AA. Utilizing all that cabin space, it was. Actually imagine how rapid and effective we would be if we had those Blackhawks?! But obviously that would make the Army far too mobile and destructive and we can't have that can we? Can you see why i'm wondering what the hell we're playing at? Those examples are just the tip of the iceberg i'm sure. Now, what time does that outrage bus depart? Or is it being re-fitted to the tune of endless sums of money for little or no benefit to anyone...?!