BAe finalised the details of its purchase of Armour Holdings Inc. on 31st July 2007. This means that it now owns the company that makes the Humvee, Pinzgauer and others in the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) range of vehicles. Armour Holdings Inc. also has partnerships and wotnot in place with Force Protection Inc., the manufacturers of the Buffalo, Cougar and Cheetah series of vehicles, known in the UK as the Mastiff and Bulldog (a couple of hundred of which are already on order for the MOD). The cross-linking of the companies from across the pond with ours is rather incestuous, as are the orders going to those companies from the setpic and UK forces. The hope now is that the MOD will buy Bradleys, Bulldogs, Mastiffs, Pinzgauers and maybe even the up-armoured Humvees from BAE (though I'd prefer to bussed about in the Force Protection 'Cheetah' than either the up-armoured Landy or Humvee. The septics have put an order in for over $4 billion's worth of this sort of kit, and I hope that Gordo will give some serious consideration to backing our troops up with a big spend in the same direction.