Is ABSV funded?Quite - so I’m proposing that they be given lift in the form of something like ABSV, which is probably enough for tasks like deliberate defence in depth, home bank force, and OBUA investment.
Boxer could clearly do most of that - but I don’t think we could afford that many more (and it may be better to keep STRIKE Bdes uncommitted) to lift the Lt Bdes, so a repurposed ‘box on tracks’ it is.
To be honest, Defence has enough standing tasks to justify at least a few genuine Lt Role Bns - be that Cyprus resident Bns or UN missions to Africa - but I’m sure we could get better value out of them in a fight if we thought about it a bit more...
I don't see that putting lt role bn in an MBT free Bde onto tracks is a winner.
IF (and it's a big if) CDS is serious about his IOC then additional Boxer seem almost inevitable. And, given his desire for forward basing, why is the Cyprus Bn lt role? Sure, it helps top up the tan, but then there's Aya Napa anyway.
Strike Brigades still have the problem of Ajax (the solution to an ill defined problem that no-one thought they had). Problem being that Boxer should be able to self deploy significant distances, Ajax might be able to but logistic tail is high - those tracks wont last for ever.
Plus firepower a tad low and protection several tads low if mixing with upgraded T54 or more required.
Army has too many AFV chassis. CR2 has to stay as nothing else can be MBT.
Boxer cheaper to operate and more out of area / flesxy.
Warrior 40 ton, 40mm CTA (once upgraded) and clear role 7 dismounts
Ajax - 40 tonne, 40mm CTA, 3 dismounts
Given current manning and recruiting, ditching WR saves the upgrade, finds a role for AJAX, solves manning (with suitable rewriting of inf tactics manual for 3 man sections- ink is cheap). Jobs in Wales safe. . Increased Boxer balances BAe's loss on WR upgrade. Tea and medals all round
Admittedly this leaves problem of formation recce.... but that can has been kicked down the road so many times that another clang makes little difference. During pause have a think about what you could to to transform CVR(T) (apply here).