I beg to differ whilst its an improvement on the original version its still fundamentally flawed in the fact its heavy, made cheaply and you can't fire it left handed!! The Susat and sling are the best parts of the weapon system!BarSteward_III said:L85 A2 is the best weapon out there for your average bloke on the ground, combined with the Susat the individual ranging of 300m is conservative at the best, ive knocked targets down at 600m with it, its incredibly accurate! . it kicks the crap outta the plastic shite most other countries use, its the weight buyers dont like and the SF dont like it because you need 2 hands to operate it. plus doesnt the Diamarco(sp) fire US and nato rounds .
Always interesting to see what is, and isn't, included in costings. Generally (though not always) a procurement cost has to include not just the equipment itself, but the training costs to get the users up to speed and a spares & support package to cover at least part of the expected service life. If you expect to use the kit for a few years, then how many "disposable" items will you need to replace in that period?rictic said:Interesting article. It follows in the mode of suggestions of 20-30 years ago, the military will spend vast sums on a ruggedising a piece of equipment that will survive fire, shock, being run over by a tank etc... BUT because of the cost only one piece of equipment can be supplied per platoon whereas if the item was produced to a lower spec EVERY man in the platoon could be issued with that piece of equipment and with lots of change to spare. It wouldn't matter if one was run over and destroyed by a tank cos everyone else has one. In military equipment costing terms the item is disposable.
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