Foxhound. Who to believe?

Discussion in 'Tanks, planes & ships' started by postman_twit, Sep 29, 2017.

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  1. On past record. I wouldn't believe MoD if they told me that the sun comes up in the morning.
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  2. Heavier vehicles' engine works harder, other than anyone who understands basic physics this is not news.
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  3. There's always two (or more) sides to a story. He who spins best - wins!

  4. That why you put a bigger engine in it.....
    Which the Foxhound doesn't have

    I have never had the slightest thing to do with Foxhound (just to be clear) but a vehicle weighing in at 7.5 tonnes needs an engine bigger than 3.2 litres. Why they didn't just put a Cummins in it is a mystery to me.

    Apart from some Japanese light trucks nothing in the commercial world running at that weight would consider running a 3.2 litre engine and expect hard use out of it.
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  5. Perhaps were running into Bigger Engine -(also heavier)- more space needed = More Armour = Increased weight =
    butting up against the required weight limit
  6. Pennies before efficiency - as usual!!
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  7. Sod all to do with the weight of the vehicle, more to do with cooling and airflow. Anyone who understands basic vehicle engineering understands this.

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    You can, generally, retrofit larger/more powerful engines to any vehicle and add extra cooling. However if you have no money and none of the MoD are listening to the man on the ground then sod all is going to happen or if it is it's a long way off. Look how long CR2 upgrade is taking for a clue.
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  8. It isn't as if nobody has ever built any machines similar to this before.
    Surely there's tons of data going back 100 years or more, and a wealth of experience of nations using similar vehicles in similar conditions, against similar threats, all within the last 20 years or so.
    Everyday cars and trucks get tested from Alaska to the Sahara, and all parts in between. Surely military vehicles should be tested even more?
    Some blokes didn't do their homework.
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  9. It was a UOR hence the reduced testing time. MoD obviously weighed off limited testing time against increasingly hostile public opinion.
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  10. AlienFTM

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    Apropos of nothing, two verses of Pink Floyd, Free Four spring into my head (somebody uses other words from this in his signature block).

    You are the angel of death
    And I am the dead man's son.
    And he was buried like a mole in a fox hole.
    And everyone is still in the run.
    And who is the master of fox hounds?
    And who says the hunt has begun?
    And who calls the tune in the courtroom?
    And who beats the funeral drum?
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  11. way back in the time of Saracen APC's one of the in service modifications was to reverse the direction of the airflow for cooling. I believe it was more efficient especially with the armour to protect the engine/radiator etc.
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  12. As long as it provides protection for the crew................. Oh wait
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  13. Not really done anything to protect their source, have they?

    "Speaking to the BBC in Iraq, an Army sergeant responsible for maintaining a fleet of Foxhounds said the vehicle was "a massive waste of money".
    The sergeant, who did not want to be named, said the vehicles keep overheating.
    "They break down all the time. They cannot handle the heat, they have a massive problem with it.
    "At 50 degrees the engine cooks out."
    He said he was having to strip the vehicles down every five or six weeks to keep them running. Normally, this would only be done twice a year.
    The soldier said he had had to alter the bonnets to try to increase the air supply to cool down the engines.
    Tools were not provided to deal with this so he bought his own specialist equipment, he said."

    I think someone's career has just come to an emergency stop.
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  14. Having driven a reverse airflow Saracen in the middle of a harsh German winter on exercise for 3 weeks with no windscreen fitted (as they always broke) I can state quite clearly that that type of cooling is not suitable for anywhere but the climate in Afghanistan & Iraq.
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