i've bin hearing various rumours that the armed forces are losing the rovers in favour of either the hummer or a merc, anyone any ideas? are we still gonna keep the mighty bedford? or is eddy stowbart gonna move all my radio kit?
I heard a rumour that something german was coming in, think there was an article in soldier a few mobths ago. The army couldnt not afford hummers and lets be honest they're a bit arrse really. Not a patch on the old rover when it comes to off road. Keep the good old rover i say. Just improve the suspension for BOWMAN
No they didn't. Wolf was a custom build for the Brit Armed Forces.
You may be getting confused with the mini-Metro staff car fleet of the 1980s. They came with radio cassettes as standard but the MoD thought they could save money by having them removed. Sadly, they were wrong as British Leyland charged for the removal. Quite beautiful.
All the Septics and Dutch I spoke to in Iraq hated the Hummers, too big and hard to control. No idea about the Mercs though.
Not that much wrong with the Rovers, just need a bit of a tweeking for Bowman.
I hope we dont go anywhere near the Merc GD, used it for a few years with NATO, and its so underpowered its almost stationary. And thats unloaded, god knows what it would be like with a comms det in the back.
The armour protection is tuneable by the replacement of armour packs within the vehicle's external skin. The basic add-on armour pack provides ballistic protection against small arms fire and a heavier kit provides protection against ambush including mines.
It might have been an idea to design a radio that fitted in the most ubiquitous veh in the British fleet - but this is the MoD!
The Panther FCLV has all the promise of any other joint project - Late, over budget, under equipped and out of date at inception! Its based on a design from an Italian company that is owned by Ford - need we say more (that said LR is also Ford so...).
The 4 tonners are apparently to be replaced by a 15 year old MAN design that the Germans have had in service for ages and are very good. The trouble is we're going to lease them from the crooks that supply the tank transporter and modify (read: screw) the design for"our own specialist needs". More like special needs. Oh, they'll be late as well!
i'm currently serving out in iraq and there are a number of these merc's flying round. The rumour is that we are going to change to these but i haven't heard of the hummers yet.
The mercs out perform almost anything on the road by the look of the stats. It would be one of the british armies better moves eventhough a part of me says we cant get rid of the traditional land rover.