Janes says Piranha V for FRES

Mr Happy

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http://www.janes.com/news/defence/land/jdw/jdw080509_1_n.shtml

General Dynamics' Piranha V makes FRES provisional selection

General Dynamics' Piranha V light armoured vehicle has been provisionally selected ahead of Artec's Boxer and Nexter's Vehicule Blind? de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) to meet the British Army's Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) Utility Vehicle requirement.

A written statement from the UK Defence Equipment and Support Minister Baroness Taylor described the Piranha V as the "preferred design" but only a "provisional selection".

Accordingly, questions remain over exactly what work needs to be done to get beyond the provisional selection. A statement from General Dynamics UK noted that the company "will now enter negotiations with the MoD to determine the scope of development work required".

The competition to select a Utility Vehicle Integrator is ongoing and - until that decision is made - questions also remain over the exact build strategy to get the vehicle into service, with teams from Artec, BAE Systems, EADS, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Nexter are all vying for the role.

As the MoD's announcement stopped short of a production order, industry executives and UK MoD sources told Jane's they feared that the FRES programme had fallen victim to the UK defence "budget crunch".
Hmmm, I wonder who the MOD is blaiming...
 

Biped

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Mr Happy said:
http://www.janes.com/news/defence/land/jdw/jdw080509_1_n.shtml

General Dynamics' Piranha V makes FRES provisional selection

General Dynamics' Piranha V light armoured vehicle has been provisionally selected ahead of Artec's Boxer and Nexter's Vehicule Blind? de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) to meet the British Army's Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) Utility Vehicle requirement.

A written statement from the UK Defence Equipment and Support Minister Baroness Taylor described the Piranha V as the "preferred design" but only a "provisional selection".

Accordingly, questions remain over exactly what work needs to be done to get beyond the provisional selection. A statement from General Dynamics UK noted that the company "will now enter negotiations with the MoD to determine the scope of development work required".

The competition to select a Utility Vehicle Integrator is ongoing and - until that decision is made - questions also remain over the exact build strategy to get the vehicle into service, with teams from Artec, BAE Systems, EADS, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Nexter are all vying for the role.

As the MoD's announcement stopped short of a production order, industry executives and UK MoD sources told Jane's they feared that the FRES programme had fallen victim to the UK defence "budget crunch".
Hmmm, I wonder who the MOD is blaiming...
My Bold

The right people by the looks of things . . . . Gordon Brown!
 
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More here clicky

General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited has trained British Army crews and handed over the Piranha Evolution vehicle to the customer in a key milestone for the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) programme. The Trials will assess candidates for the FRES Utility Vehicle at the Armoured Trials and Development Unit in Bovington, and will run until September 2007.

The Piranha Evolution, which will serve as the basis for the development of the Piranha V, will show its capabilities in the competition to select the UV Design for the British Army’s next generation of medium weight Armoured Fighting Vehicles. Piranha V will utilise cutting-edge materials and technologies to deliver an optimum balance of survivability, mobility and capacity, tailored to meet the needs of British soldiers in the field.
 

MrBane

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It's obvious that GD will get it. British, innit? Jobs for the boys, votes for the politicians, etcetc.
Rather Piranha than Stryker though. 8O
 

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