This was sort of discussed in an episode of Yes Minister/Prime Minister. Jim Hacker was talking about arms procurement or similar with Bernard. Hacker was curious as to why torpedoes designed in WW2 was still being used,Bernard answered along the lines of "because they had lots of testing".In the op it said
Mark 8 torpedo: Developed before WW2, this was still in Royal Navy service into the eighties, and was used in 1982 to sink the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.
Are you suggesting it was made in ww2 and not fired until 1982
My late brother-in-law, who did his national service in Israel and drove a tank in the 6 day war always maintained that the Centurion was the best tank in the Israel Army for driving over sand.Centurion AVREs were brought out of retirement for the First Gulf. Got a mate who drove 'em, he recon' s they pissed off the Yanks with their Abrams version. In certain circumstances the Abrams were getting bogged, but the Cents would just keep going.
Centurion hulls are still used in the IDF as they are converted to be heavy APC's,My late brother-in-law, who did his national service in Israel and drove a tank in the 6 day war always maintained that the Centurion was the best tank in the Israel Army for driving over sand.
True Oh wise one, but that rare and elusive breed of homo sapiens have been in existence since the Brown Bess was first mooted as a good idea. Where large amounts of dosh is involved, the deep thinking ones that control the purse strings of The monarchs military, will always without fail cock it up, IE:- The SA80, £55,000,000 to modify, beacause they would not listen to the Ghurkhas tasked with evaluating the weapon. 1980, post Ex crusader 80, No POL in BAOR. All used up, And none forthcoming for about 4 weeks, MOD Fcuked up the admin, and we resorted to pushing wagons from the garages to the LAD, in winter, over frost covered cobbles, no load testing of genny sets, a complete clusterfuck, bean counters at MOD should be shot.Ah but MoD wasn't around in WW2.