Mail on Sunday - 21 Dec 08 - a good photograph

#1
The Mail On Sunday has a short article on the QDG in Afghanistan with a pretty good photograph, although the net version doesn't do justice to the double spread in the paper:

Good piccie!

Litotes
 
#4
Well apart from the usual inaccuracies...

It's a purpose built vehicle on a bespoke chassis not "based on a truck", the fuel & water jerrycans are on the other side, GMG is technically a low-velocity weapon, the yellow GPs is there because the commander doesn't trust Bowman and the "Bowman tactical radio system" is the CanView that gives the driver all the info about the vehicle like speed,RPM,coolant temp etc.

It is a kick-ass piece of kit though...

It's no more prone to rolling than any cross-country vehicle driven by a t**t. The big difference is the ride quality is soooo good that it lulls you into a false sense of security. Whereas in a landrover or any other vehicle after prolonged XC driving it's toss-up whether to go to the dentist or the osteopath first; Jackal's ride is more like a tracked vehicle allowing much higher speeds to be achieved. With higher speed comes the inevetible disaster when the driver runs out of skill...
 

chimera

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#6
Great piece of kit....


But wait for the inquest verdict on the Marines and HCR guys that died in October, and I bet that we will hear the usual tirade about unarmoured vehicles from the coroner, whilst ambulance chasing lawyers wind up the bereaved families... :evil:
 
#8
Amazingly, the 'journo' took the trouble to get the title of the regiment involved correct!

1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards is not the easiest title to get correct, so well done The Sunday Mail. (Ooops! sorry The Mail on Sunday).
 
#9
Why is it built with no shelter for the driver and crew? Surely weight can't be an issue with such a powerful engine. Even unarmoured bodywork would give some protection from the elements.

I bet it hasn't got air conditioning or iPod charging points either!
 

Biped

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#10
Ancient_Mariner said:
Why is it built with no shelter for the driver and crew? Surely weight can't be an issue with such a powerful engine. Even unarmoured bodywork would give some protection from the elements.

I bet it hasn't got air conditioning or iPod charging points either!
It's not a boat you know!
 
#11
Maj_Boothroyd said:
Well apart from the usual inaccuracies...

It's a purpose built vehicle on a bespoke chassis not "based on a truck", the fuel & water jerrycans are on the other side, GMG is technically a low-velocity weapon, the yellow GPs is there because the commander doesn't trust Bowman and the "Bowman tactical radio system" is the CanView that gives the driver all the info about the vehicle like speed,RPM,coolant temp etc.

It is a kick-ass piece of kit though...

It's no more prone to rolling than any cross-country vehicle driven by a t**t. The big difference is the ride quality is soooo good that it lulls you into a false sense of security. Whereas in a landrover or any other vehicle after prolonged XC driving it's toss-up whether to go to the dentist or the osteopath first; Jackal's ride is more like a tracked vehicle allowing much higher speeds to be achieved. With higher speed comes the inevetible disaster when the driver runs out of skill...
I didn't think it was worth pointing out the errors I spotted.

You picked up one more than me, so smack on, Major B!

Litotes
 
#12
Ancient_Mariner said:
Why is it built with no shelter for the driver and crew? Surely weight can't be an issue with such a powerful engine. Even unarmoured bodywork would give some protection from the elements.

I bet it hasn't got air conditioning or iPod charging points either!
It has a commercial 24V DC appliance socket, 12V DC cigarette lighter socket (and lighter) plus 12V +ve & -ve screw terminals in the front and rear. Threre's also a BV in the back. You can spec a 240V AC inverter but we chose not to...

It's open topped because that's what the Army asked for. Open top allows you to chat to the locals and not be intimidating. There is a crew heater that has pipes for you to shove up your jumper while it blasts warm air into your under-garments.
 
#13
Maj_Boothroyd said:
There is a crew heater that has pipes for you to shove up your jumper while it blasts warm air into your under-garments.
They tried a similar thing in the navy to keep mine clearance divers warm but it all went horribly wrong.

 

A2_Matelot

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#14
Litotes said:
The Mail On Sunday has a short article on the QDG in Afghanistan with a pretty good photograph, although the net version doesn't do justice to the double spread in the paper:

Good piccie!

Litotes
My word, that looks like Waggs bending down in the middle of the piccy, with a haircut at long last. Hope he and his boys are well!
 
#16
Is 2 an empty water bottle put over the antenna and not a light?
 
#17
Looks am awsome bit of kit, I see them getting road tested up and down the A38 which runs through Plymouth, and boy can they shift
 

elovabloke

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#18
Maj_Boothroyd said:
Threre's also a BV in the back.
Of course there is. No self respecting RAC Unit will go anywhere without a BV. It's in the contract.
 
#19
blind662 said:
Looks am awsome bit of kit, I see them getting road tested up and down the A38 which runs through Plymouth, and boy can they shift
That's very interesting because they're not road legal on UK roads!

Please elaborate...
 

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