great now we only need to ind a mini war to fight it with .
Since we gave our empire away .Why do we need to be able to fly an army half way round world at drop of hat ? Just because we can dosent mean we should or did we sign on to be new world order policemen because bush thinks it a good idea .
"If we had had this new tank in the Gulf we could have attacked Saddam's forces in days rather than weeks."
How true this is I couldn't say, I'd expect we would still have had to wait until all the support units and RAF contingent were in place before crossing the start line.
If this comes off some of the heavy Regiments may be re-deployed as part of the UK's Rapid Reaction Force and give some serious weight to the likes of 16AA and 3Cdo. That said I still think heavy armour is a must, regardless of the type of conflicts we may find ourselves in.
better off with something like an upgraded Spartan covered in reactive armour and mounting javelin the new fire and forgat tank missile.
Thats technically doable
putting a 120mm cannon on an 8 tonne body
with armour that cann stop tank rounds I don't think so