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Army buys ammunition. Riveting.
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Actually no, Guided Weapons are Capital Expenditure, which AFAIK is a treasury pot, not an MoD one.
That is interesting. Could you explain the thinking behind this?
Shouting 'Bang' during peacetime is cheaper?
It's the extreme costs, that would be difficult to include in any budget. With most conventional ammunition we buy periodically, depending on perceived usage. For example, we might buy 10,000 155mm HE shells each year for the life of the equipment or capability.
With guided weapons we will buy them in bulk for the full lifetime of that Guided Weapon. So when we bought Milan in the early '80s (which went out of service in 2005), we bought 25 years worth of missiles in one go from BAE. The Milan in 1980 was £10k a pop and we probably bought in the region of 20,000 missiles.
The guided weapons we hold approximate 10% of the total munitions held, but 90% of the value. Because of their expense, every guided weapon fired in training has to be monitored by ATO, if a missile fails as a result of the missile itself failing (as opposed to human error), then those costs are often recovered from the manufacturer.
Correct me if I am wrong but as these things go £15 million doesn't seem like its going to buy a large quantity of expensive Hellfires.
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Government buys ammunition for Army. Riveting.
Won't stop them complaining when you fire them too often on Ops, see previous for Javelin expenditure
On second thoughts maybe it's different if they're fired by pilots instead of troops?
On my rough calculations between 350-400 missiles.
UK requests Hellfire missiles sale from US - Army Technology
Who's complaining? Some WO3 in the IPT?
In in a case of building a better mousetrap…
US, French militaries interested in Brimstone missile, says RAF official
Not a better mousetrap, just a different one as launching a guided weapon from fast air requires different technology. Brimstone itself is built by a conglomeration of British/French/Italian industries.
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