Not due until next year, just in time for cancellation. Also, I don't know if it's true but the Govt have just ordered a TARDIS so they can hop into the future and see what equipment they have actually issued then come back and order it. Bit of a fairytale, but then so is MoD procurement.
I remember when myself and quite of a few other ex Sadf Saffers pointed out - oh about five years ago - that mine resistant vehicles were around, on the market and available and would be needed and got pooh poohed about how the MoD knew best and weren't a bunch of incompenent cnuts polishing chairs with their ample arses while men died for no good reason.
In 2001 the Snatch replacement programme had an ISD of 2008. It was not part of FRES.
Ok, it's going to be a few years late, but what grips my **** is that in the intervening years politicians and senior staffs have persisted with the view that Snatch was fit for purpose in Iraq and AFG. If that is so, why was the replacement endorsed in the late 1990s when it was agreed it was unsuitable for NI?
is this a wind up? "Its wheels work independently of each other; this means it is less of a problem if one falls off as the others would continue to work."
Actually, as with all industrial goods, pricing largely depends on the volume. 500K is not so bad if it does what it says on the box (plus the capability of driving on in case errr; one wheel falls off. priceless!
Regardless of design costs, it seems very expensive. I would have thought £125-£200k each tops should be possible if they order enough of them. When they order vehicles on this scale I wish they would contract out the production to a proper heavy vehicle maker like JCB or DAF at Leyland or one of the bus makers, as companies like that would certainly find a way to get the unit cost down through their current supply chain system.
When are these things due into service, no doubt by the time they get them they'll be out of date.
The more armour we put on vehicles the bigger roadside IEDs Terry will build.
Borrow a nuke off of Pakistan it would be considerably cheaper, and level the country.