Discussion in 'Australia' started by IrishInOz, Sep 29, 2009.
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Looks good, be interesting to see how it goes in the field trials.
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Land Rover replacement to weigh seven tons. Errr, right, OK. For reference, Spartan weighs 8..........
It's a protected mobility vehicle, not a 'GS Rover' replacement. A 'Baby Bushmaster' if you like.
The rovers are being replaced (apparently) with G-Wagens.
BTW ex-Stab, 99% of the people on this forum will know what a Spartan is - being mainly expat Poms
lovely piccie though
Ex-STAB stop teasing ......
Doesn't look big enough to carry the five troops claimed, let alone kit, weapons, etc. etc.
Not the G wagens for gods sake, used them, they are hideous
They're after my time- just curious, what's wrong with them?
Really? When was this decision made?
My guess is that there will be no "replacement" per se and that the first step LPPV will be followed by a series of variations.
GS Rover will remain as legacy for "garrison duties" but everything else weill require some form of protected vehicle ala Hawkei.
Nice design but not sure about the mudguards - if your going to make a vehicle that wide why not use the soace?
It appears to have a flat bottom, I thought we were moving towards convex hull style to deflect blast.....
Oldfart - link to one source: http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/Fitzgibbontpl.cfm?CurrentId=8377
Most garrison tasks are completed using white fleet (leased) vehicles , mainly Toyota Landcruisers. The Rovers are used in the GS role in the field and for exercises.
Do we not still have the Austin Champ? All these new plastic vehicle thingies
Very interesting, just part of Thales ambition me thinks, maybe as exciting as the 'Warthog' (Would you go to war in a KIA!!?) . Try looking up the Force Protection/ Ricardo Ocelot a much more convincing offering. They are designed to replace the 'SNATCH' in theatre not the GS and it's derivatives.
Reason to keep LRs over all others. Its the only one that can keep all four wheels on the ground, ergo keep going forward on rough terrain. When fitted with diff lockers pretty awesome. See the Bowler Nemesis for the ultimate. There again with a following wind and a nice uk gov commited to defence budget we'll be lucky to get Maharinda jeeps from India.
Mac, the Aussies don't have Snatch. The PMV they currently use is Bushmaster, Logistics wise, there is an armoured cab for Unimogs.
I think this vehicle is being offered as a little brother to Bushmaster, giving commanders an opportunity to get people on the ground in something with a smaller footprint.
I have just replaced my Freelander with a Volvo V70 - much more comfortable
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