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Squaddie Proof ......

#1
It's always good to see news of British Companies winning lucrative contracts, the best part of the interview with a representative from Marshall was the quote that these vehicles will be "Squaddie proof".


BBC NEWS

Firm wins £100m Army gadget bid
A multi-million pound contract to fit Army vehicles has been won by a Cambridgeshire engineering company.

Marshall of Cambridge will fit the latest gadgetry in 5,000 cargo and recovery trucks for the British Army.

Terry Holloway of Marshall said they were "delighted" to have won the contract, which is worth £100m over the next 10 years.

The company said the business will secure its future for years to come, and create up to 100 jobs.

"There was some very fierce competition for this particular support vehicle contract" said Mr Holloway.

"It is going to provide long term employment for Marshall of Cambridge."

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cambridgeshire/3736732.stm

Link to Marshall SV

http://www.marshallsv.com/
 
#2
Hmmmmph says someone who has had many dealings with Marshalls getting contracts for military equipment, and nothing is squaddie proof that is just a challenge :!:
 
#3
Have they been picked because they are british, or because of technical excellence?

Sound like the army's new field ambulance.

The second example involved the decision before the 1997 election to give the contract for the army's new field ambulance to Land Rover and Marshalls of Cambridge rather than to the market leader in the field Steyr. The advantage of the Brit option was that it would safeguard jobs in marginal West Midlands seats. The advantage of the Austrian option was that it was a superior product.

This gets to the heart of the issue. Britain's defence sector is costly and not awfully good. It provides poor value for money to the taxpayer and, even worse, doesn't fulfil the basic requirement of providing first-class kit for the forces.

Feuchtwanger quotes the comments of Bruce George, Labour MP for Walsall South. "As a constituency MP I was content but as chairman of the defence select committee I felt it was the wrong decision. A lot of people felt the Austrian vehicle was the better one. If I were a soldier who was seriously wounded I would not say, 'Good, this ambulance was made in Cambridge or Solihull'. I would say, 'Is this ambulance going to save my life?'."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,1324241,00.html
 
#8
The RAF Trauma Management Vehicle:




Not Land Rover, and not Marshalls. The RAF have recently started taking delivery of new NHS-style Mercedes ambulances for off-airfield use, also not made by Marshalls. Interestingly, the Project Officer for both vehs is a medic who had the novel idea of procuring the best quality and what the users wanted!
 
#9
Marshalls aren't bad. I've worked in box-bodies for a long time, most of them made by Marshalls, they've been pretty dependable and well-built. Usually, if there's a c0ck-up, it boils down to the usual collection of idiots at DPA.
 
#10
Interestingly, the Project Officer for both vehs is a medic who had the novel idea of procuring the best quality and what the users wanted!
Burn the heritic!!! :D He'll not go far if he keeps doing things like that.

Squadie proof? - leave them in a sealed room with 2 steel balls and they'll break one and lose the other!!
 
#11
Not Land Rover, and not Marshalls. The RAF have recently started taking delivery of new NHS-style Mercedes
Neither is your picture VB - it's a Pinzgauer - Austrian pedigree, British manufacture. Hope your aircraft recce is better than your vehicle recce. Of course the picture may not be the subject of the text - even more confusing.
 
#12
Rudolph_Hucker said:
Interestingly, the Project Officer for both vehs is a medic who had the novel idea of procuring the best quality and what the users wanted!
Burn the heritic!!! :D He'll not go far if he keeps doing things like that.

Squadie proof? - leave them in a sealed room with 2 steel balls and they'll break one and lose the other!!
Well said mate. NOTHING is squaddie proof.
 
#17
hup-two-three said:
Not Land Rover, and not Marshalls. The RAF have recently started taking delivery of new NHS-style Mercedes
Neither is your picture VB - it's a Pinzgauer - Austrian pedigree, British manufacture. Hope your aircraft recce is better than your vehicle recce. Of course the picture may not be the subject of the text - even more confusing.
I know it's a Pinzgauer :roll: . The vehicle in the pic is the 6x6 TMV, used for airfield crash rescue. Perhaps I should have said that the RAF are also getting the new NHS-style ambulances, which look, bizarrely, like NHS ambulances.
 

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