Over time I want to modernise all patrol vehicles," says Sir Richard. "The snatch vehicles were getting old. They were originally developed for Northern Ireland. I want people to have adequate vehicles for the tasks they carry out." There is also a family of armoured vehicles called FRES (Future Rapid Effect System). The cost of this future equipment is £14 billion
The real importance of a medium-weight
capability is to give us a genuinely balanced
capability. We havent got those mediumweight
equipments at the moment. We have
successfully argued the case for them and
there are procurement plans in place to
provide them, but it takes time, it takes effort
and it takes money to get there. But weve
won the argument for the medium-weight
equipments and we will have them. The
Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) of
course is the particular programme to
provide them. There is an ongoing
assessment phase to decide what FRES will
be, and when this phase is complete we will
have the answer and the programme will go
through the Main Gate process.
Whereas I was perhaps a little impatient a
few years ago and wanted something quickly
to fill this capability gap, I am now persuaded
that having the right equipment of the right
capability in the right time frame is the right
answer, even though we will have to wait a
little bit longer.
But right now, the medium-weight force
is deficient and we will have to do something
to give us an interim capability. We are
looking very closely at some of our in-service
equipments such as the 430 series and the
CVR(T) series to see what we can do to
extend their life and to make them more
capable to fill, at least partially, this capability
gap in the short term while we await the
fielding of the FRES solution
To me that quote provides ample proof that he sent troops out to an operational theater knowing that the vehicles they were in were not the best that they should have been.
I can't find the link now, but I did read that it was a Labour minister who persuaded him to invest in some proper mine protected vehicles,rather than hold out for some pie in the sky vehicle, that's still not been invented yet.
You make that activity sound like it would be one you wouldn't normally want to do. I find a daily bash-the-student-over-the-head is a great hangover cure.
As to Dannatt sending troop out with not the best kit for the job: Isn't that part of a soldiers' lot ? Have we ever been sent out to do a rush job with all the right and best kit ? Was anyone issued with true urban camo for N.I ? Or shorter barrelled gats for urban fighting ? Or the best winter boots to tab/yomp across the Falklands ? Nope. The reality is you take what you have as a stopgap and do your damndest to get the best kit out a.s.a.p. Since the end of teh Cold War until the Septics decisded that everyone who wasn't with them was against them, we were doing our best to look at what threats might come up. No-one saw what did pop up. There has never been enough money to design everything for every eventuality. Only enough (barely) to retroactively design and build what turns out to be needed. And little time for R&D or testing/proving unless it's in Theatre. Then there's the fecking politicos to deal with ........
Does the man donate any of the procedes to a military charity ? After all, his pension has got to be good !
As to Dannatt sending troop out with not the best kit for the job: Isn't that part of a soldiers' lot ? Have we ever been sent out to do a rush job with all the right and best kit ? Was anyone issued with true urban camo for N.I ? Or shorter barrelled gats for urban fighting ? Or the best winter boots to tab/yomp across the Falklands ? Nope. The reality is you take what you have as a stopgap and do your damndest to get the best kit out a.s.a.p.
For the Falklands, which was a bit of a "we're invading your sovereign tendency at the nethermost end of the world, come as you are" war then your point is fair enough. However GW2 was a bit of a in the FOE kind of do and the right kit could have been acquired in advance. Or alternatively we could just do what we always do and use the kit we bought after last time, for next time...