posted on Nov, 23 2006 @ 11:52 AM
Well, it is quite obvious that the US Army suffers from mismanagement and has done so for years. While the Navy and Air Force introduce
state-of-the-art or even groundbreaking technologies on a regular basis, nothing much has happened on the ground. The most notable changes were a
sub-par urban taxi (the Stryker) and a new BDU. I think the problem may be this eerie fixation on a concept-to-rule-them-all, like the FCS.
Billions are spent here while they are STILL not able to decide on where to go with the HMMWV and its dangerous patrol missions.... not understandable
since there are literally dozens of vehicles precisely aimed for these tasks available around the world.... For example the Dingo 1 and 2 from the
video, or several vehicles from Australia or South Africa. Mowag of Switzerland even provides a fully redesigned HMMWV, the armored Mowag EAGLE.
Well, and now the FCS... introduced loud-mouthed and claims of "electric propulsion" or mounted laser weapons... features that have since dropped
from the product portfolio. I really don´t see the sense in having an idiotic demand of features that are BOUND to be cancelled because they are
simply not feasible or do-able. Maybe it is really time to kick the american defense contractors into their crown jewels for once... and buy a foreign
system that provides the same capabilities at half the development time and a fraction of the costs, to get them to their senses.
Also, that fixation on vehicles being C-130 transportable - perfectly understandable since this is the american transport workhorse... but you cant
build an effective fighting machinery with a rigid 20t MAX limit. And once this idea gets scrapped and a heaver MLC (military load class) of 30 is
agreed upon, just adapt the CV90, or the Boxer if wheels are what it should be. Or go even further to MLC 40: The german PUMA IFV weighs 31t and can
standardly be up-armored to 43t. So that means a Puma minus its turret (about 3t) has an effective useable free weight of 15+ metric tons - without
ANY rework of the suspension, propulsion or chassis!
Not to forget, all three, the CV90, Boxer and Puma, were already built with modularity in mind.