You know that £500 million that we are paying General Dynamics to create 7 FRES SV demonstrators, the same FRES SV that is based on a 20 year old design where all of the variants are already in service with Spain and Austria?
Yes, that one that is ‘British to its Bootstraps’
Here is a photograph of the the first test vehicle, the pithily titled PT3 Mule, with the EDU turret fitted.
Does that chassis look a bit, well, used?
This from General Dynamics
The mule base unit, known as PT3, is based on a mature ASCOD vehicle already in service with the Austrian Army. The 1.7 metre race ring, specifically designed by General Dynamics UK for Scout, was integrated onto the vehicle by General Dynamics European Land Systems at its Simmering facility in Austria. The vehicle was then transported to General Dynamics UK’s Pershore facility in Worcestershire, UK, to undergo a series of tests and prepare it to accept the EDU turret. It was then transferred to Lockheed Martin UK’s facility in Ampthill, Bedfordshire last week for the integration of the turret.
In parallel, the first EDU turret was being built at Rheinmetall Landsysteme in Gersthofen, Germany. Rheinmetall Landsysteme designs, develops and manufactures the Scout SV Turret Structure for turret design authority Lockheed Martin UK. Following a successful first build of the turret, the mandated CT40 Cased Telescoped Cannon System was integrated into it and fired for the first time in May, five months ahead of schedule. It was also subsequently transported to Ampthill where it has been undergoing extensive testing and preparation for integration with the PT3 mule base unit.
So have I read that correctly, for £500 million, we can’t even have a new build?
What do you think the best tabloid headline would be for this?
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