The headline is a shameless lift from a recent article in the Telegraph which describes how the 22 Tonne ST Kinetics Warthog vehicle is proving to be a big success in Afghanistan with intercepted radio chatter confirming it’s effectiveness
Click the link and have a read, its a good article from Thomas Harding
Has this anything to do with the vehicle though?
I suspect that vehicle design has its part to play but much more important is the underlying doctrine and resultant tactics, driven through by soldiers who know a thing or two about mounted close combat. It is the Royal Armoured Corps that have delivered this success, the vehicle is merely a tool that lets them get on with their job.
This tells me a few things;
- Its always about the people
- Being mobile on the battlefield is as valuable today as it ever has been
- The shock factor of armoured vehicles, moving at speed and deploying supporting infantry is potent