Defence is big business and make no mistake, defence contractors are not scared of playing games, or applying subtle (or not so subtle) pressure to make sure they get get their own way.
It is fascinating to watch them at work and see the different methods they employ.
To see two examples of the art lets look at one maritime and one land programme that is ‘pre main gate’ i.e., money has been spent on development but no production orders have yet been placed.
The Type 26 Frigate and the Future Rapid Effects System Specialist Vehicle Scout.
Both have an uncertain future, if not in their entirety but certainly in their numbers.
Pressure can be applied in multiple ways, carrot or stick.
BAE, with the Type 26 Frigate, have opted for the stick.
General Dynamics, with FRES SV Scout, have opted for the carrot.
The games they play.