In previous posts I have looked at the Pearson Engineering Pearson Engineering Route Opening and Clearance Capability (PEROCC).
It has evolved over a number of iterations into the current, frankly awesome, capability in the video below.
Watching the video above, it is clear that it could replace many of the current Talisman vehicles.
The design differs significantly from the previous version that was developed as part of the Mine Detection, neutralisation and Route Marking System (MINDER) technology demonstrator programme that started in April 1997.
After a long history of failed projects and short term expedients the Army now has the opportunity to invest in a system that has obviously been the result of a lot of thought and innovation.
The purchase, or not, of this system by the MoD will be a good indicator of whether we intend to dump the many hard won lessons of the last 10 or 15 years of operations from the Balkans to the Afghanistan.
The British armed forces have a rather poor track record of retaining institutional knowledge and seem doomed to constantly relearn the hard way.
Of course, the Army has to be careful to avoid thinking Afghanistan will be the template for future operations. Talisman will evolve and likely merge into a Talisman 2 but there was a programme called the Route Clearance and Mine Countermeasures (RCMC) programme so how Talisman will fit into that and whether something like the PEROCC has a future with the Royal Engineers remains an open discussion.
With thanks to Owen from Thumb Design (the people who made the video)