Seems like I finished my series and revision on FRES not a moment too soon.
The BBC and FT have reported the MoD will be announcing a deal for 589 FRES vehicles at a cost of £3.5bn with deliveries between 2017 and 2024.
Time to get the calculator out…
Making the assumption that this order is for FRES SV with the caveat that not all the variants will cost the same
Unit price £5.9 million
If you take the £500m development costs and other programme costs such as its share of the 40mm cannon development the FRES SV cost goes up conservatively to £4.2 billion for 589 vehicles.
Unit price £7.1 million
And whilst we are at it, we might as well add the £131m wasted on TRACER, the last time we tried to replace CVR(T), FRES SV cost goes up to £4.3 billion for 589 vehicles, with a bit of rounding
Unit Price £7.4 million
This also fails to include various sundry costs to the legacy fleet in time time it has taken FRES to get into service so in reality, the actual cost to the MoD and UK is much higher than even that inflated figure.
FRES SV, in service 2017; 16 years afters first Hansard entry, 29 years after FFLAV and 44 years after the CVR(T) in service
RAPID, ha ha ha
As the press releases come out this week about the number of British jobs might be worth comparing them to the claims made at development contract award;
80% of ASCOD SV’s full rate production will be based in the UK, securing or creating over 10,600 jobs for British workers
But lets take the positives, despite the long and shabby history of FRES and arguments about industrial matters or swapping a 7 tonne vehicle for a 35 plus tonne vehicle, the simple fact is, this is a bit of good news for the Army.
Read the full story of FRES here[browser-shot width=”720″ url=”https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/future-rapid-effects-system-fres/”]
Statement in full from General Dynamics
General Dynamics UK has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver 589 SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) platforms to the British Army to provide essential capability to the Armoured Cavalry within Army 2020.
The platforms, consisting of six variants, will be delivered to the British Army between 2017 and 2024, alongside the provision of initial in-service support and training, and will serve at the heart of the Armoured Infantry Brigade structure.
This contract directly safeguards or creates up to 1,300 jobs across the programme’s UK supply chain, with 300 of these at General Dynamics UK’s Oakdale site.
SCOUT SV represents the future of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) for the British Army, providing best-in-class protection and survivability, reliability and mobility and all-weather intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and recognition (ISTAR) capabilities. Its range of variants will allow the British Army to conduct sustained, expeditionary, full-spectrum and network-enabled operations with a reduced logistics footprint. SCOUT SV can operate in combined-arms and multinational situations across a wide-range of future operating environments.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I’m delighted that on the eve of the NATO Summit, we can announce the biggest single contract for AFVs for the British Army since the 1980s. These new vehicles are testament to the world class engineering skills in South Wales and across the UK, helping to create the Army’s first fully digitalised armoured vehicles. Not only will they be crucial in helping to keep Britain safe, they will also underpin nearly 1,300 jobs across the UK and showcase the strength of the UK’s highly skilled defence sector. With the second largest defence budget in NATO, meeting NATO’s two per cent of GDP spending target and investing in new capabilities to deal with the emerging threats we are ensuring Britain’s national security, staying at the forefront of the global race and providing leadership within NATO.”
Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP said: “Today’s multi-billion pound contract is fantastic news for our soldiers in providing them with the most technologically advanced and versatile AFVs to overcome future threats. This is the biggest single order placed by the MoD for armoured vehicles for around 30 years and is an important part of the investment we are making to keep Britain safe. It is also excellent news for the supply chain of this state-of-the-art vehicle and will sustain 1,300 engineering jobs across the UK in key defence industries.”
Kevin Connell, Vice President General Dynamics UK – Land Systems, said: “We are delighted that the UK MoD has awarded us this important contract. SCOUT SV provides essential capability to the British Army to allow it to dominate the battle space for years to come and it secures thousands of jobs right across the UK for at least the next decade. General Dynamics UK and our partners have worked hard over the last four years to develop a world-leading vehicle, and we will maintain that same work ethic to deliver 589 SCOUT SV platforms to the British Army on-time and on-budget.”
SCOUT SV has been developed at General Dynamics UK’s AFV design and engineering centre in Oakdale, South Wales, maintaining the UK’s sovereign expertise in this important capability.
And a new set of images (click to enlarge) that clarify the variants in this order.
Scout, PMRS, Repair, Recovery, Reconnaissance and Command & Control
The contract is to deliver 589 new armoured fighting vehicles, known as Scout specialist vehicles, that will be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the British Army on the battlefields of the future.
Designed by General Dynamics UK, based in Oakdale, south Wales, the new vehicle will give the army enhanced intelligence, surveillance, protection, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities, and it will be able to defend itself with a highly effective 40-millimetre cannon.
As the army’s first fully digitised armoured fighting vehicle, the Scout will be effective in even the most difficult terrains around the world.
Speaking on the eve of the NATO Summit, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
Today’s multi-billion-pound contract is fantastic news for our soldiers in providing them with the most technologically advanced and versatile armoured fighting vehicles to overcome future threats.
This is the biggest single order placed by MOD for armoured vehicles for around 30 years and is an important part of the investment we are making to keep Britain safe.
It is also excellent news for the supply chain of this state-of-the-art vehicle and will sustain 1,300 engineering jobs across the UK in key defence industries.
The Chief of the General Staff and head of the British Army, General Sir Peter Wall, said:
The Scout family is a transformational programme that will refresh our armoured capability and ensure the army remains a first-tier manoeuvre force.
It provides advanced intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities and will be the ‘eyes and ears’ of commanders on the battlefields of the future.
With digital links to all of our other systems it will be able to fulfil a wide range of combat roles.
Replacing the army’s existing force of combat vehicle reconnaissance (tracked) vehicles, which have given exemplary service for the past 40 years all over the world, the Scout specialist vehicle will be built in 6 variants to provide 9 different roles:
- reconnaissance; including ground-based surveillance and joint fire control specialist capabilities
- equipment and support repair; repairing and towing damaged vehicles
- equipment and support recovery; recovering damaged vehicles
- command and control; providing a mobile battlefield headquarters
- protected mobility reconnaissance support, including formation reconnaissance overwatch and engineer reconnaissance; delivering and supporting specialist troops across the battlefield
- engineer reconnaissance; carrying specialist engineering equipment and personnel
Deliveries of Scout specialist vehicles are planned to start in 2017. The training establishment and first squadron will be equipped by mid-2019 to allow conversion to begin with a brigade ready to deploy from the end of 2020.
More clarity on the order breakdown
- Scout, with 40mm turret and 3 crew, QTY 245 broken down into 3 sub variants
- 198 Reconnaissance and Strike
- 23 Joint Fire Control for the forward observers
- 24 Ground Based Surveillance with man portable radar
- Protected Mobility Recce Support, with Kongsberg protector RWS, 2 crew and 4 passengers, QTY 256, broken down into 3 sub variants
- 59 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)
- 112 Command and Control
- 34 Formation Reconnaissance Overwatch
- 51 Engineer Reconnaissance (3 crew and no passengers but specialist equipment?)
- Engineering Variants, with Kongsberg RWS, QTY 88
- 38 Recovery (3 crew plus an extra seat)
- 50 Repair (4 crew)
Confirmation that although the MoD reserves the option to place additional orders, none are planned.
Also that the contract includes some additional support and training