This is one of those posts where I must start with a request to not argue the details.
OK, suppose you are a Western Army with a record of expeditionary operations, some great trousers and an armoured vehicle fleet that belongs mostly in a museum. Because the boys in dark and light blue want to spend some of the defence budget on their own kit, the budget is not huge.
This army with the great trousers needs to replace its ancient tracked armoured personnel carriers and possibly its late vintage protected patrol vehicles.
For argument’s sake, let’s call the project FRES UV, I know, not sure where that came from!
So, with a finite budget that will likely mean not enough of the ‘top of the line’ do you trade specification for quantity?
Lets just say you can have 10 of these…
Or 4 of these…
For 1 of these…
Remember, don’t argue the details, this is about principles.
Is the Army and MoD (with the great trousers) able to make a risk based procurement decision, is it functionally capable of accepting a trade off, or will UV be a Boxer/AMV/VBCI purchased in tiny quantities because UK requirements basically mean the highest possible specification and the highest possible price?