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Monty

Think Defence contributing author

Infantry Weapons Update

A GUEST POST FROM MONTY As the conflict in Afghanistan starts to wind down, many NATO armies need to replace their aging and worn out weapon fleets. The problem is that few governments will have enough money in their coffers…

The Need to Rethink FRES SV

FRES SV Scout

A guest post from Monty After reading your excellent article on FRES, I think we have every reason to question the suitability of the ASCOD 2 vehicle that has been selected to replace CVR(T). It is as large as a…

Why FRES UV Still Matters

The three contenders for FRES line up at Bovington. Left to right Boxer, Pirhana and VBCI

There are numerous UK examples of worst-in-class defence procurement. SA80, Nimrod AEW 3, Chinook Mk3 and Bowman C41 tactical communication system immediately spring to mind. While Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs) have enabled limited purchases of new weapons and equipment to…

The Small Arms Calibre Debate

In an era of ‘shock and awe’ warfare where a deadly cocktail of sophisticated combat aircraft and smart munitions can deliver unprecedented destructive firepower, any debate about military small arms calibres may seem redundant. However, recent asymmetric campaigns in Iraq…