Saturday, October 19, 2019

Challenger 2 Upgrade delayed till 2021...why don't the Brits simply fall in on the US Army and get upgraded M1 Abrams to the latest standard?

A decision on how many of the Army’s Challenger 2 tanks will be upgraded will not be made until 2021.

Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said assessments were still being made but said he expects the order for the new mechanised infantry vehicles, the 'Boxer', will be put in by the Ministry of Defence by the end of this year.

He visited Telford for the launch of a new joint venture between the two defence companies that are hoping to deliver both programmes.
Story here. 

Just plain wow.

The British Army is tying themselves up in knots to upgrade the Challenger 2 when they can EASILY fall in on the US Army, acquire the number of M1's they need from our stockpile and get General Dynamics to upgrade them to the current US Army standard at a song.

But what about their industrial base?

It will exist.  They're building Boxers and the Ascod 2.  Tribal knowledge can be maintained thru our excellent relations and I'm sure the US Army won't object to having a Brit assigned to the development team (hopefully they won't leave classified documents inside a taxi again).

I don't understand it.

Maybe it's pride.

Maybe it's misplaced priorities.

Regardless this can be taken off their procurement plate with a quickness if they simply decide to make it happen.

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