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Chin up my friend
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2016 on Ennui at Bring The HEAT
Ah, now that makes it double interesting Internal carriage in a Chinook and sling load from a UH60 so no more than 4.5 tonnes, a big ask I think If you ease of on being tracked then Supacat have the 4x4 Extenda, a bit of a monster off road, internally carried and able to be converted into a 6x6 by adding a module http://www.supacat.com/files/gallery/750_constW/090618143941-supacatentersCH47.jpg http://www.supacat.com/files/gallery/750_constW/090618143824-supacatinsideCH47.jpg They are 7.5 tonnes though The Supacat ATMP is another one worth looking at http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lp9107xAaf1qlcxqlo1_500.jpg I always wondered why the people that make ski slope machines never got into the military market Have a look at the Pisten Bully website http://www.pistenbully.com Am sure you could use narrower tracks and add in a cab for some of their smaller models and still come in under 4 tonnes I do get the feeling we are into wheel reinventing territory a bit !
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James, in your comments about the Royal Marines Snowcats and BVS10 Vikings you missed out a vehicle that is exactly what I think you might be referring to The BV206, the UK still has some in service and there are many nations that also have them in service. I actually thought the US 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team used them but not sure Anyway, they are internally transportable by Chinook and there are loads of variants, recovery, mortar, flatbed logistics, tippers and even fire tenders. Chinook transportability http://www.flickr.com/photos/isafmedia/3202745501/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/isafmedia/3202734639/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/73614187@N03/6859233377/ http://www.militaryimages.net/photopost/data/503/Offloading_Bv206_from_Chinook.jpg http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/images/LAND_Bv206_Backing_Into_CH-47D_Afghanistan_lg.jpg Variants http://army-uk.com/stock/fotobig/69_BV206CARGO8.jpg http://www.bv206.co.uk/images_old/BVCCS/BV206%20CARGO%20CARRIER-18.JPG http://safetyoneinc.com/specsheets/misc_img/misc.hag.16.gif http://www.bv206.co.uk/images_old/BVDROPS/BV206%20DROPS%20VEHICLE-18.JPG http://www.militaryimages.net/photopost/data/508/The_Hagglund_BV206_105mm_ontow.jpg There is even a VIP version? http://army-uk.info/equip.php?ID=226 They can go anywhere and can swim as well Do you need to reinvent the wheel?
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Hi James There is also Brimstone 2 which includes a range of improvements and is currently contracted by the UK http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2013/10/mbda-brimstone-2-anti-armour-boss-marches/ http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2013/06/brimstone-anti-fiac-salvo-fire/ I wrote a long piece on Brimstone... http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2013/04/uk-complex-weapons-part-1-brimstone-missile/ Have you read about the Lightweight Multirole Missile The Royal Navy will arm the Wildcat with them and hopefully, it will find its way on to surface vessels. What makes it interesting is the beam riding guidance that is designed to work against low reflective targets like rubber boats that present problems for semi active laser guidance http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2013/04/uk-complex-weapons-part-3-lightweight-multirole-missile/
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Always enjoy your writing James, its the weekend, must be time for a cold one :)
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Price of Wales, a lot! Check the spelling in your correction James PS Sorry to be a pedant
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James, you do know that BAE is building TWO QE Class carriers for that $9 odd billion don't you, the Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales? The simple fact is that BAE have set new standards for ship building efficiency, far in advanced of anything in the US or Canada or rest of Europe. The block construction method makes perfect sense. One of the main reasons for cost inflation on the QE project is short term budget pressure leading to elongation of the programme and increases in long term costs. There was no way the Uk would by the CdG class either, its a nuclear powered ship, so no, it was never considered seriously. In fact, France has purchased the designs for the QE class and will likely base whatever comes after CdQ on the QE class. There is a lot more to the shipyard story than you might think If you want more information contact me or have a read of these http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2013/11/bae-statement-uk-shipbuilding/ http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2012/04/tough-decisions-on-ship-building-ahoy/
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