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Australia was also interested in the JLTV, but it looks like local lobbying is pushing them towards local manufature. They have downselected to the Hawkei; Nice vehicle - cheezy muzak

 

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They will most likely do the same thing to new truck that they did to the old and the Bradley IFV; political football.

To quote The Pentagon Wars
"Originally developed as an armored personnel carrier by Colonel Robert L. Smith, the Bradley, after being subjected to the changing (and often conflicting) demands of a panel of armchair generals, is transformed into a hybrid of a troop carrier, a scout vehicle, and an anti-tank weapon platform. To make room for the weaponry, its complement of troops is reduced from eleven to six men; and despite its firepower, it has to be made of lightweight aluminum to serve as a scout vehicle. In the incredulous summation of Burton and his assistant, Sgt. Fanning, the finished Bradley is "a troop transport that can't carry troops, a reconnaissance vehicle that's too conspicuous to do reconnaissance, and a quasi-tank that has less armor than a snowblower, but carries enough ammo to take out half of D.C.""

The Humvee started life as a 4wd 5/4 on truck to do better than the CUCV and Mutt while also being survivable and able to keep up with then state of the art armored calvary like the M1 and M2, all of which it did and did pretty well. But then they decided it needed to be a TOW platform which then required armoring to survive conflicts with BMPs and from there the snowball grows until we have what we see today.

Funny thing is how the global defense community decided that armored scout vehicles were of only limited usefullness given that they couldn't stand up to main battle armor and yet here we are looking at their rebirth.
 
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