NFLD Sapper said:TSM once you get the guns hooked up can you send me a pic of the set up assuming you still use the 105's....
dapaterson said:When DND went out to industry, there was only one company that offered to sell us trucks.
So the choices were (a) MSVS MilCOTS or (b) nothing.
dapaterson said:So you'd prefer option (b): nothing? MLVW lifeextension wasn't going to happen, and something was needed. And no other vendor was willing to sell.
I can just imagine the howls if we had retired the MLVW fleet and not provided any replacement...
(And note that there will eventually be an SMP MSVS as well, but there's been even more trouble defining the requirements in a way that there will be more than one bidder. The MilCOTS MSVS is imperfect - but it's much better than nothing at all)
Colin P said:I doubt it was a case of only one vender be willing to sell. More likely only one qualified vender willing to sell on the terms of the bid.
We could have bought off the shelf several designs of tactical truck, they just wouldn't be made here.
Spectrum said:Hey recceguy, have you seen the next gen recce vehicle?
2 roof hatches, ample space for pers and kit.
It even comes pre-rolled, so you don't have to worry about how to actually employ it. Coming to an armoury near you, fall 2011!
dapaterson said:Nope. Only one response to the RFP. And the trucks we got are made in the USA - manufacturer, in fact, announced a plant closing in Canada around the time the deal was announced. They still have some presence in Canada, and are able to claim the necessary IRBs.