What are the Australians going to do with their over 200 G.D ASLAVs that are being replaced with the 211 Artec Boxer (combat recon vehicles) ?
The semi-logical pathway for the NZDF might be to upgrade 30 of the LAV3s to LAV 6 spec (Canada's upgrade cost was nz$3.3 million per LAV 3 vehicle on 141 vehicle run) (while the NZDF have the full complement of 105 LAV 3s, to allow 30 to be shipped to Canada for upgrading).
That should buy some time to see which of the Artec Boxer (acquisition per unit cost of nz$13.7 million for Australia/ Aus buit boxers) or LAV 700 etc is the better long term light armour replacement for the remaining non upgraded NZDF LAVs.
The story? fed to the public at the time of the LAV purchase was NZ had to pull its regional defense weight more and the Aussies wanted NZ to have plenty of LAVs, to give them hand should they require it.
Post by exkiwiforces on Jan 26, 2020 14:56:33 GMT 12
Ah, the Dobson and Jerry show is still biting the NZDF & the long suffering NZ taxpayer in the ass. The gift that keeps on giving, the Infantry Officer Coup of 2000 in the NZDF under the Labour Alliance Coalition. Which has done so much damage to NZDF apart from the cuts in 90’s by National Government.
I point my fingers at this lot as well Auntie Helen, M Burton, Jim A, the Greens aka Keith Locke. Old Phil had to clean up the mess left by M Burton and thats when Phil realised that he been feed some BS along the way when he was the Minister for Foreign Affairs at the time when all this was happening.
A typical Stuff article. A few facts and lots of supposition. One of the unnamed sources stated 'I know that valley quite well, the guns only went up to 30 degrees. That valley had cliffs of 2000 feet (609 metres)'. I'm not sure if the height of the cliffs is correct but the gun elevation is several ball parks from the real figure.
Post by novascotiaboy on May 21, 2020 9:30:26 GMT 12
I realize that Covid 19 will likely take a bite out of defence spending but the recent announcement by Patria and the US Army concerning trials of the NEMO mortar show the benefit of this system.
Could not some of these LAVs be retrofitted with the NEMO mortar turret to provide direct and indirect fire support that can keep up with the main body of the armoured Infantry for NZ forces? Would this be a practical replacement for the 105 mm Hamels as they are getting long in the tooth.