'Mobile Coffins': The Unlikely Solution To The Army’s 'Death Trap' | INTEL

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When soldiers began dying in vehicles offering no mine protection in Iraq and Afghanistan, it took an assortment of politicians, engineers and defence staff to try and come up with a solution. It also took time.



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Didn't the South African Defense Force have mine resistant V shaped hull vehicles back in the 80s in their fight against Angolan communist guerillas?

Author — Spikes746

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"Remember. Your kit is always made by the lowest bidder."

Author — Buckers67 Buck

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The British stopped keeping the British army updated with modern equipment in the late 80s/early 90s. Iraq was a real eye opener tgat showed them up.

Author — Johnny

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Heartbreaking listening to that lads dad 😢

Author — Craig Handleys

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Should have put Blair, Mandelson, Brown, and Cameron in a snatch, leave them in the middle of Afghanistan and let them get on with it... Pretty sure improvements would have happened quicker.

Author — andy smerdon

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You know I really didn't expect this type of quality journalism from a Forces channel....keep it up.👍

Author — gjssjg

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RIP Jack Sadler
Thankyou for your service and sacrifice

Author — Ape Man

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I think one of the reasons the MOD were slow about this is due to the 'make do and mend' attitude that the army has had to adopt, due to the years of sub standard equipment we've had to deal with.

Author — Gunner R.A.

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The way to move this forward quicker is to sit an MPs kid in the front of the Snatch till the new vehicles are on line...

Author — Neal O'Gorman

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5:15 what he really means to say is we couldnt afford to ship a load of mine protected vehicles because it was expensive.

Author — Des Nebula

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No acknowledgement to the South African military designs which were dealing with IED’S and soviet mines in the bush war as far back as the 70’s.

Author — Xylem Rays

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Unfortunetly 120 deaths v the cost of new equipment is a price the MOD were willing to pay.

Author — asambi69

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It IS damned unusual for a professional politician, even one who specializes in Defense issues, to personally helm a major procurement program solely because he identified a need.
Now, I am an American. I have no real grasp of the politics of the British Ministry of Defense. Therefore, I make no comment about the system or its ability to outfit the British soldier. Undoubtedly there are complaints about it and just as undoubtedly those complaints will have some overblown hyperbole and some stone cold truth to them. You can say that about every bureaucracy ever devised.
But that Paul Drayson was willing to put his name and stake his reputation on program to address an immediate need in an immediate time frame speaks volumes about the man's ethical courage.
He'll never see or hear about it, but Lord Drayson has the respect of an old American cavalry corporal half a world away. Hopefully he also has the thanks of men and women who made it home because of the Mastiff program.

Author — Carl Hicks Jr

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Like Medicine, Equipment always takes a leap forward in times of conflict.

Author — Hounslow Parks

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Better journalism than most news channels.

Author — Tungst

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Nice vehicle. We in the U.S. obviously went through the same pain with the Humvee. But there's only so much you can do when you need light and fast transportation. Even the predecessor to the Bradley, the M113 (a dedicated armored personnel carrier) was a disaster. Our guys in Vietnam all rode on top because if you hit a mine and you were inside, you were gone. Even with those lessons the military didn't address mine resistance in the Bradley until a couple of years ago. There's definitely a reality gap between those who have to use the equipment and those who determine equipment requirements.

Author — Scat

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The Generals, like generals everywhere never leave England and don't want anyone interuppting tea time

Author — Joe M

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Put the political class in them it will be fixed very quickly.

Author — The frog

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I've seen the vee hull used on mine resistant vehicles during the war in Rhodesia in the 1960s. They were in British military vehicle museums.

Author — Ken Sim

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Ironic, the Rhodesians who the brits abandoned to communists invented the mrap, and now years later they need it to save the lives of there soldiers. Ironic.

Author — Hunter Vibin