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GD ASCOD Video for UK FRES Program

March 23, 2010

This is actually a pretty decent video from General Dynamics.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. peter permalink
    April 21, 2010 5:49 am

    30+ tonnes for a scout vehicle is pretty heavy. But let’s face it , in recent conflicts scout’s have been ordered to do much more than simply “scout” . Better protection in combo with heavier weapons and a reasonable mobility seems to be the best choice.

  2. March 24, 2010 3:43 pm

    As soon as BAE got fined over the Saudi deal it was sure a thing that the contract would go abroad. BAE are the only home player.

    Should the MoD gone for CV90? Yes. But with the off the shelf design without the French gun.

    Can we get back to the war canoes now?

  3. Distiller permalink
    March 24, 2010 12:41 pm

    Equally nuts!

  4. William permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:43 am

    ” In my book that is even too heavy for an armored cavalry vehicle. Dothe FRES people really have an idea what they want???”

    The German Puma comes in at 42 tonnes. The Germans don’t think that is too heavy for a modern IFV.

  5. Mike Burleson permalink*
    March 24, 2010 6:44 am

    The British and the US will spare no expense for mediocrity. Maybe we should be using reverse psychology and start supporting flawed platforms!

  6. Distiller permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:38 am

    Thats a good thing, right?

    For the guys in the video? Guess so. Must be from before the time when the Eurofighter ate all the Austrian’s MoD money. These days they can’t even do excecises on a battalion level any more.

    Not sure about the ASCOD. Always felt it to be a kind of an oddball. Never received a lot of support from GD, so the dreams of modularity and different versions never realized. Also because the two users didn’t want to pay for it, and neither did they keep it at the state of the art.

    These days there are two kinds of vehicles: Those that’ve seen the war, and the paper-monsters with unknown performance. ASCOD fits the second type. The CV90 on the other hand has seen action in Afghanistan and took it quite well.

    I also find it strange to put the label “scout” on a 30/40 tonnes IFV. In my book that is even too heavy for an armored cavalry vehicle. Dothe FRES people really have an idea what they want???

  7. Endre permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:32 am

    This is the original Austrian ASCOD – the one selected for the UK SV requirement has been extensively modified, so calling it an ASCOD is almost unwarranted at this point. New turret, new transmission, engine, everything.

  8. Anders permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:57 am

    ASCOD instead of CV90… best of luck to the UK FRES Program!

  9. Mike Burleson permalink*
    March 24, 2010 4:36 am

    Thats a good thing right?

  10. Distiller permalink
    March 24, 2010 12:28 am

    Austrians

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