Hearing trauma of British tank crews is believed to be linked to British Army helmets

The British Army has just issued an order limiting the duration of exposure of armored personnel on board vehicles ranging from 5 hours for certain types of armored vehicle to a maximum of 55 minutes for other models, due to a defect observed concerning the helmets used by these soldiers, according to the British daily The Times. This precautionary measure aims to protect the personnel of the armed forces while the number of auditory traumatisms of British armored crews would have increased significantly. An in-depth investigation would be underway to determine if indeed, the helmets used by the crews to communicate on board the armored vehicles are…

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British Armored Vehicle Ajax's Last Chance Mission

For several months, the Ajax armored vehicle program intended for the British armed forces has faced much criticism, after major technical problems were revealed in the press across the Channel, and several hundred soldiers were injured by the very high vibrations and sound level inside the armored vehicle when it moves. The authorities dithered for a while, not knowing whether the program should be continued, to try to correct the sometimes crippling defects observed, or simply stopped. Ultimately, the decision of the future of the program fell to the director of program deliveries of the…

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Will the British Army have to abandon the Ajax armored program?

In the mid-90s, the British Army set out to replace its Scorpion, Scimitar, Spartan and Sultan tracked reconnaissance and specialist armored vehicles, which had been in service since the early 70s, and which were beginning to clearly show the weight of the years in a changing environment. quick. However, it was not until 2010 that, as part of the Future Rapid Effect System program, the British Ministry of Defense decided in favor of Lockheed-Martin's Scout SV, to the chagrin of BAe and its CV90 which was already winning a real success in Europe. Derived from the ASCOD model jointly designed by Spain and Austria,…

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The British Char Challenger 3 (also) will be protected by the Israeli Trophy system

We knew that London was planning to equip its future Challenger 3 tank, a retrofit of the Challenger 2 currently in service to compensate for defects and obsolescence and to make it possible to connect with a possible replacement from 2035, with a Hard protection system -Kill to increase its protection against anti-tank missiles and rockets. The British Ministry of Defense has just confirmed that the active protection system Trophy of the Israeli Rafael had been selected for this, in this case in its lighter version Trophy MV/VPS. The British Army will therefore be the 3rd NATO army to choose the Israeli self-protection system,…

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New partners, new capabilities: Berlin has big ambitions for the MGCS program

If the first discussions around the Main Ground Combat System program, or MGCS, date from 2012, this program intended to replace the heavy armored component in France (Char Leclerc) and Germany (Leopard 2 tank) has come to the fore. from 2017 and the election of French President Emmanuel Macron, when he integrated it with a set of other Franco-German programs including the SCAF intended to replace the Rafale and Typhoon aircraft, and the MAWS intended to replace the aircraft Maritime Patrol Atlantic 2 and P3C Orion. The Franco-German couple, stimulated by tensions between Berlin and Washington following the arrival of Donald…

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New British Challenger 3 tank unveiled

Prior to the publication of the new Integrated Strategic Review, many rumors had circulated in Great Britain concerning severe cuts to certain key British Defense capabilities. Among them were a severe downward revision of the number of F35s ordered by the Royal Air Force, the reduction in the number of Royal Navy frigate, as well as the pure and simple elimination of the 3 battalions of heavy tanks which the British Army, and which are equipped with the Challenger 2 heavy tank. Finally, the heavy tank will remain in service in the British Army, since 148 Challenger 2 will be gradually brought to…

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Is technology a substitute for the masses in Defense?

Since its public release last night, the new British Defense White Paper has been flowing endless streams of digital ink. In the crosshairs of most comments, very often hostile to the approach proposed by the Conservative government of Boris Johnson, the reduction in manpower and the volume of force of the British Army, which will lose 10.000 men to settle in 70.000 soldiers, some of its Challenger II heavy tanks and all of its Warrior infantry fighting vehicles once they reach their age limit, but also 24 first-generation Typhoons from the Royal Air Force, or even …

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The British Army on the cusp of a major transformation

Many are those who think that the British Army appears to be the big loser of the arbitrations to come in Great Britain following the publication of the new Integrated Strategic Review. It is true that this enshrines the preponderant role of the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force in the conflicts and tensions to come, and that these two armies are destined to receive the lion's share, with the force of deterrence, of the £16,5 billion increase in the Defense budget promised by Boris Johnson over the next 4 years. In addition, the damning report concerning the state of dilapidation of heavy equipment…

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Strategic Review: UK looks to the Pacific and strengthens its deterrent force

The British government of Boris Johnson presented, on March 16, the first part of its Integrated Strategic Review, which traces the defense trajectory of Great Britain for the years to come. London has obviously chosen a deliberate strategy that breaks with that applied since the end of the Cold War, to face the strategic challenges that are emerging around the Globe. This first part deals with the main strategic axes which will be the pillars of the evolution of the objectives and means allocated to Her Majesty's armed forces in the coming years. The second part, presented next week, will specify…

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British Army takes an interest in Franco-German MGCS tank program

European cooperation programs seem to be at the heart of Defense news at the start of the year. Indeed, after Italy and Poland, it is Great Britain's turn to take an interest in the Franco-German MGCS program, which is to design and manufacture a new heavy combat tank by 2035 to replace the Leopards. 2 of the Bundeswehr and the Leclerc of the Army. According to the Defensenews.com site, the British authorities have indeed opened discussions with their German and French counterparts on this subject, in order to find a replacement for its Challenger 2 tanks which will remain in service within the British…

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