Feeds

BAE mounts the Last Charge of the Light Cavalry

British Swedish tank to slip through MoD's closing door?

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Maybe it's time for a return to the armoured car era

But in fact the toughest and sneakiest of all - the SAS - prefer to largely do without armour when playing that game, finding that a vehicle such as the Jackal is more to their taste. The Jackal was originally designed to SAS requirements as a sort of ultimate version of the heavily-armed "Wolf" or WMIK land rovers which were already very popular among our elite forces.

Nowadays every British combat brigade goes to Afghanistan with a Commando-style Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) of specially picked troops trained up by SAS instructors and mounted in modern kit such as the Jackal.

For mobile off-road warfare, Jackal or its ilk seems more the way of the future in recce work than a new Scimitar. The hard-corps culture of the BRF - as opposed to that of the traditionally horsey, champagne-quaffing, ceremonial-loving cavalry regiments, even today a little reluctant to get too far from their mounts - seems more appropriate to the task. Especially now that so much mainstream recce activity is better done from the air or by robots, and now that so much warfare is urban or on-road anyway, and thus totally unsuitable for tracked vehicles.

So it's fair to say that the cavalry and BAE's tank division will be glad to see at least a few tanks make it under the bar before the new strategic review perhaps - at last - decides that classic WWII armoured warfare is largely over.

But plenty of soldiers won't be so chuffed, feeling that they'd rather spend the cash on other things. And plenty of taxpayers might rather wait and see if we actually still want to play Classic Tank War before deciding to buy classic tank war kit. ®

Bootnotes

*This is the so-called Case Telescoped Weapon System (CTWS), in which a 40mm projectile is moved back into the cartridge holding its propellant. This means that the projectile can be shot at very high velocity without needing to have a very long round and long cannon breech - the gun and its ammo have been "telescoped", allowing for a smaller, lighter turret and easier ammo storage and handling.

The idea was developed to make light tanks and infantry vehicles more able to penetrate their rivals' armour in classic tank war. However, it is now being sold as a means of piercing the amazingly resistant mud walls of Afghan compounds. (You can dream up a reason to send just about anything to Afghanistan, and people always do: this doesn't mean it's worth doing.)

**There are heavy air transports able to haul a single main battle tank, but this isn't practical. Blighty only has five such planes, and even the USA doesn't even try to despatch heavy armour by air en masse.

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.