Note: Still a little "fired" up but we'll proceed anyway.
The Marine Personnel Carrier Program had a major turning point. At the last Modern Day Marine, BAE brought a mock-up of their version of the SUPER AV out into the light and it was the buzz of the event.
Before that unveiling, whispers of why are we even doing an MPC when the Amphibious Combat Vehicle is suppose to be an affordable alternative to the canceled EFV were flowing and gaining voice.
But like I said. BAE shocked the world and put forward the SUPER AV.
The conversation changed.
Suddenly thoughts of totally revamping the amphibious assault fleet gained traction. If the MPC could meet mobility goals...If the MPC could meet swim requirements...If the MPC was actually cheap enough to buy in large quantities then we might have a game changer.
Of all the competitors, BAE and Lockheed Martin seemed ready for the challenge. Sorry ST but I just don't include the Terrex...I would be shocked if it actually won. Shocked and trying my best to find out who got bribed.
Which brings me to General Dynamics.
Grandma said not to burn bridges.
The Marine Corps taught me how to blow them up.
Time to do this the Marine Corps way.
General Dynamics is in a fetal position on the floor begging the bad man to make it stop.
THEY HAVE YET TO IDENTIFY THE VEHICLE THAT IS GOING TO BE PRESENTED FOR SWIM AND BLAST TESTS DUE TO START IN TWO MONTHS!
So let me get this straight. An organization that is a world beater, maker of what they claim is the most powerful tank in the western world, is so secretive that they can't identify to a minor blogger that has a pretty strong focus on armored vehicle projects the vehicle in their portfolio that they're going to present to the Marine Corps for testing?
I mean seriously?
I could get a hold of some contacts and get a pic when it rolls through the gates at Pendleton, Lejeune, Ft AP Hill or Quantico but that just don't seem right.
I would expect them to have enough balls...enough fortitude to realize that at this point in the game it doesn't freaking matter.
But they don't see it that way.
Congratulations BAE and Lockheed...I really believe you guys scared the living day lights out of one of your competitors. Good luck to you both. To General Dynamics. Man up...