Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Land 400 Phase 3. Place your bets!
I thought that now is a good time to examine the Land 400 Phase 3 contest. Earlier I said that it will be canceled (here) and I stand by that possibility due to certain steps the Australian govt has enacted to "secure" their economy. A report was put out (I'll have to find it) that Australia has 6 weeks to prevent a housing bubble collapse. Additionally they've passed laws that make investment by Chinese a bit more difficult.
But then we have to consider Phase 2 and the surprising results of that downselect alongside the push by politicians to use defense spending as a form of economic stimulus and it makes me think that they could somehow get this thing across the finish line.
So who do I place my early bet on?
After looking at Phase 2 I'm thinking that the Puma IFV has this thing in the bag. The Australian Army is looking for gold plated solutions. Additionally I think they're looking at Indonesia and they're getting a bit nervous.
In a few short years it could be argued that the Indonesian Army will have a
quantitative and quality advantage over the Aussies.
Yeah. Mix a bit of domestic spending, with the lust for gold plated vehicles and add a little Pacific armor race together and the Puma is probably in the drivers seat.
Too bad. I really think the CV-9035 makes much more sense.