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Returning Soldiers Grounded For 48 Hours In Mod Tyre Farce: Troops Were Forced To Wait At Middle Eastern Base In Row Over Replacing Aircraft's Flat

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2381636/Returning-soldiers-grounded-48-hours-MoD-tyre-farce-Troops-forced-wait-Middle-Eastern-base-row-replacing-aircrafts-flat-wheel.html

RAF Voyager aircraft was left with puncture after being hit by bird

Crew could have swapped tyre with one from a nearby international airport

But top brass feared it would breach a £10.5billion private-finance deal

Instead a new wheel had to be flown 3,400-miles from the UK to the Gulf

Hundreds of battle-weary troops flying home from Afghanistan endured a 48-hour delay at a sweltering Middle East airbase because of a farcical row over an aircraft's spare tyre.

Box-ticking military chiefs refused to allow the RAF Voyager's crew to swap a punctured tyre with one from a nearby international airport - because it would breach a £10.5billion private-finance deal.

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Because the Voyagers are militarised versions of the Airbus A330-200 passenger jets, the RAF crew tried to source a new tyre from an international airport in Dubai.

Astonishingly, senior military officers in the UK refused permission. Passengers were told this was because it would invalidate the aircraft's warranty under a private-finance project signed with the AirTanker consortium in 2008 - costing the Ministry of Defence extra money.

Why the feck would changing the tyre invalidate the warranty?

Although it appears once more in the highest tradition of military equipment the UK has bought crap that doesn't work as advertised.

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Don’t the elites tend to think of our common soldiers as “The scum of the earth”, so what if they have to sit around for a couple of days, isn’t that what they do the rest of the time Ha ha ha ha.

Although inconvenient, this does pale in comparison with the situation with the ‘Snatch’ Landovers, where we were happy to have our military driving around in highly venerable vehicles for years.

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Why the feck would changing the tyre invalidate the warranty?

Although it appears once more in the highest tradition of military equipment the UK has bought crap that doesn't work as advertised.

Elf and safety...no on except no one takes personal responsibilty anymore if they can help it..

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It's nothing to do with health and safety. The sting in the tail of many of these PFI contracts is when the 'unexpected' happens. The PFI often puts in a lowball bid to win the contract but the penalty clauses for anything that goes outside the strict terms of the contract are eye watering. In this case, the PFI company does the changeover or they slap a load extra on the bill. This is all in the name of moving some government debt off the balance sheet.

Some of the data breaches are the result of similar clauses. When the audit office or some other department asks for some data, the PFI company will charge an arm and a leg to extract what's required. So they just copy the entire database (because they don't need the PFI software company to do it) and put the DVD of that in the post...

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...driving around in highly venerable vehicles...

venerable = Accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character

vulnerable = Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed

The landrover is probably a bit of both :)

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