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Quote: Britain has signed a £3.5-billion ($5.8-billion, 4.4-billion-euro) contract for almost 600 new armoured vehicles, the government said Wednesday on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales.

The deal -- the largest single order the defence ministry has placed for armoured vehicles in three decades -- will support almost 1,300 jobs, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Made by the British arm of US defence company General Dynamics, the 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles have computer technology that will help with surveillance on battlefields.

"I'm delighted that on the eve of the NATO summit, we can announce the biggest single contract for armoured fighting vehicles for the British Army since the 1980s," said Prime Minister David Cameron in the statement.

"Not only will they be crucial in helping to keep Britain safe, they will also underpin nearly 1,300 jobs across the UK and showcase the strength of the UK's highly skilled defence sector." [more at link]

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/britain-orders-3-5-billion-armoured-vehicles-071438124.html#yrGnq8E

And there was me thinking we were skint

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Gotta boost the GDP somehow.

I think the Americans have the right idea when it comes to defense spending, you buy from American companies if possible.

How about we actually get some fighters for the floating white elephant.

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Quote: Britain has signed a £3.5-billion ($5.8-billion, 4.4-billion-euro) contract for almost 600 new armoured vehicles, the government said Wednesday on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales.

The deal -- the largest single order the defence ministry has placed for armoured vehicles in three decades -- will support almost 1,300 jobs, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Made by the British arm of US defence company General Dynamics, the 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles have computer technology that will help with surveillance on battlefields.

"I'm delighted that on the eve of the NATO summit, we can announce the biggest single contract for armoured fighting vehicles for the British Army since the 1980s," said Prime Minister David Cameron in the statement.

"Not only will they be crucial in helping to keep Britain safe, they will also underpin nearly 1,300 jobs across the UK and showcase the strength of the UK's highly skilled defence sector." [more at link]

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/britain-orders-3-5-billion-armoured-vehicles-071438124.html#yrGnq8E

And there was me thinking we were skint

:rolleyes:

£269K+ per job....... money well spent. What prospect for export orders? Oh, it's US made! And how can it help defeat IS? Oh, it can't.....

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Always thought the it would end this way. A bare-knuckle fistfight for dirt pancakes thrown off the back of blue-helmeted UN relief convoys.

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' ... help with surveillance on battle fields' and only costing £3.5 billion and will secure 1,300 for a yank owned company. Waste of money.

£3.5 billion / 1300 = £2.69 million per job.

Edited by Corruption

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More like just shy of £6 million quid for each vehicle. Just what sort of technology or mechanics are employed to justify this, I couldn't say.

I'm wondering why each vehicle is worth that. I hope it has a drinks machine inside for that money.

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More like just shy of £6 million quid for each vehicle. Just what sort of technology or mechanics are employed to justify this, I couldn't say.

Remember this is a government procurement - which for whatever reason always stands at >10x normal.

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How many new homes on green field sites could ahve been built with 3.5bn?

35,000 houses at £100k each!

Yes, just about enough homes to house the immigrants who have arrived here this year.

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Maybe they're not earmarked for duty in Iraq but rather London...

Exactly.

So, why does US Homeland Sec store 2.5 BILLION bullets?

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6 days ago the UK terror threat level was raised: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28986271 with Cameron saying: "We need to fill the gaps in our armory". Today this deal goes through to buy 3.5 billion armored vehicles.

Coincidence? Or maybe the terror threat level was raised in order to justify the spending of 3.5 billion of taxpayer money.

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Britain, constantly mocked on the World stage for being an insignificant little island, yet still expected to give more than any other nation. Strange, this country is an asset stripped, **** raped, corrupt shit hole. Something's got to give!

Wurzel said the £3.5Bn could build 35,000 x £100,000 homes? How about the government renovate 150,000 homes at an average of £20,000 each in the vein of all the boarded up flats/terraces that are all strewn over our cities and towns? That'd surely create some availability?

The £500m leftover could be used to repatriate non contributing immigrants, and used for staffing at passport control and ports.

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BAE lost out again, it seems any british company keeps losing out on government contracts, I wounder what the uk government got in return.

I doubt the government got much but I'm sure individuals in it will do quite nicely.

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6 days ago the UK terror threat level was raised: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28986271 with Cameron saying: "We need to fill the gaps in our armory". Today this deal goes through to buy 3.5 billion armored vehicles.

Coincidence? Or maybe the terror threat level was raised in order to justify the spending of 3.5 billion of taxpayer money.

all this tech never stopped IEDs...EVER.

As for Battlefield surveillance...when was the last time the British Army was on a Battlefield?

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