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23 August 2013

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Nice write up, Jim. Who'd have thought that one could find relevant information apart from the Army's own internally generated information.

I've always figured that the CV90 wasn't included because it is too strong a contender. Drawing attention to it wouldn't help the monstrosity that is the GCV getting built...

This quote, from the trials of the different AFV's last year, is the perfect example: "The CV90 infantry carrier, on the other hand, "was optimized for the European plains…""*

Anyone who knows anything at all about the CV90, or northern Sweden, knows that is not true. Sweden has some plains too, but the basic requirements for the CV90 were defined by us being partially in the arctic climate zone.

So, why even claim such a ludicrous thing unless you for some reason wanted to misrepresent the vehicle? If anything, "optimized for the European plains" kind of sounds like the Bradley.

*http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130221/DEFREG02/302210017/Defense-Secretary-Review-GCV-Study-59-U-S-Army-Wants-Firepower

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