Originally Posted by pepsi
Are you referring to this: http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/...335851327.html
The bit that interested me was :
Another dozen would sound good, but i just wonder if the higher budget should also go towards more than 59 M1A1's, and/or more than 22 Tiger ARH's
Also, the part of the article that mentions the Ready Reserve scheme, i was wondering if this is a good thing, it sounds quite good but i just wonder why it wasn't done before
It was done before, by Labour, but was the first thing canned by the Liberals when they got into power. Now it seems they've realised it was a good idea and have brought it back. Once again Labour has decided NOT to make an issue out of this, despite Liberals resurecting one of THEIR old policies.
It's pointless acquiring more Tigers IMHO, until we get the ones we've already ordered into operational service and fully manned. Aircraft are coming off the production line, quicker than ADF has been able to fill pilot vacancies and as I said on the Tiger project "slammed" thread, no pilot=no capability no matter how good the aircraft, or how numerous.
More tanks would be nice, but I won't hold my breath. I think it an absolute certainty that more Bushmasters will be ordered, (Army holds options on up to 450 MORE Bushmasters) as well as possibly more ASLAV's.
Army will probably also get a medium range SAM system, as this is a glaring hole in it's capabilities at present, as well as more MRH-90, more Chinooks, advancement of projects such as Land 40 phase 2 (direct fire weapons systems) which are in limbo at present and some confirmation on Land 17 (artillery replacement) Land 400 (replacement armoured vehicle project) and Project Overlander (non-armoured vehicle fleet replacement).
Airforce is likely to get more C-130J's, possibly equipped as KC-130J's (air to air refuelling capable) confirmation on Global Hawk/Mariner purchase, confirmation on Caribou replacement project and C-17 acquisition, possibly additional A330 air to air refuelling aircraft and confirmation on next-generation maritime patrol aircraft project (either refurbished AP-3C or MMA).
Navy will get confirmation on design and fitouts for AWD Destroyers and LHD Amphibious ships project, confirmation on ANZAC ship and Collins subs upgrades, confirmation of further Armidale class patrol boats (total fleet of 14) confirmation of SM-2 integration for FFG's, confirmation or Seahawk upgrade or replacement and confirmation of SeaKing replacement.
Out of this budget increase, Army and Airforce are likely to benefit the most, as RAN's "big ticket" items are already confirmed...