"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

MOD announce ordering 130 MWMIK air cooled 6 x 6 Supercats at £250,000 each for Afghanistan next year - AGAIN

Ministry Of Defence has announced again today that they have signed a £30 million contract with Plymouth-based DML Ltd, now owned by Babcock International Group plc for the supply of 130 badly needed MWMIK vehicles (Mobility Weapon Mounted Installation Kit) . (That's 1/4 Mn a throw)

These can carry 4 soldiers on an unprotected platform based on a 6x6 wheel drive design from Supacat Ltd from Honiton in Devon, with a claimed top speed of 80 mph. Universal Engineering Ltd will manufacture the chassis, Cummings the engine, and Allison the transmission.

The vehicle will be fitted with a range of firepower, including a .50 calibre machine gun , automatic grenade launchers and a general purpose machine gun.

Lord Drayson, Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support, said (again) :

"These vehicles are well armed, swift, and agile. They will boost our capability with some serious firepower. MoD and the Treasury have worked hard to get these powerful vehicles to our troops in quick time, and they will start going out to theatre early next year."

This order was announced previously on Monday 25th June and discussed by Lord Patel here on June 30th.WMIK - Patrolling Afghanistan in a convertible

Perhaps announcing orders more than once might give the impression that they are ordering more essential kit ?

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