Announced yesterday on the MoD website, the first batch of Panther Command and Liaison Vehicles has been delivered to troops in Afghanistan, "complete with the latest battle-ready upgrades."North's tale helps explain, at least implicitly, why my initial introduction to the Panther at the BAE Systems Web site made me believe that BAE built the thing. Iveco, an Italian firm, designed and built the vehicle.
Behind the bland covering story, however, lies a tale of utter incompetence, deception and bad faith which, even by MoD standards, almost beggars description.
(keep reading at Defence of the Realm)
Monday, May 25, 2009
Richard North of "Defence of the Realm" has an in-depth piece detailing the background of the Panther.