Did BAE quietly convey dorsum the SEP from the dead?

via Defense News.

Six defence companies convey offered their vehicles for the program: US-based General Dynamics alongside the Piranha Class 5 design; the French GTD-Nexter alongside the VBCI; Italy’s Iveco-Oto Melara alongside the Centauro Freccia; Finland’s Patria alongside the Patria AMV; High German companies Krauss-Maffei Wegmann together with Rheinmetall alongside the Boxer; together with the Swedish SEP developed past times BAE Systems.
However, the image bid of General Dynamics is the clear favorite. Castilian Defense Minister Pedro Morenés said it clearly inwards the national Parliament: “All the 8×8 armored vehicles must survive constructed inwards Castilian factories.” Only 2 of the 5 companies fulfill this requirement — General Dynamics alongside Santa Bárbara Sistemas factories, together with Iveco-Oto Melara.


Sorry for the photograph spread on this, simply I’ve e’er been a large fan of the SEP.  If I had to practice a listing of the best vehicles never to become far into service thus the SEP would survive at the transcend (or nigh it) of it.

The matter that gets me though is that the people at Defense News missed this.  This is huge together with makes me wonder well-nigh the strategy that BAE is well-nigh to employ.

They dusted off a vehicle that I idea long dead (don’t larn that utilization twisted either…the SEP was super advanced at the fourth dimension together with fifty-fifty if they didn’t improve it inwards my persuasion it would even thus survive the equal if non amend than whatever of its competition)?

BAE is well-nigh to force production over lucre is my guess.  They’re taking command of the pricing past times forthwith entering into production solo…no to a greater extent than partnerships…and volition brand every contest a cost shootout.

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