To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu Search

Jumping hurdles (Opinion)

3rd September 2021 - 09:00 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland


Australia’s Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle is rumoured to face lengthy delays over technical issues. (Photo: Australian Defence Force)

Several recent land acquisition programmes have run into difficulties — but should delays and cost overruns be accepted as the norm? If not, what exactly needs to change?

Okay, so all defence acquisition programmes run into problems, right? Off the top of your head, name one major new air, land or naval platform procurement effort that has not suffered some kind of issue causing delays and cost increases. I am sure there could be one or two out there, but none spring immediately to mind.  

So, should we be concerned about the problems that have been uncovered with recent projects?

The latest are related to the rumours surrounding Australia’s Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle. Although flat-out denied by the Australian DoD, local TV station ABC has reported that there are concerns in the military due to turret integration and the weight of the vehicle. 

Warrior IFV upgrade, and it now looks as if the British Army’s Ajax armoured reconnaissance

Already have an account? Log in

Want to keep reading this article?

Read this Article

Get access to this article with a Free Basic Account

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 1 free story per week
  • Personalised news alerts
  • Daily and weekly newsletters
  • Free magazine subscription to all our titles
  • Downloadable equipment data handbooks
  • Distribution rights (Corporate only)
Create account

Unlimited Access

Access to all our premium news as a Premium News 365 Member. Corporate subscriptions available.

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 14-day free trial (cancel at any time)
  • Unlimited access to all published premium news
  • 10-year news archive access
  • Downloadable equipment data handbooks
  • Distribution rights (Corporate only)
Start your free trial
Tim Fish


Tim Fish

Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

Read full bio

Share to