Military Turns Back to Wheels
The military are turning back to wheels as opposed to tracks on defence vehicles. According to a Jane’ Defence Weekly report, there is an increasing trend back towards wheeled vehicles for logistics reasons. The thinking is that a wheel vehicle is better able to get itself to war than a tracked machine, which would need a transported of some kind.
According to the report, republished in the SMMT’s Transport News Brief, the trend was particularly visible the recent Defence Vehicle Dynamics show at Millbrook in Bedfordshire, which was dominated by 6×6 and 8×8 drive trains, with barely any tracked vehicles. At the same time, UK Ministry of Defence took the opportunity to announce orders for more fighting vehicles, all of them wheeled.