Red-faced defence chiefs squandered millions of pounds on 6,000 pistols that were scrapped after just five years. A damning example of waste by the Ministry of Defence top brass, who bought the Sig Sauer handguns before ditching them in favour of Austrian-made Glock. The embarrassing fiasco came at a time when the cash-strapped department was axing 30,000 troops, fighter jets, warships and tanks in a desperate bid to save money. The MoD ordered the consignment of Sig semi-automatic pistols in 2008 as an Urgent Operational Requirement to enable British soldiers to protect themselves better in Afghanistan. UPDATED: out of pure interest 1.Welcome to Ex-MOD.com 2.MOD Sales, Military Vehicles & Used Ex MOD Land Rovers for Sale 3.Direct Sales – MOD Sales, Military Vehicles & Used Ex MOD Land … Change the £ for $ to appreciate valueBut in January last year the Army announced that after extensive tests it was replacing the ageing standard-issue Cold War-era Browning pistol – introduced nearly 50 years ago – with the Glock 17 Gen 4 handgun. The Treasury has spent £6 billion on Urgent Operations Requirements, or UORs, which has involved rushing new kit into service in Iraq and Afghanistan when existing equipment proves to be dangerously inadequate MORE HERE: Ministry of Defence spent millions of pounds on 6000 pistols which it ditched after just five years
It is my own humble opinion that you cannot judge a decision made in 2008, by the standard of today. In addition to this, the decision to purchase the 6,000 Sig Sauer pistols was part of an ‘Urgent Operational Requirement’ for troops engaged in hostile operations. As such it would have been placed as a bulk emergency order, with the criteria to over match the Browning, at the cheapest price. Its use as a secondary weapon would have been against targets up close and very personal. It was well-known that the 9mm Browning High Power pistols were at the very end of their life in 2000!
As far as kit and weapons were concerned when I served as a RM; we fortunately had the best, as well as specialist kit unseen in the Army/RAF at the time. I had only one complaint, and that was against the first issue of the RM high leg combat boots. The procurement officer within the Corps should have been reamed out with an old Christmas tree for signing off on them. Typical of such a trial the main issue went to Staff officers, clerks, cooks, and bottle washers. Only a small handful of Commando Unit Marines received a pair for evaluation, of which all complained of their total unsuitability; no one listened. It took five years before some genius rectified the fault, which resulted in a far superior boot. Drip session now over… Yours Aye.