I'm pretty sure they did the same thing with water cooled machine guns in World War 1So apparently British Army Tanks have something called a boiling vessel inside that allows them to heat up water. While this is normally to allow them to have hot food and drink out in the field, apparently it's most often used to make....you guessed it, Hot Tea.
And that is the most stereotypically British thing I can imagine. Sitting in a Tank sipping on a cup of tea.
Well, and this is conjecture based on small reading, most of the shit we took to Afghanistan was designed for a theoretical escalation of hostilities in Europe with an eventual march to Russia, which is full of fields and forests and most important, gets fucking cold and summers are comparatively temperate; a LAV-25 in a Belgian summer in the 1980s would be uncomfortable to be sure, but it wouldn't be dangerous. However, Australia is a hot and dry country and since our poor diggers have to train with these fuckers all the time, and I think the proving ground was in the Northern Territory which is just, disgustingly hot AND humid basically all the time, the Department of Defence probably figured an A/C unit was less money than inevitable bad press, lawsuits and parliamentary butt fucking from soldiers dying from heat stroke in these things.But... why? An aircon in a fucking armored vehicle sounds hella reasonable.
They do, but I think that also serves the practical purpose of being the mission water supply: some of these things are designed to allow their crew to operate for like, four days without returning to base for resupply.If you are going to put NBC (or CBRN or whatever the kids are calling it these days), you may as well put air-con in there as well. I think they also have water coolers as well.
Oh sure, but I meant more that it's not just a water supply, they cool it as well. But yeah, deserts and jungles and the like make that useful. IIRC, there was a highly publicised negligent discharge during a training accident some years back because it was hot and someone different follow weapon discipline before getting at the water.They do, but I think that also serves the practical purpose of being the mission water supply: some of these things are designed to allow their crew to operate for like, four days without returning to base for resupply.