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I wonder if we even have enough manufacturing capacity today to do something like this, if needed.

". . . . no fewer than 12 Chrysler factories were involved in making and assembling the parts, and in the end, the project involved 2,000 subcontractors in 330 cities."
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"In Sweden, each Bofors gun reportedly took 450 man-hours to create; at Chrysler, with higher parts interchangeability, it was done with ten man-hours."

http://www.allpar.com/history/military/bofors.html
 

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Thanks for that post!! A very informative article . The smaller Oerlikon gun was designed in Germany but taken up by the Swiss . I have been to the Zurich suburb of Oerlikon where the gun was manufactured , as my eldest step daughter lives & works over there. I didnt realise that the Bofors had so many parts to it. Seems like quite an undertaking to get it into mass production. It strange that it takes a war to get engineers working at their best.
 

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I doubt it. Red tape would queer a project like that now. Look how universally united we are against Al Qaeda. :doh:

We are doing sub contracting work for a company who is making a winch for the army. We've been making parts for 6 months for what looks like something they could easily buy at any company who supplies stuff to the mining industry. The drawings are poorly done*, and specifications are called out the to the .0000 which makes it cost a fortune.


*I say poorly done because they could be drawn so the part was much easier to measure. There is no common reference point. On this drawing, one point determines the next. A "good" private sector drawing is done with one common reference point which saves hours of time in both machining and in checking for accuracy.

The other reason I say we couldn't do it is that impatient shareholders wouldn't allow a company to shift gears. It wouldn't be in the corporate business plan.
 

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I suppose I know what you mean---Since the end of WW2 the British Ministry of Defence have squandered Billions££££££. Aircraft that dont work , Aircraft that do work but got cancelled, Computer systems that wont talk to each other, Radios for the troops with no range,Airborne radar that cant tell a farmer in a pick up truck from an enemy tank. Sub machine guns that dont work in the jungle or desert & scrap themselves if you drop it!!
 

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On the plus side, wild technology can combat most conventional weapons the nut balls have. I don't see us ever having a conventional war with a legitimate country ever again.

Now we need to concentrate on guys with, dirty bombs, shoe/under ware/copier bombers, and some angry nut with one nuclear missile.:doh:
 

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Look at WWII and all the companies that got into firearms manufacturing....GM, Jukeboxes, Typewriters, IBM, just to name a few that made M1 Carbines.
 
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