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It might have been because it took so damn long, that the SOR was written when L16 wasn't a thing yetPlease tell me I’m dreaming here man…
Our brand new shiny MH fleet, which took over a century to order and have delivered, were “fitted for, but not with, L16”?
That’s because L16 is being phased out for something faster & more secure, so we didn’t bother with L16 because it’s essentially ‘old tech.’ Right? Riiigghhttt?
But seriously, requirements are for effects like "a secure two-way datalink system that is interoperable with allied units", not specific things. If you write for a specific thing and it's obsolete by the time the contract is awarded, then you end up with something with an obsolete piece of equipment.