I think a mandatory test during procurement exercises for man-portable military should be the designers having to walk 20 miles with the kit as well as the typical squaddie layout. That may make them think twice about using steel and consider using aluminium for most kit and titanium for the more expensive, costly and fragile stuff
Wholeheartedly agree. However, there are military people working within D&ES to make that point. However, kit still gets through that is too heavy or large... but I guess that is what happens when we have to regular develop our own kit rather than buying off the shelf from the US etc. I shouldn't whinge too much though; UK's ECM kit is far better than the US stuff who have been trying to get their hands on its technology for years.