UK MoD Announces £60m Mastiff 2 Contract

7 September 2008 (Last Updated September 7th, 2008 18:30)

Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne has announced a £60m contract with NP Aerospace to deliver the Mastiff 2 next generation of Mastiff. The NP Aerospace facility in Coventry has been developing the highly sophisticated Mastiff vehicles from basic 6x6 Cougar vehicles.

Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne has announced a £60m contract with NP Aerospace to deliver the Mastiff 2 next generation of Mastiff.

The NP Aerospace facility in Coventry has been developing the highly sophisticated Mastiff vehicles from basic 6x6 Cougar vehicles.

The new Mastiff 2 vehicles will have improved axles and suspension to cope with the harsh terrain, better thermal imaging for drivers, explosive attenuating seats to provide better protection on impact, improved armour and a greater crew capacity.

Defence Secretary, Des Browne said that the Mastiff is already a hero in Iraq.

"Today's contract for Mastiff 2 will deliver a vehicle that is even better and will give soldiers that extra protection and save lives," said Browne.

By Daniel Garrun.