The UK Ministry of Defence has selected BAE Systems Global Combat Systems and General Dynamics to provide The British Army with a fleet of armoured reconnaissance vehicles.

The vehicles will form part of the Future Rapid Effect System Specialist Vehicle (FRES SV) programme, which will replace the existing Scimitar and Spartan vehicles in operation in Afghanistan.

The medium-weight amphibious Piranha 5 was the first vehicle to be selected as part of the programme.

Minister for Defence Equipment and Support Quentin Davies said the vehicles will play a major role in current operations and “in equipping the army to stand ready to respond to a wide range of contingencies in the future”.

The FRES programme, of which FRES SV forms a part, aims to deliver a medium-weight armoured vehicle fleet with higher levels of protection than in-service vehicles.

The final invitation to tender is expected to be issued later this month following the initial assessment phase.