MoD Prepares Latest Heavyweight Vehicles for Afghanistan

12 July 2009 (Last Updated July 12th, 2009 18:30)

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing to send its latest heavyweight vehicles to Afghanistan as part of a £700m equipment package. Included in the package is a number of Wolfhound heavy-armoured support trucks; Husky medium-armoured vehicles; Coyote lightly-armoured support

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing to send its latest heavyweight vehicles to Afghanistan as part of a £700m equipment package.

Included in the package is a number of Wolfhound heavy-armoured support trucks; Husky medium-armoured vehicles; Coyote lightly-armoured support vehicles; and 100 Warthog cross-country vehicles, which will replace existing Viking models.

British troops are also set to receive 200 Jackal vehicles. The open-top vehicle was first deployed in the Helmand region of Afghanistan last year, but about ten soldiers have been killed in the vehicle since it was deployed.

Accompanying the Jackals will be the Buffalo vehicle and the Snatch-Vixen, which is set to replace the controversial lightly-armoured Snatch Land Rover in which 37 soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan.