The British Army is currently considering a vehicle known as the Ranger, which could provide soldiers with an as yet unseen level of protection against roadside bomb blasts compared with current vehicles.

British Army leaders have recently come under attack after senior officals suggested that forces operating in Afghanistan do not have sufficiently protected vehicles to guard against improvised explosive devices (IED), by far the most dangerous weapon in the insurgency arsenal.

The new Ranger vehicle, produced by Universal Engineering is valued at £1m and contains a specially built interior capsule, supported from the ceiling to cushion soldiers against bomb blasts.

Alongside the cushioned interior, the vehicle also makes use of tunable armour, which can be changed to precisely match specific threats. The design of the vehicle uses the effective boat-shaped hull, armoured belly plates and a floating floor to protect against IED attack.

The vehicle carries a 6t payload and is available in 6×6 and 8×8 variants. Weapons options include a 30mm cannon and remote weapons stations.

Universal Engineering is currently undertaking validation trials on the vehicle in Dorset, UK.

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