The British Army has deployed a Mastiff group to Afghanistan for troop transportation and large convoy protection in Helmand province.

More than 60 soldiers from two Wiltshire-based infantry regiments have been deployed for Operation Herrick 11 in Afghanistan.

The two army units will operate the Mastiff protected mobility vehicle, a heavily armoured vehicle designed to protect the troops from anti-vehicle mines and improvised explosive devices.

Mastiff, a heavily armoured, 6×6 wheel-drive protected mobility vehicle, can accommodate a total of ten people and runs at a maximum speed of 90km/h.

Armament on the vehicle includes a 7.62mm general-purpose machine gun, a 12.7mm heavy machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

Troops will use the vehicle for troop transportation, large convoy protection and counter Taliban attack operations.

Prior to deployment, the troops from the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS) and the King’s Royal Hussars (KRH) executed their final predeployment training exercise on Salisbury Plain.