UK MoD to Spend More Cash to Counter IEDs

13 June 2010 (Last Updated June 13th, 2010 18:30)

The UK Ministry of Defence will spend an additional £67m ($98.7m) to help fund counter-IED measures for troops in Afghanistan, it has been revealed. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the additional funds would be spent doubling the number of counter-IED teams to 20, and procuring up to

The UK Ministry of Defence will spend an additional £67m ($98.7m) to help fund counter-IED measures for troops in Afghanistan, it has been revealed.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the additional funds would be spent doubling the number of counter-IED teams to 20, and procuring up to 13 new Mastiff armoured vehicles and Dragon Runner robots used to track the bombs.

An additional £200m ($294.6m) will also be diverted from the current international development budget for reconstruction work in Helmand.

In December 2009, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a £150m ($220.8m) allocation to tackle improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.