BAE Systems’ Terrier combat engineering vehicle has been upgraded with new technologies and systems.

The upgrades include a telescopic investigation arm that extends more than 8m from the vehicle.

The arm is expected to enable wading through 2m wave surges, which will allow the vehicle to unearth buried devices from a safe distance.

The vehicle has also been equipped with a rock hammer for splitting rocks and penetrating concrete, a ripper for tearing up roads or runways, and an earth augur that can drill holes for use in combat engineering.

BAE Systems Land UK export sales manager Rory Breen said: "The greater wading depth and surge protection will make Terrier even better suited for use in coastal or low-lying areas, where it can play an important role in disaster relief as well as combat situations.

"Terrier remains the most technologically advanced and flexible combat engineer vehicle in the world."

"Along with the new telescopic arm and other attachments, Terrier remains the most technologically advanced and flexible combat engineer vehicle in the world.

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"Due to the modular nature of the vehicle, it could also be quickly adapted for a range of other situations, such as clearing paths through jungle or thick foliage."

Under a £350m contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Terrier vehicles were to replace the Royal Engineers’ existing FV180 combat engineer tractor fleet in July 2002,

The 30t Terrier is designed to remove obstacles and mines for frontline troops, clear routes in conflict zones, and dig anti-tank ditches, trenches and armoured fighting vehicle slots.

Image: Terrier combat vehicle with a mine plough. Photo: © 2016 BAE Systems.