British troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan are to get 700 new and upgraded armoured vehicles to protect them from the threat of roadside bombs, the Ministry of Defence has announced.
Under the £700 million programme, the Army will acquire a new fleet of 400 heavy, medium and light support vehicles to carry out a range of tasks from field ambulances to ammunition supply for the Royal Artillery.
The Viking cross-country vehicle will be replaced by more than 100 new, larger and more heavily armoured tracked vehicles to be known as Warthog, while a further 100 Jackal all-terrain vehicles will be purchased. Snatch Land Rovers — particularly prone to attack — are also being upgraded. Defence Secretary John Hutton said: “Getting the right vehicles and equipment to our Armed Forces has always been an absolute priority.”