Defense Update News:

Improved Armor & IED Protection for British Army Units

The Challenger Mk2 tank received new add-on armor suite including hybrid armor side skirts and turret panels, protecting from shaped charge and heavy IEDs., CounterIED electronic jammers were also added, as well as the Enforcer remote weapon station, enabling the crew faster more responsive engagement off-axis. Photo: © Crown Copyright/MOD 2008
Ridgeback is the new 4x4 highly protected vehicle being deployed with British Army forces in Afghanistan. the vehicle offers better mobility, compared to the Mastiff. The armor suite was developed on the CavCat concept vehicle and implemented on the Ridgeback. Photo © Crown Copyright/MOD  2008Among the vehicles displayed was the new Ridgeback Personnel Protected Vehicle, which is a smaller version of the popular Mastiff that is already in used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The new Snatch-Vixen, an upgraded version of the armored LandRover uses heavier axels to carry additional armor and more payload in theatre. The vehicle also has better mine protection. The RWMIK with its new built in armor was on display and the new Jackal, which has been deployed in Afghanistan with 16 Air Assault Brigade’s Pathfinder Platoon and the Household Calvary Regiment. (more...)

Panther is currently being operationally tested before a planned deployment of more than 400 vehicles, to be used as protected command and lutility transport vehicles. This configuration shows the Enforcer remote weapon station, smoke and tear-gas canisters. Photo© Crown Copyright/MOD  2008The new command vehicle 'Panther', was also on display. Panther is completing acceptance tests and will soon be delivered to deployed units. There was also the 3 variants of the new Man Trucks on the Demonstration.

An up-armored Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (picture above) and up armored Warrior Armored Personnel Carrier (bottom) were unveiled here for the first time, fitted with the modern Intensive Explosive Reactive Armor (IERA) add-on suite part of the Warrior additional protection (WRAP2) plan.

The Scimitar armed recce vehicle was upgraded with add-on armor, primarily slat armor, applied to protect the turret and tracks. Photo: © Crown Copyright/MOD 2008Other up-armored configurations of weapon systems on display included the AS90 Self Propelled Gun, the Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS), the upgraded Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) Scimitar and Spartan. (left).

The Spartan reconaissance vehicle was also upgraded with the Odin armored turret, mounting a 7.62mm machine gun. Photo: © Crown Copyright/MOD  2008The Bulldog Armored personnel Carrier also uses advanced hybrid armor suit, already proven in theater. The Challenger tank and Warrior uses add-on armor to protect from IEDs, as well as electronic jammers to disrupt command signals.

Among the vehicles currently operating in theater were the Viking, Challenger Armored Repair and Recovery Vehicle (CRARRV) and the new Engineers Terrier Vehicle.

Many of these armored combat vehicles, from the heavily armored Mastiff patrol vehicle to the challenger tank and swift Panther command vehicle were recently fitted with Enforcer type Remote Weapons Systems (RWS), mounting a remotely controlled day/night thermal sight and automatic weapon (mostly 12.7/7.62mm machine gun).

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The FV510 Warrior received an enhanced protection under the Warrior Additional Protection Plan (WRAP2). The kit includes passive and insensitive explosive reactive armor shown in light tan color. © Crown Copyright/MOD  2008