In the recent months,
50 APCs received a new engine and transmission which introduced
better performance, much improved turning capability (Bulldog
can now turn around within its own length) and improving more
comfortable driving, resulting in less driver fatigue. The new
add-on armor provides improved protection against a wide range
of threats, bringing it up to the same level of the FV-510 Warrior.
Other improvements include air conditioning. The armor package,
developed by RAFAEL was first introduced in September 2005 at
the DSEi exhibition
in London. It uses the latest-generation insensitive reactive
armor package on the front and sides, providing protection
against a variety of anti-tank weapons, including the widely
rocket propelled grenade launcher. In addition, the new
armor provides protection against kinetic energy attack,
high-speed artillery and roadside bomb fragments.
Initial deliveries of the new Bulldogs went to British Army
units located at Basra. Over the next six months, more deliveries
will be made to operations in Iraq as well as Afghanistan. The
MOD plans to process up to 500 vehicles with these modifications.