Wolfhound Joins the Pack in Afghanistan
The British Army’s newest heavyweight protected vehicle, Wolfhound, is now operational in Afghanistan, the MOD announced today.
The six-wheeled Wolfhound joins Coyote and Husky as the biggest of the Tactical Support Vehicle family, giving troops increased protection as they support missions in high-threat areas.
An initial order with Integrated Survivability Technologies (IST) for around 100 Wolfhound was boosted by a further order of around 30 additional vehicles in June 2010. This brings the total value of the contract to £160M. Delivery to theatre is planned to complete by Autumn 2011.
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: “Wolfhound’s deployment on the frontline marks a significant milestone for the range of vehicles our troops have at their disposal. Carrying essential combat supplies such as food, water and ammunition, the Tactical Support Vehicle fleet is providing vital support to troops on frontline patrols. Husky and Coyote have already proved to be great assets, and the further protection offered by Wolfhound demonstrates our ongoing commitment to ensuring our troops have the best equipment possible.”
Wolfhound is fitted with a 7.62 General Purpose Machine Gun, plus an array of electronic equipment including Electronic Counter Measures and Tactical Satellite navigation.
Chief of General Staff General Sir Peter Wall said: “I’m delighted that Wolfhound is now operational. This highly protected transport vehicle is a critical addition to the range of vehicles available to commanders in Afghanistan, and complements the Mastiff and Ridgback fleets very well. We continue to develop our vehicle fleets in light of experience and the evolving threat. This is another important step down that path.”
Wolfhound’s combination of Mastiff protection and firepower with a flatbed for cargo is already being appreciated by 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2 RTR) in Helmand. Sergeant David Roberts said:
“We can carry extra food, water and ammunition to stay out on the ground for longer. We can also transport more of the lads’ kit between check points – all with the same fighting capability as Mastiff.”
The MOD can also confirm the signature in July of a £36 million contract with Navistar Defense for around 90 extra utility variant Husky vehicles, taking the total number to around 340 and the overall contract value to almost £220 million.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, The Scots Guards, Patrol Lashkar Gar in Helmand Province Afghanistan, using the Husky (Protected Highly Mobile Tactical Support Vehicle)
Photo: Sgt Rupert Frere RLC/MOD
Like Wolfhound, Husky comes equipped with a driver’s night vision system. Husky’s top-mounted machine gun and variable ride height provides troops with a flexible vehicle that is both highly protected and mobile.