Beefed up Warrior saves lives upon Afghan arrival
Newly upgraded warrior vehicles have saved the lives of British soldiers within weeks of arriving in Afghanistan.
Warrior is the only tracked infantry vehicle in theatre and so can get to places that wheeled vehicles cannot, enabling the infantry to engage the enemy more effectively in difficult terrain.
Just a short time after receiving their modified Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles, troops from the Mercian regiment on patrol in the Durai East region of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province survived a serious IED blast thanks to the vehicle’s improved protection.
Lance Corporal Matt Ryder from 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment said:
“The patrol started off like any other, with no insurgent radio chatter or anything. About half-an-hour in, an IED was triggered by the Fire Support Team vehicle. The force of the blast knocked the Warrior onto its right-hand side.
“When the blast went off soldiers from the second Warrior confirmed people were OK and talking inside the vehicle. At the same time the dismounted troops made best speed over, using the metal detectors in order to avoid any secondary devices. As it turned out, all the crew were conscious and not suffering from any serious injury.”
Over 70 vehicles have been modified for the British Army by BAE Systems as part of an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR). The tracked vehicles have been given around 30 new improvements, under the Warrior Theatre Entry Standard (Herrick) (TES (H)) programme worth around £40 million including:
• A flexible modular armour system that can be adapted to meet changing threats and reduce vehicle weight.
• Enhanced seating design and cushioning to further improve mine protection and comfort.
• An improved driver vision system with an increase from one to three periscopes providing a wider field of vision and a night vision capability.
• Increased low-speed mobility and climbing performance enabling the vehicle to tackle tough terrain and get closer to a target or destination.
• Motorsport derived carbon-fibre brakes, providing significantly reduced stopping distance.
• Improved air conditioning for troop comfort in hot and harsh environments.
• Wire cutters to protect the driver, commander and equipment on the vehicle from obstacles.