The Prime Minister announced today that the MOD plans to order 150 additional specialist, protected vehicles for Afghanistan. The new vehicles will be called RIDGBACK and will represent a further spend of over £150M on protection for our forces.
The UK's front line forces will also be benefiting from a £43M contract with NITEworks which aims to improve the tactics used by troops operating in theatre particularly in developing techniques to alleviate the threat of IEDs.Whitehall Pages: NITEworks - MOD contract to support the front line
The RAF's ability to transport heavy equipment and supplies to troops in theatre has been significantly enhanced with the purchase of a sixth C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft. The C-17 can carry the equivalent of three Warrior armoured vehicles, 13 Land Rovers, one Chinook, or three Apache gunships.
Whitehall Pages: RAF get a lift from sixth C-17
The question now is: How soon can this equipment get to the forces on the ground?