The MoD has just placed a £74million order with the Supacat/Babcock consortium for 180 new armoured vehicles - 110 Jackal 2 (the enhanced, latest version of the original Jackal design), and 70 of the new 6x6 ‘Coyote' Tactical Support Vehicles.
This order has been made under the MoD's Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) scheme and forms part of the £700 million Protected Mobility Package announced by the MoD late last year. The vast majority of both vehicle types are scheduled for delivery in 2009 to support operations in Afghanistan.
Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies says that the additional floor armour being provided in these vehicles will give Britain's frontline troops the added protection they urgently need. Lets hope so.
MoD: 200 new armoured vehicles for front line operations