Thursday, 14 May 2009

Panthers stalk the Taliban

The first tranche of Panther command and liaison vehicles has arrived in Afghanistan. 400 Panthers have been ordered through BAE Systems under a £160 million contract with a view to eventually replacing aging CRVs, Saxons and Land Rovers.

Built by Iveco the Panthers have been modified to a battle-ready configuration by BAE's Global Combat Systems.
The modifications include a rear view camera, protected engine compartment, electronic devices to counter IEDs, Bowman digital communication system and a remote-controlled machine gun.

The Panther will also be the first frontline vehicle to feature a Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS). The data gathered will help increase vehicle availability and reduce support costs.

Time will tell whether these new vehicles will give the troops the greater protection they urgently need.

MoD: Panther arrives in Afghanistan
BAE Systems: Modified Panthers take a bow in Afghan theatre