New Fox­hound dis­played in UK

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The British Army’s new Fox­hound ve­hi­cle has been un­veiled for the first time since its ar­rival in Afghanistan. Hun­dreds of peo­ple in­volved in equip­ment and sup­port for the UK’s Land Forces have flocked to the De­fence Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics (DVD) Ex­hi­bi­tion at Mill­brook in Bed­ford­shire.

The MoD has com­mit­ted £270 mil­lion for 300 Fox­hound ve­hi­cles with Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Land Sys­tems - Force Pro­tec­tion Europe, which will sus­tain around 750 UK jobs.

Fox­hound’s V-shaped hull helps it with­stand ex­plo­sions and pro­vides un­prece­dented lev­els of blast pro­tec­tion for its size and weight. It is light and ag­ile and de­signed to move freely around the nar­row al­ley­ways, tracks, bridges and cul­verts of Afghanistan.

The sec­ond tranche of this Bri­tishde­signed-and-built ve­hi­cle is part of a £5.5 bil­lion in­vest­ment in the Army’s core ar­moured ve­hi­cle pro­gramme over the next 10 years. A to­tal of £160 bil­lion will be spent on equip­ment and equip­ment sup­port over the next decade.

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