RAF tri­als new Fox­hound ar­moured ve­hi­cle

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

Mem­bers of No 5 RAF Force Pro­tec­tion Wing based at Camp Bas­tion in Hel­mand prov­ince, Afghanistan, have be­come amongst the very first Ser­vice per­son­nel in the re­gion to op­er­ate Fox­hound, the MOD’s lat­est pro­tected pa­trol ve­hi­cle.

Per­son­nel from No 5 RAF Force Pro­tec­tion Wing, which in­cludes 51 Squadron RAF Reg­i­ment, form part of the Bas­tion Force Pro­tec­tion Wing with No 2 (Tac­ti­cal) Po­lice Squadron, work­ing along­side mem­bers of the Tonga De­fence Ser­vices and the Royal Ar­tillery in or­der to keep the camp and its 28,000 per­son­nel safe.

Mem­bers of the Bas­tion Force Pro­tec­tion Wing have been some of the first within the de­fence community to use the Fox­hound pro­tected pa­trol ve­hi­cle in an op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ment and are ex­tremely im­pressed with the re­sults.

Fox­hound is a British-built, pur­posedesigned ve­hi­cle which makes use of the very lat­est ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy. For a means of trans­port of its size the Fox­hound of­fers su­pe­rior lev­els of blast pro­tec­tion for the RAF Po­lice and RAF Reg­i­ment us­ing the ve­hi­cle around Camp Bas­tion where the threat of im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices is al­ways present.

Be­ing lighter and smaller than other pro­tected ve­hi­cles such as Mas­tiff and Ridg­back, Fox­hound brings a whole new ca­pa­bil­ity to the Force Pro­tec­tion Wing and is ideal for per­son­nel oper­at­ing in part­ner­ing roles and en­gag­ing with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The Fox­hound’s in­no­va­tive de­sign fea­tures mean that the whole engine can be re­moved in just 30 min­utes and it can still be driven with just three wheels, al­low­ing it to be driven away in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

A to­tal of 325 new ve­hi­cles will even­tu­ally be de­liv­ered to the MOD un­der a con­tract worth £430m that is pro­vid­ing around 750 highly-skilled jobs across the UK.

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