Armoured Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons he prefers the Pinzgauer Vector armoured vehicles in Afghanistan to the Cougar; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The Vector and Cougar vehicles provide different capabilities.

The Pinzgauer Vector vehicle is agile and highly mobile over a range of terrains including rugged terrain. It is particularly suitable for the long range patrols, which are a feature of operations in Afghanistan. We also currently plan, however, to deploy a number of upgraded Cougar vehicles (known as Mastiff), which is a heavier and larger vehicle, to provide commanders with a wider choice of vehicles.

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