Inspecting the vehicles at the MOD's Long Valley Training and Development Unit Baroness
The programme is procuring a fleet of vehicles consisting of 42 variants but effectively based around the light, medium and heavy cargo vehicles (6, 9 and 15 tonne respectively), the 7000 litre unit support tanker, the recovery vehicle and the recovery trailer.
DE&S General Support Vehicles team leader, Alison Henry, added:
"The vehicles are tremendously capable cross country, and can recover our heaviest wheeled casualties. In fact, the vehicle is capable of lifting 13 tonnes and can tow a 44 tonne vehicle. We work closely with the Armed Forces to deliver the equipment our forces need."
In all 288 recovery vehicles will be delivered with 69 recovery trailers to equip troops on operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan where required.
Baroness Taylor also inspected new cargo vehicles that have been fitted special armour to offer even greater protection for troops on operation. The vehicles were purchased as an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR), a process which can deliver equipment that commanders want on the ground in a very quick timescale. UORs have delivered life-saving equipment to Iraq and Afghanistan, including Osprey body armour and Mastiff and Bulldog vehicles.
The complicated and highly capable recovery top hamper equipment which includes the cranes and winches is designed by ECA based in Gerrards Cross, then manufactured and bolted to the main chassis by Atlas Terex, based in Motherwell, Scotland. The vehicles are shipped across to Cambridge to Marshalls who manufacture the load bed.
Every vehicle will be received and inspected at the DE&S's distribution centre DSDA in Ashchurch, Gloucestershire. The programme is managed by the DE&S which works closely with industry to deliver equipment to the forces under the Defence Industrial Strategy.