Tankies in Helmand start work in the Warthog vehicle
Soldiers or `Tankies` from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2 RTR) currently delivering security in Afghanistan have traded in their old Viking vehicles and upgraded to the mighty Warthog.
2 RTR, who are now known as the 'Warthog Group', will use the armoured vehicles' outstanding manoeuvrability to bring firepower and armoured support wherever it's needed.
Warthog is a relatively light but robust tracked vehicle. It consists of two cabs, with the front cab housing the driver and commander and armed with a heavy weapons turret, and the rear cab used for carrying infantry.
The new vehicle has greater armour protection and more power than its predecessor, but still retains the superb cross-country performance for which the Viking was known.
Corporal Tristan 'Tiny' Cordery, aged 35, from Fowey in Cornwall, is a veteran of two tours of Iraq and one of Kosovo, and has also served in Afghanistan before. He has now returned to Afghanistan as a Warthog commander with 2 RTR.
Corporal Cordery said:
"I'm excited about using the new Warthog vehicle. We can use Warthog to get where other vehicles cannot go. We can move around the battlefield and provide protection to the infantry and engineers while they work."