SOME 1,500 military vehicles purchased as Urgent Operational Requirements (UOR) for operations in Afghanistan are being returned to the UK and integrated into the army’s new Order of Battle (ORBAT) Defence Minister Philip Dunne announced these moves at the recent International Armoured Vehicles Conference.
“I am pleased to announce that almost every surviving protected mobility vehicle purchased with UOR funding will be transferred into our core programme,” he said.
“Around 400 Mastiffs, 125 Wolfhounds and 160 Ridgbacks are returning from theatre, with 400 Jackals, 70 Coyotes, 325 Huskies and 60 Warthogs.”
The vehicles were part of a four-year, £300m regeneration and support work package, and now they will be brought up to the standards required for UK roads, mainly at Warminster, and will be converted into the different roles necessary for the needs of the army.
Deliveries will begin this year to allow UK-based units to start training on these vehicles.