These vehicles provide different capabilities. Vector is relatively light and agile and has high levels of terrain accessibility, particularly over rugged terrain. These factors make it particularly suited for long range patrols, which are a feature of operations in Afghanistan.
The heavier Cougar vehicle, which will be known as Mastiff when in service with UK armed forces, provides higher levels of protection, but is larger and less agile over rugged terrain. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 6 November 2006, Official Report, column 797W, which covered the factors considered in order to meet the requirement for a medium Protected Patrol Vehicle.
Alongside other platforms, Vector and Mastiff will provide commanders with a range of vehicles of varying protection, mobility and profile, to be used according to operational circumstances.