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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made an assessment of the merits of the use of mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles by the armed forces. (318074)

The term “Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected” or “MRAP” is a term used within the United States armed forces, and encapsulates a family of protected vehicles. Force Protection Industries have supplied Cougar vehicles for the US MRAP programme; two of these vehicles, the Cougar 4x4 and Cougar 6x6, are the base vehicles for the Mastiff and Ridgback protected vehicles in service with the UK armed forces.

Mastiff and Ridgback were acquired following assessments against a range of key requirements and ability to deliver within Urgent Operational Requirement timelines. Since their entry into service, these vehicles have an excellent protection record and are vehicles of choice for commanders.