Britons test Jackal for Afghan deployment

Britons test Jackal for Afghan deployment

Published: Oct. 14, 2009 at 11:49 AM

EXETER, England, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- British forces with the 11 Light Brigade put their Jackal all-terrain vehicles to the test during training for their deployment to Afghanistan later this month.

The British Ministry of Defense said its soldiers tested the Jackal in combat situations on the sand dunes of North Devon.

The Supacat-built Jackal is a high-mobility weapons vehicle platform that features versatile off-road capabilities, which allows British forces greater freedom of movement in the complex Afghan terrain.

"The Jackal is a fantastic piece of equipment -- the troops are very impressed with it and its mobility over the roughest terrain is unrivalled," said Lt. James Hulme, a troop leader from a squadron of the Household Cavalry Regiment. "It's been tested to its limits here on the dunes; it can get over, or up, pretty much anything."

The pre-deployment testing comes as British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Wednesday that more of his troops will head to Afghanistan.

The British Royal Marines were the first unit to deploy to Afghanistan with the Jackal in Helmand province.

Similar threads

Latest Threads