Reading another thread this morning got me thinking. The FV 430 series of vehicles has got to be one of the best ever procurements for the MoD - with well over 40 years of service. Introduced in the 1960's it served as the main infantry fighting vehicle in BAOR throughout the 70's and 80's before being replaced by Warrior; it continues to be deployed with the RE, RA, RAMC, R sigs and other Regts. In the last 20 years the different varients of the 430 has been deployed operationally as a personel carrier, mine layer, ambulance, command vehicle, recovery vehicle etc. in the Gulf War, Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Can't think of any other bit of kit with a record like that.