MoD spends Â£149m on tanks unfit for Afghanistan 23.11.09 The Ministry of Defence spent Â£149 million on an "urgent" upgrade to 900 tanks that are now only being used in training exercises, it was revealed. The tanks were upgraded for use in Iraq but are unsuitable for deployment in Afghanistan where Mastiff and Ridgback vehicles are better suited to cope with the terrain and threat. The refit programme, ordered as an "urgent operational requirement" three years ago, saw 900 FV430 variant vehicles given new engines, drive trains and driver controls and reclassified as Bulldogs. An MoD spokeswoman said: "We provide our Armed Forces with the vehicles that best meet their operational need. "The Bulldog was specifically upgraded for use in Iraq where it played a key role in providing armoured protection for many personnel. "In Afghanistan, where the terrain and threats are different, this role is performed by the Mastiff and Ridgback. More www.thisislondon.co.uk...nistan.do?