Replacement vehicle for the much-loved 1 tonne Landrover, but unlike the 1 tonne, it's neither fast nor loved.
Virtually the whole fleet was VOR for about a year due to a brake problem, the servos are no longer available either new or recon so the fleet is being cannibalised bit by bit, it's too big to go under a Chinook. Of course, it's not entirely the contractors fault - from the MoD: "The Department told us that it had been too deeply involved in setting the specification so that the truck's ultimate performance was not entirely the responsibility of the contractor and the Department ended up paying for the additional costs. Recognising these shortcomings, the Department explained that it was trying to move away from specifying detailed solutions and towards specifying only the equipment performance which it would hold the contractor responsible for meeting.
On the RB44 programme the Department specified very closely how the truck should be made rather than the performance it should achieve. As a result the truck's failure to work properly was not primarily the responsibility of the contractor and the Department ended up paying ￡3.2 million to rectify the situation."
We would have been better scrapping the lot and having Pinzgauers instead.