Terrier Vehicle: The Next Level in Combat Support
In light of the British Army’s recent announcement of receiving delivery of the Terrier Vehicle, and Renown Engineering’s involvement in the project, we thought we would take a closer look at the Terrier and exactly what the Army and its Royal Engineers are getting in order to support their military operations.
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‘The Swiss-Army-Knife of Vehicles’
Dubbed the ‘Swiss-Army-Knife’ of vehicles by its manufacturer, BAE Systems, the Terrier is designed with versatility in mind, and replaces the Combat Engineer Tractor (CET).
With new challenges in modern warfare on the ground, the Terrier is faster, more mobile and better equipped in terms of armour and mine protection than its CET predecessor.
According to BAE, the Terrier has three main objectives: ‘providing mobility support (obstacle and route clearance), counter-mobility (digging of anti-tank ditches and other obstacles) and survivability (digging of trenches and Armoured Fighting Vehicle slots)’.
BAE Systems have also ensured the Terrier features the most modern equipment available. This includes ‘Drive-by-wire’ technology, allowing operators to remotely control the vehicle in action when operating in especially dangerous areas.
Thermal imaging technology is also included, providing soldiers with a 360 degree view in order to carry out operations in any conditions, both day and night.
When the going gets tough…
Finally, the Terrier can also support its fighting vehicle counterparts in warfare if it gets caught in action.
A 7.62mm general purpose machine gun and smoke grenade launchers can be installed onto the vehicle, making it the ultimate in versatility and the next level in combat support vehicles.