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The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's heavily armoured, 6 x six-wheel-drive patrol vehicles

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    British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role

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    • The British Army is conducting testing on whether the Mastiff MRAP is suitable for a conventional mechanised infantry role
    • The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's and is keen to establish whether they have any other utility beyond counter-insurgency operations
    British Army units are carrying out a trial to test the tactics and procedures of operating the General Dynamics Land Systems - Force Protection Mastiff mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle in the mechanised infantry role.

    Exercise 'Wessex Storm' involved units of 12 Mechanised Brigade operating across the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Mastiff MRAPs in conventional war scenarios. The British Army bought 400 Mastiff's with urgent operational requirement (UOR) funding for counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan.

    The British Army has decided to keep the Mastiff in its order of battle to equip three protected mobility battalions, which will be assigned in its three Army 2020 Reaction Force armoured infantry brigades. The first two of these brigades will stand up in 2015 and the third one will fully operational in Salisbury Plain by 2017, after relocating from Germany.

    British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role - IHS Jane's 360
     
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