Delayed Army Vehicle Launched for the First Time at Bovington
6:16am 6th June 2013
A new Army combat vehicle that's set to assist frontline soldiers has been unveiled at Bovington Camp.
The Terrier Combat Engineering Car can break through barricades, dig holes and fill-in enemy trenches.
One of the main innovations of the vehicle is its remote control device that allows soldiers to carry out tasks from a safe distance. It also features 5 on-board cameras, thermal imaging and can hit speeds of 50mph.
Although impressive and a solid upgrade on older vehicles the expensive Terrier comes into service 4 and half years late and over budget.
The Army will receive 60 of the tracked vehicles as part of a £360m project with BAE systems who designed and built it in the UK.
You can see a video of soldiers putting the Terrier through its paces at Bovington Camp below.
Warrant Officer Stave Cahill is from the Royal Engineers and told Wessex-FM it's money well spent: "It can dig positions for soldiers, move barricades, install things, give protection .. There's loads it can do and it can go on short deployments with troops and come back with them too".
WO Cahill is especially impressed with the remote control device: "If we've got a barricade that's in the way, we can remote control the Terrier up to that obstacle and remove it, taking the crew out of that scenario. So if anything does explode the vehicle will take a hit but the crew are safe out of harm's way."