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'Swiss Army Knife' combat support vehicle gets more gadgets

12 February 2016

Widely regarded as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of combat engineering vehicles, BAE Systems’ Terrier has been fitted with new technologies and systems.

Terrier with its mine plough extended (photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems’ defence engineers have updated the Army's Terrier combat engineering support vehicle, which now features a new telescopic investigation arm and the ability to wade through two metre wave surges.

The telescopic investigation arm extends over 8m from the vehicle – one of the longest in the world available for such a vehicle - allowing crews to probe and unearth buried devices from a safe distance.

Additionally, the vehicle can now be exported with a rock hammer, ripper and earth augur – hugely extending its capabilities. The hammer can split rocks and penetrate concrete, while the ripper can tear up roads or runways, preventing their use. The earth augur can drill holes for use in combat engineering. Terrier will also be able to wade through significantly deeper waters, withstanding up to two metre wave surges.

“The greater wading depth and surge protection will make Terrier even better suited for use in coastal or low-lying areas, where it can play an important role in disaster relief as well as combat situations," says Rory Breen, Export Sales Manager for BAE Systems Land (UK).

“Along with the new telescopic arm and other attachments , Terrier remains the most technologically advanced and flexible combat engineer vehicle in the world. Due to the modular nature of the vehicle, it could also be quickly adapted for a range of other situations, such as clearing paths through jungle or thick foliage.”

Terrier’s existing capabilities include complete remote control from up to 1km away, along with a variety of lifting, grabbing and moving capabilities. Its front loader system can lift weights of up to five tonnes and can shift 300 tonnes of earth per hour. In addition, its recently trialled sub-surface mine plough can penetrate to recognised safe depths while travelling at up to 15km/h, quickly creating a path free of mines and improvised explosive devices.

Terrier was designed to provide the British Army with maximum flexibility from a single vehicle, allowing them to reduce their equipment and logistic footprint. These newly developed modular attachments mean that Terrier customers can upgrade their vehicles to meet new requirements without changing platforms.

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