Thales to kit out Warthogs en route to Afghanistan
Thales UK has confirmed that it is to equip more than 100 Warthog armoured vehicles destined for use by British troops in Afghanistan with a range of special features under a £20m contract from supplier ST Kinetics of Singapore.
Warthog will be deployed in Afghanistan as part of the new package of protected patrol vehicles announced by the Ministry of Defence in October 2008. The MoD confirmed in December that ST Kinetics, the specialty vehicles arm of ST Engineering, had won the £150m order as part of an urgent operational requirement programme.
Powered by a 7.2l engine producing 350bhp and able to carry up to 11 troops, the vehicles are based on the Bronco all-terrain vehicle currently in service with the Singapore armed forces. In their Warthog guise they will come in four variants: troop carrier, ambulance, command vehicle, and recovery and report vehicle. All are designed to be highly agile, with the ability to climb steep gradients and move through water.
The deal with Thales covers installation of UK-specific equipment including additional armour, specialist electronic counter-measure equipment and communication tools.