British soldiers to get new multi-purpose combat vehicle dubbed ‘Swiss Army Knife’.
A bulldozer, crane, mine clearer and armoured vehicle rolled into one, the 32-ton Terrier is designed to be able to dig trenches and clear roads in the “most demanding battlefield conditions”, according to manufacturers BAE Systems.
In addition to heavy-duty armour and an air-conditioned cabin that can withstand chemical, nuclear and biological threats, it comes equipped with a machine gun and a smoke grenade launcher.
In the most dangerous of circumstances, it can even be operated by remote control from more than half a mile away, via a console similar to those used in computer games.
Capable of nearly 45mph, it can also keep pace with Warrior and Challenger 2 armoured vehicles.
The Ministry of Defence has commissioned 60 of the vehicles, the first of which was delivered late last month. They are being built in Newcastle.
David Bond, Managing Director of Combat Vehicles (UK) at BAE Systems, said: “Terrier represents a step change in vehicle design with its use of the most up to date advances in technology and is the most complex yet easy to use combat vehicle currently in service with the British Army.”