New and upgraded vehicles which are being used on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were on show today at the DVD vehicle exhibition at Millbrook proving ground in Bedford.
The Army's next-generation long-range patrol vehicle, M-WMIK, was on display for the first time alongside other vehicles such as Viking, Bulldog, Mastiff and Vector, which are proving themselves in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After inspecting the vehicles at the event Defence Minister Lord Drayson said:
"We have made a considerable effort and investment to ensure that our deployed troops get the right equipment to do their jobs. We have a range of enhancements in place covering protection, firepower and mobility. Many options are now available to commanders on operations.
"Since operations began in Iraq and Afghanistan the MoD has spent over £750 million on force protection for our forces in both theatres. We are committed to ensuring that our troops continue to receive the level of support they deserve.
"The vehicles on display today testify to the speed and agility of the procurement process in the MoD.
"They are proving popular with troops and there can be no better endorsement than that."
DVD is an annual stakeholder event run by MoD Defence Equipment and Support which brings together industry and customers within the defence and emergency services environments. It is the only event that allows visitors to view vehicles and drive or be driven in a realistic scenario in world class driving facilities at Millbrook Proving Ground.