Armor: Must Have More Mastiffs


May 27, 2010: Britain is buying another 102 Mastiff MRAPs. These are modified version of the Cougar vehicle. Britain began buying these Cougar variants four years ago. Before the new Mastiff order, 248 Mastiffs, 90 Wolfhounds and 157 Ridgebacks were ordered or in use. The Mastiffs and Wolfhound are variants of the 6x6 Cougar, while the Ridgeback is based on the 4x4 Cougar.  

Basically, the Cougar is a 12 ton truck that is hardened to survive bombs and mines, and comes in two basic versions. The four wheel one can carry ten passengers, the six wheel one can carry 16. The trucks cost up to a million dollars each, fully equipped. The British versions had electronics and weapons commonly used in the British army.



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