UK orders “Springer”

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered a fleet of new all terrain vehicles to move supplies on the frontline in Afghanistan.
A MoD statement says Derbyshire-based Enhanced Protection Systems Ltd (EPS) has been awarded a £7 million contract to supply around 75 Springer vehicles.

MoD defence equipment and support chief operating officer Andrew Tyler says the “new vehicle will enable the delivery of vital equipment to front line troops. It is designed specifically for rugged, desert conditions – which means it is well-matched to the operational environment in Afghanistan.

He adds the “Springer dune buggy will be an added capability for troops at forward operating bases in Afghanistan.”

The Springer has a crew of two and the ability to carry a combat load of one metric ton. Its role is specifically focused on moving combat supplies from helicopter landing sites into forward operating bases.