A number of orders have been confirmed at this years Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) show.
An additional 140 Jackal 2A’s and 28 Wolfhounds will be obtained.
The Jackal 2A is the latest version that features additional cab protection. Some might say the need for additional protection could have been foreseen by anyone with eyes and a brain and successive versions have featured greater protection and the older versions are likely to be upgraded. The UK has clung to the mantra of mobility providing protection, but almost inevitably, add weight and armour as reality chips away at the doctrine.
First introduced as part of an Urgent Operational Requirement in 2007, in excess of 500 Jackals have now been ordered. The latest batch of 140 will cost a total of £45million. Given that the usual additional costs of logistics, training and other equipment introduction costs have also been absorbed this is likely for just the vehicles, so that’s £285k apiece. Jackal vehicles are produced by Babcock under an alliance with Supacat, the prime contractor and design authority. Supacat is responsible for design, development, prototyping, integration and programme management, while Babcock takes responsibility for detailed production planning, purchasing and manufacture at its Devonport factory.
The Force Protection Wolfhound is the logistics version of the Mastiff and this order takes the total ordered to 125. The order value is about £20million, or £715k each (yes, that is Pounds, not Drachmas)
Although not announced, the MoD has also ordered an additional 37 Mastiff 2’s, taking the total to 314.