Armoured Ambulances

FV432 Ambulance

Samaritan is the armoured ambulance variant of the CVR(T) family.

FV 104 Samaritan CVR(T)

One of the variants/roles that would seem to have fallen by the wayside in the Ajax family is that of Armoured Ambulance.

AJAX family

The original line-up had Direct Fire, Bridgelayer and Ambulance but in the recent DSEi announcements, and details previously released, these variants will no longer be obtained.

FRES to Scout 1

Outside of the armoured cavalry regiments, Viking and Warthog have an ambulance variant, and six Warriors were converted to the role specifically for Afghanistan.

Viking Ambulance 01

Viking Ambulance 02

Warthog Ambulance 01

Warrior Ambulance 01

Warrior Ambulance 02

But beyond those, it is wheeled vehicles, Land Rover and Ridgeback.

Land Rover Ambulance

Ridgeback Ambulance 01

Ridgeback Ambulance 02

Until a decision is made on the Warrior Armoured Battlegroup Support Vehicle (ABSV) and possible ambulance conversions, as Samaritan goes out of service, the antique FV432 will have to soldier on in the ambulance role.

FV432 Ambulance

What will support units with Ajax for medical evacuation?

A MERT Chinook or other helicopter cannot be relied upon, especially in conventional manoeuvre operations against an enemy with a competent air defence capability.

Given that Ajax is supposed to operate forward of the main battlegroup, conventional wisdom requires it to have organic ambulance capability with the same mobility, and for logistics simplicity, it should be based on the same vehicle family.

Looking forward to MIV, the main contenders (except VBCI) all have ambulance variants but it is concerning that for the Ajax family at least, the ambulance variant seems to not be on the order list.

Recent trends in civilian ambulances have seen them merging of fire and rescue vehicles. For road traffic incidents, a single vehicle with equipment that can put out a vehicle fire, cut the casualties free and then treat/transport is seen as the latest in good practice, the Telstar from Terberg UK being a good example;

telstar1

telstar5

telstar-3

telstar4

telstar7

I wonder if this civilian trend is transferable to a military combat ambulance responding to vehicle casualties?

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