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Foxhound at Camp Bastion
Military Vehicle Photos
No: 10943   Contributor: British Army   Year: 2012   Manufacturer: Force Protection Inc   Country: Afghanistan
Foxhound at Camp Bastion

A Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle is put through its paces at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

Foxhound is at the cutting edge of protected patrol vehicle technology, providing unprecedented levels of blast protection for its size and weight. Featuring blast survivability close to that of a Mastiff - and just a little bigger than the Snatch Land Rover it replaces – the Foxhound is ideally suited for manoeuvring around the narrow backstreets of Helmand’s towns and villages. Weighing in at six tones, it has a top speed of 70mph and can do 0-50mph in just 19 seconds. Four-wheel steering makes it extra agile, with a 40ft turning circle.
Author Graeme Main
Picture added on 31 October 2013 at 07:02
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What calibre round will the plating withstand?

Added by John Stott on 31 October 2013.
The protection afforded by the armour on this vehicle is, for obvious reasons, likely to be classified, but at a minimum it would be 7.62mm.
Titanium add-on plates would probable stop 0.5 inch rounds and shrapnel.
The most important aspect of this vehicle is its V shaped hull, designed for blast protection against mines and IED's.

Added by Stephen Prosser on 01 November 2013.
small arms up to 0.50"

Added by Roger Greenaway on 02 November 2013.
Thanks both, I would hate to think of these becoming the deathtraps that Snatch Landies are.
After years of patrolling urban areas in Pigs and Land Rover I have great doubts over the wisdom of such vehicles for urban work. In the open is fine and it is not before time that mine protection became a priority. I have lost count of the folk who died needlessly because of the wrong vehicles being used in the wrong places. I hope these live up to expectation.

Added by John Stott on 03 November 2013.
Superb comments and insight regarding protecting ours troops whilst patrolling in such a hostile environment.
It was patently clear to anyone who was involved in deploying Snatch Landrovers to Afghanistan that they were totally unsuitable as they were never designed to protect against ANY form of mine or IED.
I too hope that Foxhound is up to the job, it is a pity that the MOD took so long in fielding a suitable vehicle for a threat that was known about for some considerable time.

Added by Stephen Prosser on 04 November 2013.
Thank you Stephen. I have been fuming for many years at this one issue. Much was learned, and ignored, by the South African army in its bush campaigns in Namibia and at home. I am sure you know they took a commercial chassis and mounted such a hull, this gave incredible protection.
Northern Ireland also showed the inadequacy of light vehicles used for this purpose. Would that Foxhound, or similar, been available in the province, many would be here today to tell a tale.

Best wishes

Added by John Stott on 05 November 2013.
I could say much about the use of Snatch Landrovers but this site is not the forum. Many soldiers have expressed their views on a number of websites and my backseat comments cannot match those of the front line user of such poor equipment.
I was astounded when I heard that the civilian organisation I used to work for was tasked with refurbishing the Snatch Landrovers (originally for Iraq) where they proved totally inadequate.
It is my view that deploying them to Afghanistan was a total folly and those responsible should be ashamed.

Added by Stephen Prosser on 06 November 2013.
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