Theodore's World: From Britain New Armored Truck

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September 21, 2007

From Britain New Armored Truck

September 19, 2007:

Britain is equipping its commando and infantry units with a new armored truck, the four ton Supacat MWMIK 4x4. It is armored on the bottom to give protection from mines, but is largely open up top.

The vehicle mounts 12.7mm and 7.62mm machine-guns, as well as a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The Supacat chassis has been around for a while, and comes in 6x6 versions as well. It has excellent cross country capabilities. Top speed of the MWMIK is 80 kilometers an hour, and the vehicle normally carries four people.

The initial buy, mainly for the SAS commandos, was 130, but more are planned.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 21, 2007 12:40 AM


But the boys are sitting ducks out in the open!

Posted by: Lynn at September 21, 2007 05:16 AM

Nick... A Rat Patrol II remake? And Lynn, when I think of the Alamo and her 'COME AND TAKE IT' flag... I'll think of you and your proud Texas family heritage!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at September 21, 2007 05:42 AM

This vehicle may be somewhat mineproof, but there is no crew protection from small arms fire, shrapnel or kids with rocks.

Posted by: TomR at September 21, 2007 07:32 AM

Just like the Brits to protect the truck, the SAS troops are replaceable. They need to let the Israeli's figure out what modifications need to be made before they get serious about full issue. Reminds me of the U.S. MC mule only larger. Anyone remember the M422 Mighty Mite? Heh heh Darth, those SAS troops must be thinking "there ain't no basement in the Alamo"

Posted by: Jack at September 21, 2007 03:03 PM

Great. Armored undercarriage, run-flat tires but little crew protection. This thing is for running roads at high speed, not combat.

Posted by: Rhod at September 21, 2007 05:41 PM

Lynn I know it is the craziest thing I have seen for protection.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 21, 2007 11:45 PM

Darth, it looks like that doesn't it, another Rat Patrol show.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 21, 2007 11:46 PM

Tom I agree, I think this is a very bad idea and very dangerous.
OH sure they are protected from below but totally exposed from the top and sides.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 21, 2007 11:48 PM

Jack, I was so suprised I thought the Brits wanted to protect their soldiers more then this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 21, 2007 11:51 PM

Rhod, it says more are planned and they have ordered 130 of these monsters. I would rather be on foot I think.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 21, 2007 11:54 PM