By Carl Schulze.
Due to its involvement in Northern Ireland, the British Army had a lot of practical experience in fighting a counterinsurgency, plus it owned the vehicles to do so. However, in Afghanistan these had to be used in deserts and mountainous terrain, under harsh environmental conditions with extreme heat and loads of dust. The kit, and especially the vehicles in service, was just not designed for this. The solution came in the form of a completely new generation of military vehicles, built to the most modern specifications and demands. Among these were the JACKAL 1/2/2A High Mobility Weapons Platforms procured to fulfil the requirement for an improved medium-mobility fire support vehicle, and the COYOTE Tactical Support Vehicle – Light acquired as a ‘mother ship’ tactical logistic vehicle.
This publication provides an exclusive and detailed look onto the development, technology and use in a war zone of these two outstanding British vehicle designs.