Terrier Armoured Digger

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Terrier Armoured Digger, June 2013

The Terrier vehicle is an air-transportable armoured combat engineer vehicle for the Royal Engineers. It is being developed as a replacement vehicle for the FV180 Combat Engineer Tractor used by the British Army.[1][2][3]


The vehicle will weigh about 30 tonnes, light enough to be air transportable by C-17 Globemaster III or Airbus A400M.

A clam shell front bucket and side mounted excavator arm will allow the vehicle to perform earth moving and obstable removing tasks. It will have mine protection and can be operated by remote control from up to 1,000 m (3,300 ft) in dangerous environments such as mine clearance. In normal operations it will have a crew of two. It will have enhanced modular armour and will be faster at up to 70 km per hour and more mobile than the FV180 Combat Engineer Tractor, and will have 360 degree day and night vision systems.[4]

The contract to design and build the vehicle was won by BAE Systems Land and Armaments in the UK in July 2002.[5]

Other companies have been subcontracted to provide expertise in specific areas. These companies, together with an indication of their involvement, include:


A prototype vehicle was officially unveiled on 28 May 2005.[9]

BAE Systems has built four demonstrator vehicles currently undergoing trial. This will be followed by the commencement of full scale production of 60 vehicles in their factory at Newcastle upon Tyne.[10] A re-baselined Terrier programme is on track with reliability growth trials contracted for early 2010.[11] Manufacture of the first TERRIER production hull began on 27 January 2010 at the company’s Newcastle plant.[12] The vehicle is in service as of 5 June 2013.[13] It is also in service with the Royal Marines.[14] A total of 60 vehicles have been ordered and the final deliveries of the remaining 40 vehicles are expected during the first half of 2014.[15]

The French Military has shown an interest in purchasing Terriers from the UK.[16]

Crew training[edit]

Training of the Terrier crews will be carried out in the Terrier Mission Crew Trainer (MCT) developed by BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (Insyte) at their plant in Fife, Scotland. The trainer comprises a high fidelity simulated crew cab, with commander and driver positions, mounted on a motion platform, and surrounded by a 360 degree, rear projection, visual system. The MCT allows crews simulate driving, digging and other vehicle functions. Four MCTs are in development for the British Army.


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