Sunday, December 06, 2009

On a completely different subject

A very good piece in The Sunday Times on how the Mastiff protected vehicle has been saving lives, over and over again.

The story is told around Guardsman Stuart Cook, who survived three bomb blasts, a rocket-propelled grenade and heavy machinegun fire in which a round was stopped by bulletproof glass inches from his head.

Those who have read my book or this piece on DOTR will know how much the Army resisted the introduction of these vehicles, and especially in Afghanistan, where it preferred the Vector.

This is another of the many stories that the media completely missed, as indeed they are missing this one about how the USMC are applying engineering solutions to the IED problem (pictured), while our troops lack basic equipment to do the job.