Navistar Husky Expands Capabilities for British Army
PARIS — Navistar Defense has built a light armored recovery version of its Husky vehicle for the British army in Afghanistan.
The U.S. vehicle maker has already supplied several hundred Husky tactical support platforms to the British for utility, command post and ambulance roles.
Last year, though, the British asked Navistar to add another capability to the Huskey lineup – a light recovery machine.
The previously unseen Huskey recovery platform could be at the upcoming DVD vehicle show in England next week, said company executives at Eurosatory.
The Husky is the British version of Navistar’s MXT.
The new vehicle includes winches and a crane and is aimed at improving light recovery capabilities in Afghanistan.
British light vehicle numbers are set to increase in the next few months as the new 7.5-ton Foxhound patrol machine enters service in Afghanistan in the coming months.
More than a dozen of the vehicles, designed by Force Protection Europe, have already been delivered to Camp Bastion, the main British base in Afghanistan.
Ministry of Defence sources said the vehicles are undertaking base protection and other light duties before being cleared for full operational service.
Force Protection has a launch order for 200 Foxhounds from the British.