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UK MoD - Quad bikes tested

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: 16 September, 2008  (New Product)
A new batch of quad bikes which are boosting our Armed Forces' ability to deliver vital supplies to the frontline were put through their paces today by, Defence Minister Baroness Taylor on a visit to the Defence School of Transport (DST), the largest driving school in Europe.
Reaching speeds of up to 75kph the all-terrain quad bikes are being used to deliver food, water and Ammunition to troops on the frontline in difficult to access areas or where it is more appropriate to offer a lower profile. With the trailer attached, they can operate through streams and puddles of up to half their wheel height

During the visit, Baroness Taylor also viewed a range of vehicles being used for training which is an essential element of the force protection mix alongside tactics, techniques and procedures. The training ensures troops can operate the vehicles to their full potential from the heavy duty Mastiff to the recently purchased Jackal.

Baroness Taylor paid tribute to the hard work of the staff at DST:

'The Defence School of Transport (DST) is a world class training facility, providing essential driver training before operations.

'I have been impressed by the scale and variety of training that takes place here. Alongside tactics and procedures, training is a vital part of Force Protection.

'The new quad bikes we have seen today will play an important role on operations, from logistics support to casualty evacuation.

'We remain committed to providing the best equipment and vehicles for our troops on the front line.'

Baroness Taylor also visited the new accommodation under construction at Leconfield. Under Project SLAM (Single Living Accommodation Modernisation) a three-storey accommodation building for 144 recruits is nearing completion at the Defence School of Transport. The project began in September 2007, and is due for completion in late October.
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