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Mastiff 6x6 Heavy

Protected Patrol Vehicle (PPV)

 

Mastiff 3 TCV


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain (Denmark - Mastiff 3)
First Produced/Service Dates: Mastiff 1 = 2006
Mastiff 2 = 2008
Mastiff 3 = 2011
Manufactured by: Base Vehicle: Force Protection Inc. (now General Dynamics Land Systems); Mastiff Upgrade: NP Aerospace Ltd. (now Morgan Advanced Materials Composites and Defence Systems)
Crew: Mastiff 1 & 1.5 = 3+6
Mastiff 2 & 3 = 3+8
Armament: (1) of the following weapons: 12.7mm L1A1 Heavy Machine Gun, 7.62mm L7A2 MG, 5.56mm L110A1 MINIMI MG OR 40mm Grenade Machine Gun (GMG).
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel (Mastiff 3 fitted with uprated engine)
Miscellaneous Info: The British Mastiff Protected Patrol Vehicle (PPV) series is a heavily modified version the US' Force Protection Cougar 6x6 MRAP. Another British vehicle based upon the Cougar 6x6 platform is the Wolfhound Tactical Supply Vehicle (Heavy), while the Tempest Mine Protected Vehicle and Ridgback Protected Patrol Vehicle are based upon the Cougar 4x4 vehicle.

The base PPV is built by Force Protection Inc. and then sent to NP Aerospace for modification to British specifications.  Approximately 50 "Mastiff" modifications/additions are made by NP Aerospace including the fitting of passive applique armor, Enhanced Protection Bar Armor (EPBA), Light Applique System Technology (LAST) interior spall liners and numerous sundry British-specific equipment.  The first version in the series was retroactively named the Mastiff 1 PPV and consisted of two variants: the Troop Carrier Vehicle (TCV) and Battlefield Ambulance (BA); sometimes referred to as the "Saint Bernard".  

Very Soon after going into action, it was realized that the terrain and battlefield conditions of Afghanistan were too much for the Mastiff 1 PPV's suspension system.  An ad-hoc solution was quickly instituted where the the leaf-springs and applicable hangers were changed/upgraded to help the vehicles cope with the extreme rigors of use.  While those changes were being made, other slight modifications were also made to the vehicles including the fitting of British specification brakes, lights and recovery equipment and the expansion of the EPBA to cover the front of the vehicle.  These upgraded vehicles were refered to as the Mastiff 1.5 PPV

Realizing the ad hoc suspension modifications were not enough, a major upgrade program was implemented in 2008; those vehicles being named the Mastiff 2 PPV.  Besides incorporating the Mastiff 1.5 PPV changes, the Mastiff 2 upgrades include stronger axles, improved suspension, more powerful alternator, the fitting of fuel tank & engine fire suppression systems, improved armor protection, a new situational awareness system/thermal imager for driver, electronic turret traverse and a redesigned interior that could now accomodate additional troops.  The Mastiff 2 PPV includes three variants: the TCV, BA and Enhanced Communications Vehicle.

As further lessons were learned by coalition forces in Afghanistan and as improved technology appeared, another upgrade program was deemed necessary.  In 2011, the improved Mastiff 3 PPV went into action.  Mastiff 3 improvements include uprated engine, improved brakes, new transmission, accessible front driver/commander side doors and the rear troop area was increased by raising the roof by 178mm/7 inches. The Mastiff 3 PPV includes three variants: TCV, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team Vehicle and Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) Vehicle.
Data Sheet Available:   None

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Mastiff Protected Patrol Vehicle Photos Ian Young - Great Britain
Mastiff 1 Protected Patrol Vehicle Photos (Circa 2006- Early Version without standard EPBA) UK Ministry of Defence (Crown Copyright)
Mastiff 1 Protected Patrol Vehicle Photos UK Ministry of Defence (Crown Copyright)
Mastiff 2 Protected Patrol Vehicle Photos UK Ministry of Defence (Crown Copyright)
Mastiff 2 Protected Patrol Vehicle Interior Photos Andy Brend - Great Britain
Mastiff 3 Protected Patrol Vehicle Photos UK Ministry of Defence (Crown Copyright)
Mastiff 3 PPV Troop Carrier Vehicle Detail (Exterior) Photos Martyn - Salisbury, Wiltshire UK
Mastiff 3 PPV Troop Carrier Vehicle Detail (Interior) Photos Martyn
Mastiff 3 PPV Troop Carrier Vehicle Detail (Suspension) Photos Martyn

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Mastiff Protected Patrol Vehicle Information and Photos British Army Website
Mastiff Protected Patrol Vehicle Information and Photos The Armoured Essentials.Com
Mastiff 2 Protected Patrol Vehicle Information and Photos Army Recognition.Com
Mastiff 2 Protected Patrol Vehicle Information and Photos Army-Technology.Com

Printed

Reference Author
"Battle Bus" (April 2009) Issue of Military Machines International Magazine Ralph Zwilling
British Next Generation Armour: Types & Details of Modern British Vehicle Armour - (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze

"Desert Insurgency" (December 2013 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Carl Schulze
"Exercise Pashtun Dagger" - May 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine Geoff Fletcher
"Exercise Pashtun Dawn" - January 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine Geoff Fletcher
"Mother of Invention" (April 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) James Lyle
"MRAP Pt 2" October 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine Shaun Connors
"Taming the Taliban" (September 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Shaun Connors
Task Force Helmand: Vehicles of the British ISAF Forces in Afghanistan 2011 (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Mastiff 2 PPV Model Kit (CK 111) Cromwell Models 1/35 Multi-Media Kit
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
     

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider