According to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
Nicholas de Larrinaga, London
10 March 2016
- The ST Kinetics Warthog has been retired from British Army service
- The move is a U-turn on previous plans to keep the vehicle in service
The British Army has retired is ST Kinetics Warthog articulated tracked armoured vehicles from service, IHS Jane’s can reveal.
In total, 115 Warthogs (an improved version of the ST Kinetics Bronco) were purchased by the United Kingdom as an urgent operational requirement (UOR) for use in Afghanistan instead of the less-well protected BvS 10 Viking articulated tracked vehicle.
In December 2013 the MoD announced that 100 Warthogs would be brought into the ‘core’ equipment budget, meaning they would remain in service once UOR funding for operations in Afghanistan ended. Under this plan the Warthogs would be modified and transferred to the Royal Artillery’s 32 and 47 Regiments to support unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations.
However, speaking to IHS Jane’s on 10 March, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated that this decision had been reversed, with Warthog instead having been retired from service in October 2015.
In a statement the MoD said: “Warthog was delivered in 2010 to replace Viking and was designed specifically for use in Afghanistan. A number of protected mobility vehicles have been brought into core; it was decided that the capability required from Warthog could be delivered by other vehicles, therefore Warthog was withdrawn from service in 2015. The Army has a fleet of other protected mobility platforms still in service delivering this capability.”
The MoD were not able to answer questions from IHS Jane’s on whether work was indeed undertaken to modify Warthog for post-Afghan use after the 2013 decision to keep them, or if any money was wasted on this effort. The MoD also did not answer questions on exactly what vehicles 32 and 47 regiments would operate instead of the Warthog in the future.
Only after 5 years?