This is not, as you would be excused for thinking, the fevered imaginings of small child but is in fact the British Army's latest new toy.

The frankly terrifying looking 'Terrier' is a 30-tonne, £6 million, multi-purpose "Swiss Army Knife" engineering vehicle.

It's so advanced it doesn't even need a crew inside it as it can be driven remotely using the on-board 360-degree night and day surveillance capability.

army terrier vehicle

If Predator went on 'Pimp My Ride' he'd end up with something like this

It doesn't stop there:

  • It does 50mph despite weighing as much as around 15 Transit Vans
  • It can carry 5,000 kilos of material
  • The vehicle is highly adaptive and can carry forklift or rock hammer depending on mission
  • It even has a 7.62 millimetre general purpose machine gun in case anyone is stupid enough to get too close

british army terrier tank

The control system will look familiar to anyone with a games console

The Ministry of Defence has ordered 60 of the beasts from BAE Systems but has already said they won't be sent to Afghanistan begging the question: "What are they going to be used for?"

Head of the British Army, General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said: "The Terrier armoured digger is excellent news for the Army.

"Its versatility will pay huge dividends on the battlefields of the future.

"We could not be happier with this new armoured engineer capability."


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  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger in the mine clearance role, which is entirely controlled remotely during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A soldier uses a games consol style controller to control a Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger in the mine clearance role, which is entirely controlled remotely during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control, is driven by a soldier as it is displayed and put through its paces during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    An engineer uses a games consol style controller to control a Terrier armoured digger, which is controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control, is driven by a soldier as it is displayed and put through its paces during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control, is driven by a soldier as it is displayed and put through its paces during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    Terrier armoured diggers, which can be controlled by remote control, are driven by soldiers as they are displayed and put through their paces during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control, is driven by a soldier as it is displayed and put through its paces during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control, is driven by a soldier as it is displayed and put through its paces during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger in the mine clearance role, which is entirely controlled remotely during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A soldier uses a games consol style controller to control a Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    The laptop and games consol style controller used to control a Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    The laptop and games consol style controller used to control a Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    The view as seen from a Terrier armoured digger cameras on a laptop used to control the new piece of military hardware during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A soldier uses a games consol style controller to control a Terrier armoured digger, which is controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday June 5. A soldier uses a games consol style controller to control a Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday June 5. A Terrier armoured digger in the mine clearance role, which is entirely controlled remotely during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control, is driven by a soldier as it is displayed and put through its paces during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday June 5. An engineer uses a games consol style controller to control a Terrier armoured digger, which is controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday June 5. A soldier uses a games consol style controller to control a Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.

  • Army takes delivery of Terrier vehicle

    Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday June 5. A Terrier armoured digger, which can be controlled by remote control, is driven by a soldier as it is displayed and put through its paces during an unveilling at the Defence Armoured Vehicle Centre, Bovington, Dorset.