If you go down to the woods one day… don’t be surprised to see MASTIFF XC going the distance off-road with an SUV like a Toyota Land Cruiser, writes Bob Morrison.
NP Aerospace have been quietly beavering away with Horstman, MIRA, Texelis, Timoney, Universal Fabrications and others to upgrade RIDGBACK 4×4 PPV and MASTIFF 6×6 PPV to give increased off-road performance for Operation NEWCOMBE in Mali.
The new XC version of MASTIFF, which I snapped out on the off-road course at Millbrook Proving Ground during DVD 2022 last week, now has a high mobility independent suspension system, adaptable ride height, higher performance military wheels and tyres, and a CTIS or Central Tyre Inflation System. Compared with the original MASTIFF family, derived from the COUGAR MRAP and operationally deployed by UK MoD in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2006, the XC version offers proper off-road performance and is better suited for African rural roads and tracks.
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