Upgraded quad bikes for British forces in Afghanistan

all photos Crown Copyright/MoD 2009

A shipment of upgraded quad bikes are bound for the front line in Afghanistan to boost troops’ ability to deliver vital combat supplies to Service personnel on the ground.

200 of the upgraded all-terrain vehicles and trailers have been ordered for British troops as part of a £5m contract with Yamaha and Logic.The upgrades to the bikes include a left hand throttle which provides a dual throttle fit giving greater manoeuvrability in theatre; and dual stretcher fit on the trailers to evacuate two casualties at a time thereby speeding up emergency aid.


3 Para in Zabol

The quad bikes can reach speeds of up to 75km/h, can carry up to almost 160kg with the trailer attached, and are already being used to deliver food, water and ammunition to troops on the front line in difficult to access areas – or where it is more appropriate to offer a lower profile.

 Even with the trailer attached, they can operate through streams and puddles of up to half their wheel-height.

3 Para in Zabol

Major Matt Cansdale of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, who used the bikes during his recent operational tour, added:

“The quad bikes proved to be reliable and able to go places that no other vehicle could. The equipment that the quad bikes were able to carry enabled us to launch patrols that covered more distance and were longer in duration than would otherwise have been the case, so we were able to push into areas that the enemy did not expect us.

“The ability to evacuate casualties effectively and quickly also meant that we could move away from established routes while limiting the risk to our forces.”


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