Britain orders £3.5 billion in armoured vehicles

 Britain has signed a £3.5 billion ($5.8 billion, 4.4 billion euros) contract for armoured vehicles, the ministry of defence said on Wednesday on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales.

AFP| Updated: Sep 03, 2014, 05:51 AM IST

London: Britain has signed a £3.5 billion ($5.8 billion, 4.4 billion euros) contract for armoured vehicles, the ministry of defence said on Wednesday on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales.

The government said the contract was the largest single order the defence ministry has placed for armoured vehicles in three decades.

Made by the British arm of US defence company General Dynamics, the 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles have computer technology that will help with surveillance on battlefields, according to the defence ministry.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the order showed the government is "ensuring Britain`s national security, staying at the forefront of the global race".

The military`s most senior officer, general staff chief Peter Wall said the order would refresh the British army`s armoured capability.

"It provides advanced intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities and will be the `eyes and ears` of commanders on the battlefields of the future."