"These vehicles leave Donnington better-than-new," said DSG’s Chief Executive, Archie Hughes. "The repair and maintenance team here is utterly committed to the safety and protection of the soldiers on the front-line and puts everything into turning these vehicles – often damaged because of accident or enemy action – into ultra-modern, finely-tuned fighting machines."
Major General Alan Macklin, the Army’s Armoured Fighting Vehicles Group Leader said;
"Since it came into service over 20 years ago, Warrior has been the backbone of the British Army’s armoured infantry’s capability and has seen service in all the major conflicts in which the British Army has been engaged. Frequently adapted to deal with new threats and opportunities, Warrior will continue to be a stalwart for the British Army for many years to come.
Many Warriors have been through the workshop twice or more, and the 1,000th vehicle going through base overhaul is a watershed for all at Donnington who have been working on the overhaul, repair and upgrade of these Infantry Fighting Vehicles. The commitment and dedication of the workforce is truly impressive and is appreciated by many including by me and by those currently deployed on operations. It is, perhaps, appropriate that on my last day in post as Armoured Fighting Vehicle Group Leader I should be here with the Defence Support Group paying tribute to their workforce and to this platform which is one of the key vehicles saving the lives of our soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan today."
Among the Warriors to be repaired at Donnington was the one that Private Johnson Beharry of the 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment drove in May 2004 when, in acts of remarkable gallantry in Iraq, he saved the lives of several colleagues and earned the Victoria Cross.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle has the speed and performance to keep up with the formidable Challenger 2 main battle tanks over the most difficult terrain, and the firepower and armour to support infantry in the assault.
2. The Warrior – of which there are a number of variants – entered service in 1988 and has proved a resounding success for armoured infantry battlegroups in the Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. They provide excellent mobility, lethality and survivability for infantrymen and have enabled key elements from the Royal Artillery and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) to operate effectively within a battlegroup. A highly successful armoured fighting vehicle, Warrior can be fitted with Enhanced Armour and is continuously being upgraded. The Battle-group Thermal Imager (BGTI) is being fitted to increase its night-fighting capability and is second to none.
3. Warrior infantry fighting vehicles carry a turret mounted 30 mm Rarden cannon that will defeat light armoured vehicles out to 1,500 metres. An 8x magnification image-intensifying night sight is fitted, and eight 94 mm Light Anti-Armour weapon (LAW) HEAT rockets can be stowed in the vehicle.
4. Warrior variants include the artillery observation post vehicle (OPV) and command post vehicle (CPV), and a REME recovery and repair vehicle. All variants are equipped with a 7.62 mm chain gun. Both chain gun and Rarden cannon have an anti-helicopter capability.
5. The most impressive feature of warrior is its power. The 550 bhp diesel engine gives a power-to-weight ratio of 23.5 bhp/ton resulting in a road speed of 75 kph and a cross-country speed of up to 50 kph.
6. DSG launched on 1 April 2008 and brought together the ABRO and DARA businesses into a single new defence Trading Fund. DSG’s primary focus will be in providing expert in-house maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for the through life support of the key land and air based platforms and equipment for the UK Armed Forces.
7. It draws together many unique capabilities that have been developed over several decades for the direct benefit of troops and their equipment at both home and abroad. The combined businesses will turnover in excess of £200m, with a workforce of around 3800 strategically located throughout the UK.
8. DSG’s Head Office is located in Andover and provides strategic direction to the main sites in Bovington, Catterick, Colchester, Donnington, Sealand, St Athan, Stafford, Stirling, Telford and Warminster. Smaller support sites located in Aldershot, Bicester, Edinburgh, Kinnegar, Sennybridge and York further enhances DSG’s geographic coverage. Small support teams are also permanently embedded in other UK military sites.
9. For further information about DSG, contact Allan Robertson, in the DSG press office:
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