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Safety Considerations Pull Viking Vehicles Off Front Lines

June 25 2012

United Kingdom

The British military says it has withdrawn its Viking tracked, armored all-terrain vehicles from frontline missions in Afghanistan, reports the Plymouth Herald (U.K.).

At one point, the vehicles were to be used by the Royal Marines on the front line, but the Vikings failed safety checks.

The Vikings were fitted with heavier equipment than the vehicle was designed for, which led to significant mechanical fatigue, Defense Equipment Minister Peter Luff recently told a lawmaker. ...

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