THE Army’s £440million replacements for death-trap Snatch Land Rovers break down in hot weather, The Sun can reveal.
MoD and Army top brass blew the cash on a fleet of 400 British-made Foxhound armoured patrol trucks.
But soldiers using them in Iraq and Afghanistan have branded them “absolutely s***” after they began cutting out in temperatures over 50C.
The Foxhounds were ordered after 37 soldiers died in the hated Snatch Land Rovers, which were dubbed “coffins on wheels” by squaddies.
The thin-skinned vehicles were designed for patrolling Northern Ireland, but got ripped to shreds in Basra and Helmand by IEDs.
An insider tasked with running the Foxhounds at a base overseas said: “They’re a massive waste of money. It’s a speed boat engine in a truck.
“They break down all the time. They can’t handle the heat. They have a massive problem and at 50 degrees the engine cooks out.
“I’m having to do the two-yearly full strip-down service every five or six weeks.”
Specialist tools to fix the supposedly “world-beating” Foxhounds are also in short supply.
Our source added: “I’ve had to buy my own tools. I’ve designed scoops in the bonnet to suck air in to cool the engine, and sent those designs to the UK.”
Foxhounds, raced into service in 2012, are used by troops on Guardian Angel lookout duties for Army trainers teaching Iraqi security forces.
The trucks are built by General Dynamics Land Systems — Force Protection Europe, based in Leamington Spa, Warwicks.
The six-cylinder engine is made by Austrian Steyr Motors.
They have a V-shaped hull that deflects bomb blasts and a top speed of 70mph.
The MoD said: “Foxhound has dealt with the demanding conditions in Iraq, kept our soldiers safe and is delivering the required operational output in the defeat of aesh (ISIS).”
Other military kit disasters
Two Army reconnaissance drones crashed in Irish sea – grounding an entire fleet.
Project cost has hit £1.1 billion.
Type 45 destroyers
Six £1 billion Destroyers needed new engines last year because they broke down in warmer waters.
Nimrod spy planes
A project to build 21 spy planes axed in 2010 to save cash.
The contract was £789 million over budget and nine years late.
The Ministry of Defence spent £6 million on 100,000 ear defenders.
They were designed to cut out noise in battle, but didn’t work.
Troops in the Second Gulf War of 2003 bought their own footwear when soles of their Army boots melted in heat.