Snatch 2 is a Protected Patrol
Vehicle, based on the Land Rover Heavy Duty Chassis (similar to
WOLF in many respects), intended for general patrolling in
low-threat areas and is the successor to the Truck Utility
Medium (TUM) with Vehicle Protection Kit (VPK).
Originally procured for use in Northern Ireland, it is now
deployed to other theatres for general patrolling in low threat
Six versions have been produced, the first being the original
Snatch-1, equipped with a V8 petrol engine. Nearly 1,000 were
produced, with 278 being "desertised" and reclassified as the
Snatch-1.5. Most were upgraded to a second variant standard,
either the Snatch-2 12v, LHD, the basic training variant; the
Snatch-2A 24v, RHD, "Rest of World variant"; or the Snatch-2B
24v, RHD - the N. Ireland variant. These later versions were
retro-fitted with "300 Tdi" diesel engines and the 2A is also
fitted with air conditioning.
A number of Snatch 2 are being
further upgraded to the Snatch Vixen standard with chassis and
drivetrain enhancements for a higher GVW.
Snatch was originally procured exclusively for use in Northern
Ireland. It is now deployed to other theatres and used for
general patrolling in lower threat areas. It can be fitted with
Bowman and various ECM suites, being extensively replaced by
Vector and Mastiff.