Wounded service personnel have welcomed a government move to guarantee leg amputees get the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs available.
Captain Nick Beighton, a Paralympic rower who competed in London 2012, lost both his legs in a blast while on a foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2009.
To have the opportunity to try it and to use it and get the latest technology is fabulous for us because it just gives us that freedom to get out and do more things and have greater functionality and more independence, essentially.
Around 160 individuals who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, will benefit from Government funds for the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs available.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "One of this Government's top priorities has always been to give our troops the best possible care and support."
Mr Hammond said he was "delighted" to announce funds of £6.5 million which will be used to ensure UK servicemen and veterans injured in Afghanistan or Iraq have the opportunity to "upgrade to the most technologically advanced prosthetics currently available."
The next generation of micro processor knee is a fantastic prosthetic development and now seen to have proven benefits for certain amputees. It will improve the quality of life and rehabilitation for our patients, where it is clinically suitable.
Not only does it provide better stability and improved mobility but will also help reduce back pain and aid rehabilitation generally.
The team at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre are now planning for individual patients to be offered the next generation of micro processor knee where clinically appropriate.