Responding to an urgent requirement to protect light vehicles in theatre, Hobson Industries, the Lincolnshire-based vehicle specialist, produced a design for a skirt protection kit and delivered the first modules in less than 14 days.
Peter Hobson, managing director of Hobson Industries, said: ‘We were contacted by the SUV IPT at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide a solution to provide a vehicle skirt system to protect vehicles from attack.
‘The solution had to allow the vehicle to carry out normal duties with a sealed area below the chassis. We had a development team working round the clock and produced the first prototype in three days. This was tested on our own Land Rover and the results proved 100 per cent effective. The MoD approval followed immediately. This was quickly followed by another urgent requirement from BAE Systems for its Saxon vehicle. We modified the existing Land Rover-based design, and again, working round the clock, produced a similar solution for BAE Systems in record time.’
Hobson added: ‘This is the first time that this technology has been used to prevent these types of threats and reports from theatre indicate the additional protective skirt kit to be totally effective.’