FPE receives ITT for MoD vehicles

Force Protection Europe (FPE) has been invited by the UK MoD to tender for the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle Programme – Demonstration, Production and Support Phases.

The ITT follows a recently awarded contract placed with Force Protection Europe by the UK MoD for the supply of two Ocelot lightprotected patrol vehicles.

Ocelot has been developed by Force Protection Europe and Ricardo to provide levels of survivability comparable with the Cougar range of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

According to a statement, Ocelot’s capabilities have been proven by a sustained programme of blast, ballistic, automotive and manoeuvrability tests conducted since summer 2009. The vehicle successfully completed another series of tests last week.

Ocelot can be maintained and repaired quickly to ensure maximum availability, while its modular design enables the vehicle to be reconfigured in theatre within two hours to meet a variety of different roles, such as patrol, fire support and protected logistics.

Force Protection Europe managing director, David Hind, said, ’We firmly believe that Ocelot has defined the future for light protected patrol vehicles and are delighted to have received this invitation to tender from the MoD.’

The Engineer’s Stuart Nathan recently took an Ocelot for a test drive around Millbrook Proving Ground. Click here to read his blog account.