Team Ocelot receives invitation to tender for light protected patrol vehicle

Team Ocelot receives invitation to tender for light protected patrol vehicle
24 May 2010

Ocelot shows off its unique modular design

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

The invitation to tender follows a recently awarded contract placed with Force Protection Europe by the UK MoD for the supply of two Ocelot light protected patrol vehicles.

An all-new concept, Ocelot has been developed by Force Protection Europe and Ricardo to provide levels of survivability comparable with the Cougar family of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, together with exceptional cross country mobility, flexibility and value for money.

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

Ocelot under test_courtesy MillbrookOcelot can be maintained and repaired quickly out in the field to ensure maximum availability, while its unique 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.

Graeme Rumbol, Ricardo plc global vehicle product group director said: “Ocelot is a truly exceptional vehicle offering outstanding levels of flexibility of service and crew protection. We are extremely pleased to be working with Force Protection Europe on this unique product”.

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.”

A full copy of this press release and accompanying images can be downloaded from the links to the right of this page.

Media contacts:

Anthony Smith
Ricardo Media Office    
Tel:  +44 (0)1273 382710
Fax: +44 (0)1273 880218

Victoria Bailey or Nick Johnstone
CMS Strategic (for Force Protection Europe Ltd)
Tel:  +44 (0)208 748 9797