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The UKs Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the company Force
Protection to supply its Ocelot for the MoD’s urgent operational
requirement for the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle program (LPPV ).
A version of Force Protections Ocelot has also been down selected for the
Manufactured and Supported in Australia (MSA) option by the Australian
Department of Defence as one of three Australian-based solutions to
provide up to 1300 next-generation protected mobility vehicles under the
$1 billion Land 121 Phase 4’ program.
In a media release on September 23 the company said the UK MoD’s
announcement follows its extensive testing over the past year of short-
listed contenders for the LPPV.
The United Kingdom’s Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and
Technology Peter Luff, said: “Small, agile but highly protected, the LPPV
is at the forefront of technology. It will offer troops unprecedented levels
of blast protection for such a light vehicle, enabling them to carry out a
wide range of tasks, whilst moving with ease through narrow alleyways or
It will be a valuable addition to the vehicles already available to
Commanders in Afghanistan, and demonstrates the Government’s
commitment to providing our troops with the very best equipment on the
front line. I’m delighted to announce that negotiations can now begin to
get these vehicles out to theatre as soon as possible.”
Force Protection, Inc’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Moody, said
the company was pleased to have the superior capabilities of the Ocelot
recognized in a competitive process.
“We have been very pleased with Ocelot’s performance in our own
testing and development program but to have its unprecedented levels
of survivability and manoeuvrability for a vehicle of this size and weight
confirmed within the UK MoD’s own testing regime is a significant result
for our research and development team and for the company as a whole,”
Mr Moody said.
The Ocelot vehicle has undergone significant development in
conjunction with leading independent technology provider Ricardo, Plc to
provide high levels of survivability together with exceptional cross country
mobility, flexibility and value for money. The Ocelot’s capabilities have
already been proven by a sustained program of blast, ballistic, automotive
and manoeuvrability tests conducted since 2009.
The company says the Ocelot can be maintained and repaired quickly 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.
Ocelot selected in the UK
Boeing Receives Multi-
Year Contract from US
Navy for 124 F/A-18 and
USN Super Hornet Credit: USN / Kevin J. Steinberg
Ocelot Credit: Ricardo
Boeing announced on September 28 that it has been awarded a new
multi-year procurement (MYP) contract from the U.S . Navy for
124 F/A- 18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.
The new contract is valued at $5.297 billion. Under the terms of the
agreement, Boeing will deliver 66 Super Hornets and 58 Growlers to the
Navy from 2012 through 2015.
“The men and women of Boeing are honored to provide the Super
Hornet’s advanced, combat-proven multirole capability and the EA-18G’s
unmatched airborne electronic attack capability to the American
warfighters serving their nation around the world each day,” said Boeing
F/A-18 and EA-18 Programs Vice President Kory Mathews. “Procurement
of these 124 aircraft through a multi-year contract takes advantage of the
full efficiencies of Boeing’s production and supplier operations, which
will generate more than $600 million in cost savings for U.S. taxpayers.”
The new contract is the third multi-year agreement between Boeing
and the Navy for production of the F/A-18E/F, the Navy’s frontline strike
fighter, which delivers forward-deployed air combat capability around
the world from the decks of 11 Navy aircraft carriers, including ongoing
missions in Afghanistan.
The EA-18G, the United States’ newest combat aircraft, conducts
advanced airborne electronic attack (AEA) missions to support Navy and
joint force requirements. The EA-18G is scheduled for its first combat
deployment later this year.
“Boeing and its Hornet Industry Team suppliers have delivered every
Super Hornet and Growler on schedule to the warfighter and on budget
for the taxpayer from the first Super Hornet delivery,” said Mathews.
“The first two F/A-18E/F multi-year contracts generated more than $1.7
billion in savings for the United States. We look forward to continuing to
provide unmatched capability and value through this contract.”
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