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Commits to Adelaide
Manufacturing Base for
The U.K. company Force Protection announced on October 20 it
had reached an agreement with the South Australian Government
to manufacture and support its Ocelot vehicle in Adelaide. If it is
successful in securing the contract it will manufacture up to 1300 next-
generation protected mobility vehicles under the ‘Land 121 Phase 4’
Chief Executive Officer, Michael Moody, said that following discussions
with the State Government and potential suppliers, South Australia
offered the most suitable manufacturing base for the Ocelot.
“Since we first met with the Government and potential suppliers in
2009, it has become clear that South Australia can provide the essential
ingredients we need to successfully manufacture and support the
Ocelot,” Mr Moody said. “This view was confirmed during my recent
discussions with Premier Mike Rann.
“The South Australian Government has been very supportive and highly
professional in its discussions
with us. South Australia’s
reputation as Australia’s
‘Defence State’ is well-founded.
I certainly believe that with
our Ocelot, the strength and
capability of Force Protection
and our collaboration with
South Australia, we will have a
compelling offering for the Commonwealth of Australia.”
Force Protection has identified a site within the Edinburgh Parks
precinct, in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, as a suitable location for its
proposed vehicle manufacturing base.
Mr Moody said today’s announcement strengthened Force Protection’s
commitment to operating in Australia, and looked forward to making
further announcements about the company’s plans.
This is a significant step forward in the potential development of the
Ocelot in Australia.
It also follows an announcement last month that the UK’s Ministry
of Defence (MoD) had selected Force Protection as preferred bidder to
supply its Ocelot for the MoD’s urgent operational requirement for the
Light Protected Patrol Vehicle program (LPPV ).
Mr. Moody concluded: “The Ocelot now has a first class endorsement
from the United Kingdom and is ideally suited to the Australian
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