Force Protection Europe Ltd has been invited by the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) to tender with the OCELOT 4×4 highly protected light vehicle for the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) programme demonstration, production and support phases.

The decision follows a recently awarded contract placed with the company by the UK MoD for the supply of two units. The fleet has already been delivered.

An all-new concept, Ocelot has been developed by Force Protection Europe Ltd and Ricardo UK Ltd to provide increased survivability together with exceptional cross country mobility, flexibility and value for money.

Marketed by Force Protection Australasia Ltd, the vehicle is also being considered by the Australian Department of Defence for its Land 121 Phase 4 Project for the Protected Mobility Vehicle-Light (PMV-L) programme where is competing against Thales  Australia Ltd Hawkei 4×4 protected vehicle. The company part of Thales Group is offering the vehicle in cooperation with Boeing Defence Australia Ltd, the PAC Group and Plasan Sasa Ltd. The Hawkei vehicle will be showed by Thales Defence and C4I Systems at Eurosatory 2010 event.

A third company, General Dynamics Land Systems Australia Ltd is competing with the Mowag AG Eagle IV.

Each company are running to land a manufacturing contract for up to 1300 wheeled 4×4 vehicles.                                                           (Force Protection Europe Ltd).

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