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By Julian Nettlefold, Editor, BATTLESPACE

On 26th April the U.K. MoD SUV IPT has issued a requirement for the supply of 180 Medium Protected Patrol Vehicles (MPPV) for likely delivery in early 2009. The MPPV will be a wheeled vehicle, with an approximate gross vehicle weight of 14 tonnes, capable of carrying up to 7 crew members, providing protected mobility and offering very high levels of protection against a number of known and emerging threats of a varied nature including Ballistic, Blast, Mine and Fragmentation. MPPVs are principally required for a wide range of patrol tasks and are normally expected to operate on roads and rough tracks in urban, semi-urban and rural environments; however they need to be sufficiently agile to provide a degree of cross-country mobility. Deadline for EOI: 11/05/07; Proposed ITT issue date: 26/05/08; Proposed ITT return date 31/08/08; Estimated Value £20-100m.

International MpV

The International® Mine protected Vehicle. Built to withstand ballistic arms fire, mineblasts, ieDs, nuclear, Biological and chemical environments, and anything else that threatens the safety of its crew; armoring flexibility allows upgrades to achieve the correct level of protection the mission requires. International’s proven severe service platform means quality, durability and reliability are on the battlefield everyday.

The success of this design was shown by the award on June 1st of a $623,073,400contract for delivery order #0002 under previously awarded firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-07-D-5032) for 1,200 additional Category I (CAT I) Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) vehicles. The CAT I is an MRAP vehicle provided for the Marine Corp and other Joint Forces that is needed in convoy operations. The MRAP vehicles are required to increase survivability and mobility of troops operating in a hazardous fire area against known threats such as small arms fire, rocket propelled grenades, and improvised explosive devices. Work will be performed in West Point, Miss., and work is expected to be completed by February 2008. Contract funds in the amount of $623,073,400 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Basic specifications

Length: 240″– 264″
Width: 99″
Height: 115″
Wheel Base: 153″– 176″
Ground clearance (Center of Vehicle): 16.5″
Ground clearance (Differential clearance): 14.4″
Payload: 3,650–11,150 lbs.
GVWR: 31,500–39,000 lbs.
Seating: 2-man crew plus 4–10 passengers
Ballistic protection: armor and glass protection to meet mission needs
Mine protection: specialized ‘V’-shaped hull design protects against mine/IED blasts
Engine: International® i6 Diesel, turbo inter-cooled, direct electronic injection, four stroke
Displacement: 8.7 L (530 ci)
Maximum power: 330 hp @ 2,100 rpm
Maximum torque: 1,150 ft.-lbs. @ 2,100 rpm
Transmission: Allison 3000; 5-speed automatic
Steering type: Hydraulically assisted recirculating ball
Front axle: 16,000 lbs – 21,000 lbs Drive/steer
Rear axle: 21,000 lbs – 30,000 lbs Drive
Suspension: semi-elliptical leaf springs
Full air brakes with ABS and traction control
Fording Depth: 36″ Without preparation

MacNeillie MACS

S. MacNeillie & Son, the West Midlands based armoured and security vehicle bodybuilder, rolled out its own design to meet current and future military Protected Patrol Vehicle requirements, such as that for the UK MoD. The MACS(Military Armoured Carrier System) concept has been developed to be adaptable for a number of specifications, configurations, protection levels, payloads – and gross weights from 9.5 – 14 tonnes. The company also plans to manufacture and assemble the new unit at its Walsall plant.

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