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Millbrook, based in Bedfordshire, UK, makes a significant contribution to the quality and performance of military vehicles worldwide. Its specialist expertise is focussed in two distinct areas: test programmes to help armed services and their suppliers ensure that their vehicles and systems work as the specification requires; and design and build work to upgrade new or existing vehicles, evaluate vehicle capability and investigate in-service failures. Complementing these is driver and service training and a hospitality business that allows customers to use selected areas of Millbrook’s remarkable facilities for demonstrations and exhibitions.
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16 Jun 11. Impressive evidence of the modular capabilities of the UK designed and built Ocelot vehicle were on display at Protected Mobility Display & Sustainability Conference when Force Protection Europe (FPE) unveiled the weapons pod variant of this versatile newcomer on Stand SP19. The light protected patrol version of Ocelot – which will be entering service with the British Army next year under the name Foxhound – was also be featured at the event. Command & Control and utility variants of Ocelot have also been developed by FPE and the family is now complemented by the weapons pod vehicle. This modular approach provides commanders with multiple options from a standard protected chassis. The weapons pod, which provides enhanced protection for fire support and special operations teams, can be integrated easily between missions to the standard chassis using light lift equipment. It can be fitted with manned or remote weapon systems using the standard ring on the WMIK-like roll cage or a pintle mount.
03 Jun 11. Poland launches Hipopotam amphibious personnel carrier. Poland’s AMZ Kutno plant has unveiled the first details of its Hipopotam 8×8 heavy amphibious wheeled armoured personnel carrier (Ciezki Plywajacy Kolowy Transporter Opancerzony – CPKTO). The Hipopotam is being developed under a grant awarded in June 2010 by Poland’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education to a consortium led by AMZ, supported by the WITI military institute engineering technology, WAT military academy of technology, WITPiS military institute of armour and automotive technology and the Gdansk Institute of Technology (Politechnika Gdanska). (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
22 Jun 11. Penman Protected™ – synonymous with sustainable asset mobility, Protected Mobility Display & Sustainment Conference, Millbrook, Bedfordshire, 22nd – 23rd June 2011: Stand SP-19.
“The United Kingdom will be progressively recognised as one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for the design, development and manufacture of protected vehicles, mobile platforms – and the associated technologies that provide effective protection, improve survivability and provide effective whole life support. Penman now has the intellectual and engineering assets, product range and critical mass to be at the forefront of that space”, says Bryan Findlay, Managing Director of Penman Engineering Group.
The group, which recently acquired specialist vehicle engineering and design house, Creation, displays a range of its protected engineer and vehicle products at UK MoD’s first two day DE&S PMDSC (Protected Mobility Display & Sustainment Conference) at Millbrook, Bedfordshire (22nd – 23rd June 2011). These include two of the latest MRV (Multi-Role Variant) upgrades of Creation’s Zephyr protected platform, three examples of Penman Protected™ engineer plant and an 8×4 protected heavy logistics prime mover. Penman, based in Dumfries, Scotland, has fulfilled a significant string of successful UK and international defence and security programmes including explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and specialist vehicles, armoured patrol vehicles, mine clearing systems, protected construction equipment and cash in transit conversions. The group also owns Aardva