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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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Oct 09. LPPV Update. Sources close to BATTLESPACE suggest that the Force Dynamics/Ricardo Ocelot vehicle is out in front of the LPPV Requirement with the Creation/Babcock Zephyr also favoured. IVECO’s SWB LMV, the Renault/Land Rover vehicle and the KMW vehicle are believed to be in the ‘reserve’ with the INVECO team rumoured to be offering their LWB LMV variant with a stretched cab. A number of competitors have been put on hold as there are a couple of KSRs they don’t meet and the MoD is still looking for a 100% solution.
Oct 09. Land Rover announces ‘through life support programme’ for military vehicles in conjunction with Hobson Industries. Land Rover has today announced an agreement with Hobson Industries that will enable an innovative through life support solution to ensure the longevity of the Land Rover military legacy fleet currently in use with the British Army. Land Rover Global Direct Sales and Hobson Industries will work as strategic partners to offer a unique solution focussing primarily on the supply of military legacy parts. Terry Hill, Global Direct Sales Director, Land Rover, commented on the partnership: “We really value our military business and our long-running relationship with the UK Ministry of Defence. Through this milestone agreement with Hobson Industries, we are able to showcase our continued commitment to the MoD and to the support of the fleet long after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired.” Land Rover has supplied vehicles to the Ministry of Defence for Light Vehicle usage since 1948. Currently, there is a fleet of circa 15,000 green fleet Land Rover Defender’s in service in a variety of variants; 12v to 24v, 90” to 130” chassis lengths, hard tops, soft tops and battle field ambulances.
14 Oct 09. Oshkosh Defence and partners have offered the MRAP all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV) and SandCat combat vehicles to the Australian Department of Defence as part of the Land 121 Overlander Phase 4 defence procurement programme. Under the programme, the Australian Defence Department envisions the procurement of 1,300 light protected mobility combat vehicles. The M-ATV is a highly mobile combat vehicle featuring the TAK-4 independent suspension system that provides 70% off-road mission profile capability. The SandCat is a lightweight and versatile protected vehicle that features a durable modular armour system designed to meet a mission’s threat level and payload requirements. Both vehicles feature an advanced armour system developed by the Oshkosh subcontractor Plasan, a designer and manufacturer of combat-proven armour solutions. The integration of the armour systems to the protected vehicles will be accomplished by JLG, a division of Oshkosh Corporation which also provides integrated logistics support for the programme.
15 Oct 09. UK OUVS programme faces delays. The UK armed forces’ future Operational Utility Vehicle System (OUVS) could be delayed by another year in the wake of a review of the programme’s acquisition strategy. In the meantime, the army’s existing Land Rover fleet will be upgraded to extend its service life, industry sources believe. The Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) o