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General Dynamics Land Systems Force Protection Europe (GDLS FPE) was established in 2009 to provide a UK-based vehicle support organisation for the world renowned Cougar vehicles (Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound). Over 700 of these vehicles are in service with the UK MoD and continue to save heroes’ lives. Since its formation, GDLS FPE has developed a revolutionary light protected patrol vehicle, Ocelot. In 2010, Ocelot was awarded the contract for the UK’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle Programme and named Foxhound by the MoD. It is the best protected vehicle for its weight and size available today. Patrol, utility load bed and weapons pods offer Ocelot flexibility and fleet coherence.
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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.
16 Jun 12. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. Tornados of 617 Squadron were involved in three Shows of Force (high-speed, low-level flights) during the past week: all were successful in dissuading insurgents to cease hostile action. (RAF Ops Update, 16 Jun 12.)
Afghan policemen accompanied by members of the King’s Royal Hussars and 1st Bn Welsh Guards cleared insurgents from the village of Pulpazay, East of Lashkar Gah. (MoD, 19 Jun 12.)
As at 31 May 12, UK Reaper had flown over 34,750 hours on Operations, the majority of which were in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance role. Reaper aircrew have also deployed 281 weapons in response to requests for support from commanders on the ground. (MoD, 19 Jun 12.)
Afghan Engineers, supported by Royal Engineers, bridged the Nahr-e Saraj Canal allowing an area in central Helmand to be cleared. (Media Ops, 20 Jun 12.)
“The Prime Minister has made clear that UK Forces will not be in a combat role after 2014. Our confirmed contributions to Afghanistan after 2014 include our leading role in the Afghan National Army Officer Academy and our £70m contribution to sustaining the Afghan National Security Forces.” (Foreign Secretary, 20 Jun 12.)
55 soldiers from the Tongan Defence Service support the RAF in the protection of Camp Bastion. A fourth contingent of Tongan personnel took over on 18 May 12, for six months. (MoD, 22 Jun 12.)
Comment: The Defence Select Committee announced (18 Jun 12) a new Inquiry: ‘Securing the Future of Afghanistan’. The Inquiry is to examine progress towards a secure and stable Afghanistan within the wider region and the plans for a smooth transition of responsibility for security to the Afghan Government. The Committee will take oral evidence during the remainder of 2012, with the first session at 14.30hrs on Tue 26 Jun 12 in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 12/25, 25 June 12)
15 Jun 12. France and Germany sign wide-ranging defence co-operation agreement. France and Germany have signed a wide-ranging letter of intent (LoI) that will broaden military procurement and development co-operation in areas ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles to future land combat systems: an agreement that points to greater multi-lateral co-operation in Europe, with Paris as a hub. Germany announced the LoI on 14 June. (Source: