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Force Protection Europe (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, 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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22 Jun 11. ST Kinetics has completed the delivery of the Warthogs in the £150m Urgent Operational Requirement contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The conclusion of the contract was marked by the delivery of a troop carrying variant, one of four variants specially customised from the Bronco All Terrain Track Carrier for the UK MOD. For this contract, Thales (UK) was the main partner, responsible for the integration of UK specialist electronic counter-measure equipment and communication systems, whilst other UK specialist companies were involved in the supply of other subsystems such as the bar armour and armour glass. The Warthog variants include the Troop Carrier, Ambulance, Command and Repair & Recovery. The command variant of Warthog was on display at the Protected Mobility Display and Sustainment Conference. The Warthog’s proven mobility across a wide range of terrain and climatic conditions allows the vehicle to exploit unconventional routes of advancement, thereby significantly increasing the warfighter’s survivability. The Warthog is also very survivable and has received much positive publicity in its ability to safeguard the lives of troops in Afghanistan from both soldiers and the media. The fact that the Warthog was fully delivered within a very challenging delivery schedule bears testimony to the commitment and close working relationship the ST Kinetics project team has with the UK MOD, to ensure that the programme meets all the stringent requirements and the needs of the soldiers on the ground.

23 Jun 11. TMV reveals 4×4 reconnaissance vehicle development. Total Mobility Vehicles (TMV) is building a 4×4 version of its developmental 6×6 special forces reconnaissance vehicle, company managing director John Stretton told Jane’s at the UK Protected Mobility Display & Sustainment event on 23 June. The new vehicle retains many of the design features of the larger vehicle, including its open bodyshell, twin V-hull blast-shaping mine protection, advanced suspension and all-wheel steering. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

22 Jun 11. Warthog All Terrain Vehicles (ATV): Delivery Complete. ST Kinetics reported (22 Jun 11) that the Company had completed the delivery of the Warthog ATV in an Urgent Operational Requirement contract from the MoD valued at £150m. Four variants of the vehicle have been ‘customised’ from the original Bronco All Terrain Track Carrier: Troop Carrier, Ambulance, Command vehicle and Repair & Recovery. Thales (UK) has been responsible for the integration of UK specialist electronic counter-measures equipment and communication systems.
Comment: The first Warthog under the above contract arrived in Afghanistan on 10 Sep 10. The total number of vehicles is only given officially as “more than 100”, but is believed to be 115. The above notification included the helpful advice that the Warthog “has received much positive publicity in its ability to safeguard the lives of troops in Afghanistan from both soldiers and the media.”! (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/25, 27 Jun 11)

16 Jun 11. Impressive evidence of the modular capabilities of the UK designed and

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