Ocelot LPPV - Next Generation in Defense Vehicle

We have been presenting you with the latest innovations in the automotive market, with the latest technologies and gadgets, and several vehicle concepts of the future, but we thought it was about time to show something a bit more... ‘hostile’.

We therefore introduce you with the latest project coming from Team Ocelot (a partnership between Ricardo and Force Protection Europe), the next generation in defense vehicles: the Ocelot LPPV (light protected patrol vehicle).

Based on a modular design, the Ocelot LPPV has just been unveiled at the Defense Systems & Equipment International Exhibition, at London’s ExCel arena, where it impressed through its exceptional manoeuvrability, operational flexibility, and unparalleled levels of occupant protection for a vehicle of its class.

“Ocelot offers a highly practical defence vehicle solution to current and future operational requirements, while also providing unparalleled levels of occupant safety against the very real and present threats of a hostile theatre environment,” said Dave Shemmans, CEO of Ricardo plc, in a statement for the press.

“We are confident that the V-shape design of Ocelot means it not only meets today’s blast resistance requirements but those expected in the future,” added David Hind, MD of Force Protection Europe Ltd.

The V-shaped hull configuration formed by the combination of skateboard and pod, aiming to increase survivability against blast and mines. The hull houses a Steyr 3.2 litre straight six diesel powerpack, propshaft, 6-speed ZF gearbox, AxelTech differentials, fuel tank and all the suspension gear except a torsion bar which is mounted alongside the hull. In the event of an attack the vehicle is able to keep moving even if it has lost a wheel as the rest of the automotive parts are protected.

Ocelot is a 7 1/2 tonne vehicle (5.3m long, 2.3 high and 2.1 wide) which can be transported in a C-130 or underslung on a Chinook. It has four wheel steering which gives it a market leading turning circle of 12 metres and has a low centre of gravity as all the heavy items are contained within the skateboard.
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