Based on a modular design, the Ocelot LPPV went through a sustained programme of blast, ballistic, automotive and manoeuvrability tests that proved the vehicle can be reconfigured within two hours to meet a variety of different roles, such as patrol, fire support and protected logistics.
“Ocelot is a truly exceptional vehicle offering outstanding levels of flexibility of service and crew protection. We are extremely pleased to be working with Force Protection Europe on this unique product,” Graeme Rumbol, Ricardo plc global vehicle product group director said in a release.
“We firmly believe that Ocelot has defined the future for light protected patrol vehicles and are delighted to have received this invitation to tender from the MoD,” added Force Protection Europe managing director, David Hind.
Ocelot uses a V-shaped hull design, with its armor protecting the main fuel tank, drive line, batteries, generator and the powerpack (this includes the engine, gearbox, auxiliary fuel tank ans associated ECUs). The vehicle has been engineered to be easily repaired and maintainable and is extremely flexible, being suitable for operations in the desert, jungle, mountains or urban environments.
It is a 7 1/2 tonne vehicle (5.3m long, 2.3 high and 2.1 wide), it has four wheel steering which gives it a market leading turning circle of 12 metres and has a low centre of gravity.