Tuesday, 15 September 2009

LPPV: Ocelot v Supacat

The DSE International Exhibition also witnessed the start of a catfight between Force Protection's Ocelot and Supacat's SPV400 to win the contract for the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) which will replace the Army's much criticised Snatch Land Rovers.

With the number of British soldiers killed or wounded by IEDs increasing, the Army is keen to replace its vulnerable Land Rovers with patrol vehicles which are versatile but which also possess a mine protection capability similiar to that provided with the heavier Mastiffs and Ridgbacks.

The initial requirement for 400 vehicles coming into service in 2012 but this figure is likely to increase significantly as the Army replaces its entire fleet of Land Rovers.

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