Military Vehicles Currently Supplied to NATO Forces
The Ocelot Light Protected Patrol Vehicle
Designated 'Foxhound' by UK Military
The Force Protection Ocelot is a British armoured vehicle that is scheduled to replace the United Kingdom's Snatch Land Rover with British
forces. It will receive the service name Foxhound, in line with the names given to other wheeled armoured vehicles in current British use, such
as Mastiff and Ridgeback, which are based on the Cougar. This is not to be confused with the BAE Systems Australia Foxhound, a modified Short
Brothers S600. The goal in replacing the Snatch Land Rover was to improve protection of personnel against improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Designed by Force Protection Europe and the automotive engineering company Ricardo, the Ocelot is intended for use as a light protected patrol
vehicle (LPPV) with specialised protection against roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IED)s. It can weigh up to 7,500 kilograms
(16,500 lb) when loaded. This is smaller than most Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles, but larger than the Humvee replacement
vehicles being developed through the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.
Powered by a Steyr M16-Monoblock Diesel engine (6-cylinder, 160 kW), connected to a ZF 6HP28X 6-speed automatic transmission, it reaches a
speed of 50 mph (80 km/h) in 19.75 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 82 mph (132 km/h). Its wheels function independently, so the vehicle's
other wheels should continue to work if one is blown off. It is claimed that the engine can be removed and replaced in 30 minutes.
The design is modular, and all of the components can be removed easily. The protective pod where up to six people can sit is interchangeable to
allow easy modification according to the vehicle's role. For example, it can perform as an ambulance, supply vehicle, or jeep. Parts can also
be easily replaced for minimum service time. It can travel through terrain that would not be accessible to other civilian vehicles, such as
jungle, deep mud, or ruts. Its cabin is made of advanced composite materials. It is claimed that such composite materials can provide protection
like metal armour with a composite spall liner, but at a lighter weight, saving fuel. Critical parts such as the crew compartment, engine, fuel
tank and transmission are contained within the V-shaped armoured floor that deflects potential blast away from the pod, thus protecting the
occupants and key components.
The Ocelot will be the first British military vehicle to meet the MoDs recent Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) requirements. The GVA
requirements are intended to create a single, standard digital electronic and electrical architecture for UK vehicles.
The patrol version of the Ocelot LPPV has seating for two crew and four dismounts.
The fire support variant and the protected logistics variant have a seating capacity of two crew and two dismounts, and two crew, respectively.
Maximum payload 2,000kg: Maximum speed of 110km/h. Gross vehicle weight:7,500kg. The suspension system provides 338mm of ground clearance under
normal loaded conditions. The power to weight ratio is 19.3kW/t (25kW/t in combat mode).
Ocelot Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle: UK Designated Foxhound