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Multi Role Vehicle-Protected (MRV-P)

The Multi Role Vehicle Protected program will deliver a family of protected 4- and 6-wheeled vehicles for command and logistic support. Multi Role Vehicle Protected (MRV-P) is a Cat A project intended to meet the requirement for a protected deployable platform employed by all Force Elements, at all scales of effort, in a wide range of environments, and on all parts of the battlefield except for the direct fire zone. The MRV-P should bring commonality to the fleet and reduce the logistic footprint for utility vehicles by 2020.

Multi Role Vehicle Protected (MRV-P) is the biggest program by both numbers of vehicles and variants envisaged and, of course, by cost. Unsurprisingly, it is also the one program that has been around for the most time, having spent years already languishing through studies, concept phases, trials, rethinks and rebranding. MRV-P is in fact the child of the failed Operational Utility Vehicle System (OUVS) program, which came to light as far back as 2003.

By 2012 the MRV(P) program was at the pre-concept phase and has evolved from the operational utility vehicle system (OUVS), with significant changes in the total numbers and protection level. The vision is for one variant to fulfil all roles, using plug-and-play communications and flexible seating layouts. MRV(P) is not seen as appropriate for providing utility vehicle support to rapidly deployable forces (i.e. first-in, airborne or amphibious), where a lighter, more agile, capability is required. There are currently no KURs or URD for MRV (P), so a clear high-level requirement is needed.

type purchasedcore
Coyote97 71
Husky 351 325
Mastiff506 439
Ridgeback 168169
Warthog 11560
MRV-P should replace Land Rovers, Pinzgauers and other old and unprotected vehicles currently widely used in a variety of roles within army units. The MRV-P should also introduce a gun towing variant, a new vehicle which shall replace the (already withdrawn) never loved RB-44. For the gun-towing role and for mortar platoons, 650 old Leyland 4-tonne trucks were kept into service with a decision taken in 2011, being preferred over the RB44 TUH.

The roles expected of the capability include:

  1. Command and communications post vehicle,
  2. Command and liaison vehicle,
  3. General purpose vehicle cargo,
  4. General purpose vehicle pax,
  5. Light gun towing vehicle.

The base platform must fall within the 250 000 GBP UPC, it must be of a modular design capable of fulfilling the requirement for a family of platforms and although there must be capacity for growth, must contain the following minimum requirement:

Ser requirement remarks.

  1. Number of crew ? 6 (Pax) Dvr, Comd, Gnr + 3 (pax carrying platform)
  2. Payload capacity > 2 500kg (Cargo) + Crew of 3 To allow for the appropriate crew, pax, Bowman, ECM, cargo preponderance requirements for towing and up to 20 % growth.
  3. Unladen mass <14 000kg <10 000kg if transport by C130.
  4. Turning circle < 18m Land Rover = 14m
  5. Width < 2.5m Medium Mobility
  6. Power to weight ratio > 20 hp/t at the wheels Medium Mobility
  7. Ground pressure < 450Kpa Medium mobility
  8. Ground clearance > 240mm Medium Mobility
  9. Ballistic threshold protection (Stanag 4569) ? level 2 Objective level 3
  10. Blast threshold protection (Stanag 4569) ? level 2a/2b Objective level 3a/3b

The platform design must incorporate adaptable vehicle architecture to allow the following capabilities to be integrated into the platform:

  1. Open architecture communication information system,
  2. Generic vehicle architecture level 2,
  3. Fitted for electronic counter measures,
  4. Fitted for bowman,
  5. Fitting of protect weapon system.

General Dynamics Land Systems demonstrated its significant Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) capability at DSEI 2015 at the ExCel Centre, London. General Dynamics Land Systems - Force Protection Europe has privately funded the development of a family of Ocelot (Foxhound in british army service) variants based on a cheaper crew citadel made of steel instead of high-end, expensive composites as in the current patrol variant.

The Ocelot light tactical 4x4 protected vehicle is successfully deployed on operations with the British Army as 'Foxhound.'It is a best-in-class mine and blast protected 4x4 vehicle.The design of the Ocelot platform is modular, enabling the British Army to provide role-specific platforms from the common base platform. This ensures logistic, training and support commonality across the variants.Variant modules include Patrol, Special Operations, General Purpose Logistics and Command and Control for Battalion and Company/Sqn HQ elements.

EAGLE is a field-proven vehicle that provides high and secure mobility on- or off-road, which is currently in service with the German, Swiss and Danish Armies. It is available in a range of 4x4 and 6x6 configurations and can fulfill roles such as Armoured Personnel Carrier, Ambulance, Recovery, Command, Reconnaissance, and Logistics. EAGLE provides logistic commonality across its range of variants to offer lower maintenance and lifecycle costs.

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