Mobile Land Systems (MLS) has filed a patent in the UAE and Saudi Arabia for the design of the Falcon V-Hull Blast Protection system.

The company has collaborated with survivability experts and its UAE and Saudi-based engineering teams to design the Falcon V-Hull for integration into its range of mine-protected vehicles.

The company claimed that the Falcon V-Hull provides high levels of protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines and is designed to meet the full range of STANAG 4569 Levels.

MLS client services senior vice-president Tom Yeoman said: “With an increased proliferation of improvised explosive devices, blast protection has become more important than ever.

“While MLS and most military land systems manufacturers adhere to the standards set out by STANAG 4569, we have engineered the Falcon V-Hull to provide an unprecedented level of protection to the soldiers who trust their lives with our vehicles.”

MLS conducted the first trials of its Viper MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protected) vehicle during the UAE Summer Trials in 2018 and launched the product at IDEX in February.

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The Viper MRAP is the only vehicle that has been designed and developed in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Yeoman said: “While other contenders rely on technology that is or was controlled by overseas companies and governments, the MLS Viper is completely designed by MLS’s teams supported by global experts.”

The low-profile MLS Viper MRAP includes a powerful drivetrain, large internal volume, a modular designed interior, advanced suspension systems, air-conditioning, and CBRN capability, all without restriction from BAFA or ITAR.

The Viper uses advanced materials from major factories in the world.

The design of the Viper MRAP supports a range of end-user requirements, including armoured personnel carrier (APC), command and control, reconnaissance, ambulance and IFV.

MLS is expanding its infrastructure in Saudi Arabia to manufacture its wide range of vehicles in 2020.

MLS opened a 35,000m² production complex in the UAE in 2015 to develop the local industry, and launched an integration and support facility in Saudi Arabia in 2016 to support its vehicles used by the Saudi Armed Forces.