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May 17, 2021

British Army ‘reviewing’ MRV-P options after Defence Command Paper silence

The British Army is reviewing the options for both packages of the Multi Role Vehicle-Protected (MRV-P) requirement after the programme was left absent from the UK’s recently published Defence Command Paper.

By Harry Lye

The British Army’s Head of Strategy Brigadier John Clark recently told reporters that work was still underway to figure out how many vehicles and of what type would be needed to fill the requirement. 

When reached for comment about the status of the programme, a British Army spokesperson told Army Technology: “The Multi Role Vehicle-Protected programme will modernise the army’s light mobility fleet, delivering vehicles in two packages for both the new Heavy and Light Brigade Combat Teams.

“Following the Integrated Review and the Defence Command Paper, we are reviewing options for both MRV-P packages.”

The US-built Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) has previously emerged as the British Army’s preferred choice to fill the MRV-P package 1 requirement to provide command, liaison and logistic vehicles. 

Since the JLTV emerged as a front runner, the UK has yet to order the vehicle. Changes to the government’s prosperity agenda have called the possibility of ordering a US vehicle into question.

The UK was due to decide on whether to procure the JLTV via a US Foreign Military Sales case in 2020.

Answering a question about the status of MRV-P, Clark said: “We are clear that in terms of the warfighting division, the nucleus of it are the new Apache helicopters, the Challenger 3 tanks, the Ajax and the Boxer. But clearly, there are subsets of vehicles beneath that, and exactly what that force package looks like and whether it ends up being JLTV or anything else is all being worked through as part of the ongoing work.”

“Effectively, the army has unveiled… in principle down to brigade level what the future army will look like. And the field army at the moment, including all the capability branches and so forth, are working – in addition to the quite mature work that we had before – to work out exactly how many vehicles of what type we need in order to deliver the capabilities that defence has demanded of us.”

MRV-P package 2 will provide the army with troop-carrying vehicles and future protected battlefield ambulances. 

A decision on what vehicle to procure to fill the package 2 requirement was also due to be made and contracted in 2020, but no orders have been placed yet.

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