Force Protection bids for Australian REDFIN programme

25 August 2011 (Last Updated August 25th, 2011 18:30)

Force Protection Australasia (FPA) has submitted its proposal to the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation for Project JP 2097 phase 1B, also known as the REDFIN programme for special operations vehicles. According to the proposal, FPA has offered its Ocelot vehicle variant, Commando,

Force Protection Australasia (FPA) has submitted its proposal to the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation for Project JP 2097 phase 1B, also known as the REDFIN programme for special operations vehicles.

According to the proposal, FPA has offered its Ocelot vehicle variant, Commando, which is being evaluated as part of the Australian Government's Land 121 phase 4 protected mobility vehicle – light (PMV-L) programme.

FPA managing director Dave Miller said that the V-shaped armoured spine Commando variant deflects a blast away from the vehicle, providing protection to the troops inside.

"One of the most attractive aspects of the vehicle ... is its unique modular construction which means that pods can easily be changed in theatre to suit the requirements of each mission," Miller added.

The company's Ocelot vehicle has already been selected for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) light protected patrol vehicle programme (LPPV).

Force Protection is one of the three companies that are participating in the next phase of the Land 121 phase 4 manufactured and supported in Australia (MSA) programme.