Supacat has unveiled its Supacat protected vehicle (SPV400) as a contender for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)light protected patrol vehicle (LPPV) programme.
The MoD is expected to order an initial batch of 200 vehicles, which would be scheduled to enter service in early 2011 under an urgent operational requirement.
The SPV400 provides exceptional protection to UK troops from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on operations in Afghanistan.
The vehicle combines an integrated blast and ballistic protection system including an all-composite protected crew pod and V-shaped hull, with exceptional cross country mobility in tight urban environments.
Supacat managing director Nick Ames said the SPV400 was purpose designed for LPPV and offered a 21st-century solution for operations.
"Its clean-sheet design is "future-proofed" and can be upgraded to exceed the present LPPV requirements for protection and mobility," he said.
"The UK MoD's selection of a vehicle for the LPPV programme is being closely followed by several countries, underlining the considerable export potential for a vehicle in this class."
The 7.5t SPV400 can carry a crew of six and is capable of travelling at a top speed of 80mph.