Force Protection’s Ocelot light protected patrol vehicle has been selected for the Australian Army’s LAND 121 phase 4 programme.

The LAND 121 Project Overlander phase 4 programme involves the procurement of light protected mobility vehicles to replace the army’s fleet of Land Rovers.

Australian Minister for Defence Materiel and Science Greg Combet said three Australian firms would be awarded up to A$9m (US$7.5m) each for the development of 1,300 prototype vehicles.

Developed by Team Ocelot, the Ocelot light protected patrol vehicle incorporates a V-shaped hull for blast-protection with modular flexibility and provides the highest levels of survivability to the troops.

The Ocelot can be reconfigured to undergo a wide range of missions including patrol, fire support and protected logistics.