Force Protection is hopeful about the $1bn Australian protected mobility vehicle contract after completing a series of discussions with potential suppliers.

The contract to manufacture up to 1,300 next-generation protected mobility vehicles is part of the Australian Land 121 phase 4 programme.

The company carried out a successful meeting with potential suppliers as well as state government ministers and industry representatives in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

Recently the UK Ministry of Defence down-selected Force Protection to contend for the light protected patrol vehicle programme and awarded a contract to supply two Ocelot light protected patrol vehicles for testing.

Force Protection’s Ocelot provides enhanced survivability, and greater cross-country mobility and flexibility.

The mobility vehicle allows quick maintenance to ensure maximum battlefield availability and can be configured to serve in a variety of operations including patrol, fire support and protected logistics.