The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Force Protection Europe (FPE) as the preferred bidder for the Ocelot Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) programme.

The 16,500lb Ocelot vehicle is designed to allow crew and passengers to be seated in a protective pod, which uses formula one racing technology.

The fuel tank and transmission are kept in a V-shaped armoured spine to deflect any potential blast away from the vehicle and to protect the key components.

FPE will design, develop and build the vehicles in the UK along with Ricardo under the LPPV programme.

The final number of vehicles and the price is yet to be determined, with the initial vehicles expected to be available from 2011.

Dunkeswell-based Supacat was also shortlisted along with FPE, which hoped to supply 200 SPV400 vehicles worth £100m, according to BBC News.

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