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Ocelot

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

Ocelot

The Ocelot protected patrol vehicle has a modular design with interchangeable mission pods

 
 
Entered service 2012
Crew 2 men
Personnel 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 7.5 t
Length 5.32 m
Width 2.1 m
Height 2.35 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine Steyr M16 diesel
Engine power 215 hp
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range over 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The Ocelot (dwarf leopard) is a modular protected vehicle, developed by Force Protection Europe and Ricardo Plc. Both of these are UK-based companies. Other MRAP vehicles manufactured by Force Protection are Cougar and Buffalo. The Ocelot was designed as a private venture to meet a British Army requirement. This vehicle was revealed in 2009. It is a small, light and versatile mine resistant vehicle. It is intended for use as light protected patrol vehicle. The Ocelot competed against the SPV400 to meet the British Army requirement. In 2010 United Kingdom ordered 200 Ocelot protected vehicles. In 2012 a follow-on order for another 100 vehicles was made. In 2013 another 100 were ordered. First vehicles were delivered to the British Army in 2012. This armored vehicle is known as Foxhound in the British Army service. The Ocelot also competed against the Thales Hawkei and MOWAG Eagle IV to meet Australian Army requirement.

   Unique feature of the Ocelot is its modular design. Vehicle has an interchangeable pod, mounted on top of the armored core, called the "skateboard". Special-role pods are detachable and can be interchanged in field conditions, depending on mission requirements. Pods can be replaced within 30 minutes.

   This mine resistant vehicle provides protection for the personnel against direct fire, artillery shell splinters and improvised explosive devices. The Ocelot has a V-shape hull which deflects the mine blasts away from the vehicle. All critical components, such as engine, transmission, fuel tank and crew compartment are contained within the armored core, that deflects the blast away from the pod. Cabin of the Ocelot is made of advanced composite materials. It provides protection similar to metal armor with a spall liner, but weights less.

   Special-role pods of the Ocelot include utility, weapon carrier, logistics and command. The patrol version has a crew of two and accommodates four troops. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via doors or roof hatches. This MRAP has a payload capacity of 2 000 kg.

   The Ocelot is powered by a Steyr M16 3.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 215 hp. It is claimed that engine can be replaced in field conditions within 30 minutes. Engine of the Ocelot is coupled with ZF automatic transmission. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. All wheels function independently, so other wheels continue to work if one of them is blown-off. Vehicle also has a four-wheel steering. The Ocelot is not amphibious. It can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, or carried underslung by the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

 

Video of the Ocelot mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

 
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