British army displays first Foxhound Light Patrol Protected Vehicle which enter in service 2506121
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Armies in the World - British Army
|Monday, June 25, 2012, 08:24 AM|
|British army displays the first Foxhound Light Patrol Protected Vehicle which enter in service.|
The British army displays Foxhound at DVD 2012 Defence Vehicles Dynamics, the first vehicle to enter service using an 'open systems' approach. This approach means so-called 'off-the-shelf' upgrades are easier and that there will be greater uniformity with other new technologies and vehicles - future-proofing the Army's core capabilities.
The MOD has committed £270m for 300 Foxhound vehicles with General Dynamics Land Systems - Force Protection Europe, which will sustain around 750 UK jobs.
"Now that we have balanced the books, we can with confidence move forward to plan and deliver an armoured vehicle programme worth £5.5bn over the next decade, which will deliver a fleet of state-of-the-art, high-tech and easily deployable fighting vehicles."
Major General Carew Wilks, Director Land Equipment in the MOD Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said:
"As well as showcasing current and future land equipment, DVD 2012 has given us a chance to work with our manufacturers and suppliers to see how we can improve our procurement processes by ensuring our equipment systems are easily connected with those of other suppliers. Such an approach allows us to quickly add, change or update sub-systems as needed.
"Foxhound is the first vehicle to enter service taking account of our new generic vehicle architecture standards, so I'm pleased to see it here at DVD giving visitors a tangible idea of how systems integration works."
DVD is one of the most important events in the defence diary for those involved in equipment and support for the UK's Land Forces and is Defence Equipment and Support's annual stakeholder event. It brings together the acquisition community, military personnel and industry organisations for two days of informal discussion and briefings.