More than 1 million km in operations for Foxhound protected vehicles of British army
According to a Tweet from General Dynamics UK, the Foxhound LPPVs (Light Patrol Protected Vehicle) of the British Army have been used in operations over 1 million km. According to the Military Balance, a total of 399 Foxhound are in service with the British army.
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Foxhound Light Patrol Protected Vehicle of the British army at Camp Bastion, Helmand, Afghanistan. (Picture source British MoD)
The Foxhound LPPV (Light Patrol Protected Vehicle) has been specifically designed and built in the United Kingdom to replace the Snatch Land Rover and to protect the troops against the threats of the battlefield in Afghanistan. The vehicle was developed by the American Company Force Protection under the name of Ocelot. The company was acquired by General Dynamics in 2011.
The Ocelot was designed to be used as a light protected patrol vehicle (LPPV) with armor protection against roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In September 2010, the British MoD (Ministry of Defense) announced that the Ocelot would replace the Snatch Land Rover, the previous LPPV, which has received criticism for its lack of protection against roadside bombs. It was renamed Foxhound by the British army.
The original order was for 300 vehicles at a cost of £270m, with another 25 ordered in 2012 at a cost of £30m. In June 2012, it was announced by the MoD that the Foxhound had been delivered to Afghanistan and was undergoing final tests and evaluation before being deployed on operations. The Foxhound was delivered in two variants with an open top and a cargo vehicle.
In the British army, the Foxhound can be equipped with two swivel stations armed with 7.62 mm machine gun mounted on each side on the top of the hull. It has a crew of two consisting of commander and driver and can carry four fully equipped troops who are seated to either side in the rear on individual seats facing inwards.
The hull vehicle of the Foxhound LPPV provides a protection against firing of small arms artillery firing and shell splinters. It has a V-shaped hull which increases protection against land mines and IEDs blast.
The Foxhound LPPV is motorized with Steyr-Daimler-Puch 3.2l engine. It is a six-cylinder, four-stroke diesel engine with turbocharger coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission ZF 6HP28. the vehicle has a maximum payload of 2,000 kg for a combat weight of 7,500 kg. It can run at a maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.