Thanks to the Labour government’s pledge of at least 100 million pounds, British troops will now travel better protected from the enemy while in Afghanistan. Lives will no doubt be saved thanks to the new state of the art 7.5 ton patrol car named the Ocelot. The Ocelot will replace the Snatch Land Rover which troops dubbed the “mobile coffin”.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Defense unveiled the new vehicle that was designed with saving lives in mind. So far 37 UK service personnel have been killed while riding on duty in Ira1 and Afghanistan when riding in less protective cars. Families and troops have complained the current vehicles were not able to perform as needed when protecting servicemen and servicewomen.
The Ocelot has a V shaped hull which engineers say will deflect the force of an explosion blast. The vehicle was partially designed by Formula 1 engineers. The Warwickshire based company of Force Protection Europe produces the Ocelot and it will be built by Britain’s Ricardo Company. It is estimated that the Ministry of Defense will purchase and supply approximately 200 vehicles to British troops.
With the unveiling of the new Ocelot military vehicle Force Protection Industries saw a rise in stock share value going up as much as 12.6 per cent at one point on Wednesday. The project will also add approximately 750 jobs to the UK economy. Australia and America have both expressed interest in the vehicle as well which would lead to lucrative exports.
Troops and family members will be happy to see the government is ready to defend those defending our country’s safety. So will British citizens, despite the cuts expected to budget seeing the investment as well spent. “The whole architecture has been designed with survivability in mind from the outset rather than having survivability added to it which is what we have seen with most vehicles in Afghanistan,” said Graeme Rumbol of Ricardo.