Designed from the ground up, the Ocelot has a modular design that features a skateboard-like "automotive armored spine" and an upper "pod".
Ricardo and Force Protection Europe (FPE) have unveiled their new defence vehicle concept at the Defence Systems & Equipment International Exhibition in London. Dubbed the Ocelot, the light protected patrol vehicle (LPPV) builds on the success of its predecessors by adding increased occupant protection and greater operational flexibility.
Designed from the ground up, the Ocelot has a modular design that features a skateboard-like "automotive armored spine" and an upper "pod". A variety of different pods can be installed, depending on the desired application (examples: patrol, fire support, protected logistics... etc). This unique layout allows governments to cut costs because they can buy one chassis and several pods, instead of purchasing multiple vehicles.
The pods are held in place by a series of hinges and pins. To change pods or carry out maintenance, the pins are removed, the pod is lifted, and the electrical equipment is disconnected from the chassis.
According to Ricardo's CEO, Dave Shemmans, "(The) Ocelot offers a highly practical defense vehicle solution to current and future operational requirements, while also providing unparalleled levels of occupant safety against the very real and present threats of a hostile theatre environment."
While details are limited (and likely classified), the Ocelot is powered by a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine which is backed up by a six-speed ZF transmission. Weighing 7.5 tonnes, the LPPV measures 5.3m long, 2.3m high and 2.1m wide.