Armor: Ocelots For Oz


February 17, 2011: Two new versions of a British developed armored vehicle, the Ocelot, are being sent to Australia for evaluation; a utility (cargo) version and a command version. Meanwhile, Britain has purchased 200 Ocelot armored vehicles for its troops in Afghanistan. The vehicles, a new design, will cost $1.4 million each. The 7.5 ton 4x4 MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected)-like Ocelot will replace less well protected Land Rover 4x4 vehicles for patrol and supply duties. When used for patrol, the Ocelot can carry six troops. Total payload is two tons, which can include over a ton of freight. The vehicle is 5.32 meters (17.4 feet) long, 2.1 meters (6.9 feet) wide and 2.35 meters (7.8 feet) tall. MRAPs use a capsule design and a V shaped bottom hull to protect the passengers and key vehicle components from mines and roadside bombs. Deliveries of the Ocelot will begin next year.

Britain has been using MRAPS for most of the last decade, and has several models, most of them larger than Ocelot.



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