Britain has awarded Force Protection and NP Aerospace a US$122.6 million order for 97 Wolfhound heavy tactical support vehicles including spares and support.
Based on the Cougar/Mastiff vehicle platform, the Wolfhound provides survivable logistics support capability essential for mobile operations.
It is a multi-mission adaptable platform that can be configured to address a wide range of support tasks. The award was made to a new Force Protection and NP Aerospace 50-50 joint venture, Integrated Survivability Technologies Limited (IST).
IST is intended to provide a single point of contact and design authority for future Force Protection business in the United Kingdom, including new projects, fleet upgrades and logistics support.
The Wolfhound award represents the first direct sale to an overseas government of a Force Protection product. All previous Force Protection product orders for non-United States governments have been awarded through the United States Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
Michael Moody, Force Protection’s CE says his company “established this partnership in the UK as the base for growing our business with the UK Ministry of Defence. We are confident that this new IST joint venture will provide maximum benefits and flexibility to our customer and the war fighter while providing Force Protection with important experience internationally in direct commercial contracts.”
Force Protection currently supplies mine resistant ambush protected vehicles to the UK MoD, which to date has ordered a total of 447 Cougar Mastiff 6×6 and Ridgback 4×4 vehicles.
The Cougar Mastiff vehicle has been in service with British forces since 2007.
In addition, 14 Force Protection Buffalo route clearance vehicles have also been ordered by the UK MoD. NP Aerospace has been carrying out the integration work on Mastiff and Ridgback vehicles in the United Kingdom.
Mike Linton, Managing Director of IST and previously Operations Director of NP Aerospace, says “Force Protection and NP Aerospace have been working successfully to bring these vitally important vehicles into theatre. Our new, integrated operation here in the UK will bring tangible benefits in terms of an enhanced ability to tailor our vehicle solutions to customer needs.
“A direct commercial relationship with the companies working on the integration of Force Protection vehicles will also result in more efficient development and production programs, saving the customer both time and money.”