Sunday, October 24, 2010

Could the Force Protection Ocelot be the JLTV killer??

The British Army more closely resembles the US Marine Corps than it does the US Army.

Not in size, but in operating concepts.

With that in mind, I wonder if the Ocelot that they are beginning to procure might not be the answer to the Marine Corps JLTV problem?

Its modular.

Its blast protected.

Its relatively light wt.

The only thing left to wonder about is its price.  If the price is competitive in any way then the option to upgrade HUMVEEs or procure the current crop of JLTVs will become non issues.

The Force Protection Ocelot...the answer to the Marine Corps JLTV requirement.

Update*  Wouldn't it be ironic if the UK developed the requirement and vehicle that ultimately meets US needs and due to budget constraints isn't able to buy it?  In light of the UK's duplicity in the F-35 manufacturing program (becoming a partner...scooping up manufacturing concessions along with tech transfers and then bailing) that would be justice indeed!

5 comments:

  1. I still think it looks like an ice cream truck.

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  2. What it isn't, is low height. Gotta fit in those ships...

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  3. All the modified HUMVEEs are rather tall as is the JLTV

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  4. Anonymous,
    The main body of the vehicle can be removed from the skateboard chassis very easily, therefore halfing the height for transport.

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  5. I don't think the ht of the Ocelot will be an issue. the MTVR is tall. So is the AAV and the EFV. if they can fit the ship then these should too.

    But as a side note the Force Protection Cheetah looks tailor made to the "alternate" JLTV requirement. unfortunately Force Protection is rather skittish with information on their vehicles.

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