The Foxhound is a small, lightweight and versatile mine-resistant vehicle, with a modular design.

The British Army operates around 398 Foxhound armored vehicles, which are used as a light protected patrol vehicle (LPPV) with specialised protection against roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It is also known as the Ocelot, designed and manufactured by Force Protection Europe and the automotive engineering company Ricardo between 2009 and 2011.

The Foxhound is a small, lightweight and versatile mine-resistant vehicle, with a modular design. Vehicle has an interchangeable pod, mounted on top of the armored core, called the “skateboard”. Special-role pods are detachable and can be interchanged in field conditions, depending on mission requirements. Pods can be replaced within 30 minutes.

Vehicle weighs up to 7.5 tons when loaded. This is smaller than most Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, but larger than the Humvee replacement vehicles being developed through the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. The Foxhound is powered by a Steyr M16-Monoblock diesel engine with 210 hp, coupled with 6-speed automatic transmission. It can reach a max speed of 132 km/h, and a rage of over 600 km. Its wheels function independently, so the vehicle’s other wheels should continue to work if one is blown off. It is claimed that the engine can be removed and replaced in 30 minutes.

KABUL, Afghanistan (August 22, 2018) — The United Kingdom is making good on its promise to increase support for NATO’s Resolute Support mission here, with 10 “Foxhound” vehicles arriving this morning in advance of the expected 440 additional service members. (NATO photo by Erickson Barnes)

The protective pod where up to six people can sit is interchangeable to allow easy modification according to the vehicle’s role. For example, it can perform as an ambulance, supply vehicle, or jeep. Its cabin is made of advanced composite materials, thatcan provide protection like metal armor with a composite spall liner, but at a lighter weight, saving fuel. The Foxhound has a V-shape hull which deflects the mine blasts away from the vehicle.

The patrol version has a crew of two and accommodates four troops. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via doors or roof hatches. Vehicle also has a four-wheel steering. The Foxhound is not amphibious. It can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, or carried underslung by the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

The Foxhound was first shown in September 2009. In 2010, the MoD announced that the Foxhound would replace the Snatch Land Rover, which has received criticism for its lack of protection against roadside bombs.

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