Like the standard Humvee used by the U.S. Armed Forces, the asymmetrical conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan exhibited a few shortcomings in British Army‘s “Snatch” Land Rover. A militarized version of the standard Land Rover Defender 110, the Snatch Land Rover continues the company’s tradition of serving the British military that started back in World War II. And while it is a more than capable vehicle, it simply could give adequate protection to its occupants, especially against the loathed improvised explosive devices (IEDs). A replacement was in need and the British Ministry of Defense soon found one in the form of Ocelot by Force Protection. Now part of defense giant GENERAL DYNAMICS, Ocelot is powered by a Steyr M16-Monoblock six-cylinder Diesel engine and capable of carrying four fully quipped infantry along with a driver plus a commander. Air transportable via C-17, C-130, or the CH-47 helicopter, the Foxhound’s v-hull undercarriage increases survivability against mine or IED blasts, unlike the Snatch.
The most impressive aspect, however, is Foxhound’s speed and agility. Unlike the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles currently serving with the U.S. military, the Foxhound is capable of a 70 mph top speed. This is thanks to design consultations with BMW, World Rally Championship teams, and Formula One specialist, McLaren. With inputs from McLaren’s F1 team, the engine can be switch out in just 30 minutes. Its modular design also means if one of the wheels is damaged during an attack, the vehicle is still drivable on just three wheels. The Foxhound is now in service with the Royal Army in Afghanistan.