UK MOD AWARDS COUGAR SER­VICE CON­TRACT TO MOR­GAN-LED CON­SOR­TIUM

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A con­sor­tium con­sist­ing of leading UKbased and owned de­fence com­pa­nies has se­cured a con­tract to sup­port and de­velop the UK Min­istry of De­fence’s (MoD) Cougar pro­tected pa­trol ve­hi­cles (PPVs), which are re­turn­ing from Afghanistan. Led by Mor­gan Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als and in­clud­ing Ri­cardo and Ul­tra Elec­tron­ics, the con­sor­tium will cover the pro­vi­sion of tech­ni­cal and project man­age­ment ser­vices for the in-ser­vice Cougar fam­ily, in­clud­ing the Mas­tiff, Ridg­back and Wolfhound fleets. Worth up to £20m over the first two years, the Cougar PostDe­sign Ser­vice (PDS) pro­gramme cov­ers a fleet of more than 600 ve­hi­cles, with more than 20 vari­ants, and could be ex­tended for a fur­ther five years. The agree­ment will fo­cus on the op­ti­mi­sa­tion of safety, con­fig­u­ra­tion man­age­ment, le­gal com­pli­ance and stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of the plat­forms through ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of the com­po­nent sup­ply chain. UK De­fence Min­is­ter Philip Dunne said the Cougar, Mas­tiff, Ridg­back and Wolfhound fleets have proven them­selves on op­er­a­tions, and will now sup­port a more ef­fi­cient army.

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