If my sources are correct, the long-awaited replacement for some of the Land Rover and Pinzgauer fleets originally envisioned in the 2003 OUVS (Operational Utility Vehicle System) requirement is on its way at last. First examples of the Oshkosh JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle), which has been procured by the US military as a Humvee replacement, are now being trialled in the UK as part of the MRV-P (Multi-role Vehicle – Protected) programme.
In late January I spent a couple of days at the International Armoured Vehicles conference in London, hoping that an Oshkosh MRV-P TCV (Troop Carrying Vehicle) might be one of the handful of vehicles exhibited under cover in the marquee alongside the conference hall, but unfortunately it was not to be. I was, however, able to photograph one of two contenders in the MRV-P FPBFA (Future Protected Battlefield Ambulance) category which will replace some of the Defender 130 Pulse battlefield ambulances.
As there are large and heavy armour-protected vehicles JLR do not, and cannot possibly, manufacture for these roles.