Land Rover Monthly - - Military -

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.

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