General Dynamics Finalizes Contract for Additional 100 Foxhound Vehicles for UK Ministry of Defence

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems — Force Pro­tec­tion Europe has final­ized a con­tract for an addi­tion­al 100 Fox­hound light tac­ti­cal blast-pro­tect­ed vehi­cles for deliv­ery to the UK Min­istry of Defence (MoD). The order expands the num­ber of vehi­cles under con­tract from 200 to 300. Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems, par­ent com­pa­ny of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems — Force Pro­tec­tion Europe, is a busi­ness unit of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics (NYSE: GD).

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Pro­duc­tion of the first 200 Fox­hounds com­menced in 2011, and the first vehi­cles have been deployed to Afghanistan. Pro­duc­tion now will be extend­ed to include the addi­tion­al vehi­cles, help­ing to pre­serve the jobs cre­at­ed across the UK in fab­ri­ca­tion, man­u­fac­ture and sup­port.

Fox­hound vehi­cles pro­vide enhanced mobil­i­ty and blast sur­viv­abil­i­ty to troops oper­at­ing in urban envi­ron­ments.

“This award allows us to con­tin­ue to pro­vide the life-sav­ing blast pro­tec­tion pro­vid­ed by the Fox­hound vehi­cle to UK troops on deploy­ment, fol­low­ing in the long line of proven pro­tec­tion pro­vid­ed by our Mas­tiff, Ridg­back and Wolfhound vehi­cles,” said David Hind, Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems — Force Pro­tec­tion Europe’s man­ag­ing direc­tor. “Fox­hound is the prod­uct of a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship between Gen­er­al Dynam­ics and key sup­pli­ers such as Ricar­do, Formaplex, Qine­tiQ and the Defence Sup­port Group, which has deliv­ered this life-sav­ing tech­nol­o­gy in less than 24 months since con­tract award.”

“We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the excel­lent rela­tion­ship we have with the UK MoD to deliv­er high-qual­i­ty capa­bil­i­ties and ser­vices to meet their needs and the needs of sol­diers,” he said.

The Fox­hound is a new design for a light tac­ti­cal (4x4) high­ly mine- and blast-pro­tect­ed vehi­cle, inte­grat­ing V‑hull blast-pro­tec­tion tech­nol­o­gy with a mod­u­lar demount­able pro­tect­ed crew pod. The vehicle’s low weight and tight turn­ing cir­cle enable it to oper­ate effec­tive­ly in urban envi­ron­ments where the infra­struc­ture can­not sup­port heav­ier, larg­er vehi­cles. The V‑hull runs the length of the vehi­cle, pro­vid­ing mine and blast pro­tec­tion for the engine and dri­v­e­line com­po­nents pack­aged with­in its pro­tec­tive enve­lope. The crew pod rests on the V‑hull and is designed to be able to tilt, enabling rou­tine repair and main­te­nance, or to be removed and replaced quick­ly by an alter­na­tive mis­sion mod­ule. This mod­u­lar­i­ty allows mul­ti­ple con­fig­u­ra­tions and capa­bil­i­ties although the UK MoD is cur­rent­ly only procur­ing a patrol vari­ant of Fox­hound.

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