TenCate supplies armour for Foxhound military vehicles
11th July 2012, Swindon
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected by QinetiQ as the supplier of armour for the Foxhound LPPV 4x4 military vehicle. Initial production of 200 vehicles has been followed by an order of a further 100 vehicles to be delivered by General Dynamics European Land Systems, Force Protection Europe, to the UK Ministry of Defence. No financial details have been disclosed.
The Foxhound has been designed to provide unprecedented levels of blast protection for a vehicle of its size, and will be able to carry up to six military personnel. It is said to provide the highest levels of survivability available anywhere in the world for this size and class of vehicle by protecting both the occupants and key automotive components, providing enhanced mobility and blast survivability to troops operating in urban environments.
"For TenCate, this order underlines our dedicated capability to supply and support the prime contractors as a high-capacity, high-quality supplier. We understand the importance of quality and on-time deliveries, and we are pleased to be selected by QinetiQ for this vehicle, thereby providing protection for British troops in Afghanistan," Ian Dunbavand, Commercial Director Military Sales, TenCate Advanced Armour commented.
TenCate has worked closely with QinetiQ to ensure that the lightweight, high-performance yet cost effective armour design generated by QinetiQ is manufactured to the highest standards and hence represents value for money for the important MoD programme.
TenCate Advanced Armour is a global provider of customised, lightweight ballistic protection solutions for the complete range of requirements, from personal protection through all vehicle, helicopter and aircraft applications up to and including principal warships.
The company is a leading global supplier of a wide range of armour composite materials for ballistic protection and develops and produces a portfolio of composite and ceramic materials and designs active armour solutions for the protection of police, army, air force, navy and civilian service personnel, vehicles and vessels. It has facilities in Europe, Asia and North America.
Parent company Royal Ten Cate is a multinational company that combines textile technology with chemical processes and material technology in the development and production of functional materials with distinctive characteristics. Systems and materials from TenCate come under four areas of application: safety and protection; space and aerospace; infrastructure and the environment; sport and recreation.
TenCate occupies leading positions in protective fabrics, composites for space and aerospace, antiballistics, geosynthetics and synthetic turf. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext (AMX).
Author: Billy Hunter