Foxhound in Afghanistan

A Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle on operations in Afghanistan.

The Foxhound is at the cutting edge of protected patrol vehicle technology and provides unprecedented levels of blast protection for its size and weight. These patrol vehicles underwent final testing in the dusty and hot conditions of the Helmand desert before being deployed on operations.

Foxhound has been specifically designed and built in Britain to protect against the threats faced by troops in Afghanistan. However, this is an agile and versatile vehicle that will be a mainstay in the Army for years to come.
Being lighter and smaller than other protected vehicles such as Mastiff and Ridgeback, Foxhound brings a whole new capability to the Army and is ideal for soldiers operating in mentoring and partnering roles.

General Dynamics Land Systems: Force Protection Europe (GDLS:FPE), who produced Foxhound, worked with engineers from the World Rally Championship, McLaren F1, Ricardo and BMW to incorporate motor racing technology. Foxhound has a top speed of 70mph but can still protect against improvised explosive devices thanks to its v-shaped hull.

Other innovative design features mean that the Foxhound’s engine can be removed and replaced in just 30 minutes and it can drive away from an ambush on only three wheels.

British Army Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) in Afghanistan 02

Foxhound
Foxhound

I think it might have been Jed that suggested reversing the driveline, placing the engine module at the rear and replacing the crew pod with a low profile version like the RG 35 family for a transportable and low(ish) noise recce wagon

RG35 Family
RG35 Family

Or a similar layout to the Fennek perhaps; take your reversed Foxhound, add in a handful of smoke dischargers, a mast mounted sensor package like the ROTAS, a demountable radar and a bit of clever electronics and that is starting to look like a lightweight replacement for CVR(T)

Fennek in Afghanistan
Fennek in Afghanistan

Selex Road Marshall

Selex Road Marshall
Selex Road Marshall

If you want extra firepower, there are a plethora of remote weapon stations that could have a 7.62mm GPMG, a .338 Medium Machine Gun, ,50cal Heavy Machine Gun, a 40mm Grenade Machine Gun, Nexter 20mm cannon or even a Javelin launch tube

Maybe even look at a Foxhound CRAB

Panhard CRAB

Not worth the effort?

There is always the Foxhound WMIK route

Foxhound WMIK Variant
Foxhound WMIK Variant

Or the most likely solution, that is none of the above and a cobbling together of Jackal, Wolfhound and Land Rover WMIK

Anyone remember this little number

Alvis Scarab
Alvis Scarab

At least it would be in Army Brown

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