British FCLV Contract Signed

Released on Thursday, November 6, 2003
United Kingdom
FCLV - Future Command and Liaison Vehicle
IOC - Initial Operational Capability
The Ministry of Defense has announced that Alvis Vickers Ltd has been awarded a £166 million ($250 million) contract for the procurement of 401 Future Command and Liaison Vehicles (FCLVs) with an option for up to 400 additional FCLVs.

The air deployable FCLV features a high degree of mobility with lightweight armor to protect its crew against small arms, mines and blast weapons. It is suitable for peace keeping and war fighting scenarios and will be fitted with a self-defense machine gun operated under armor and a surveillance and targeting system.

The FCLV vehicle ordered by the British Ministry of Defense will replace current FV430, Saxon, Land Rover and CVR(T) vehicles with first deliveries and Initial Operational Capability (IOC) expected in 2006. FCLV vehicle production will run from 2006 to 2009.

The FCLV is a derivative of the MLV vehicle developed by Iveco SpA for the Italian Army. Alvis Vickers Ltd. will be responsible for integration of mission specific equipment to meet infantry, artillery, engineer and signals mission requirements.

The FCLV initiative is the result of British Ministry of Defense withdrawal from the European advanced wheeled armored vehicle program currently known as Boxer.


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