in Defence

NP Aerospace re-engineers British Army Ridgbacks and Mastiffs for Mali deployment

Posted 16 March 2021 · Add Comment

NP Aerospace has re-engineered the Ridgback and Mastiff platforms for an Urgent Capability Requirement (UCR) in Mali, Africa, under the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support (PMETS) Contract.



Above: Ridgback ready for transportation.
Courtesy NP Aerospace


The off-road mobility upgrade contract, awarded in May 2020, is valued at c. £7m and covers 12 vehicles and associated spares. It has enabled proven, heavy armoured vehicles held within the protected mobility fleet to be used to protect British Army troops in challenging operational terrains. Optimising current platforms has significantly reduced delivery timescales, ensuring our soldiers are safer, faster. 

As engineering authority for the protected mobility fleet, NP Aerospace is leading the project with support from companies including HORIBA-MIRA, Horstman, Texelis, Timoney, Tyron and Universal Fabrications. A number of vehicles have already been deployed on operation during COVID-19 restrictions with the first wave delivered in just over 80 working days.

New vehicle systems have been implemented within the Ridgback and Mastiff to increase mobility, enhance safety and introduce new capabilities. These enhancements include state-of-the art, independent suspension systems incorporating Ride Height Control, along with upgraded driveline, steering and braking systems, central tyre inflation systems and increased diameter tyres.

Brigadier Anna-Lee Reilly, Head Vehicle Support Team for Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), the procurement arm of the UK Ministry of Defence, commented: “Our close relationship with NP Aerospace has been fundamental in our ability to deliver this capability to the Army in unprecedented timelines. From requirement to delivery, we have worked hand-in-hand to develop, trial and ultimately deploy this capability on operations in less than a year. Reviews have been extraordinarily positive, and the added capability has helped ensure that our soldiers are able to conduct their operations in a safer and more effective manner.”

David Petheram, Chief Operating Officer, NP Aerospace, said: “The off-road mobility upgrade is a significant development for the UK MoD. It has potential to extend the life of Ridgback and Mastiff which have saved lives on operation, whilst delivering performance improvements to match other high mobility vehicles. Reduced vehicle vibration has lessened driver and passenger fatigue, providing a better working environment for operational tasks. Mobility improvements have enabled a proven platform to be used in theatres of operation previously unachievable for standard vehicles.

“Whilst the upgrade was driven by a specific Urgent Capability Requirement, we see this development having a much wider impact. By using experienced NP Aerospace staff alongside off the shelf components, NP Aerospace has cut costs significantly and enabled UK MoD to handle new combat environments without the burden of developing a completely new platform.

“The speed at which we and our partners have re-engineered the platforms, with fully functional prototypes delivered in just over 80 working days, has shown that we have the capabilities to meet challenging military requirements even in a global pandemic with supply chain restrictions.”

A total of over 700 Mastiff and Ridgback vehicles have been armoured and integrated by NP Aerospace over the last 15 years for use in various operational theatres.

 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Rolls-Royce to supply mtu NautIQ Master for German F126 frigates

Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems, headquartered in Friedrichshafen, Germany, will deliver the automation solutions (in German FüSAS – Führungssystem Automation Schiffstechnik) for the four new F126 frigates

INVISIO enters five year agreement for advanced RA4000 Magna headset

INVISIO has entered into a five year framework agreement - where the end-customer is the Armed Forces of a European country - with the system integrator of the end-customer’s vehicle modernisation programme utlising Racal Acoustics’

Bell Boeing enhance V-22 maintainability

Bell has completed the first Nacelle Improvements Modification on an Air Force CV-22 Osprey, as part of an ongoing upgrade by Bell and Boeing to improve the wiring components within the nacelles and to change the structure in order to

Fractory launches instant quoting for CNC Machining

UK-based Fractory has launched automated quotes for CNC turning and milling, which is a significant addition to the platform that numerous companies of all sizes can benefit from.

DragonFly adds jet to its fleet of turboprops

Executive air charter company based at Cardiff Airport, DragonFly, has added a Cessna Citation C550 Bravo jet to its existing fleet of three King Air turboprops

NCSC urges UK organisations to bolster cyber security resilience

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has today urged UK organisations to bolster their cyber security resilience in response to the malicious cyber incidents in and around Ukraine.

ODU SK2401311222
See us at