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Ridgback Protected Patrol Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 2008
Manufactured by: Base Vehicle: Force Protection Inc. (now General Dynamics Land Systems); Ridgback Upgrade: NP Aerospace Ltd. (now Morgan Advanced Materials Composites and Defence Systems)
Crew: 2+6
Armament: Various including 12.7mm L1A1 Heavy Machine Gun, 7.62mm L7A2 MG, 5.56mm L110A1 MINIMI MG OR 40mm Grenade Machine Gun (GMG).  Those weapons can also be mounted on the Enforcer 2 Remote Control Weapon System (RCWS).
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel
Miscellaneous Info:

Although the Ridgback's Protected Patrol Vehicle's (PPV) larger "relative", the Mastiff PPV (based on the Cougar 6x6 MRAP) saw much success during its use, there were some duties it could not handle well due to it's size; most notably urban operations.  To fill that need, the British adopted the smaller Ridgback PPV.


The Ridgback is a heavily modified version of the US' Force Protection Cougar 4x4 MRAP and followed the Tempest Mine Protected Vehicle, an earlier vehicle also based on the Cougar 4x4. The base PPV is built by Force Protection Inc. and then sent to NP Aerospace for modification to British specifications.  Some modifications/additions made by NP Aerospace include the fitting of Enhanced Protection Bar Armor (EPBA), communications equipment, anti-IED Electronic Countermeasures and numerous sundry Britiish-specific fittings. The Ridgback is produced in three (3) variants: the Battlefield Ambulance (BA), Command Vehicle (CV) and the most numerous, the Troop Carrier Vehicle (TCV). 

Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Mine Resistant Ambush Proteced Vehicle Slideshow Presentation (2011) US Department of Defense's Joint Program Office-MRAP via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
  Ridgback Battlefield Ambulance Photo UK Ministry of Defence (Crown Copyright)
    Ridgback Battlefield Ambulance Photos Ian Young - Great Britain
Ridgback Protected Patrol Vehicle Photos Clive Elliott - Editor of The Shorland Site
Ridgback Protected Patrol Vehicle Photos UK Ministry of Defence (Crown Copyright)
Ridgback Protected Patrol Vehicle Photos Ian Young

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Ridgback PPV/Cougar MRAP Information and Photos Army Technology.Com
Ridgback PPV Information and Photos The Armoured Essentials
Protected Patrol Vehicles Information & Photos The British Army


Reference Author
  "Afghan Wheels and Tracks" (December 2020 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Craig Allen
"Exercise Pashtun Dawn" - January 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine Geoff Fletcher
"Taming the Taliban" (September 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Shaun Connors
Task Force Helmand: Vehicles of the British ISAF Forces in Afghanistan 2011 (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze

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