General Dynamics Land Systems

Reliability growth of the UK MOD Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) Programme – Foxhound

Business Time Project Coordinator
Industry Start Date: 2016 UK Ministry of Defence



Force Protection Europe, located in Leamington Spa, initially operated under the auspices of Force Protection Inc (FPI), its US parent company. In 2013, the companies were acquired by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS).

GDLS is a business unit of General Dynamics Combat Systems group – a global leader in the design, development, production, support and enhancement of tracked and wheeled military vehicles for the United States and its allies.

The challenge was to ensure the vehicle could meet the exacting battlefield requirements through a comprehensive reliability growth programme that required the vehicles to undergo many hours of testing, corrective action and, in some cases, design changes.

RINA was instrumental in leading these successful activities of physical testing and compliance, achieved in a manner that brought all stakeholders together and secured their ‘buy in’ which culminated in final acceptance and approval from the MOD for the vehicle to be deployed on operations.


We provided programme leadership for the reliability growth trials. This was supported with reliability modelling and predictions by a team which provided the following services:

  • Advice and guidance on the implementation of a Data Recording Analysis and Corrective Action System (DRACAS)
  • Implementation of an Issue Response System (IRS)
  • Negotiation of achievable and acceptable reliability targets
  • Revision of the battlefield mission
  • Engineering advice, particularly around trials issues and rectification
  • Chairing of the Incident Sentencing Committee (ISC)

We tailored and implemented an existing MOD process to fit the business need ensuring that the full recording concept was adopted for all phases of the programme. This vital data was fed into a DRACAS process to facilitate future data analysis.


After an extremely technically and programmatically challenging programme, it was deemed that Foxhound LPPV had achieved its revised reliability targets and entered operational service. We contributed in several other areas of the programme:

  • Programme management and configuration control
  • Safety case production
  • Human factors integration
  • Training needs analysis (direct for UK MOD)

The programme received extensive praise from military procurement seniors including Chief of Defence Material (CDM) who deemed it to be the model for all future urgent operational procurement.