Babcock, Hobson to Boost Availability of British Army Ground Vehicles

Babcock has partnered with Hobson Industries to increase the availability of the British Army’s ground vehicles.

Hobson, an engineering company based in Louth, provides through-life services for Land Rover Defender (Wolf) vehicles.

The firm delivers refurbishments to complete restoration for the product line’s soft-skin and armored variants.

Supporting the Land Rover Wolf

Under the collaboration, Babcock will leverage Hobson’s expertise to advance technical solutions for vehicle design, production, and sustainability.

The consortium will initially focus on the Wolf system, enabling the British Army to employ cost-effective platforms, increase reliability, and ultimately expand assets, bolstering its front-line commands.

Babcock wrote that the teaming will utilize a “suite of technical and digital” technologies to address obsolescence concerns.

“This framework agreement builds on a long-term association of mutual respect, joint skills and capabilities and enables Hobson Industries and Babcock to work more closely together to achieve a common goal to deliver excellence of service and capabilities to UK Armed Forces,” Hobson Industries Managing Director Peter Hobson stated.

Solving ‘Challenges’

Babcock currently provides platforms, lifecycle support, and associated management support for approximately 60 percent of British Army vehicles.

“Finding modern, sustainable solutions to some long-standing challenges will enhance the operational capability of the British Army,” Babcock Material Availability Services Director Jon Morley explained.

“Hobson Industries are subject matter experts and we’re delighted to be formalising our relationship with them.”

Members from Machine Guns Platoon, Support Company, 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, mounted in Revised Weapons Mounted Installation Kit (RWMIK) sat back in reserve ready to punch forward onto the objective during Exercise Haraka Storm, Kenya, on the 21st of July 2023.The British Army’s global response force has tested its ability to deploy and fight at short notice in some of Africa’s most challenging environments. The soldiers of 3 PARA Battlegroup honed both their fighting and fieldcraft skills on the Kenyan savannah as part of the six-week long Exercise Haraka Storm. Dealing with the rough terrain, searing heat and potentially deadly animals - ranging from lions and elephants to scorpions and snakes – troops followed a progression of training, building from polishing their individual skills and specialities to a final mission which sees the whole force operating together to assault a heavily-defended objective. The 1,000-strong battlegroup is built around the airborne infantry of Colchester-based 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, bolstered by artillery, engineers, signallers, medics, and logisticians from across 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team. Specially trained and equipped to deploy by parachute, helicopter or airlanding, the 3 PARA Battlegroup is currently held at very high readiness to respond to global crises. In April, it deployed to Sudan to provide security and logistic support to the evacuation of British civilians.
Troops operating Land Rovers. Photo: Cpl Aaron J Stone/UK Ministry of Defence

Babcock and UK Military Vehicles

Babcock recently teamed up with Supacat to begin production of the service’s Jackal High Mobility Transporters, which were ordered last year.

In February, the company signed an agreement to supply technical and trade training for the army’s armored vehicle teams.

Babcock also introduced 3D-printed metal vehicle parts to extend the operability of the British Army’s Titan and Trojan armored engineer fleets.

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