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Jun 6, 2012

ATL to Supply Force Protection Europe

Aero Tec Laboratories Ltd (ATL) has been a supplier of safety fuel bladder tanks to the motorsport market for over 41 years. Having exclusively supplied the entire Formula One grid for nearly two decades, ATL are now firmly established as the market leader.

ATL are now also increasingly recognised as a leading supplier to the defence and aerospace sectors - having been selected as the fuel system supplier to Force Protection Europe’s ‘Foxhound LPPV’. This ‘Light Protected Patrol Vehicle’ represents one of the UK MOD’s most significant vehicle procurements of recent years, and ATL are proud to have assisted with the design and development of the fuel system, and to have supplied all prototype and production fuel tanks for this groundbreaking vehicle.

“It has taken a number of years to get ATL into a position where it can secure and sustain a contract of this nature. ATL is extremely honoured to have been chosen for this project – it is a great moment in the history of ATL. Being recognised by such a key player in the defence industry demonstrates that ATL has capabilities and skill sets which are of proven relevance to industries outside of motorsport,” said ATL’s Commercial Director, Kevin Molloy.

The Foxhound LPPV features two steel diesel tanks – a main undercarriage tank and a ‘get me home’ reserve tank located in the engine-bay. Despite being steel tanks (as opposed to ATL’s well-known lightweight and robust flexible safety bladders), ATL’s experience with the design of sophisticated fuel systems has enabled it to contribute valuable expertise to the Foxhound project. Following the success of its first production-run, ATL is set to begin production of a second large batch of fuel systems in late 2012.

Internationally, ATL is also involved in the supply of fuel systems to several other confidential land-based defence vehicle projects and to an ever-growing number of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) projects.

The demands of UAV design match ATL’s core motorsport qualities of reliability, complete fuel scavenge and lightweight: ATL has spent decades fine-tuning its manufacturing process to reduce the weight of its fuel bladders and ancillaries. Demonstrating further commitment to this new industry, ATL has developed a new super-lightweight bladder material specifically for UAV applications. By demonstrating this level of commitment to innovation, ATL are fast establishing themselves as the market leader in yet another industry.

With ATL’s involvement in defence and aerospace increasing by the day, the decision has been made to exhibit at DVD 2012 (formerly Defence Vehicle Dynamics) at Millbrook Proving Ground on 20-21st June. Hosted by the UK MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) group, attendance of DVD will enable ATL to participate in informal discussions with military and procurement personnel, as well as meet with other businesses within the defence industry – many of which are also involved in motorsport.

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