In 2004, Force Protection company, from USA, initiated the design of a new MRAP type vehicle that could face the new threats that US Marines encountered in their deployments in Iraq. Thus was born the Cougar H 4×4 and the Cougar HE 6×6, a totally new vehicles that were designed and built in only 6 months, as required by the US Marine Corps. These vehicles were designed to accept improvements and modifications that would allow them to adapt to new materials and new threats on the battlefield. The first Cougars were equipped with systems for the neutralization of mines and IED and were delivered to the engineering units that designated them as HEV, (hardened engineers vehicle). Almost 4,000 vehicles were distributed among the troops, resulting in a very effective and safe vehicle since in more than 300 IED attacks, (only in 2004), no soldiers transported by them was killed. A wide range of Cougar vehicles have been derived, among the most outstanding are the Ridgeback PPV, Mastiff PPV and Wofhound HTSV in service with the British Army. Other vehicles of the family are the Canadian Timberwolf and the Badger ILAV developed expressly for the Iraqi army.

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Country of origin

United States


Force Protection inc.


Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle – APC

Entered service



Cougar H 4×4: 2 crew members + 4 passengers
Cougar HE 6×6: 2 crew members + 8 passengers
Timberwolf 6×6: 3 crew members + 3 passengers

Combat weight

Cougar H 4×4: 19,500 kg – Cougar HE 6×6: 29,250 kg
Timberwolf 6×6: 26,800 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

Cougar H 4×4: 6.35 x 2.71 x 3.02 meters – Cougar HE 6×6: 7.52 x 2.71 x 3.02 meters
Timberwolf 6×6: 7.20 x 2.51 x 2.79 meters

Armour, (maximum)


Power plant

Cougar H / HE: 1 x Caterpillar C7 diesel engine, 330hp
Timberwolf: 1 x Caterpillar C9 ACERT diesel engine, 450 hp


104 km/h


Cougar H 4×4: 676 km – Cougar HE 6×6: 563 km
Timberwolf 6×6: 600 km


5.56, 7.62 and 12.7mm MGs – 40mm grenade launchers