FORT – An Armored Vehicle Tailored for Urban Missions

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ISDS/GS Fort 1 Urban Assault & Security Vehicle. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense Update
Fort 1 provides good ballistic protection for the crew and combat team, in travel and disembarkation. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense Update

ISDS is introducing the Fort 1 armored combat vehicle at LAAD Security 2012; the vehicle was developed under a joint venture of two Israeli companies, ISDS and Global Shield, and it reflects the latest mission requirements drafted by Brazil’s special forces as well as following requests from other clients all responsible for maintaining law and citizen security many times under strenuous circumstances and adversarial environments. The prototype vehicle is expected to be used in the next months by several Brazilian special. This vehicle will be tailored specifically to the customer’s requirements and be ready for delivery ‘within months’.

ISDS designed the Fort 1 as the ultimate combat vehicle for operations in all terrains and areas, including dense, mountainous urban areas. In fact, its modular design can configure to vehicle for a different missions, meeting customer requirement in a quick and economical way. “The Fort1’s practicality, ease of assembly, and efficiency were clearly demonstrated by the ISDS-Global Shield team experienced leadership, preparing the Fort 1 prototype, from concept to completion, in under three months.” Tomer Fulman, Chief Executive Officer at ISDS told Defense Update.

ISDS/GS Fort 1 Urban Assault & Security Vehicle. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense Update
As a vehicle designed (to operate in all situations including narrow and inclined urban environments) the Fort 1 is relatively narrow, yet maintains spacious internal space for the combat team. Its turning radius is 7 meters. To be able to overcome obstacles such as oil spills or barricades, the Fort 1 is equipped with an anti-skid mechanism enabling it to cross slippery patches of road; the vehicle it can also be fitted with an obstacle breeching blade. The powerful engine and high power to weight ratio ensures that the vehicle maintains traction even on steep slopes. The capsule has 360 degree protection against ballistic threats, blast, or impact (of stones or other objects thrown at it from rooftops). The armored transparent windows are fitted with unique firing ports designed by Global Shield, offering unrestricted firing angles. The vehicle has two rear doors, enabling rapid exit. The vehicle also has two side doors equipped with armored protection to guard dismounting team members.

An inside view into the Fort 1 armored assault vehicle. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
The Fort 1 is ready to be fitted with a network-ready system of connecting computers, on-board sensors, soldier gear, and communications links to the forward command element. The network, sensors, and electronic systems were developed especially by the RAD-BYNET group, a leading Israeli technology group. The vehicle’s network supports a number of laptop computers, and provides a communication service that extends wireless connectivity beyond the vehicle itself, thus enabling the team to dismount while maintaining full connectivity with the vehicle and the tactical command post. The vehicle can be fitted with panoramic video cameras covering 360 degrees, offering the team a situational picture from inside the vehicle.

Team leaders and team members have the possibility to carry wearable computers, helmet mounted cameras, and headphones, and to maintain constant communications within the unit, command, and the mounted support element remaining in the vehicle. A recording system tracks all communications for after-action debriefing.

The cabin is designed with two rear doors providing quick egress with full load. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense Update
The vehicle can be equipped with various weapon systems, including non-lethal munitions and active acoustic devices for crowd dispersal. Other configurations could include surveillance and homeland security vehicles, for port or border security.

Following the Fort 1’s public debut at LAAD Security 2012 in Riocentro, ISDS plans to use the vehicle under different institutions. Brazil’s special units will evaluate its performance. “We already began production in several countries and are assessing delivery methods. The vehicle has been tested by law enforcement groups and has the approval of the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MOD)” said ISDS’ CEO, Tomer Fulman.