Plasan unveils the Guarder – an armored carrier for SWAT teams

Plasan has presented today the first of six Guarder high performance armored vehicles ordered by the Sao Paolo police department. The order for the development and delivery of six vehicles for about $9.5 million was announced in June 2014. The vehicles will equip the special weapons and tactics team (SWAT) of the largest city in Brazil.

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Guarder from Plasan is a 22 ton armor protected vehicle designed for SWAT mobility. The Guarder can carry 22 troops, or be configured as a forward command post, enabling troops to operate in high risk areas. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
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Guarder carries 22 troops seated on blast protected seats. Discharge is performed rapidly, using the combined ramp and stairs. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

Plasan has presented today the first of six Guarder high performance armored vehicles ordered by the Sao Paolo police department. The order for the development and delivery of six vehicles for about $9.5 million was announced in June 2014. The vehicles will equip the special weapons and tactics team (SWAT) of Brazil’s largest city.

The unique 4×4 vehicle has a combat weight of 22 tons, and curb weight of 18.5 tons. The maximum payload weight of 3,500 kg. The Guarder is based on a MAN truck chassis, fitted with a spacious protected capsule that can be configured to accommodate 22 troops in addition to the two men crew, a command post, medical facility etc.

The crew compartment has armor conforming to STANAG Level III with Level I protection for the floor. The vehicles are equipped with fire protection systems, chemical attack protection equipment and observation navigation and driving systems. The vehicle on display was also equipped with mast mounted cameras, for situational awareness.

Maintaining high mobility over obstacles, Guarder can traverse 0.6 meter wide trenches, move on slopes up to 60 degrees and 25 degree side slopes, and ford water obstacles 0.6 meter deep and climb a step 0.6 meter high. Using hydraulic/electric assisted steering, the 8.75 meter long vehicle has a turn diameter is only 18 meters.

Plasan has also won an order worth $7 million, to supply an integrated system to combat criminal organizations in Brazil, including four Sandcat armored vehicles with observation systems and detection and interception capabilities for the Federal Police in Brazil. These armored vehicles will be disguised as ordinary commercial vehicles. The Contract with the Police of Sao Paulo, totaling $ 7.5 million, will be undertaken together with Atech and will include command and control systems and quick response and rapid intervention capabilities.

Guarder from Plasan is a 22 ton armor protected vehicle designed for SWAT mobility. The Guarder can carry 22 troops, or be configured as a forward command post, enabling troops to operate in high risk areas. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
Guarder from Plasan is a 22 ton armor protected vehicle designed for SWAT mobility. The Guarder can carry 22 troops, or be configured as a forward command post, enabling troops to operate in high risk areas. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
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The Guarder vehicle on display was also equipped with mast mounted cameras, for situational awareness. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update