vehicle uses an armored monocoque structure. The integrity of
this structure provides the strength to absorb the deformations
generated by mines and IED blasts. The V shaped hull has a "floating
floor" panel to mitigate the blast effects of mines. It
thereby provides an optimal solution to protect the crew and
vehicle against the identified threats. The vehicle has an effective
armor suite to defeat small arms and RPG threats, medium size
IED's, 7 kg mines under belly and 14 kg under wheels. The spall
liner was eliminated, assuming the efficiency of external armor
to prevent hull penetration by most threats.
Unlike vehicles utilizing off-the-shelf commercial
chassis, the Golan does not have a chassis at all. Instead,
the 4x4 automotive system axles, and suspensions link directly
to the armored structure, which acts as a frame. This approach
is similar to that used with tracked APCs and tanks. It retains
good off-road mobility, and is particularly suitable for operations
in dense urban terrain.
approach enables the designers to dedicate 50% of the vehicle's
weight to protection, providing effective protection from IEDs,
land mines and small arms. The vehicle will be produced in three
protection levels. The intermediate level provides protection
from small arms, up to 14.5 mm AP and 20mm, and effective roof
protection. The passive armor utilizes a combination of protection
technologies including metals, composites, slat and transparent
armor. The maximum protection level includes reactive modular
armor tiles while the medium and light levels are based on passive
modular armor. Protection from anti-tank rockets (Such as RPGs)
can be provided by appliqué reactive armor modules or
an active protection system which are "plug-in" add-ons
to the basic design. Other "plug-ins" include counter
IED and counter sniper systems. The add-on reactive armor system
utilizes the Insensitive Explosive Reactive Armor (I-ERA) tiles
installed on the side walls. The I-ERA is based on the same
technology provided for the US Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
The reactive (I-ERA) add-on armor is an insensitive explosive
known as Low Burn Rate (LBR) or Low Flammability (LF2) that
was approved by both the Israeli Defense Force and the US Army.
All three protection level configurations present
the same physical silhouette. In the light and medium level
configurations, there are no reactive armor tiles attached to
the outer crew compartment structure. In their place, passive
armor tiles (that include storage boxes) with an identical outer
shape are attached.
The vehicle can be equipped with remotely controlled weapon
station mounting a machine gun, and optronic equipment, as well
as the gunshot detection system.
The Golan was displayed here equipped with a new lightweight
version of the Trophy active protection system and the 'Samson
Junior', a lightweight weapon station designed specifically
for light automatic weapons (7.62 and 5.56mm). The vehicle was
also fitted with an acoustic gunshot locator, utilizing RAFAEL's
SADS system. It will also be able to employ the company's Spotlite
M - electro-optically based threat locator which can serve as
a gunshot locator, and threat alerting system, as it can detecting
launch sources and approaching RPGs.