Panhard Introduces the Sphinx
Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle
The company has been identified with armored scout cars for many years. The Sphinx follows the general design of Panhard's past armored scout vehicles - such as the 8x8 EBR, 6x6 ERC-90 and 4x4 AML-90. Beyond the promotion of Panhard's offering, Sphinx also provides a risk reduction program, demonstrating the maturity of innovative technologies and solutions suggested for the program, providing an integration platform.
Maintaining its predecessor's Rapid Intervention role, the 6x6 Sphinx is designed for a combat-ready gross vehicle weight of 17 tons, supporting air mobility with C-130 and A400M. It offers significantly enhanced protection level, with V shaped hull, canted sides and all-round counter-RPG slat armor, the armor suite offering STANAG 4569 Level 5 ballistic, IED and mine protection. The vehicle uses a new Cockerill CT40 manned turret designed by CTI, mounting a stabilized 40mm Case Telescoped Weapon System from CTAI. The turret also carries four extended-range precision- attack missiles (MLP) providing precision strike capability beyond visual range. Additional weapons include eight Galix countermeasure launchers and a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. Sphinx is powered by a 12 cylinder 600 hp diesel coupled to an automatic 6 speed gearbox with 1/2 reduction. All six wheels are steerable. The vehicle has a power to weight ratio of 35 hp/tons, offering good off-road mobility and high acceleration on paved road, reaching a maximum speed of 110 km/h.