Among the armored vehicles on display were the SandCat from Oshkosh, and the Gladiator, making its debut at LAAD 2011.
Gladiator is a bulletproof vehicle developed as a ‘shielded car’supporting Civil Disturbance Control (CDC) law enforcement teams. The vehicle, introduced at the show by the Brazilian company InbraFiltro, is the first production example of the vehicle. It is a 4×4 vehicle, based on a locally produced chasis made by Agrale Industry powered by a 185 hp MWM engine. It is designed to operate on any terrain, and travel at a speed of 105 km/h on road.
The Gladiator is armoed to Level IV ballistic protection level. It weighs about seven tons, and has a maximum capacity to take 7 occupants including the driver. The vehicle has a lower deflector shield providing protection against landmines. The external body maintains a flat surface, without screws or hinges, eliminating rioters climbing ón the vehicle. To enable the vehicle to safely ram into obstacles, the engine cooling system is placed under the hood. The front fender and closure of the rear fender form a blast mtigating element, as they are made of non-ballistic material, designed to break apart aiming to break landmine explosions and avoid tipping of the vehicle.
The company positions the basic version of the Gladiator to cost US$350,000.
Although Loitering Munitions (LM) have been introduced decades ago, these weapons have gained general acceptance and maturity in recent years, following their operational debut in battlefields in the Caucasus and the Middle East. While several manufacturers already offer various types of ‘suicide drones’, only a few are committed to this category as Israel’s UVision Air, the developer, and producer of the Hero line of loitering missiles that unveiled a range of new members of its Hero family of LMs this week at the recent Paris Air Show. Uvision has already sold Hero LMs to multiple customers, including the Israel Defense Forces, and leading NATO countries.