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.
Since its introduction in 1979 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen (or G Class as it is known by official designation) has become a popular vehicle, not only for adventurers and military forces alike. This article highlights some of the latest military variants unveiled recently, as the G Wagen reaches its 40th anniversary.