Fast Wheels for Special Forces

The new Light Reconnaissance Vehicle form Supacat. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

DSEI offered a venue for many new combat vehicles. From heavy armored MRAPs to light strike vehicles, designed for airmobile transportation, these tactical vehicles support special forces and long-range reconnaissance groups patrols. Among the new models on display were the Light Strike Air Assault 4×4 (LSA4) 2.5-ton vehicle that can carry 3,450 kg of payload on a mission configured to carry troops, weapon stations or cargo.

The racing specialist company Bowler marked its entry into the defense market with the R.I.V concept vehicle implementing Bowlers’ patented high strength, lightweight steel chassis design. Using the LandRover powertrain, the ultra-light curb weight of 1.860 kg R.I.V can carry 1,640 kg of payload at a speed of 160 km/h to a range of 2,000 km.

Main Highlights:

Oshkosh JLTV was seen here for the first time as the MOD choice for the light (category 1) MRV-P. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
A beefed up HMMWV developed by AM General is now configured as a Multi-Purpose Truck, supporting an armored cabin and spacious, protected rear compartment. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

Aquada, an amphibian car from GIBS Amphibians was displayed here, as it offers means of transportation for first responders. Photo: Noam Eshel. Defense-Update
This fast offroad vehicle was developed by Bowler, based on racing car technologies enabling very light weight and high performance. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
Ocelot, one of the workhorses of the British Army, offers a high level of protection with lightweight and good counter-mine and counter-IED capability. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update.
Penman Light Strike Air Assault 4×4 (LSA4) 2.5-ton vehicle that can carry 3,450 kg of payload on a mission configured to carry troops, weapon stations or cargo. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
Light armored vehicles such as these produced by IAG are widely used with government forces and local militias fighting in the Middle East and North Africa. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
This new 6×6 recovery vehicle is a likely contender for a future requirement, to be associated with MRV-P program. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update.
Transparent armor is essential for wheeled armored vehicles that often travel on roads. This window, produced by Isoclima, stopped multiple shots of 14.5mm ammo. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
Each of these armored windows suffered two hits. The standard window lost its transparency, while OSG’s matrix based Ceralite transparent armor, shown on the right, suffered the least loss of transparency, as can be seen from inside the vehicle. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
This NIJ-3 compliant Opticore transparent armor from PPG also maintains transparency after multiple hits of 9mm. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

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