AM General Introduces NXT-360 – a new Tactical Armored vehilce


AM General, the manufacturer of the legendary HMMWV introduced at Eurosatory 2018 the next 360, a new vehicle it offers in light tactical vehicle segment. This new product highlights evolutionary changes from the HMMWV. The NXT 360 represents the next generation of the HMMWV platform – an evolutionary design that evolved from HMMWV customer feedback asking for more power, higher GVW, better ride and handling and better overall protection. “The NXT 360 provides added protection, payload capacity, and superior handling performance to perform in any rugged or urban environment,” said Andy Hove, AM General President, and CEO.

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In terms of survivability, NXT 360 offers basic protection levels conforming to B7 (covering 360 degrees), and Blast protection conforming to STANAG 4569 Kevel 2A at the front wheels and Level 1 at the rear axle. Blast seats and mats are also used, along with transparent armor that also meets B7-ballistic protection level threats.

MXT-360 retains the HMMWV offroad mobility, and adds some new features, introducing quick transition time between soft and paved roads, using enhanced central tires inflation system (CTIS) with dual air compressors). Typical higher ground clearance and wheel travel, along with larger tires all contribute to increased traction and reduced ground pressure, providing significant ride improvement, Increased approach and departure angles. The suspension upgrade facilitates maximum upgrade in Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) to a maximum weight of 17,100 kg (7 tons). This added weight required the use of a more powerful bakes, MXT-360 uses an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction control and an autonomous break control interface.

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The new vehicle uses the P400 Electronically controlled 6.5L V8 turbocharged Engine that develops up to 250 HP (186 kW), 460 ft/lbs (624 N•m) @1700 rpm with 6L85e 6-speed automatic transmission

According to AM General, the NXT 360 can be delivered as a complete, new vehicle that can be incorporated into new missions, or as an upgrade kit that can be integrated into existing vehicle fleets to gain the same advanced capabilities.