When agility and performance are essential, light military vehicles are the vehicles of choice. These lightweight vehicles work in all combat environments, whether for command and control, troop transport, cargo transport, shelter carrier, towed weapons movement, or as weapons platforms . Those military vehicles can be counted on to “be there“whenever needed, at any time of the day, in all weather conditions, or in the event of a disaster or emergency, no matter what.
And while it’s unfortunate that we live in a world where weapons of war are necessary, military vehicles are fascinating beasts that pique the interest of more gearheads than you might think. Here are eight of the best light armored military vehicles that offer advanced, modular crew protection for the missions of today and tomorrow.
8 Iveco Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV)
The multirole light vehicle from Iveco Defense Vehicles has a modular design that allows the development of numerous variants with different dimensions, roofs, body configurations and levels of protection. In addition, depending on the mission, the vehicles are equipped with light, medium or heavy protection kits and additional STANAG 4569 level 3 (ballistics) and level 2a (mines) protection.
The LMV was developed to meet the demanding criteria of military operations while providing a high level of driver and crew comfort. In late 2003, the Italian Army awarded a contract for an initial batch of 60 LMVs, two of which were used for development and trials, while the remaining 58 were delivered to units for user trials. The Iveco LMV is a popular light armored vehicle in Europe and is used by nine armed forces around the world.
seven TATA LAMV
The TATA LAMV was developed by Tata Motors of India for the security and defense market – although its main customer is the Indian military. Among other recent conflicts, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated a critical need for these armored vehicles to withstand the threat posed by small arms fire, shrapnel and explosive devices hidden in areas urban combat.
The TATA LAMV is designed to withstand these threats with a comprehensive defense system that includes ceramic/composite armor, separate crew compartment, blast-proof “V” hull and bulletproof windscreens. Her crew pod houses mine-protected seats and provides full protection for a crew of six. The primary mission of the LAMV is armed reconnaissance, patrols and convoy protection.
6 Hawkei Light Protected Vehicle
The vehicle is named after a stealthy species of death viper native to Australia, Acanthophis Hawkei. The Hawkei is capable of carrying up to six soldiers and provides protection against IEDs, mines and/or small arms fire. The Hawkei is a light and protected vehicle built to Australian Defense Force specifications. Thales Australia manufactures it for the Ministry of Defence’s Land 121 Phase 4 programme, which aims to replace the Australian army’s Land Rovers.
The Hawkei is powered by a Steyr V6 diesel engine with an output of 268 hp, manufactured by the Austrian company Steyr Motors. The online starter or generator provides sufficient electrical power to power the C4I and mission equipment. The vehicle’s hull is designed to provide blast protection while maintaining high tactical and operational mobility and allowing easy conversion between variants. The vehicle’s interchangeable ballistic defense system is optimized for air transport and can be reconfigured in less than half an hour by a crew of two without the use of specialized devices or equipment.
5 Burrow LT-79
The Terrier LT-79 is a versatile vehicle equipped with high-powered rifle round protection and user-friendly features for both offensive and defensive situations, making it perfect for SWAT teams, law enforcement and military personnel. . This armored vehicle performs admirably in the field, protecting even when directly attacked and demonstrating proven performance and survivability.
As its name suggests, this platform is intended to be compact, agile and transportable on difficult terrain. The Terrier is built on a heavy-duty, military-grade Toyota VDJ79 chassis based on the popular civilian Land Cruiser 70 series. It features a 4.5L V8 turbo diesel engine and a 5-speed manual transmission with an upgraded clutch , as well as reinforced axles, heavy-duty suspension components and powerful 4-piston disc brakes.
4 TAG Dobermann RAAV
The TAG Doberman RAAV is a fast moving armored assault vehicle. It is a fast and capable vehicle, featuring a 250 hp military Cummins engine, high gross weight and payload capacity for increased survivability, numerous weapon stations , crew equipment and/or mission equipment. It has an inherently high degree of survivability in a normal cab body, with adjustable higher levels of protection and survivability for explosions under body, side walls, roof, front, rear, walkways wheels and safety in the event of rollover.
The Doberman features welded semi-monocoque construction, a “survival capsule” with an integrated “roll cage” to protect its crew and passengers, and mine-proof seats with 4-point seat belts quick release. All of these features allow the Doberman to be a vehicle that can be relied on to “be there” when needed, whatever the time or weather, as well as for use in any type of crisis or emergency. .
3 EAGLE Light Tactical Armored Vehicle
Manufactured by General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag, the Eagle 6×6 is a more affordable lightweight tactical vehicle offering higher levels of mobility than its predecessors. The vehicle is protected by an electro-welded interior made of high quality armored steel. To increase survivability against ballistic threats, mines, and improvised explosive devices, the hull is fitted with modular steel/composite supplemental armor and Mine Protection Kits (IEDs).
Firepower is given via a remote-controlled weapon station equipped with a .50mm cannon and a grenade launcher. The vehicle has a gross weight of 10 tons, a top speed of 70 mph and a range of 450 miles. The EAGLE is also available in a 6×6 configuration and can be used as an armored personnel carrier, ambulance, recovery, command, reconnaissance, logistics or as a military police vehicle.
2 Cadillac Gage Commando
The Cadillac Gage Commando is an American-made armored vehicle dating back to the start of the Cold War. It was founded as a private company in the early 1960s. It is a versatile vehicle that can be used as an armored personnel carrier, reconnaissance vehicle or weapon carrier. The first variants saw active service in the Vietnam War, and many were sold to allied nations in the United States until the early 1990s. The Commando is the precursor to the modern ASV-150/M1117 Guardian .
On the roads, the Commando proved to be extremely mobile. Large road wheels provide adequate cross-country performance. Road speeds of up to 100 km/h are possible thanks to a 200 hp petrol or diesel engine. The V-100 versions lacked reliability due to their weight exceeding the design parameters of the automotive components used. Later models had greatly increased durability and updated engines allowed for increased speed and road range.
1 Cobra Light Armored Vehicle
The Turkish company Otokar Otobus Karoseri Sanayi manufactures the Cobra line of light armored vehicles. Cobra designs use mechanical components from the HMMWV vehicle manufactured by AM General in the United States. In 1997, the Turkish Army received five Cobra vehicles. Three Cobra vehicles have been delivered to the Maldives and are in service with the Turkish military.
The Cobra family of vehicles features a low profile and can be transported by plane, helicopter, truck or train for rapid deployment. The Cobra’s hull is all welded steel and features wide, full-opening side and rear doors that allow quick crew egress if needed. In addition, the vehicle is equipped with roof hatches and a quick three-point locking system.
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