Canadian armour composites, engineering design and manufacturing company Armatec Survivability (Booth 121) is unveiling Black Knight – a modular survivability/ mobility upgrade for the LAV III 8x8 infantry section carrier (ISC) – for the first time at CANSEC.
Black Knight is a development of the company’s earlier Orca survivability upgrade for the LAV II 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), which was successfully mine blast and survivability tested at the National Research Council facilities in Ottawa in late 2015.
The system is designed to offer life extension for a range of IFV-type platforms “improving mobility and survivability to a price point that is less than investing in the acquisition of a brand new vehicle”, Armatec’s marketing co-ordinator, Emily Marshall, told the Show Daily.
The complete Black Knight system includes a full body of composite armour – which for the LAV III demonstrator includes the 30mm turret – a STANAG Level 4 (minimum) mine blast protection belly kit, an internal mine-protected floor, an armoured spall liner against rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and ball threats, an upgraded Mercedes-Benz high torque power pack and an upgraded suspension system. In addition, an Armatec-developed Mine Blast Protected Seating system provides supplementary protection for a typical ISC complement including six passengers, two crew in the turret and the driver.
Inside the vehicle is a composite custom-formed survivability capsule (inset), which preserves the space claim around the driver, or driver and commander, during a mine blast, and which can be applied to any IFV-type platform.
“Black Knight is a weight-saving survivability solution that allows the vehicle to get back to its original operating parameters,” said Marshall.
“It’s also modular, so fitted for, but not with, the complete armour/mobility suite – the customer is able to select those components that best suit their requirements.”