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MSPO 2017: Czech–Polish Husar 4x4 armoured carrier debuts

12 September 2017

The Husar 4x4 armoured carrier was presented at the MSPO international defence industry exhibition in Kielce, Poland, on 5–8 September. The vehicle is a joint project between Polish company H. Cegielski – Poznań (HCP) and Kopřivnice-based Tatra Defense Vehicles, now operating under the Czechoslovak Group (CSG) holding of companies from the Czech and Slovak Republics.

The Czech–Polish Husar 4x4 armoured carrier made its debut at MSPO. (Igor Bozinovski)The Czech–Polish Husar 4x4 armoured carrier made its debut at MSPO. (Igor Bozinovski)

The latest in the family of high-mobility tactical vehicles designed by Tatra, the Husar was displayed at MSPO in transport configuration with a remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) for six fully equipped soldiers, including three crewmembers: the commander, the RCWS operator, and the driver. The demonstrated vehicle was equipped with a nuclear, biological, and chemical protection system, and STANAG 4569 Level 2A and 2B mine-blast and Level 3 ballistic protection.

The vehicle weighs 11.9 tons in its basic version, and has a maximum approved combat weight of 13.5 tons. The design of the vehicle, with its large transport compartment, allows it to carry a large volume of cargo.

The vehicle is powered by a Cummins ISB 6.7 l six-cylinder in-line water-cooled engine and an automatic gearbox with a hydrodynamic torque converter. The Tatra chassis utilises a core frame with independent wheel suspension, providing the Husar with all-terrain characteristics. The 150-litre fuel tank gives the vehicle a range of 300 km off-road, and 500 km on good hard-surface roads.

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