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Eurosatory 2018: Unac debuts its RIDER special forces logistics vehicle

15 June 2018

French specialist vehicle manufacturer Unac took the opportunity at this year’s Eurosatory to display its Rapid Intervention Droppable Equipment for Raiders (RIDER) logistics vehicle.The RIDER, which has been ordered for the French special forces, is Unac's first venture into the combat vehicle market. (IHS Markit/Peter Felstead)The RIDER, which has been ordered for the French special forces, is Unac's first venture into the combat vehicle market. (IHS Markit/Peter Felstead)

Designed to be “air-transportable, air-droppable and heli-transportable”, the RIDER is a robust and compact vehicle with a high-capacity trailer intended to be used in support of special forces missions.

With an unladen weight of 1,000 kg and a maximum weight of 1,900 kg, the RIDER is just 2.6 m long, 1.6 m wide, and 1.9 m high (given the protective hoop over the cockpit).

It incorporates a front axle with double wishbone suspension, a rear train consisting of a trailing-arm suspension, inter-wheel differentials and interlockable axle, and is propelled by a custom kinematic chain powered by a Kohler KDW1404 Tier III four-cylinder diesel engine. Designed to securely carry a driver and vehicle commander/passenger, the RIDER is additionally equipped with two mounts for machine guns and their ammunition.

Under a contract signed in November 2017 the French Ministry of Defence has ordered 300 RIDERs for its special forces. Speaking to Jane’s on 13 June, Unac product technical expert Remi Viollet said these vehicles will be delivered between 2019 and 2021. He added that, although there are currently only two prototypes of the vehicle, its development will be complete by the end of the year, with all testing completed.

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