DSEI 2017

Thunder and lightning [DSEI17D1]

12 September 2017

Czech company SVOS Prelouc (Stand N9-320) has developed and tested a new 4x4 high-mobility vehicle, which is well suited to deployment by special forces and reconnaissance teams. Four units have been ordered by the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) for expected delivery in March 2018.

The Perun, named after the Slavic god of thunder and lightning, consists of a conventional ladder-frame chassis fitted with an all-welded steel body, to which can be added removable ballistic panels. Blast-attenuating seats are standard and underneath protection can be provided against some types of mines and other explosive devices. Rollover protection is fitted and the windshields to the immediate rear of the engine compartment are provided with ballistic protection and can be folded forward onto the bonnet.

Powered by a water-cooled, in-line, six-cylinder engine coupled to a fully automatic six-speed transmission, Perun has full-time 4x4 drive and power steering, with the rear wheel steering ceasing when a speed of 30km/h has been reached.

For improved cross-country mobility, a central tyre inflation system is installed, and run-flat tyres are standard to provide a ‘get home’ capability in the event of the tyres being damaged. Perun can traverse terrain with a 22° side slope, cross a 0.85m wide trench, and climb a 0.55m vertical step. It can also ford waters 1.2m deep.

Armament would typically consist of a ring mount armed with a 12.7mm machine gun (MG) or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher, and up to four 7.62mm MGs can be pintle-mounted to provide suppressive firepower through 360º.

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