DSEI 2017

Step up for light vehicle [DSEI17D1]

12 September 2017

Supacat (Stand N9-360) is launching the latest version of its high-performance off-road Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (LRV) here at DSEI. The LRV600 is in 6x6 configuration and is a follow-on to its previously revealed LRV400 4x4 vehicle.

For the LRV, Supacat has taken the rolling chassis and automotive systems from the Land Rover Discovery and adapted these for military use. The LRV600 is ITAR-free and is supported by the existing globally available spares network by the well-established Supacat military through-life support service.

The LRV600 has a maximum gross vehicle weight of 5,500kg, of which maximum payload is 2,350kg. This includes the crew, weapons, ammunition, fuel and other special-to-role equipment. It is powered by a V6 3.0 turbocharged diesel developing 256hp, which is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, giving a top road speed of 160km/h. Features include front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension, which offers variable ride height. The LRV600 is 5.65m long, but can be reduced to 5.5m by removing the rear axle element to make it a 4x4 platform.

The vehicle can be transported in a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter, which is a key requirement for special forces and, when compared with the LRV400, has more volume and payload.

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