Hanwha Defense Systems of South Korea has teamed with the Malaysian firm AVP Engineering to offer the 6x6 Tigon armoured personnel carrier (APC) for a potential Malaysian Army requirement.
The first example of the Tigon, which was completed early in 2018, is expected to undertake a limited number of trials in Malaysia in May 2018.
The hull of the Tigon is of all-welded steel armour but can accommodate applique armour for improved ballistic and mine protection.
In addition to the driver, commander and gunner, the vehicle would typically carry eight dismounts in the rear with these provided with blast attenuating seats.
The driver is provided with a full colour liquid crystal display (LCD) panel that provides information for up to 22 performance parameters such as speed, engine status and fuel supply.
The Tigon is equipped with a newly developed powerpack comprising a Caterpillar turbocharged and intercooled 6-cylinder inline diesel developing 525 hp coupled to an Allison 4500SP electronically controlled automatic transmission with six forward and one reverse gears. The transmission features a torque converter with lock-up clutch.
This provides a maximum road speed and range of up to 100 km/h and 1,000 km respectively.
The vehicle is fitted with 14.00 x R20 tyres as standard but the larger 16.00xR20 tyres can be fitted if required. A central tyre inflation system (CTIS) is provided, while independent double wishbone suspension with coil spring and hydraulic shock absorbers offers up to 340 mm of wheel travel.
Ultra waterjets mounted under the rear of the hull enable it to achieve a maximum swimming speed of up to 8.5 km/h.
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