Israel’s Carmor unveiled an example of its Mantis family of tactical light armoured vehicles at this month’s Eurosatory exhibition.
Designed to provide frontline units “with a high-end, multirole platform for a variety of missions”, Carmor describes the Mantis as “the ultimate fusion of operational considerations to enable improved survivability, lethality, and mobility”.
As Eitan Zait, Carmor CEO, put it to Jane’s on 11 June regarding the Mantis, “We haven’t invented anything, but we’ve optimised everything.”
Featuring a blast-resistant monocoque chassis with a mission/powerpack module bolted onto its rear, the Mantis shown at Eurosatory was in a pick-up configuration that allows a variety of armament or payload options, such as a .50-calibre machine gun, 25/30 mm cannon, missile system, mortar system, or mini-unmanned aerial vehicle launch system. This version of the vehicle is 5 m long, 2.3 m wide, 2.25 m high, and can accommodate a crew of up to five, although the vehicle design can be stretched to bring the crew capacity up to nine. Other planned variants of the vehicle include a ‘full bus’ version with additional enclosed space to the rear, a ‘single cub’ version with open payload space to the rear, as well as an open-top ‘buggy’ variant.
The gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the vehicle depends on its variant and protection levels, with a Carmor brochure stating that the standard vehicle could range from a GVW of 6 tonnes for kinetic protection to STANAG Level 3 and blast protection to STANAG Level 1 up to 8 tonnes for kinetic protection to Level 4 and blast protection to Level 2A/3B.
The Mantis employs a four-corner independent suspension system (double wishbone) with Evco racing shocks, a two-speed transfer case, front and rear lockable differentials, and wheel hub reduction.
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