Germany’s Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) has been awarded its first contract for a version of its Protected Mission Module Carrier G5 (PMMC G5) by the Norwegian Defense Material Agency (NDMA).
The March 2018 contract award covers the supply of a prototype configured as an Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV). This is expected to be delivered to the NDMA in 2020 for user trials and could be followed by a production contract for up to 160 units.
The first example of the ACSV will have a hull of all welded aluminium armour with an optional applique passive armour package.
A customer-specified weapon remote weapon station (RWS) can be mounted on the roof. Norway will equip the prototype with the Kongsberg Protector armed with a stabilised 12.7 mm M2HB machine gun (MG), which is already installed on many Norwegian armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and support vehicles.
The PMMC G5 features a rear flatbed on which containers or pallets can be rapidly loaded using an onboard crane.
This version will also be used as a platform for containerised mission kits such as electronic warfare, air defence systems, and artillery locating radars.
The suspension is of the torsion bar type, which is complemented by Soucy International composite rubber tracks (CRT) that are lighter, quieter, and offer less vibration and rolling resistance compared with conventional steel tracks.
The CRT is already standard equipment on Norwegian Army BAE Systems CV9030 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) as well as its M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC) fleet.
The ACSV will be powered by a MTU 199 TE 21 V6 diesel developing 625hp coupled to a ZF LSG 1000 HD automatic transmission, which will provide a maximum road speed of up to 74 km/h and a range of over 600 km.
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