Mobile Land Systems (Outdoor CP-232, UAE Pavilion) has confirmed that its new Viper (4x4) mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle completed the gruelling UAE Armed Forces Summer Trials, which were hosted by the General Maintenance Corps. The trials lasted five days, during which the Viper successfully covered 1,500km over highways, sand dunes, soft sand tracks and rocky ground, with temperatures reaching close to 60°C, without any failure.
The Viper 4x4 MRAP is based on a welded steel monocoque, low-profile multilayer hybrid V-shaped hull, which is claimed to mitigate any damage effects that result from an explosion under the vehicle. Ballistic protection is according to the customer requirements, but is from STANAG 4569 Level 1 through to Level 4, while blast protection is at a base of STANAG 4569 Level 3a/3b. Armour solutions include steel and composite.
It is fitted with independent suspension for a high level of cross-country mobility and powered by a front-mounted 450hp diesel engine, which is provided with an oversized cooling pack. Mobile Land Systems quotes a cruising range of up to 800km. Standard equipment on the Viper MRAP includes a fire detection and suppression system and a CBRN protection system.
According to Mobile Land Systems, the Viper can also be configured as an ambulance, command and control vehicle, and reconnaissance vehicle, to name but a few. Various weapon systems can be mounted on the roof.
In addition to developing the Viper MRAP, Mobile Land Systems also converts commercial vehicles for security operations, including providing armour protection.