The Israeli vehicle manufacturer Plasan has added a larger vehicle to its SandCat range of protected off-road vehicles with the two-axle, permanent all-wheel drive StormRider. The recently presented vehicle has the same high-performance, durable and reliable drive train as the SandCat, but is integrated into a completely new monocoque hull with an all-wheel transfer case and heavy-duty independent suspension, says Plasan.
The new vehicle is larger and more spacious than the SandCat Mk-IV and SandCat M-LPV variants and offers space for up to ten passengers. It is fully protected against ballistic and IED threats as well as against mines (up to level 3 or 2A / 2B according to STANAG 4569). The modular protection is achieved with the kitted hull technology, in which the protective elements are screwed to the vehicle with basic protection. In addition to the protection that can be adjusted as required, the ease of repair is an advantage of this technology.
The StormRider is designed from the ground up to protect against explosions. Features include the three-dimensional V-shaped underbody, floating vehicle floors, footrests and energy-absorbing seats. Quick-release fasteners enable the crew to get on and off quickly.
With a total weight of 11.5 tonnes, the vehicle is one of the heavier in the 4 × 4 class. The chassis is derived from the Ford F350. This is where the V8 engine comes in with a drive power of 240 kW.
With the StormRider, Plasan wants to expand the success of the SandCat series, of which more than 800 units have so far been sold for armed forces and security forces in over 18 countries on all continents.
Editors / gwh
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