From Israel comes this light combat vehicle (light for a military vehicle), which moves like a raid buggy and can be remote-controlled and even autonomous. baptized as Wilderit is the latest offspring of the firm Plasanspecialized in this type of models.
It has been presented this week in the Eurosatory 2022, an event held every two years in Paris and dedicated to defense and security personnel. And it is quite an off-road beast with quite unique qualities.
A “pocket” fighter that fits in a helicopter
The Plasan Wilder, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Acrobat from Batman, is similar in size to a Jeep Wrangler, so it is less than 5.0 m long, and weighs 3.5 tons. Thanks to this size it can be transported in a cargo helicopter like the CH-47 Chinook.
It is designed from the ground up and conceived with a Kitted Hull monocoque chassis that accommodates four occupants.
In addition to its size and weight, it stands out from other military vehicles for having the driving position in the centera solution chosen to save costs (since the steering wheel layout does not have to be changed to left or right depending on the market), but also because of the peripheral vision it offers.
And it is that three seats are placed behind it, located towards the sides, in such a way that all occupants can see what is happening outside, thanks to the large glass area that extends to the sides.
On the other hand, we find a independent suspension REGO REX whose shock absorbers have a travel of up to 370 mm. Thanks to it, it promises to climb slopes of up to 80% vertical inclination or up to 54% lateral. It also boasts of cross ditches or ford rivers up to 60 mm deepor to overcome obstacles of about 40 cm.
Of course, it is all-wheel drive and can be equipped with a system that makes the wheels directional. Your heart is a propeller turbo diésel Cummins R2.8which yields 163 CV y 420 Nmbeing managed by an automatic change of eight speeds.
Also, the body panels and windows boast Stanag 4569 level 2 protection, being able to withstand large caliber bullets, as well as grenades, mines or explosives. And since they are bolted to the chassis, they can be easily exchanged if they are damaged. The roof is prepared to mount different firearms, such as a machine gun.
Another of the peculiarities of the Plasan Wilder is that can be driven by remote control, to perform reconnaissance tasks, for example. And the weapon with which it is equipped can also be operated from a distance. In fact, Plasan boasts that, thanks to its cameras and sensors, it can host autonomous driving systems.
And in addition, it can be accompanied by ATeMM armored trailers, also developed by Plasan and presented together with this beast, which are completely electric.
In short, a light vehicle born for special manoeuvres, which can move like a fish in water both in urban areas, on roads and outside of them. But as with this type of vehicle, it is far from cheap, since it ranges between 200,000 and 250,000 dollars.
Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.
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