Legion Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle, United Arab Emirates

Legion MRAP Vehicle

The Legion mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle from UAE-based Isotrex Manufacturing was launched during the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi in February.

Capable of operating in rough terrain and difficult environmental conditions, the Legion vehicle is designed to offer improved protection and crew comfort.

Legion can be configured to perform varied roles such as reconnaissance, armoured personnel carrier, cargo, lead convoy vehicle, command post, ambulance, and special operations.

Legion MRAP vehicle design and features

The Legion armoured vehicle is based on a heavy-duty 4x4 all-wheel drive chassis with a backbone tube frame, which gives the vehicle high ground clearance. Its V-shaped hull is designed to provide increased armour protection and crew survivability.

The kerb and gross weights of Legion are 14,500kg and 19,000kg respectively, while payloads weighing 4,500kg are carried on the vehicle.

The MRAP vehicle is manned by three crew members, including driver, commander and gunner. It can carry up to six personnel in the troop compartment in armoured personnel carrier configuration.

The crew cabin has two side doors with bulletproof glass windows, while the troop compartment is provided with a large side-opening door at the rear for easier entry and exit.

The vehicle features five small bulletproof glass windows, three on either side of the hull and two at the rear, to provide unobstructed view for the occupants.

A tow hitch can be attached to the chassis at the rear for towing objects. Self-recovery winch and automatic fire extinguishing systems are optional.

Legion MRAP vehicle armament

The Legion mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle can be equipped with either a manned gun turret of type IMX-23 or remotely operated weapon system in order to defend enemy forces and light armoured targets. Two bulletproof glass windows are placed at the front and sides of the IMX-23 armoured turret.

Armament options for the turret include 5.56mm, 7.62mm and 12.7mm calibre machine guns. The gun ports and interior gun mounts provide additional firepower.

Protection features of the Legion MRAP vehicle

The MRAP vehicle is designed to offer STANAG 4569 level of ballistic protection against artillery rounds and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The seat belts are of four-point belt system for improved blast protection.

The vehicle also features blast mitigation flooring to protect soldiers against under-vehicle IED and mine blasts. The optional add-on armour plates safeguard the vehicle from ballistic arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attacks.

The vehicle has an option for nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection system, which is used for defence against chemical, biological and nuclear threats.

Legion MRAP sensors

The Legion armoured personnel carrier can be fitted with a global positioning system for geolocation and positioning information.

"Legion can be configured to perform varied roles such as reconnaissance, armoured personnel carrier, cargo, lead convoy vehicle, command post, ambulance, and special operations."

It has an option to install FLIR thermal imaging cameras, which are used to detect and track targets in low -visibility conditions.

A rear view camera is placed on top of the troop compartment to provide a clear view behind the vehicle.

Powertrain and performance of the armoured vehicle

The propulsion system, mounted in the forward section of the vehicle, incorporates the turbo-charged, water-cooled, direct injection, electronically controlled Cummins ISLe 375 EURO 3 diesel engine, which generates an output power of 276kW at 2,100rpm and develops a torque of 1,550Nm at 1,200rpm.

Coupled with a six-speed fully automatic Allison 3200 transmission system, the engine offers a top speed of 110km/h and a range of 850km.

A two-speed transfer case with permanent all-wheel drive and differentials provides superior off-road mobility.

The hydraulic power-assisted steering and 365/85 R20 tires with runflats ensure smooth ride on off-road conditions. The dual-circuit drum air brake system, featuring a wedge type actuator and an anti-lock braking system (ABS), provides traction in rough conditions.

A central tyre inflation system (CTIS) is used to maximise the vehicle mobility by adjusting the tire pressure.

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