Peace Keeping Security Vehicle (PKSV), United States of America

Peace keeping security vehicle (PKSV)

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) displayed a mock-up of the Peace Keeping Security Vehicle (PKSV) at the Expodefensa 2015 International Exhibition of Defence and Security held in Bogota, Columbia.

The PKSV 4x4 armoured vehicle can be configured for different roles such as command and control, ambulance, recovery, troop transport, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) vehicle, and counter improvised explosive device (IED) vehicle.

PKSV design and features

The 6.3m-long, 2.61m-wide and 2.56m-high PKSV features a monocoque base structure made from steel. It is air transportable by C-5 Galaxy, C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster, Antonov An-124, Antonov An-70, C-141 Starlifter, Ilyushin Il-76, and Airbus A400M.

The vehicle has a kerb weight of 11,340kg and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 14,515kg, and can accommodate a driver and up to nine passengers along with their equipment. It has the ability to tow trailers such as M101, M105, M149, M200, M1082 and M1101.

The cab is equipped with two-piece windshield assembly with ballistic glass. The personnel in the troop compartment enter or leave the vehicle through a double-door at the rear. Two hatches are provided on the top for emergency exit.

Optional equipment of the PKSV includes self-recovery winch, energy absorption seats, blast mats, radio, interior / exterior stowage, and casualty evacuation (CASEVAC). The interior can be modified to house a variety of mission-specific systems including C-IED equipment and communications systems.

Armament for PKSV

A 12.7mm machine gun is mounted in the forward portion of the vehicle for protection against small arms. The rear section is fitted with a 7.62mm machine gun mount to destroy unarmoured targets.

The PKSV can be optionally provided with a remote weapon station (RWS), gunner stands, and a primary weapon turret that is compatible with NATO standard weapons from 5.56mm to 12.7mm.

PKSV protection features

The add-on armour offers ballistic protection up to STANAG Level 4 and Level 4+ against mine blasts and IEDs. The vehicle is armoured to STANAG Level 2 and level 4 and is able to withstand direct fire weapons and fragmentation effects. The spall liner provides additional protection for the occupants. The fuel tanks are protected with armour enclosures.


The security vehicle is driven by a Caterpillar C7 engine, coupled to an Allison 3200 SP transmission system. The engine generates an output power of 220kW at 2,400rpm and develops a torque of 1,166nm at 1,450rpm.

"The PKSV 4x4 armoured vehicle can be configured for different roles such as command and control, ambulance, recovery, troop transport, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) vehicle, and counter improvised explosive device (IED) vehicle."

The drivetrain also consists of five-speed gearbox and R. Cushman 2SP 4x4 transfer case with neutral position. An 18k solid axle with a differential lock is installed at both front and rear.

The 365/80 R20 tyres, fitted with three-piece bolted assembly runflats, provide increased driving control and safety on uneven surfaces.

Electrical systems aboard the armoured vehicle include a 200Amp, 24VDC alternator, two 12V batteries, and a 21,000BTU HVAC climatic control system. The vehicle can be optionally installed with a 570Amp, 24VDC alternator, independent suspension system with central tyre inflation system (CTIS), as well as automated engine and crew systems (AECS).

PKSV mobility

The Peace Keeping Security Vehicle can attain a maximum speed of 105km/h and a range of 600km. Its approach and departure angles are 45° and 50° respectively. It can accelerate from 0km/h to 48km/h in 12.5 seconds and up to 88km/h in 44 seconds.

The vehicle has a ground clearance of 35cm and a kerb-to-kerb turning circle diameter of 17m. It can traverse a side slope of 30%, climb grades of 60% and ford at a depth of 91.44cm.

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