Battelle has announced its participation in US Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) request for proposal (RfP) for non-standard commercial vehicles (NSCVs).
The company’s NSCVs come with a range of optional features, including over-cab and rear-quarter gun mounts, left or right-hand drive, gasoline or diesel engines, and automatic or manual transmissions.
Re-engineered with 360-degree crew protection, Battelle’s vehicles feature enhanced suspension for improved off-road mobility. They also have a reinforced, durable chassis designed to function in rugged conditions.
Battelle programme manager Jim LaBine said: "We pay close attention to feedback from operators to support our vehicles in the field, and to refine our designs."
The company’s vehicles undergo formal durability and system-level armour testing. They retain the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) appearance.
Battelle has delivered nearly 300 commercial-style armoured vehicles to the US Army under previous contracts.
In a 2013 blanket purchase agreement (BPA), the company converted standard pickup trucks to armoured vehicles for the US Department of Defense (DoD).
Battelle also installed more than 500 protective armour kits onto the army’s high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs).
They recently launched the armoured 79 Series Land Cruiser, a commercial armoured vehicle for combat use in any terrain.