The Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 is an armoured, counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) and demining vehicle manufactured by Armtrac, a UK-based explosive ordnance disposal systems manufacturer.
The cost-efficient and multi-purpose vehicle is based on the JCB Fastrac 8000 commercial tractor and is fitted with mechanical demining equipment.
Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 can search and detect IEDs, mines and bombs to prove and clear the routes for safe passage of troops and vehicles. It can also be utilised for emergency bridging operations.
Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 orders and deliveries
Saudi Arabia ordered eight Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 vehicles for the Saudi Land Forces in 2018. In April 2021, the Philippine Army purchased four Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 vehicles as part of its 2018-2022 modernisation programme. The deal was made through a government-to-government deal worth approximately PHP110.4m ($2.15m) signed between the Philippine Department of National Defence (DND) and the UK Ministry of Defence.
The Notice of Award (NOA) for the acquisition was released in January 2021. The deliveries are expected to be completed by 2023. The Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 vehicles to be operated by the Philippine Army will be called vehicle-mounted mine detectors (VMMD).
Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 design and features
The Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 is a medium-weight C-IED and demining vehicle featuring foam-filled tyres. It offers STANAG 4569 Level 1 protection.
The vehicle measures 5,400mm-long, 2,550mm-wide and 3,000mm-high. The rotational speed of the vehicle ranges between 350rpm and 400rpm while its clearance depth in different terrains ranges from 20cm to 35cm.
The Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 is equipped with Armox500 armour and comes with mechanical tools and attachments that include a 3m tiller and flail to cut thick vegetation and process ground to a 40cm depth, a rotary mine comb C-IED mine roller system, and a ground probing radar (GPR) to search and detect explosives.
The vehicle features a front-loading bucket excavator robotic arm with a vegetation cutter while its rear robotic arm is equipped with a metal detector and GPR.
The vehicle is capable of moving in both directions and can be either manually operated or remote-controlled from a safe distance of up to 400m.
Cabin features of Armtrac 100-350 Mk2
The Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 has an armoured, quiet, and air-conditioned cabin for manually controlled operations.
The cabin features a fully adjustable air-sprung seat with a four-point safety harness, for added comfort and safety. It can accommodate two operators to allow simultaneous operation of remote equipment along with the vehicle.
The operator’s seat can turn 180°, which allows the operator to face either direction of travel and use one of the toolkits on the front/rear of the vehicle.
A detector on the front robotic arm of the vehicle can detect the IEDs and concurrently mark them with paint, to indicate their location.
The vegetation cutter, attached to the rear robotic arm, can clear high vegetation along roadsides. A small excavator bucket can also be attached to the rear robotic arm, in place of the vegetation cutter, to expose buried explosive ordnance.
Engine and electrical system
The Armtrac C-IED and demining vehicle is equipped with a 348hp AGCO Power 84AWF engine. The fuel and lubricant oil capacities of the vehicle are 600l and 150l, respectively. The engine uses a water cooling system and hydraulic drive technology.
The electrical system of the vehicle includes a 12V 110Ah battery system.