Gepard, an armoured security vehicle (ASV) developed by Canadian armoured vehicle manufacturer STREIT Group, is designed to provide multi-mission capability to the armed and security forces in demanding situations.
The vehicle was unveiled at the DSEI 2017 defence and security exhibition held in London, UK, in September.
Design and features of Gepard
The Gepard armoured security vehicle features a lightweight body based on the Ford F150 four-wheel drive chassis. The hull is made of military-grade, aluminium alloy materials. The high-strength steel frame increases structural durability of the vehicle.
The ASV is 6.26m-long, 2.45m-wide and 2.38m-high, and has a wheelbase of 3.57m. It has a gross weight of 7.6t and can carry a payload of up to 1.5t. It can accommodate up to eight personnel, including a driver and a commander, as well as six troops.
The crew cabin is housed in the middle section, whereas the troop compartment is located next to the crew cabin towards the rear with six individual seats. The crew enters or exits the vehicle through a hinged door on either side of the hull. The rear section of the hull integrates a cargo compartment.
A pair of hinged side doors with windows at the rear provides access to the troop section. The quick release firing ports fitted to the troop compartment windows allow the occupants to fire at enemy targets.
The flexible design of the vehicle allows for the integration of mission-specific equipment required to perform different military and security missions such as patrol, convoy escort, peacekeeping, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), and ambulance.
The Gepard off-road vehicle is compatible with both manual and remotely-controlled weapon systems armed with a 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher or a payload launching system.
The roof-mounted weapon station offers sufficient firepower against airborne and ground targets.
The Gepard ASV’s integrated body armour meets the CEN standard-FB6 ballistic protection level, which offers high level of ballistic protection for the onboard personnel against various small arms, hand grenades, 7.62mm x 51mm calibre ammunition, and fragmentation rounds.
All windows are equipped with bullet-proof glass to further improve the crew survivability.
Gepard ASV powertrain
The Gepard armoured vehicle is powered by a Ford 6.7l power stroke, V8 turbo diesel engine, which develops 300hp of power at 5,600rpm. The vehicle can be optionally fitted with a 6.8l V8 gas engine, rated at 381hp.
The B20-capable engine is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission system, which provides high shifting quality and driving comfort.
The reinforced, purpose-tuned suspension improves the vehicle’s ride quality and handling ability. The transfer case provides maximum power to both front and rear axles.
The electronic-locking rear differential, shock absorbers and underbody skid plates offer increased mobility in different terrain conditions. The advanced braking systems further improve the safety of the vehicle.
The vehicle has the capacity to carry 256l of fuel.
Performance of the armoured security vehicle
The Gepard 4×4 armoured vehicle can attain a maximum speed of 120km/h on road and can travel a distance of up to 800km.
The vehicle can be operated in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations.
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