The Special Operations Tactical Vehicle (SOTV) has been developed for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 programme. Image courtesy of Navistar, Inc.
The SOTV can carry a payload of 2,903kg. Image courtesy of Navistar, Inc.
The SOTV offers enhanced off-road mobility on rough terrains. Image courtesy of Navistar, Inc.
The SOTV has a turning diameter of 13,716mm. Image courtesy of Navistar, Inc.


The International Special Operations Tactical Vehicle (SOTV) is a highly-modular, 4×4 transportable, armoured vehicle designed to meet the off-road mission requirements of special operations units.

The 4×4 tactical vehicle was developed by a partnership between Navistar Defense, Indigen Armor and SAIC for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The development began in February 2012 and the vehicle was unveiled at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Florida in May 2012.

The vehicle was demonstrated at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in October 2012. It was also displayed at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in May 2013.

The SOTV can be deployed in combat missions, border patrol, police and other government duties. It can carry large payloads and offers enhanced off-road mobility and high performance in difficult terrain and arctic environmental conditions.

Design and features of the Special Operations Tactical Vehicle

The multi-purpose Special Operations Tactical Vehicle features modular design, which is based on Indigen Armor’s Non-Standard Tactical Truck (NSTT) platform. It features Navistar Defense’s 4×4 crew cab truck body style.

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The SOTV has a length of 5,334mm, width of 2,007mm, height of 1,829mm, and wheel base of 3,099mm. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 6,124kg while the kerb weight is 3,039kg. The vehicle can carry a payload of 2,903kg.

The tactical vehicle can accommodate up to five people inside an armoured occupant safety cell. It can be configured with low-profile overt tactical body styles and offered in three-man, five-man and seven-man versions.

The vehicle can be integrated with full government furnished Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) suite. The C4ISR suite and logistics support for the vehicle is provided by SAIC. The vehicle can also be equipped with run-flat tires, winch, air compressor, and the modular rear seating / storage area. The infrared (IR) lighting is provided to increase visibility during low-light conditions.

Armament and protection features

The armoured variant of SOTV is equipped with a collapsible turret and a main weapon station. It can be optionally attached with five secondary weapon mounts.

The vehicle incorporates scalable armour packages to offer all-round 360° protection up to Euronorm B6 standard. It is also fitted with scalable doors with bulletproof glass to protect crew from a variety of threats.

"The engine is coupled to Allison 2550SP six-speed automatic transmission system to offer superior mobility."

Engine and performance

The SOTV is powered by MaxxForce 6.0L V8 turbo inter-cooled, four-stroke, direct electronic injection diesel engine from Navistar Defense. The engine generates a power output of 325hp at 3,000rpm, and a maximum torque of 570ft-lb at 1,800rpm. The vehicle is also compatible with JP8 jet fuel.

The engine is coupled to Allison 2550SP six-speed automatic transmission system to offer superior mobility. The front suspension is of double wishbone arms with coil-over shocks, and recirculating ball power steering with ram-assist kits. The rear suspension is provided by semi-trailing arm with coil-over shocks. The hydraulic bump stops are installed in front and rear suspensions of the vehicle.

The vehicle can attain a governed off-road speed of 85mph. It is capable of operating at a maximum speed of more than 100mph. It has a turning diameter of 13,716mm and can ford a depth of 914mm. The vehicle is air transportable aboard M/CH-47 helicopter.

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