Panthera T-6F light armoured personnel carrier (APC) is designed and manufactured by Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles (MSPV), a developer of armoured vehicles based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Designed to provide high levels of ballistic and blast protection, Panthera T-6F is the latest member of the Panthera family of vehicles including Panthera T-6L, Panthera S-8, Panthera S-10, Panthera K-14 and K-10CMD, and Panthera K-24. It was unveiled at the DEFEXPO 2016 held in Goa, India, in March 2016.
The new vehicle is suited for military and homeland security missions such as patrol, convoy protection, troop transport, law enforcement and peacekeeping.
Panthera T-6F APC design and features
The Panthera T-6F armoured personnel carrier is constructed of certified ballistic steel and features a modular design, which can be configured as per specific needs. The Toyota 79-series 4×4 chassis serves as the basis for the Panthera T-6F.
The crew compartment accommodates a driver and a commander, while the troop compartment carries up to six infantrymen.
Different seating options including bench-seats, flip-up seats, slung seats or blast-mitigating seats can be provided.
The modular, spacious interior is fitted with a dual air-conditioner. It can be altered to accommodate a variety of mission equipment based on the operational requirements. The interior houses up to four stretchers and first-aid kit in ambulance configuration.
Two ballistic glass windows with mesh security grilles are provided on both sides of the troop compartment to offer good visibility. Occupants can enter or leave the vehicle through two rear doors. The crew cabin has two side doors with bullet-proof glass windows.
Additionally, the vehicle can be provided with a range of equipment including roof rack, jerry-can holder, shovels, tow bars, roof hatches, tool-boxes, and sand-ladders.
The light armoured vehicle can be fitted with a 360° ring-mount on the roof for mounting a manned / remote-controlled weapon station or guns or STORM non-lethal weapons. Gun ports are provided on the side and rear parts of the vehicle.
Panthera T-6F sensors for various mission systems
The Panthera T-6F can be equipped with a variety of sensors including C4ISR communications equipment, electronic counter-measure equipment, surveillance and monitoring systems, and other specific mission systems.
A remote-controlled search camera and search lights are mounted on the roof of the vehicle to support missions during day and night conditions.
The vehicle also has a rear view camera, which gives an improved view behind the vehicle.
Protection features of Panthera T-6F armoured vehicle
The bullet-proof glass of the vehicle offers enhanced protection against assault rifles up to CEN 1063 and 1522 BR6/FB6 or BR7/FB7 standards. The bullet-resistant windshield is covered with mesh security grilles and improves crew safety.
Armour plating around the Panthera T-6F APC provides occupants with Stanag 4569 level 1/B6 ballistic protection against projectiles. It is capable of withstanding the detonation of two DM51 hand-grenades and landmines beneath the floor.
Panthera T-6F engine details
Powered by a 4.0l V6 petrol engine, the Panthera T-6F armoured personnel carrier offers superior mobility on urban and cross-country terrains. The engine is coupled to a 4×4, five-speed, manual transmission system.
The vehicle is equipped with 16×8 steel rims with run flat tyres and has a spare tyre assembly at the rear. It can be optionally provided with a 4.2l turbocharged diesel engine and heavy-duty alloy split-rims.
The gross vehicle weight is approximately 3,200kg and the kerb weight is 2,065kg. The vehicle can travel at a maximum speed of approximately 165km/h.
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