Patriot II is a new protected mobility vehicle by the Czech company Excalibur Army, which is part of the Czechoslovak Group (CSG). It is an upgraded variant of the Patriot 4×4 medium armoured tactical multi-mission vehicle.
The Patriot II vehicle was developed by Excalibur Army in co-operation with H Cegielski-Poznan and Tatra Defence Vehicles. It was unveiled for the first time at the International Trade Fair of Defence and Security Technologies (IDET) 2019 held in Brno, Czech Republic, in May 2019.
Patriot II 4×4 protected mobility vehicle was also exhibited at the MSPO 2019 expo held in Kielce, Poland, in September 2019.
The armoured vehicle can be used by the armed and security forces to perform reconnaissance and patrolling tasks, asymmetric warfare missions, and for carrying weapon systems for light motorised units.
Patriot II design and features
The Patriot II protected mobility vehicle is based on the Tatra Force 4×4 chassis. Its modular design can be integrated with reconnaissance, command and control, chemical, medical evacuation, recovery, workshop, and communication equipment and systems.
Patriot II has a length of 6.25m, a width of 2.55m, and a height of 2.8m. The maximum combat weight of the vehicle is 17t.
The protected mobility vehicle can accommodate a driver, a commander, and six troops. It features an air conditioning system to ensure smooth operations in extreme temperatures.
The forward crew cab is fitted with a two-piece windshield. The crew can enter and exit the vehicle through a door located on either side of the hull, while the troop compartment features a door on each side and a large single door at the rear hull.
The vehicle features a mission kit, which can be modified according to the customer’s requirements.
The armoured vehicle is fitted with a remotely-controlled weapon station (RCWS) armed with a 20mm automatic cannon. Its design enables the carriage of a manned turret with up to 14.5mm calibre machine guns or a remote weapon station with cannons up to 20mm calibre or grenade launchers.
Patriot II can also be armed with anti-tank guided missiles or mortars.
Patriot II survivability
The mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP)-class vehicle offers up to STANAG level 4 ballistic protection and level 3 mine protection. Its anti-explosion seats and bottom of the hull are designed to reduce the potential impact of an explosion under the floor.
The cabin and engine compartment are also fitted with automatic fire extinguishing systems. The vehicle’s nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) filtration system further offers protection against weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Engine and mobility of Patriot II
Patriot II’s power-pack is composed of a Tatra T3C-928-90 Euro 3-compliant air-cooled engine coupled to an automatic transmission system. The engine develops a maximum power output of 300kW.
The vehicle is also available with Cummins ISLe 9 370 water-cooled engine having a rated power output of 210kW. Patriot II can attain a maximum speed of 110km/h and a maximum range of 700km.
The independent wheel suspension system fitted to the vehicle integrates air springs and telescopic shock absorbers. The four-wheel drive vehicle offers superior mobility and obstacle-crossing capabilities in rough terrain conditions.
The vehicle can traverse vertical obstacles of 0.5m high and trench up to 0.9m-wide. It can ford a depth of 1.2m without preparation. The gradient and side slope of the vehicle are 45° and 32°, respectively. Patriot II is easily transportable by military transport aircraft.