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Plasan Yagu Ultralight Armoured Vehicle

Plasan Yagu is a new ultralight tactical armoured vehicle developed by Plasan to meet the asymmetric warfare requirements of special operations forces and armed forces worldwide.

Type

Ultralight armoured vehicle

Manufacturer

Plasan

Crew

Three

Curb Weight

1.48t

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Plasan Yagu is a new ultralight tactical armoured vehicle developed by Plasan to meet the asymmetric warfare requirements of special operations forces and armed forces worldwide.

The light protected vehicle was unveiled for the first time at Expo Seguridad event held in Mexico City in April 2018. Yagu was also displayed at Eurosatory 2018 defence exhibition held in June 2018.

The Plasan Yagu can be used in multiple missions such as special operations, border patrol, urban warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It is anticipated to become a low-cost option to border patrol or law enforcement missions in austere conditions.

Plasan Yagu design and features

The Yagu tactical armoured vehicle is based on the Arctic Cat Wildcat 4 1000 recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV). Yagu has a curb weight of 1.48t and can accommodate up to three personnel.

The forward crew cab is protected by a single wind shield, while either side of the hull is provided with a single door for crew to enter/exit the vehicle. The cameras fitted around the protected capsule and windows on doors ensure excellent situational awareness and rapid response against threats.

The vehicle can be optionally installed with a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launching system. The UAV integrates automatic target tracking capabilities to deliver improved situational awareness for the crew.

Armament aboard Plasan Yagu

The vehicle is fitted with a General Robotics Pitbull overhead ultra-light remotely operated weapon station (RWS), which can be mounted with a 5.56mm or 7.62mm machine gun and electro-optical (EO) sensors.

The dual-axis stabilised Pitbull RWS weighs 70kg and offers a low silhouette of 50cm. Its elevation range varies between 60° and -30° based on the machine gun type. The weapon station can be installed with different light machine guns such as FN MAG 7.62mm or Negev 5.56mm or Negev 7.62mm.

“The all-composite armour integrated into the vehicle reduces the vehicle’s weight without affecting the protection levels.”

The weapon station is also equipped with a Ranger remote control unit (RCU) integrating multi-sensor interface, automatic target tracking, video motion detection and onboard mission recording capabilities. It is safely operated by the crew from within the enclosed armoured capsule.

Self-protection

Plasan Yagu offers superior all-around ballistic protection up to Level B6+, which is equivalent to STANAG 4569 Level II protection, against 5.56mm and 7.62mm rounds.

The light armoured vehicle is equipped with belly and roof protection to deliver all-round protection in urban environments. It is expected to feature blast protection to counter improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

The all-composite armour integrated into the vehicle reduces the vehicle’s weight without affecting the protection levels.

Engine and mobility of Plasan Yagu

The vehicle is powered by a 1000 H2 V-Twin, SOHC four-stroke, four-valve w/EFI engine with electronic fuel injection. Coupled to an automatic transmission with Hi/Lo gear shifts, the engine develops maximum power output of 951cc. Yagu offers a power to weight ratio of more than 53hp/t, retaining most of the agility and mobility characteristics of the original Wildcat.

Plasan Yagu is equipped with a double A-arm front and five-link trailing arm rear suspension system. It is fitted with bigger tyres of 28x10R14 size and hydraulic disc brakes with dual piston calliper.

The vehicle can traverse through rocky and muddy terrains, sand dunes, uneven surfaces and extreme slopes in forest environments. Its compact size allows for passage through narrow ways, jammed or blocked roads on sidewalks and stairs in urban environments.

The vehicle has high approach and departure angles to negotiate vertical obstacles.

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