Israeli armoured vehicle specialist Plasan has unveiled the latest member of its Sandcat family armored vehicle at the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition in Paris.
During Eurosatory 2018, Plasan is showing its All-new M-LPV (Mine-resistant Light Patrol Vehicle) model, the first new vehicle based on Plasan’s 4th generation SandCat architecture.
According to the company, built around the same rugged Ford components, the M-LPV is the first SandCat engineered as a fully structural monocoque, doing away with a ladder-frame chassis.
The new chassisless design allows it to achieve a higher level of underbody mine protection without paying the usual price in weight and height. The M-LPV maintains the SandCat’s compact dimensions, easy access 5-door design, and sub-10t GVW while adding Stanag 2a/2b mine protection for all 8 occupants.
Peripheral protection is modular and can be configured between Stanag 2 and Stanag 3 (or equivalent) subject to payload requirements. Six firing ports permit the crew to fire their weapons from the safety of the protected cabin and the interior is designed to accommodate many different communications systems and other equipment.
– Crew Compartment: STANAG 4569 Level II as standard / STANAG 4569 Level III is optional
– Floor / Mine Protection: STANAG 4569 Level 2a/2b
– Engine Compartment: Radiator, Front Wings, Hood, Engine Critical components (ABS, Batteries, ECM)
Two-zone air-conditioning is standard and options include independent heater, NBC filtration, Fire-Suppression Systems, situational awareness systems and either manual or remote-controlled roof-mounted weapons.