Monday, March 4, 2024

TATRA Defense Vehicle showcases Pandur II armoured personal carrier with SAMSON MK II weapon station

TATRA DEFENCE VEHICLE a.s. in partnership with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), has unveiled Pandur II armoured personal carrier with SAMSON MK II weapon station Remote controlled weapon station at IDET 2017.

The two companies are jointly developing a variety of APCs for the Czech army. The companies recently signed an agreement for the development and production of the Pandur II 8×8 armored personnel carrier. During IDET 2017 exhibition was presented version of the Pandur II APC fitted with a remote weapon station Rafael Samson Mk II armed with one MK44-S 30mm automatic cannon and anti-tank missile launchers.

The Samson Mk II enables forces to effectively close the fire loop with varying degrees of firepower, from 7.62mm on the coaxial machine gun, through 23mm to 40mm main gun (western and eastern versions) and up to ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) engagement ranges. This gives forces mission flexibility in both urban and open country scenarios, with maximum survivability for the vehicle and crew.


The Samson Mk II RWS boosts crew survivability by eliminating deck penetration. Additional crew protection is provided by a dedicated (Rafael patent-pending) in-hull reloading system. And for the vehicle itself, Samson Mk II RWS’s low-silhouette geometry enables the host platform’s surfaces to easily accommodate protective armor ranging from STANAG Level 1 to 4.

The Pandur II is a family of light armored vehicles designed and manufactured by the Austrian company, Steyr-Daimler-Puch, now a subdivision of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems (GDELS).

The TATRA DEFENCE VEHICLE is a new company sharing the same facility with TATRA TRUCKS in Kopřivnice, Czech Republic, specialized in production, overhauls and ugrades of mostly armoured and special vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic as well as for export. High-quality post-sales services are provided in order to secure whole life-cycle or our vehicles.

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