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The world's toughest armoured cars (Note:I'm pretty sure most of these would be for use of the military.The article calls them cars but never know maybe Mencho might have 1 or 2 kicking around...canadiana).Clicking on the link below will give you the photos of them.
Slide 1 of 19:In military shorthand they are known as MRAPs – mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles – and are designed to withstand ballistic (projectile-based) threats as well as blast-inducing weapons such as land mines and the notorious improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which have been the biggest killer of coalition troops in Afghanistan. Here we take a look at the world’s best armoured cars – and we even got to drive in some of them.
Slide 2 of 19:Older protected patrol vehicles such as the British Army’s lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover and the US military’s Humvee (pictured) were ill-equipped to face the proliferation of IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan, so a new solution was needed – and fast. That’s why the US alone built 27,000 MRAPs between 2007 and 2013, and why the British Army is now equipped with a range of them, including the eight-metre long, 23.5-tonne Mastiff 6x6 and the newer, smaller Foxhound 4x4.
Slide 3 of 19:This British MRAP is designed to withstand detonation of a 10kg explosive from beneath. Cabin gear (including seats) is roof-mounted to reduce shocks from below.
Slide 4 of 19:Its double-wishbone suspension’s ability to trounce four-foot ridges was astonishing, as was the ride at the 60mph we hit. Yet our driver said, “your mother could drive it”.
Slide 5 of 19:Crew: Two plus 10 Top speed: 81mph Kerb weight: 25,000kg/55,000 lb Length: 8350mm Width: 2500mm Height: 2900mm Engine: 6 cyls, 12,400cc, turbodiesel Power: 533bhp at 1900rpm Torque: 1834lb ft at 1050rpm Gearbox: 12-spd automatic
Slide 6 of 19:The Canadian-built Typhoon 4x4’s buyers have included the UN. The example we rode in used prototype double wishbones, and while harnesses were required to keep us in place, the agility, fourwheel drifts and 1.5m (59 inch) wading depth impressed.
Slide 7 of 19:However, the sensory deprivation of the dark, noisy rear cabin would do little for the nerves in enemy territory.
Slide 8 of 19:Crew: Two plus eight Top speed: 62mph Kerb weight: 13,000kg/28,600 lb (approx)Length: 6894mm Width:2466mm Height: 3010mm Engine: 6 cyls, 8800cc, turbodiesel Power: 394bhp at 2100rpm Torque: 1200lb ft at 1300rpm Gearbox: 6-spd automatic
Slide 9 of 19:The Commando Elite can climb a 60 per cent gradient, and is a descendant of the vehicles used during the Vietnam War. The view out is limited, but TFT screens relay images from video and heat-sensitive cameras.
Slide 10 of 19:Primarily an intelligence-gathering vehicle, but its optional roof-mounted weapons system can detect and automatically retaliate to attacks.
Slide 11 of 19:Crew: Three, plus up to four dismounts Top speed: 65mph Kerb weight:14,742kg/32,432 lb Length: 6630mm (approx)Width: 2740mm (approx.)Height: 3020mm (approx)Engine: 6 cyls, 8898cc, turbodiesel Power: 360bhp at 2100rpm Torque: 1113lb ft at 1500rpm Gearbox: 6-spd automatic
Slide 12 of 19:This BMW 7 Series F02-derived limo is by armoured car company CJL Exec. Reinforced steel and glass can stop 7.62mm bullets and kit includes a self-sealing fuel tank and an internal oxygen supply.
Slide 13 of 19:It weighs 4000kg (8800 lb) yet hits 62mph in 7.5sec. You can rent this vehicle for around £2500 (US$3325) a day, including driver and back-up 4x4.
Slide 14 of 19:A combat zone replacement for the Snatch Land Rover, the 3.2-litre Foxhound carries a crew of six. With the British Army in urgent need of protection from IEDs, it took just 18 months from concept to prototype and now numbers around 400.
Slide 15 of 19:Top speed is 68mph, the engine can be replaced in 30 minutes and it can drive minus one wheel.
Slide 16 of 19:Purpose-built on an in-house chassis by UK firm Ovik, the Crossway is rated to stop 7.62mm bullets. It’s rear drive with on-demand 4x4 and is powered by a 197bhp 3.2-litre turbodiesel or a 5.0-litre V8.
Slide 17 of 19:It made its debut with select UK police forces in 2014. Yours for around £114,000 (US$152,000).
Slide 18 of 19:Adapted from the US Marines’ Cougar 6x6 by NP Aerospace in the UK, this third-generation Caterpillar-powered Mastiff now accommodates a crew of 10. It has a top speed of 56mph.
Slide 19 of 19:There are over 500 in the British Army, the last ones estimated to have cost around £730,000 (US$977,000) apiece.
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