Arotech Unveils Tiger Light Protected Vehicle

Defense and security products and services provider Arotech Corporation unveiled its new LPV (Light Protected Vehicle) during the Annual Meeting of the association of the US Army (AUSA). The MDT Tiger, based on the Dodge RAM 5500 platform, is both mine and blast protected, with various add-on armor options, including reactive plating.

The newly developed LPV has been designed to be cost effective, the company says, mostly thanks to the COTS Dodge platform. The capsule that houses the cabin can be easily removed and remounted, allowing it to be installed on a new platform, therefore increasing its life and ensuring low life cycle cost.

Able to fit in a crew of six to nine, the loading and the unloading of soldiers and equipment can be performed easily through its five doors and a roof hatch. The cabin, with a flat floor throughout and vertical walls, allows seating and equipment arrangements versatility.

The front row has three-in-a-row seats for driver, navigator and commander. At the rear, 3, 4 or 5 passengers can ride facing forward, while the rear cabin can also accommodate 6 passengers in two side-facing rows.

The MDT Tiger LPV is powered by a 350 horsepower Cummins engine, and features large wheels and a 127-inch wheelbase for all terrain use. The 8.8 ton GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) allows, with a standard armor package, for a 1.5 ton payload, or 6 passengers plus 900 kg of equipment.

The add-on armor panels can be removed, repaired, replaced or upgraded. An optional upgrade to a 10.4 ton GVW allows for an improved armor suite, including reactive armor defeating RPG rockets and EFP charges.

"The Tiger expands our reach into the military vehicle market,"
said Robert Ehrlich, Arotech's Chairman and CEO, in a statement for the press. "With the new Tiger, the well established David and the recently announced Gideon, we now offer military armored vehicles ranging from 1.5 to 10.5 tons."


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