Date: 2015-11-01 The Source (author): www.military-today.com
The Vector is an armored version of the Pinzgauer 718 with 6x6 configuration. It was developed by BAE Systems (formerly known as Pinzgauer Ltd). Following a bid proposal to meet requirements of the Project Vector this company was selected by the British MoD as a winner to design and manufacture vehicle that would have greater protection, could carry more payload and would be more mobile than the Land Rover Snatch, deployed by the British Army. At that time the British Army had an urgent operational requirement to deliver new vehicles for the troops in Afghanistan. The BAE Systems developed the Vector and placed it in production within 9 months. First prototypes were completed in 2006. The British MoD ordered a first batch of 62 vehicles in 2006. In 2007 a follow-up order for 118 vehicles was issued. Deliveries of all 180 vehicles to the British Army were completed in 2007. In the British Army service this vehicle is referred as Protected Patrol Vehicle or PPV. It is worth noting that 12 of these vehicles were ambulances. All Vectors were produced in the United Kingdom. This armored patrol vehicle was employed in Afghanistan. It was used for rural and urban patrolling. However it was soon withdrawn from service due to poor protection against blasts and the growing use of IEDs in Afghanistan. The Vector PPV uses a proven chassis of the Pinzgauer 718, but has a new armored body. This vehicle weights about 4 400 kg. It is believed that this vehicle has a maximum level of protection for its weight class. Kevlar armor is widely used. It also has a Kevlar floor and laminated armored glass. Vehicle has some level of ballistic protection against bullets and artillery shell fragments and some level of protection against blasts. The Vector is also fitted with a jamming device, that counters the threat posed by radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. Enhanced ballistic protection and additional protection kit for the windows were optional.
Vehicle has a payload capacity of 1 600 kg. The Vector has a crew of two and can carry 4 fully-equipped troops. This vehicle was specially developed for 8-hour patrol missions. Troops are seated on blast resistant seats, that are attached to the sides of the vehicle. Driver and vehicle commander enter and leave the vehicle via side doors. Troops dismount via rear doors. Also there are roof hatches for observation or emergency exit. Two general-purpose machine guns can be mounted on the roof.
The Vector is fitted with a standard NATO towing pintle and can tow light trailers or artillery pieces with a maximum weight of up to 4 000 kg. As mentioned before 12 of the Vectors, delivered to the British Army were armored ambulances. However the standard troop carrier vehicles could be easily reconfigured as command post vehicles or electronic warfare vehicles. In terms of maintenance, commonality and logistics support the Vector PPV is identical to Pinzgauer 6x6 vehicles, that are in service with the British Army. Vehicle is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine, developing 109 hp. It complies with EURO III emission requirements. Vehicle is fitted with electronic traction control. Run-flat tyres are fitted as standard. The Vector has a 700 range on internal fuel. For long-range patrols this could be extended to up to 3 000 by using additional fuel tanks.
The specifications of the Vector Light protected vehicle
Entered service 2007 Configuration 6x6 Cab seating 2 + 4 men Dimensions and weight Weight (empty) ~ 4.4 t Payload capacity 1.6 t Length 5.3 m Width 2.16 m Height 2.44 m
Engine diesel Engine power 109 hp Maximum road speed 105 km/h Range 700 km
Gradient 60% Side slope 30% Vertical step ~ 0.4 m Trench ~ 0.5 m Fording 0.7 m
Date: 2015-11-01 The Source: www.military-today.com
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