Thursday, June 08, 2017

Fast Attack G-Wagons keep getting built...are they the perfect off the shelf, modifiable, off road vehicle?

Thanks to Jonathan for the link!

via Janes
Czech company Zetor Engineering has revealed a prototype of the Fox, a 4x4 design optimised for surveillance, reconnaissance, and long range patrol-type roles, at IDET 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic.

Zetor commenced development of the Fox in 2015 having identified a perceived gap in the market, and began testing of the prototype in early 2017. It will undergo testing in Slovakia by the by the Military Technical and Testing Institute Záhorie (Vojenský technický a skúÜobný ústav Záhorie, or VTSU Záhorie).

The Fox is based on a 3.4 m Mercedes-Benz G-Class chassis-cab with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 4,550 kg, allowing for around 1,180 kg of payload. With the exception of replacement wheels, the base vehicle remains comparable to the standard G-Class and is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 300 CDI EURO 5 rated (with EURO 3 option) diesel developing 135 kW, and coupled to a Mercedes-Benz 5-speed automatic gearbox and 2-speed transfer case.

The upper body has been designed and manufactured by Zetor Engineering with an emphasis on modularity. The Fox can seat five crew in individual blast-attenuating seats, with these fitted with full four-point harnesses. The crew are seated two front, two rear, with a single rear-facing seat at the back of the vehicle. The two rear seats have the ability to rotate through 90 °. The seating configuration can be changed to accommodate a single stretcher if required.

Armament can be configured to suit the mission profile, but would normally include a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun mounted in the rollcage ring-mount - this mount is capable of accepting an anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) if required. Up to four 5.56 or 7.62 mm light machine guns can also be fitted to four individual crew member mounts, including a swing-arm type mount for the front-seat passenger and the rear-facing passenger.
Amazing.  Fast Attack G-Wagons just keep getting built!  Every few years another company takes a stab at putting its own mark on these rigs and does their best to make them perfect assault craft.

Considering how widely used they are (especially in the Spec-Ops world) are they the perfect, off the shelf, modifiable, off road vehicle?

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