Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hanwha Defense Tigon 6x6 Armored Personnel Carrier/Infantry Fighting Vehicle..

My preferred option to replace the LAV-A3 is a 6x6 version of the ACV.  If that's not possible (and its probably not due to the coming procurement trainwreck/budget disaster) then the Hanwha Defense Tigon 6x6 looks like a nice option to fill that bill.

General Dynamics can be expected to vigorously protect its turf so they'll probably develop a modernized full fledged LAV replacement too, but competition should lower price so sole sourcing the thing should be avoided unless they give us a deal we can't turn down.

Keep an eye on the Tigon though.  Check out this article via Shepard Media...
Although South Korean Hanwha’s display centered on the gigantic tracked K9 155mm/52cal self-propelled howitzer it could be its 6x6 that is garnering attention in the Middle East.

It seems that the new Tigon 6x6 armoured wheeled vehicle could be conducting summer trials in the UAE in 2019 and the company is also planning a demonstration of the vehicle in Saudi Arabia, an official told Shephard.

This follows trials conducted in 2018 to the Malaysian Army and promotion of the vehicle in Australia. The company had previously showcased the vehicle for the first time at DSA 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.

The Tigon has a total weight of 11t and a possible crew of up to 12. The maximum road speed is 100km/h, the range is 800km and it has a 525hp engine. The Tigon is a successor to the Black Fox, which was developed by Doosan DST.
Story here. 

Manufacturer's site.

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