Mercedes-Benz is setting the new standard in armoured patrol vehicles showing the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol (LAP) Vehicle 6.X Concept at the recent EUROSATORY 2010 event (Paris, June 14 – 18).
Based on the LAPV 5.4, the G-Wagon 6.X was meant to carry larger and heavier cargo, while offering better protection as well as agility. It uses an unspecified common-rail diesel engine that lets the concept hit 93 mph (150 km/h) even if carrying 2,866 lbs (1,300 kilograms) of cargo. According to the manufacturer, the monocoque full steel body provides ballistic protection and sits upon a compact 2850mm wheelbase. The modular armour plate system allows damaged plates to be removed quickly and be replaced and includes a mine deflector plate on the vehicles floor.
The variable lift front and rear coil-over air shock absorbers which are adjustable while driving, help lift the LAPV 6.X to an unprecedented 450mm of ground clearance. Coupled with the performance hydraulic braking system and four ventilated disc brakes no up or down hill slope will pose a problem.
Based on the G-Class’s proven axles, the LAPV 6.X ensures thrilling off-road capabilities and low drive train wear. An individual tyre inflation system is also able to detect ground conditions and adjust accordingly for best traction.
A cooperation with the EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) provides capabilities with:
– EADS vehicle data recorder system to automatically document vital mission data such as position, data link and vehicle usage status.
– EADS integrated communication system for UHF or VHF bands including a mobile Tetrapol base station for radio coverage out of a range of other networks
– EADS integrated mobile command, control and information system for seamless relay of commands through all levels.
– EADS jamming system for greater security, flexibility and scalability.
With the LAPV 6.X Concept, Mercedes-Benz has created ‘the go-anywhere, conquer-anything’ vehicle.