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13 June 2016

Euroatory 2016: Plasan Demonstrates Survivability and Armour Vehicle Solutions

At Eurosatory, Plasan demonstrates new survivability and armoured vehicle solutions via latest technologies and capabilities on the company’s two booths #B300 in hall 6 and Booth #E160 in the outdoor area. On Plasan's outdoor booth #E160, the latest model of the SandCat  multi mission 4x4 armoured vehicle will be featured, offering flexibility and robustness needed for every defence and security mission, while in hall 6 on booth #B300 the company demonstrates new key products and technology demonstrations against ballistic threats, blast events and RPGs.

Plasan's SandCat 4x4 multimission armoured vehicle.

As battlefields and home land security (HLS) situations today pose more challenges, SandCat, Plasan’s family of 4x4 armoured vehicles, addresses these challenges for diverse operational needs and missions, as it is designed to carry a spectrum of different payloads, making it fully operational in a multitude of today’s most challenging scenarios, threats or other rapidly evolving situations such as illegal border crossing, terrorism and organised crime, public disorder, safety incidents, and convoy protection, by enabling fast deployment of forces and surveillance systems.

With over 500 vehicles deployed in over 15 countries on five continents (to name a few: SandCat was selected by the Polish Military Police special unit in 2015; the Colombian Ministries of Defence and Transportation, the Colombian Army and National Police are all using SandCat light protected multi-role vehicles, which were designed to protect roads and infrastructure critical points of the country; and the SandCat is is use with the Mexican MoD), the SandCat's advanced lightweight composite armour provides up to STANAG Level 3 protection without adding to the vehicle’s GVW or compromising its outstanding performance (SandCat's innovative armour comprises advanced ceramics with steel layers backed by a composite liner to deliver a lightweight protection solution).

Driven by a powerful and highly energy-efficient V8 6.7L turbo diesel engine mounted on a modified Ford F-550 chassis, the SandCat’s acceleration, speed and maneuverability enable it to get in and out of tight situations fast, even when it is carrying up to 12 fully equipped soldiers. A true all-terrain vehicle delivering outstanding on and off-road performance, at Eurosatory the vehicle on Plasan's outdoor booth #E160 is equipped with: GPK, Observation system, front and rear thermal cameras, commander panel, and two operation stations allowing controlling of vehicle systems and mission management.

Plasan's blast protection solutions for armoured vehicles are designed to protect against landmine blasts and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device), primary threats in today's asymmetric war zones.

Plasan’s solutions protect not protect only the vehicle and teams manning it, but also provide optimised survivability for crewmembers by forming several layers of protection. Plasan’s systems are occupant-centric, with the aim of preserving soldier survivability in the most optimised way, protecting lives, but also preserving the soldier’s quality of life, by adding layers of protection, such as foot pads, energy attenuating seats, liners that keep soldiers safe from vehicle shrapnel, and more.

Plasan's line of TERRA energy attenuating seats both absorb and reduce the kinetic energy resulting from explosions, and by that increase crew survivability. TERRA seats have been extensively tested to protect against mines, blasts, and IED threats, and feature:

  • Flexible design – seats can be customised to fit any vehicle type
  • Ergonomic design – to enhance mission readiness
  • Lightweight – having minimal impact on platform weight
  • Extensively Tested at multiple blast and lateral loads

Furthermore, the company showcases its composite based RPG protection solutions FlexFence and Hybrid SlatFence at Eurosatory. Hybrid SlatFence bar armor is a lightweight, flexible composite bar armour that taps unique technology to protect against even the newest RPG threats. The Hybrid SlatFence’s defence mechanism uses a conducive metal that creates an electrical shortcut between an RPG’s warhead cones. The FlexFence passive RPG defeat armour with advanced neutralisation mechanism is designed for maximum protection while being very lightweight. It can easily be mounted onto any hull or existing platform or structure.