Rheinmetall’s Amarok M Light Multi-Purpose Vehicle (LMPV) at Eurosatory 2012
Outstanding mobility both on and off road, flexibility and reliability – these are the chief features of the lightweight all-terrain vehicles in service with armed forces around the globe.
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has now expanded its product portfolio to include a commercial off-the-shelf vehicle in the below 3.5 t class. RMMV is displaying its new Amarok M Light Multi-Purpose Vehicle (LMPV) for the first time at this year’s Eurosatory.
The Amarok M is a light multi-purpose vehicle that can be readily configured to meet individual customer requirements. Different equipment kits enable it to perform awide range of missions. During the development process, RMMV placed great emphasis on meeting the twin military requirements of maximum modularity and ergonomic design.
- The vehicle interior is spacious enough to seat up to four fully equipped soldiers.
- Rifle racks, a radio system with handsets and room for stowing additional equipment assure excellent ergonomics.
- At a total vehicle weight of three tonnes, the Amarok M can carry a payload of up to 1.37 tonnes (with the basic cab).
All-wheel drive, an off-road anti-blocking system, an advanced, high-performance diesel or petrol-fuelled engine (90 to 132 kW, Euro 5), and a choice of eight-gear automatic or six-gear standard transmission combine to assure high mobility whether on hard surfaces or off road.An engine output of up to 180 HP (depending on the configuration) delivers a maximum speed of 180 km/h as well as 1.26-tonne payload (with a double cab), or 1.37-tonnes with a basic cab.
As an alternative to a loading area with a capacity of 2.5 m2 (double cab) or 3.57 m2 (basic cab), the chassis can be modified in accordance with customer requirements for a variety of different missions.
Moreover, as a systems integrator, RMMV can draw on numerous subsystems and components from Rheinmetall’s extensive portfolio of products as well as other customer-specific equipment kits, enabling it to transform the Amarok M into a communications and/or command vehicle, a military police patrol vehicle, etc.
Designed with special operations in mind, the Amarok M on display at Eurosatory 2012 is equipped with an electrically powered ring-mount for a medium or heavy machine gun or automatic grenade launcher.