|Manufacturer:||Universal Engineering Co. Ltd|
|Product type:||Auxiliary Vehicles|
RANGER is an innovative family of general utility wheeled armoured vehicles, designed from first principles to operate on the 21st century battlefield and to be ‘best in class’ for its performance, survivability, reliability and mission utility. The system can thus be provided in a wide range of variants and configurations and fulfil a variety of roles.
The vehicle provides the World’s best survivability system against blast, ballistic and fragmentation threats whilst also retaining a very high degree of tactical and operational mobility.
It is designed to operate over the most demanding terrain thus allowing troops to have the freedom to manoeuvre off road, and giving the greatest flexibility in route selection and avoidance of vulnerable points (VPs).
Ranger has been designed from its inception to provide a very high degree of crew protection from both conventional and asymmetric threats. Whilst most such patrol vehicle designs strive to achieve STANAG 4569 Level 4 protection, RANGER takes this as its baseline and start point.
The heart of the design centres upon an advanced, hardened steel monocoque crew safe ‘survivability’ capsule. During extensive trials, the capsule has been subjected to multiple detonations of military grade high explosives directly under the hull and it has survived with inferior (vertical) accelerations inflicted upon the occupants which are well below those known to cause significant injury.
This module has been successfully tested against attack by a 28kg military grade explosive underbelly charge and has proven to defeat both blast and penetrative effects which would otherwise have caused death or critical injury to the crew.
Conventional in-service patrol vehicles invariably sacrifice their tactical mobility, and thus their inherent manoeuvre capability, in order to achieve their higher protection parameters. This makes them vulnerable to ambush at critical points along their route. RANGER does not make such a compromise.
Against UK Defence Standard 26-06 Issue 4, it easily achieves ‘Improved Medium Mobility Load Carrier’ (IMMLC) status. Indeed, in all but 3 of the requirements, it exceeds the IMMLC parameters and sits in the ‘High’ mobility definition. With a top speed of 107 kph and an unrefueled range of up to 1000km, its operational mobility is also outstanding.
In order to achieve this performance, the vehicle is powered by a 540 horse power, turbo charged, Euro 5 compliant diesel engine for optimum speed and performance.
RANGER will accelerate from zero to 50 kph in just 7 seconds. This is very quick for a 19t platform.
RANGER can be provided in a number of axle and crew/load configurations, some of which are illustrated below:
- 4x4 Short capsule – Driver, commander and gunner plus 4. E.g. EOD fast response vehicle
- 6x6 Standard capsule – Driver, commander, gunner plus 6 or flatbed load platform. E.g. Convoy protection platform
- 8x8 Extended capsule – Driver, commander, gunner, 4/6 man cab and flatbed. E.g. Logistic resupply vehicle
RANGER has an open architecture data bus and weapons/sensor options can therefore be specifically designed and integrated to meet individual customer mission profiles.
The vehicle may be equipped with any of the weapons fits described below:
- Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
- 1-man turret
- Remote Weapon Station (RWS)
- 30mm canon
- 7.62mm coax plus L25 or 40mm grenade launcher
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