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Hurricane

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

Hurricane armored vehicle

The Hurricane is one of the few 8x8 mine protected vehicles

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 12 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ?
Length 9.32 m
Width 2.58 m
Height 3.1 m
Armament
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Cummins ISME 385 diesel
Engine power 380 hp
Maximum road speed 80 ~ 90 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Hurricane is a mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. It was developed by a Streit Group of Canada. It is based on a new Ukrainian KrAZ H27.3EX 8x8 truck. This new armored vehicle was first publicly revealed in 2015.

   It is worth noting that Canadian Streit Group developed a number of armored vehicles in partnership with KrAZ of Ukraine. These are based around automotive components of KrAZ trucks. Also KrAZ manufactures some armored vehicles in Ukraine under license from the Streit Group.

   This new armored vehicle is aimed at export customers. However it is possible that the Hurricane will be license-produced by the KrAZ for Ukrainian Army as the KrAZ Hurricane.

   The main role of the Hurricane is to carry troops to the battlefield under armor. This armored vehicle can be also used to evacuate wounded soldiers or carry various military cargo. It is worth noting that there are only few mine protected vehicles with 8x8 configuration.

   Armor of the Hurricane provides ballistic protection against 7.62x39 mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull, that deflects mine blasts away from the passengers. It withstands explosions equivalent to 10 kg of TNT.

   The Hurricane accommodates commander, driver, plus 12 fully-equipped troops. Troops dismount via rear doors. Commander and driver use their side doors. Also there are some roof hatches for emergency exit, if the vehicle is overturned by explosion.

   It seems that this mine resistant vehicle could be fitted with remotely-controlled weapon station, armed with 7.62-mm, or 12.7-mm machine gun, or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. There are some firing ports provided for the troops to fire their individual weapons.

   The Hurricane is powered by a Cummins ISME 385 10.8-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 380 hp. Engine is located behind the driving compartment. It is mated to an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission. Both front axles are steerable. Vehicle has an all-wheel drive and can travel over rugged terrain.

 

Variants

 

   Project Convoy, a proposed 8x8 logistics vehicle. It was developed by KrAZ since 2010. Originally this vehicle was intended to meet requirements of Coalition forces during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some sources claim that a prototype has been completed in 2011. This vehicle has an armored and mine protected cab and a large cargo area at the rear. The cab accommodates driver and three passengers. It is intended to deliver supplies and various military cargo to the frontline. It is possible that the Hurricane evolved from the project Convoy;

   Matador armored personnel carrier. It is another development of the Streit Group. It seems that this vehicle is also based on the KrAZ 8x8 truck chassis. However it is a traditional armored personnel carrier, rather than a mine protected vehicle. It was first publicly revealed in 2015.

 

 
Hurricane armored vehicle

Hurricane armored vehicle

Hurricane armored vehicle

Hurricane armored vehicle

Hurricane armored vehicle

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