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Shorland S55

Armored personnel carrier

Shorland S 55 APC

The Shorland S 55 was primarily intended as the internal security vehicle

 
 
Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service 1976
Crew 2 men
Personnel 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 3 600 kg
Length 4.25 m
Width 1.8 m
Height 2.28 m
Armament
Machine gun 7.62 mm (optional)
Mobility
Engine Land Rover 3.5-liter petrol
Engine power 134 hp
Maximum road speed 120 km/h
Range  over 630 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.23 m
Trench ~ 0.4 m
Fording ~ 0.8 m

 

   The Shorland S55 armored vehicle was the latest in a line of wheeled APC's dating back to 1973, all produced by Short Brothers and utilizing the basic chassis and automotive components of the Land Rover light utility vehicle.

   Intended primarily as the internal security vehicle for the police and paramilitary units, the Shorland S55 was also used by military forces and has been exported to over 20 countries. Some of them utilized Shorlands for long range or road patrols in disputed areas. It was also employed by several news agencies worldwide that operate in combat zones.

   The Shorland S55 was based on the chassis of the Land Rover 110. It had an armored body, which closely followed the outlines of the Land Rover original to the extent that some 85 percent of the automotive components were commercially available Land Rover parts. Power steering was provided and the suspension was modified to carter for the increased weights involved.

   Its armor provided protection against 7.62 mm armor-piercing rounds while the glass-reinforced underside was proof against anti-personnel mines and grenade blasts. For extra protection the roof and bonnet areas were ridged to allow petrol bombs to roll off. All windscreens and side windows were bullet resistant while the six occupants in the rear were provided with small vision blocks and firing ports.

   The driver and commander entered through side armored doors; the troop compartment had a two-piece rear door. On some Shorlands the roof hatch over the commander could be used to mount a 7.62 mm machine gun.

   Smoke dischargers were often fitted as standard and some vehicles had provision for riot agent projectors. Fire retardant internal trim was provided on most models while a spare wheel was often carried on the roof.

   If required a 107 hp diesel engine could be fitted in place of the usual Land Rover 3.5-liter V8 petrol unit.

   Other vehicles in the Shorland range included S52 armored car, S53 air-defense vehicle and S54 anti-hijack vehicle.

 

 
Shorland S 55 APC

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Shorland S 55 APC

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Shorland S 55 APC

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Shorland S 55 APC

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