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Light protected vehicle

Hawkei

The Hawkei light protected vehicle is named after a deadly pit viper

 
 
Country of origin Australia
Entered service ?
Configuration 4x4
Crew 4 - 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 7 t
Payload capacity up to 2.5 t
Length 5.78 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 2.3 m
Mobility
Engine Steyr 3.2-liter diesel
Engine power 300 hp
Maximum road speed 130 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Hawkei light protected vehicle was developed by Thales as a private venture to meet requirements of the Australian Army. It is designed to be used in combat areas or during peacekeeping operations. The Hawkei is named after a deadly pit viper. It was designed around the success of the Bushmaster mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. In 2015 the Australian Army has selected this vehicle. It plans to replace its fleet of Land Rovers with up to 1 100-1 300 new light protected vehicles, plus 1 000 associated trailers. However by 2018 full-rate production was delayed due to reliability issues. The Hawkei is also being proposed for various export customers.

   This Hawkei provides seating for the driver, plus 4-5 men, depending on the version. This light protected vehicle can also tow a specially developed trailer.

   Armor of the Hawkei was developed by Plasan of Israel. Vehicle provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters, landmines and IEDs. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull. The Hawkei can be fitted with add-on armor kit for increased protection. This add-on kit can be fitted or removed in field conditions within 30 minutes without using any special tools. The Hawkei is a smaller supplement to mine resistant ambush protected vehicles.

   Vehicle can be fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with machine gun or automatic grenade launcher.

   The original light protected vehicle was powered by a Steyr 3.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 300 hp. It was coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Though it seems that full-rate production vehicles are powered by a Steyr M16 diesel, developing 268 hp, and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Hawkei has a full-time all-wheel drive. This light protected vehicle is fitted with a self-recovery winch. The Hawkei can be carried underslung by the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Also it can be airlifted by C-130 Hercules military cargo aircraft.

   The Hawkei is proposed in a number of variants including a general-purpose personnel carrier, command vehicle with a crew of three, communications vehicle with a crew of four, scout car with a crew of five, and cargo carrier with a crew of two and payload capacity of 2 500 kg.

 

 

 
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