Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels -

MEET one of the world’s mean­est people-movers, the INKAS Huron Ar­moured Per­son­nel Car­rier based on a Ken­worth truck chas­sis.

Cana­dian com­pany INKAS spe­cialises in bombproof cars and SWAT-style trucks for po­lice and de­fence agencies.

The Huron — the name is taken from indige­nous people from Lake On­tario in Canada — is its lat­est and most ad­vanced APC. It has been de­vel­oped to be as light and ag­ile as pos­si­ble, while also pro­vid­ing a high level of pro­tec­tion for its oc­cu­pants.

INKAS says its de­sign “max­imises its abil­ity to pro­tect pas­sen­gers in any en­vi­ron­ment and al­low the ve­hi­cle to en­dure high lev­els of at­tacks while main­tain­ing its full per­for­mance”.

Ar­mour plat­ing pro­tect the oc­cu­pants as well as the en­gine bay to en­sure the Huron can still move af­ter tak­ing a hit.

The ar­mour stands up to a range of am­mu­ni­tion and gives blast pro­tec­tion against hand grenades and light an­tiper­son­nel mines. There is an op­tional roof-mounted gun tur­ret.

INKAS bases the Huron on a medium-duty Ken­worth but re­moves the body and fits its unique hard shell.

It re­tains the 8.3-litre PX8 turbo diesel six-cylin­der, which wears PAC­CAR badges but is ac­tu­ally man­u­fac­tured by Cum­mins. This is a mod­ern diesel en­gine that runs com­mon rail fuel in­jec­tion and a vari­able ge­om­e­try tur­bocharger that im­proves drive­abil­ity.

It is avail­able with out­puts of 149kW to 242kW. The fig­ures for the Huron APC are not clear.

In com­mon with the donor truck, the Huron runs a durable 10-speed Al­li­son man­ual trans­mis­sion.

INKAS also builds ar­moured ve­hi­cles based on the Toy­ota HiLux, Land Rover De­fender and Toy­ota Tun­dra as well as a prison trans­port ve­hi­cle with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van as the donor.

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