PEOPLE-MOVER IN A HARD SHELL
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.