EXV-1™ UL­TRA-LIGHT STEALTH UTIL­ITY VE­HI­CLE, USA

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The eXV-1™ is a highly ma­noeu­vrable and trans­portable state-of-the-art, 4x4 ul­tra­light mis­sion ve­hi­cle that was de­signed and de­vel­oped by MILSPRAY for spe­cial op­er­at­ing forces. The ve­hi­cle of­fers en­hanced en­durance pa­ram­e­ters, in­creased pro­tec­tion and en­emy de­tec­tion avoid­ance ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The MILSPRAY eXV-1 is op­er­a­tionally con­fig­ured for C-130, V-22 and CH-47 air­craft and is air drop­pable. MILSPRAY will in­tro­duce the eXV-1 to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket place at the In­ter­na­tional Ar­moured Ve­hi­cle (IAV) con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion to be held in London be­tween Jan­uary 25 and 26, 2015. MILSPRAY en­gi­neers have al­ready pre­sented brief­ings and in­for­ma­tion to the US and in­ter­na­tional mil­i­tary forces.

The eXV-1 is pro­tected by a light­weight, lab­o­ra­tory and field-tested com­pos­ite ar­mour. The ve­hi­cle ac­com­mo­dates four per­son­nel with full equip­ment and of­fers bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion for crit­i­cal com- po­nents and oc­cu­pants. The ve­hi­cle can be con­fig­ured as a two-per­son util­ity cargo ve­hi­cle. Cus­tomers can also con­fig­ure the ve­hi­cle ac­cord­ing to their mis­sion-spe­cific re­quire­ments.

The eXV-1 is cur­rently fit­ted with an over­head weapons mount and one swingarm univer­sal weapons mount. The weapon mounts can be fit­ted for mis­sion-spe­cific op­er­a­tions weapon sys­tems and can be out­fit­ted with ad­di­tional weapon mounts.

The ve­hi­cle is pow­ered by 160 kW peak power elec­tric mo­tor cou­pled with high­per­for­mance lithium-poly­mer bat­ter­ies. The bat­ter­ies are ex­ter­nally recharge­able with 120V AC (15A) or 240V AC (30A) out­let. The elec­tric drive propul­sion gen­er­ates lower acous­tic and ther­mal sig­na­tures than an in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine, which vastly re­duces the sig­na­ture of the ve­hi­cle while pro­vid­ing a greater level of se­cu­rity to the oc­cu­pants.

The eXV-1 has a max­i­mum speed of 96.5 kmph and el­e­va­tion op­er­at­ing range of up to 10,000 ft. It is fit­ted with four 26-inch run-flat bead-lock tires. An ad­justable dou­ble-A arm in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion on all the four wheels en­sures a ground clear­ance of 10 inches and mo­bil­ity on the most de­mand­ing ter­rains. The ve­hi­cle also fea­tures ford­ing ca­pa­bil­ity for op­er­a­tions over wa­ter bod­ies and can be fit­ted with in­frared lights for night driv­ing.

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