New-gen­er­a­tion Casspir raises the stan­dards for mine-pro­tected ve­hi­cles

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

Denel Mechem, the com­pany which de­signs and man­u­fac­tures the durable ve­hi­cle Casspir, have up­graded the hull pro­tec­tion by us­ing a higher qual­ity of steel, in­creased its power, im­proved the ac­ces­si­bil­ity for pas­sen­gers and mounted it on a more ver­sa­tile and re­li­able ve­hi­cle plat­form.

The Casspit is the ve­hi­cle of choice for dem­i­ning or mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions and has been used from Afghanistan to Mozam­bique, by the United Na­tions, the SA National De­fence Force, pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pa­nies and po­lice ser­vices around the globe. More than three decades af­ter the first Casspir came off the pro­duc­tion line in 1979 the New Gen­er­a­tion 2000 will pro­vide its end-users with new op­tions and in­creased pro­tec­tion.

There are two ver­sions of the Casspir NG 2000 – one mounted on a Mercedes Benz drive train and the 2000B us­ing a Pow­er­star engine as plat­form. Both ver­sions will fea­ture an up­graded steel hull meet­ing the high­est in­dus­try stan­dards of pro­tec­tion.

Jack Gelden­huys, Mechem’s Man­ager for Ve­hi­cle Sys­tems, says the new ve­hi­cle will also fea­ture side doors for the driver and crew and an im­proved back door de­sign for troops or pas­sen­gers to en­ter and exit dur­ing op­er­a­tions.

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