Lock­heed Martin Havoc 8x8 demon­strates crew pro­tec­tion in Ma­rine Corps’ blast test­ing


Lock­heed Martin’s Havoc 8x8 ar­moured mod­u­lar ve­hi­cle suc­cess­fully com­pleted pro­tec­tion sys­tems test­ing, achiev­ing ev­ery test ob­jec­tive dur­ing a se­ries of blast tests this sum­mer. Havoc is Lock­heed Martin’s en­try in the ma­rine per­son­nel car­rier (MPC) com­pe­ti­tion.

Havoc com­pleted all thresh­old and ob­jec­tive pro­tec­tion sys­tem test­ing, with in­stru­men­ta­tion in­di­cat­ing that no dis­abling in­juries would have re­sulted to any of three crew mem­bers and nine dis­mounted marines, had they been on board dur­ing the test events.

“Keep­ing marines safe and ready to ex­e­cute their mis­sion is our top ob­jec­tive, and we have now val­i­dated that Havoc will pro­vide the pro­tec­tion our Marines re­quire,” said Scott Greene, Vice Pres­i­dent of Ground Ve­hi­cles at Lock­heed Martin Mis­siles and Fire Con­trol. “Havoc’s ar­mour per­formed just as our ad­vanced pro­tec­tion mod­el­ing had pre­dicted.”

In March, Havoc suc­cess­fully con­cluded am­phibi­ous and hu­man-fac­tors “swim” test­ing, show­ing its abil­ity to main­tain 100 per cent op­er­a­tional readi­ness while com­plet­ing all surf- and wave-con­di­tion test­ing re­quired by the Marines.

Havoc is a multi-mis­sion, ex­pe­di­tionary ground com­bat ve­hi­cle that is an evo­lu­tion of the Pa­tria 8x8 Ar­moured Mod­u­lar Ve­hi­cle, a bat­tle-tested de­sign used by armed forces glob­ally. In co­op­er­a­tion with Plasan Sasa Is­rael, the team has ad­vanced the de­sign of the ve­hi­cle sig­nif­i­cantly for the Ma­rine Corps.

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