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THE TERRIER LT-79, A LIGHT MULTI- ROLE VEHICLE, OFFERS TACTICAL MOBILITY, HIGH PROTECTION
The Terrier LT-79 is a new light, multi-role vehicle, and we got upclose and personal with it. By a Staff Writer
Admittedly, we’re a little like Pavlov’s dogs. When someone says tactical, our ears go up. When they tack on vehicle after tactical, we’re salivating all over the place. That was the case when we feasted our eyes on the Terrier LT-79.
Just recently, The Armored Group (TAG) introduced its newest law enforcement vehicle. Their Research and Development Team told us this puppy “represents a well-balanced combination of protection, off-road mobility and payload. Most importantly, it offers unparalleled tactical mobility and survivability to armored vehicle end users worldwide, in any climate or setting.”
Our desire to get in this APC is unparalleled, too. For now, however, we must wait. In the meantime, we can tell you that the standard Terrier LT-79 holds as many as eight officers (2+6 in individual MIL-STD seats) or alternatively, seating for 10 (2+8) with optional bench seating, depending on the size of the operators and the amount of gear. Of course, this is ideal for SWAT teams, law enforcement and military personnel.
Robert Pazderka, president and founder of TAG, said the LT-79 was designed on the Toyota chassis because parts are widely available, enhancing serviceability in many parts of the world.
“It is also an affordable option to end users that need superior protection and fleet longevity while staying within their budget parameters,” he said.
And, it’s a vehicle that goes a long way, literally and figuratively, he added.
“The Terrier LT-79 is a modern-era hybrid that combines the requirements needed for combat and fire-support situations, as well as mission-specific roles such as transport and logistics,” added Pazderka.
While we patiently work out the logistics for that ride, please don’t ring any bells. We don’t want to get our keyboard soaking wet.
THE TERRIER: AN INSIDE LOOK
To find out more about the Terrier LT-79, we went to one of the company’s big dogs—nick Levin. The 50-year-old project manager has been with the company for close to two years, as well as 10 years in armoring and two decades in military service and training.
TACTICAL WORLD: GIVE US AN OVERVIEW OF THE TERRIER.
Nick Levin: Apart from all traditional law enforcement tasks, the vehicle can be used in military logistics for safe transportation of personnel to the combat scene and medical evacuation (Medevac variant).
TW: WHAT MAKES THIS VEHICLE UNIQUE?
Levin: It exceeds all competitors’ specifications in its class. The Terrier LT-79 features a higher protection level, higher ground clearance, better off-road capabilities and a heavier duty driveline.
TW: DESCRIBE THE FEELING OF SEEING THIS GO FROM AN IDEA TO A FULL-TACTICAL VEHICLE.
Levin: It is very gratifying indeed to see the vehicle going through the stages of conceptual design, 3-D drawings, prototype production, numerous design revisions and finally being rolled out for a first test drive. It is also a matter of great responsibility; the ability of the vehicle to protect its occupants does not solely depend on materials used. It also depends on design and engineering solutions implemented.
TW: WHAT ARE THE KEY ELEMENTS THAT YOU FELT THIS NEEDED TO HAVE?
Levin: The vehicle was developed with three key points in mind: Better-than-competition protection-level offered as standard, ease of maintenance, and the price equal to or lower than that of competitor’s.
TW: WHAT CREATES THE UNPARALLELED TACTICAL MOBILITY?
Levin: Oversized wheels, an upgraded axle, a super heavy-duty clutch and top-rated suspension elements. All these improvements contribute to tactical mobility. No similarly priced armored personnel carrier (APC) can offer as much as the Terrier LT-79.
TW: WHAT CREATES THE UNPARALLELED SURVIVABILITY?
Levin: Better protection level, thanks to the latest rolled homogenous armor used in the vehicle design, a diesel engine with dual independent armored tank, armored protection of the entire engine bay and provision for installation of a turret armed with 7.62/12.7 MG or 40mm AGL. As an alternative, the Terrier can be fitted with a Remote Control Weapon station.
TW: WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANYTHING?
Levin: The vehicle has been developed and built to achieve both technical and commercial superiority in its class. Now that road testing is nearing completion, we will put the Terrier to rigorous ballistic testing. Once the testing cycle is over, the vehicle will enter serial production in TAG plants and will be marketed in Asian and African markets. TW
“NO SIMILARLY PRICED APC CAN OFFER AS MUCH AS THE TERRIER LT-79.”
The Terrier LT-79 is built using a reinforced and militarized Toyota VDJ79 truck chassis and commercial off- theshelf components.