New combat vehicle line launched

May 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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TAMPA, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- A new line of tactical combat vehicles has been introduced by a U.S.-South African partnership at a defense industry conference in Florida.

The new product line, the Mountain Lion family of vehicles, is produced by Critical Solutions International of Texas and South Africa's RSD, a division of DCD-DORBYL (Pty) Ltd.

"All Mountain Lion variants will combine and improve upon generations of combat-proven designs from our VMMD Husky currently deployed with U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq," said CSI President Shon Craig.

"The end result is a mobile, protective and versatile next-generation line of vehicles capable of operating in mountainous and rough terrain."

The Mountain Lion family of vehicles spans the weight, protection and performance range from Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

Features include permanent four-wheel drive steering that creates a turning circle of 40 feet; fully independent suspension with a 16-inch ground clearance; one piece V-shaped armored hull for crew and critical subsystems; A and B-kit armor tailored to customer requirements; multiple seating configurations for up to 12 occupants; and increased payload for a wide range of command and control functions as well as route clearance and combat support roles.

The vehicles utilize maximum use of commercial components to enhance maintainability and supportability and are designed to enable the option of a diesel-electric hybrid drive train.

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