The new StormRider is the latest member of the SandCat FoV and is built around the same rugged Ford components. The StormRider is engineered as a fully structural Monocoque, doing away with a ladder-frame chassis – 4×4 Tactical Armored Vehicles, Independent Suspensions & CTIS, 2a/2b Mine Protection and STANAG Level II/III all-round protection and provides increased payload capacity including AWD with Differential Locks integrated militarycapabilities. First launched in 2005, the SandCat has evolved into a broad Family of Vehicles, fielded in over 16 countries across 5 continents. Now joining the range is the StormRider models, the first new vehicles which are based on Plasan’s 4th generation SandCat architecture.
The new armored floor design achieves a higher level of underbelly mine protection without paying the usual price in weight and height. The StormRider maintains the SandCat’s compact dimensions, easy access 5-door design, with a new Independent suspensions, All-wheel-Drive and integrated CTIS for caring 10 soldiers with uncompromised 4×4 Tactical Mobility for a sub-12t GVW. Peripheral protection is modular and can be configured between STANAG 2 and STANAG 3 (or equivalent) subject to payload requirements. Firing ports permit the crew to fire their weapons from the safety of the protected cabin and the interior is designed to accommodate many different communications systems and other equipment. Two-zone air-conditioning is standard and options include independent heater, NBC filtration, Fire-Suppression Systems, situational awareness systems and either manual or remote-controlled roof-mounted weapons.
New heavy-duty door-handles open the doors with an ease unheard of on armored vehicles. Inside, dual combat-locks ensure that the doors stay safely closed, even after a blast event. Floating floors, footpads, and eight Energy Attenuating (EA) blast seats protect the occupants and even more importantly keep them comfortable over long missions. The SandCat’s distinctive glass shapes are optimized for field of view and light weight. In fact the entire design is the result of optimizing geometry and materials to maximize space, payload, and protection, and minimize weight. The interior is well-insulated and spacious, designed specifically to accept integration of any equipment a user could need.
In the new variants you will find Plasan’s Past Experience in “Kitted-Hull” Combat Proven Integrated Survivability Systems (ISS) at all protection levelsdefense and automotive systems withcomprehensiveknowledge of worldwide industry and military standards and regulations. Plasan’s “Kitted Hull” Design is ideal for local production and Transfer of Technology (ToT) to Latin America local industry – Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration, Maintenance and Service. The SandCat M-LPV and StormRider are built on the heritage of the only original SandCat. More than ever, the SandCat gets you to your mission, and brings you safely home.