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ACS Armoured Car Systems presented the third evolution of the proven Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle (LAPV) at the Forum Bundeswehrlogistik of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wehrtechnik (DWT) in Erfurt. Enok 5.4 and Enok 6.2 are now followed by Enok 7.5. The number in the type designation indicates the permissible total weight of the vehicle. Continuing the idea of the light, protected multi-purpose vehicle, ACS has integrated a cabin with a larger interior on a more stable chassis. The Enok 7.5 is air-transportable with C130J, A400M and CH-47.

The chassis is derived from the Mercedes-Benz Unimog with a 210 kW diesel engine (Euro 3) from Mercedes-Benz and a ZF automatic transmission. With the reinforced ladder frame, a permissible total weight of 7.5 tons has been realised, of which 4.5 tons are available for payload. Tires with emergency running properties ensure mobility after shelling.

Characteristic feature of the ACS development is the modular design of the vehicle, which provides great freedom for configuration and equipment according to customer’s needs. This includes, among other things, protection. For Level 2 STANAG 4569, approx. two additional tons are expected.

The conceptually planned variants are an expression of modularity. The twistable ladder frame made of U-profiles and torsion tubes has 3-point bearing arrangements to accommodate individual superstructures.

With the standard cabin, the Enok 7.5 can transport an infantry group or corresponding mission equipment under protection in addition to the driver and commander. Other variants are the Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) without side walls and roof but with a roll cage and short or double cab plus loading area. The cabins are equipped with air conditioning. To meet the high demand for electrical energy for reconnaissance and communication equipment, an additional generator can supply up to 200 A of current.

The time for production readiness of this vehicle is in the foreseeable future.

Gerhard Heiming