Tuesday, October 26, 2010
BAE Systems to Showcase Sentinel at AUSA
BAE Systems will debut several military vehicles at this year’s Association of United States Army (AUSA) meeting and exposition, including spotlighting a different kind of vehicle —one that’s designed to bridge the gap between heavy duty commercial vehicles and military patrol vehicles.
Dubbed “Sentinel”, the off-road vehicle merges the best qualities of both light military and civilian commercial vehicles and offers multiple mission possibilities to a varied customer base.
“Sentinel is a true multi-mission vehicle in every sense of the word,” said Chris Chambers, line lead for BAE Systems. “Sentinel can be armoured to provide varying levels of mission-specific protection to the vehicle’s occupants. While it can also be fitted with defensive technologies it is also extremely agile and can easily and cost-effectively maintained with off-the-shelf components because it is built on an enhanced commercial truck chassis,” added Chambers.
Since Sentinel’s body design is both modular and adaptable, it can be customized to specific customers and their mission requirements.
“Every mission, for every customer comes with its own unique set of logistical and tactical challenges, “Chambers said. “Because of that, we knew Sentinel needed to be more than just a military or a commercial vehicle. It had to offer the best qualities and features of both in one flexible solution,” he added. “With Sentinel, we’ve created an on and off road vehicle that delivers the mobility, durability and solid performance, in an armour-ready, mission-ready design that today’s defense and security forces require.”
Sentinel is currently available in four base models, including:
---Patrol Platform – Equipped with a defensive technologies package and rear transport/storage compartment.
---Communications Platform – Equipped with radios and other electronic communications equipment.
---Surveillance/Observation Platform – Can be equipped with telescoping mast and electronic surveillance system.
-- Ambulance Platform – Can be equipped with medical treatment base, stretchers and up to two litters.
While Sentinel is designed for off-road use, because of its commercial frame and suspension it offers on-road capabilities and is “street legal,” providing the vehicles’ occupants with speed between missions, as well as increasing versatility.
Models include two-door, four-door and rear door with either a box or flat bed configuration. For surveillance missions, a scissors lift can also be mounted on the rear.
Sentinel is equipped with a 6.7 liter V-8 turbo diesel and boasts an impressive payload of 1.5 to 3 tons.
BAE Systems’ Cincinnati-based Platform Survivability business is a leading provider of protection, security and survivability solutions. It is a technology leader in lightweight materials, including composites, ceramic and transparent armor technologies, integrated vehicle armor systems, vehicle and aircraft survivability components and accessories. Not only is the company focused on the design, development and production of leading edge survivability products, its integration of advanced materials into manufacturing, rigorous product testing, and field trials, support the company’s focus on the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces.