Guardian Xtreme 4x4 6x6 MRAP APC IAG
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle wheeled armored personnel carrier UAE United Arab Emirates
The Guardian Xtreme is a new member in the family of Guardian 4x4 APC armored personnel carrier vehicles produced and manufactured by the Company IAG (International Armored Group). This is an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) Vehicle which is available in 4x4 and 6x6 configurations. In September 2017, IAG officially launched the Guardian Xtreme at the DSEI defense exhibition in London, United Kingdom. Defense The Guardian Xtreme was specially designed to perform combat, tactical and surveillance missions and can quickly respond to remote area threats due to its high maneuverability. The IAG Guardian Xtreme APCs were successfully deployed in support of the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon headed by UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon). The IAG Guardian Xtreme APCs are supporting the operations of MALBATT 850 and were part of a ceremony headed by the Minister of Defense for Malaysia in June 2018.
Guardian Xtreme 4x4 6x6 MRAP variants:
- Guardian Xtreme 4x4: two axles configuration. It can carry a total of 10 military personnel including a driver and commander.
- Guardian Xtreme 6x6: three axles configuration. It can carry a total of 12 military personnel including a driver and commander.
The Guardian Xtreme 4x4 and 6x6 MRAP can be fitted with a manual open-top turret or automatic remote control weapon station armed with a machine gun up to 12.7mm caliber, both can be mounted on the roof of the vehicle.
|Design and protection|
The layout of the Guardian Xtreme 4x4 and 6x6 MRAP is very similar to the original Guardian with the engine at the front, a driver and commander in the center, and the troop's compartment at the rear. The troop compartment at the rear is fitted with four anti-mine blast seats on each side facing each other. The forward crew cab has a large bulletproof glass windshield. One door is available on each side at the front of the vehicle which has a bulletproof glass window and a firing port. Either side of the troop’s compartment is equipped with four small glass bulletproof windows with gun ports allowing soldiers to use individual weapons from inside of the vehicle under armor protection. All the windows of the vehicle are protected with wire mesh. The Guardian Xtreme is available in 4x4 and 6x6 configurations with standard STANAG 4569 Level II blast and ballistic protection including the engine bay. It can be upgraded to Level III armor protection including front, sides, rear and roof. It offers mine protection STANAG 4569 Level 2a and 2b, against blast explosion of 6 kg TNT charge under the wheels and the center of the floor. The Guardian Xtreme in 4x4 configuration can carry a total of 10 military personnel including a driver and commander, while the 6x6 version has a seat capacity of 12. It can be armored up to STANAG Level III protection using add-on lightweight armor. The vehicle has a V-hull shaped floor to provide superior blast protection and a custom made heavy duty 12,000 lbs (5,500 kg) front axle to provide additional payload. The Guardian Xtreme 4x4 has a maximum combat weight of 7,983 kg with a maximum payload of 1,088 kg.
|The Guardian Xtreme MRAP is based on the Ford F550 Super Duty 4x4 chassis powered by a 6.7 Liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel Engine developing 330 hp. at 2,600 rpm coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It can run at a maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km. The heavy-duty suspension and drive train maximize its off-road capabilities while providing a smooth on-road ride. All the wheels of the vehicle have integrated bead lock and run-flat system designed to prevent tires from separating from the wheels when deflated and enable the vehicle to keep operating in the event of a tire puncture.|
|Standard equipment of the Guardian Xtreme 4x4 and 6x6 MRAP includes a white searchlight mounted on the roof of the crew cabin, wire mesh for all lights, auxiliary fans, elevated gunner stand, automatic engine fire suppression system, electrical system upgrade to 24V and 360° surveillance system including outside cameras all-around the hull with a video screen and DVR (Digital Video Recorder) inside of the vehicle. Optional accessories can be integrated which include thermal imaging surveillance camera systems, grenade launchers, blackout lights, and much more. The doors of the vehicle are fitted with military-grade locking mechanisms ensuring close tightly to form complete 360° protection. The vehicle is also equipped with anti-mine blast seats with headrests and 5 points harness. It has the standard Ford dashboard and controls for ease of use and operator familiarity.|
|One machine gun up to 12.7mm caliber||- Ballistic protection up to Level III STANAG 4569 |
- Mine protection up to Level 2a/2b STANAG 4569
|UN units in Lebanon, Bulgaria||Guardian Xtreme 4x4: 7,983 kg|
|United Arab Emirates||110 km/h|
|White searchlight, fire suppression system, day cameras, auxiliary fans. In option, thermal imaging surveillance camera systems, grenade launchers, blackout lights.||800 km|
|- Guardian Xtreme 4x4: 2 + 8 |
- Guardian Xtreme 6x6: 2 + 10
|Length: 5.95 m; Width: 2.56 m; Height: 2.98 m maximum|
|Guardian Xtreme 6x6|
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