Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Armored Concept takes the stage

Mercedes-Benz is setting the new standard in armored patrol vehicles showing the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armored Patrol Vehicle 6.X CONCEPT at the recent EUROSATORY 2010 event in Europe.

Improving on a former concept, the new Mercedes-Benz LAPV 6.X Concept now boasts greater agility, higher protection and a greater payload capacity. Weight has been minimized to increase agility while still not compromising on protection and payload capacity.

Running a high torque common rail diesel engine, the 6.X is capable of 90 mph speeds while being able to transport 1.3 tons of cargo with its impressive payload.

The monocoque full steel body provides ballistic protection and sits upon a compact wheelbase. This gives an astounding angle of approach/departure of 50/45 degrees for increased mobility and off road performance.

The vehicle’s modular armor plate system allows damaged plates to be removed quickly and be replaced with new or extra plates, and includes a mine deflector plate on the vehicles floor.

The variable lift front and rear coil-over air shock absorbers which are adjustable while driving, help lift the LAPV 6.X to an unprecedented ground clearance. Coupled with the performance hydraulic braking system and four ventilated disc brakes no up or down hill slope will pose a problem.

Based on the G-Class’s proven axles, the LAPV 6.X ensures thrilling off-road capabilities and low drive train wear. An individual tire inflation system is also able to detect ground conditions and adjust accordingly for best traction.

Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with EADS, a leading supplier of military technology brings a host of innovative high performance systems to the LAPV 6.X.

This includes:

* EADS vehicle data recorder system to automatically document vital mission data such as position, data link and vehicle usage status.

* EADS integrated communication system for UHF or VHF bands including a mobile Tetrapol base station for radio coverage out of a range of other networks

* EADS integrated mobile command, control and information system for seamless relay of commands through all levels.

* EADS jamming system for greater security, flexibility and scalability.

With the LAPV 6.X Concept, Mercedes-Benz has created the ultimate “go anywhere” vehicle.

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