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The peculiar Stinger armored robotic vehicle -news

The Stinger is one of the first vehicles that was specially developed for optional occupation, ie can be used as an unmanned ground vehicle or UGV. Presented by Plasan together with the Emirate International Golden Group (IGG), part of the Tawazon industrial group, it is an armored vehicle specifically designed for use in urban areas as part of peacekeeping operations or asymmetric fighting. The first thing that attracts the Stinger’s attention is its external appearance. It is based on the chassis and drive train of an HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) and balances out its size with a compact and highly glazed cabin designed for three drivers with the centrally located driver.

This armored cell offers a high level of protection according to the STANAG 4569 standard up to level 4, which is unusual for a vehicle of this size. Behind the cockpit is a medium-sized RWS (Remote Work Tower) stand that can carry a 12.70mm machine gun. or even a 30mm M230LF can. What is surprising is the presence of a second smaller RWS at the front of the body, which the company claims is located to be able to observe behind the corners without exposing the vehicle, and which can open fire even when the vehicle is hidden. Both stations seem to be Mini Samson and Samson Jr. of Israel Rafael, who is also Israeli. In the back of the cockpit, either rocket launchers or guided missiles can be mounted on the sides, offering impressive firepower concentrated in a compact vehicle.

The most radical approach, however, is to construct the vehicle around an electronic system that manages the engine, transmission, steering, and brake and accelerator pedals (the automatic transmission of the HMMWV is retained) in such a way that the vehicle can also be operated. like a UGV. Each of the three crew members has a tablet with which it can be operated remotely after entering the danger zone.

The Stinger is the latest in the Light Combat Vehicle concept that the Israeli company has been developing for years. The last new feature is also that the vehicle is offered in kit format so that it can be assembled using the Hummers available from the customer or purchased for this purpose. They take advantage of the chassis, engine, gearbox, and even part of the control panel, although it appears that the drive group under the RWS has passed to the back of the body and the electric fan previously located in the nose of the vehicle is visible. , now the smallest RWS.

The 6.5-liter turbo diesel engine with 205 hp is retained. Performance and the 4L85E automatic transmission. It has 47-degree entry angle, 40-degree exit angle, can drive 30-degree side slopes, and negotiate 30-inch trenches. (Jos M Navarro Garca)

Photo: The Plasan Stinger (Plasan)

Traditional stringer chassis under a modern body. Side throwers (Plasan) are also visible

Plasan has turned its experience in body protection into the Stinger (Plasan).

This plane indicates that the engine has moved backwards (Plasan)

This infographic shows the usefulness of the front RWS. It also suggests that the bulky engine is no longer up front (Plasan)

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