Plasan Sasa Ltd revealed a new vehicle, the WILDER Ultra-Light Armored Vehicle, at the recent Eurosatory 2022 defence expo in Paris.
Press Release, Kibbutz Sasa, June 2022: At Eurosatory 2022 Plasan Sasa Ltd. revealed an exciting new vehicle, designed from the ground up to answer the needs of military patrols and Special Forces. The ground-breaking design breaks the paradigm that forces had to choose between mobility, protection and firepower.
Plasan WILDER Ultra-Light Armored Vehicle: WILDER provides Stanag 4569 Level 2 protection for 4 people in a compact package weighing just 3.7t and offering a full 800kg of payload. With a huge 370mm of wheel travel due to a unique patented suspension system, a reliable 420Nm engine driving all 4 wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and a central driving position with panoramic view, the WILDER has the mobility and off-road capability of a racing buggy, combined with the protection and remotely operated firepower normally only seen on vehicles weighing twice as much. Situational awareness is excellent for all 4 occupants in the comfortable air-conditioned monocoque Kitted Hull, and the rear cargo bed can accommodate a NATO pallet packed with equipment and supplies for a long mission with ease.
Light and compact, WILDER is internally transportable by CH47 making it deployable wherever your forces need to be, and allowing it to take on multiple missions including reconnaissance and raids over the roughest terrains and in the harshest of conditions. Options available include 4-wheel steering and remote control of the entire vehicle. The crew can dismount and remotely drive the vehicle and its weapon to a vantage point without putting themselves in danger. With this fully integrated drive-by-wire capability and associated cameras and sensors, the WILDER is also ready for fully autonomous operation.
WILDER can also be paired with Plasan’s ATeMM [All-Terrain electric Mission Module] to create a hybrid-electric 6×6 with 2t of combined payload and all of the exportable power and system capability of the unique ATeMM and ATeMM Tandem.
This highly innovative clean-sheet design is being offered by Plasan as a turnkey product or in kit form for local assembly by vehicle manufacturers around the world. The WILDER and the ATeMM were presented at at Eurosatory 2022.
Editor’s Notes, for the technically minded: The 4.5 tonne GVW Plasan WILDER is powered by a 161hp Cummins R2.8 Turbo Diesel through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. It has a central differential locking system including front and rear locks, which enables locking of all 4 wheels to overcome any harsh terrain conditions. The monocoque, with sub front and rear frame system, enables high vehicle stability and safety during four wheel-drive off-road or on mud, snow and asphalt roads during continuous driving at high speed. Fording ability is 600mm, step height is 400mm, slope climbing is up to 80%, trench width crossing is 600mm and a 54% side slope can be tackled. Crew is driver plus three and either a manned or remote controlled weapon system can be fitted. Plasan’s ‘Kitted Hull’ modular armour technology, a weld-free protection solution assembled with bolted composite armoured panels, gives ballistic protection level EN1522 B6 & STANAG L1, L2. Dimensions are 4,390mm long, 2,093mm high and 1,934 mm wide with 3,200mm wheelbase and 335mm ground clearance. Four-wheel steer gives a turning circle of 15 metres. Payload is 800kg. The WILDER can be internally transported by CH-47 Chinook and C-130 Hercules.