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VOLVO FMX 8×8 with Prototype Armoured Cab

VOLVO FMX 8x8 with prototype armoured cab by NP Aerospace [© Carl Schulze]

The VOLVO FMX 8×8 truck shown at Eurosatory 2024 was a prototype featuring an armoured cab manufactured by NP Aerospace.

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According to Volvo Defence Global: Volvo FMX rigid chassis trucks are adaptable and can be made to suit the mission’s transport and logistics requirements. The body-builder interface makes the Volvo FMX suitable for almost anything you need to carry in a variety of situations and conditions. The optimised, efficient drivetrain ensures a particularly good operating range, reducing the need for fuelling arrangements. What’s more, the common platform approach combined with unlimited body-builder installations helps you to build the core of your fleet. The Volvo FMX 8×8 base model is loaded with features that suit your assignment.

  • Automatic Traction Control
  • I-Shift with Rock Free and ultra-low crawler gears
  • Power Launch
  • Hill Start Aid Cross-country cruise control
  • Cross-country cruise control
  • Volvo Engine Brake
  • Extreme Weather proofing
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Protected drivetrain and components
  • Driver alert support
  • Automatic parking brake and emergency brake lights
  • Front frame extension (400 mm)
  • Winches: 1 to 15 tonnes front- or side-mounted and 40 tonnes centre-mounted
  • Towing device
  • Steel bumper
  • Skid plate
  • D13 Engine
  • Ergonomic cab
  • Phosphate-coated, powder-painted Swedish steel frame
Volvo FMX 8×8 base model [© Volvo Defence Global]

Specifications for the Volvo FMX 8×8 base model are:-

  • Cab: Driver and two passengers
  • Engine: Euro 3, 12.8 litre in-line 6 cylinder, 520hp, 2,500 Nm
  • Engine brake: Volvo Engine Brake (VEB+) with maximum brake power of 375 kW
  • Gearbox: I-Shift automated manual gearbox with ultra low crawler gears
  • Front axle: Parabolic leaf, 18,00 kg capacity (20,00 kg as option)
  • Rear axle: Leaf suspension with high ground clearance, hub reduction, 26,00 kg load capacity (32,00 kg as option)
  • Tyres: 395/85R20 terrain tyres with run flat and central tyre inflation system
  • Capacity: Technical gross vehicle weight 44,00 kg
  • Superstructure: Container handling unit (CHU)

The prototype armoured cab displayed at Eurosatory 2024 was produced by NP Aerospace:

  • Cab ballistic protection: level 2 or 3 STANAG 4569
  • Cab mine protection: level 2 or 3 STANAG 4569

[images © Carl Schulze unless otherwise marked]

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