STEWART & STEVENSON SHOW NEW ARMORED CAB CONCEPT AT AUSA FLORIDA
04 Mar 04. Dave Lombardi of Stewart & Stevenson showed BATTLESPACE the new Low Signature Armored Cab (LSCAC) for the FMTV fleet of vehicles being built for the U.S. Army by Stewart & Stevenson. Built in association with U.S. armoring specialist O’Gara Hess & Einhardt. “The LSAC is a based on work carried out with Multidrive, our partners for the UK Support Vehicle Contract in their armored cab developments for the U.K. wheeled tanker fleet in Bosnia, Lombardi told BATTLESPACE.
The LSAC is fully C-130 transportable and replaces the existing cab in a remove and replace operation taking 2 people 4 hours. The new cab is for 2-3 people, fully air conditioned, with a weapons station and Chemical Air Filtration system-equipped. The mine protection exceeds NATO STANAG 4569 2a to 3a and provides the FMTV family with cabs which provide the crew protection from assault rifle rounds, land mines and artillery fragments but keeping it within C-130 transportability.
In another development, the announcement that Mayflower Plc has put its body panel unit based in Birmingham up for sale may affect the IP part of the Mercedes-Benz bid for the Support Vehicle requirement. Mayflower were the major partner for UK content with Mercedes and the announcement that the unit is up for sale may affect the Mercedes IP strategy which has yet to be set in stone.