DCD Protected Mobility is getting ready for another delivery of Springbuck HD (Heavy Duty) armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to an African client in the first quarter of this year.
This comes after deploying Springbuck HD vehicles in West Africa in 2017. Meanwhile, DCD will soon start manufacturing a new order of Springbuck SD (Standard Duty) vehicles, which will be deployed in East Africa.
Some three years ago DCD expanded the Springbuck range to meet different customer requirements, and now offers the vehicle in Standard, Heavy Duty and Extra Duty versions. DCD Protected Mobility said the Springbuck ballistic and landmine protected vehicle was built with simplicity, comfort, protection and cost effectiveness in mind and was geared specifically towards the African market. It can be adapted to suit various applications including ambulance, command and control, cash-in-transit, riot control or tactical patrol and with the addition of turret-mounted weaponry, DCD said the vehicle can also be effectively used in combat. “Our vehicles are battle proven and successfully deployed in various combat areas,” the company said.
The Springbuck SD is the Standard version, the HD is the Heavy Duty and XD is the Xtra Duty, with performance, payload and protection increasing with each model. The 4×4 SD has B6 ballistic protection and can withstand a TM57 landmine directly under the hull, or two under any wheel. The SD is the lightest in the series and weights 9 000 kg and has a 1 500 kg payload. It is powered by the MWM 6.10T 6.45 litre six cylinder turbocharged diesel delivering 194 hp.
The intermediate Springbuck HD is powered by an MWM 6.12TCA 7.2 litre six cylinder turbocharged diesel engine delivering 286 horsepower and giving a maximum speed of 110 km/h and range of 600 km. The 13 000 kg vehicle has a payload of 2 500 kg and B7 ballistic protection.
The Springbuck XD is the heaviest in the range and weighs 15 000 kg and has a payload of 3 500 kg. It carries two crew and eight personnel, who enter and egress via two side doors, a rear door and two roof hatches. With ballistic protection upgradeable to STANAG Level 3, the all-steel armoured V-shaped hull is certified against STANAG Level 4a under any wheel and 3b blast protection under the hull. A 6.7 litre Cummins turobdiesel delivers 360 hp and gives a top speed of 110 km/h and range of 600 km.
Optional equipment for the Springbuck XD range includes cabin and engine fire protection, an 18 000 lb electric winch, four wheel steering for navigating tight spaces, a public address system and smoke launchers. Two vehicles can be transported inside a C-130 Hercules aircraft or one vehicle in a six metre container.
DCD Protected Mobility also offers the Husky route clearance vehicle. The company has expanded its client base over the last few years to cover 19 countries on five continents. These include Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Burundi. These join established customers which include South Africa, France, Canada, Australia, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Uganda, Turkey, Spain, Iraq, South Sudan, Nigeria and Tanzania.
“We at DCD pride ourselves to be client orientated; our engineering and technical team work closely with the users to ensure their requirements are met,” the company said. “At DCD we understand the African battle space and our focus is to support and partner with our clients, offering full assistance to make the products cost-effective with an affordable Life Cycle Cost. DCD products offers solutions to meet the threats of all situations from route clearance, military, police and security and border patrol. DCD has a product for each application.”