A customer in North Africa has ordered 480 special purpose vehicles for riot control from the Streit Group in the company’s largest ever contract.
The company said the vehicles would be used to fulfil a range of riot control, site illumination and side and front barricade functions, and would be fitted with various urban crowd control equipment.
The 480 vehicles will enter service in early 2015 and will be built at Streit’s Ras Al Khaimah factory in the United Arab Emirates. It is one of Streit’s 12 production facilities worldwide.
“The need for riot control and urban response units, both armoured and unarmoured, has grown significantly in the Middle East and Africa in the last few years. Streit is ideally placed to meet this need, thanks to our manufacturing capacity, third-party technology alliances and R&D expertise,” said Chief Executive Guerman Goutorov.
“This is a very exciting time for Streit Group. We are set to achieve treble-digit growth, both through new contract awards and through new commercial and armoured personnel carrier lines that we will be demonstrating for the first time at Eurosatory in Paris,” he said.
Streit Group specialises in armouring and provides up-armouring and armoured vehicles independently, or in partnership with OEMs. The company has delivered more than 17 000 vehicles, many of which have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Streit’s growing portfolio includes personal protection vehicles, cash-in transit vehicles, heavy-duty cash-in-transit trucks, law-enforcement vehicles and vehicles for military tactical units. Armouring can also be provided for existing civilian platforms such as custom-built luxury sedans and SUVs.
Streit emphasises that everyone who has been involved in an incident while travelling in a Streit Group vehicle has lived to tell the story.
Streit recently launched four new models at the Eurosatory 2014 defence show in Paris, including the Varan 6×6 Armoured Personnel Carrier giving protection against IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), landmines, sideblasts and RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) attacks. Another of its APCs is the Warrior, offered with an integrated anti-tank guided missile system and protection against threats such as ballistic assaults, mines and grenades.
The Streit Typhoon 6×6 is an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle, developed and built to withstand attacks, including ballistic arms fire, mines and IEDs. Also on show was the bomb disposal variant of Streit’s Shrek MRAP range, which features an extendable mine or IED arm as well as excellent blast and ballistic protection.
Along with these newcomers Streit showcased its Scorpion APC, which has been tested and certified to STANAG 3 blast protection standard and is ready for STANAG 4 testing.