Special Vehicle Industries (SVI) Engineering, specialised manufacturer of armoured products, has recently released the ‘Troopy’, the latest variant of its MAX 3 armoured vehicle range following the double cab option.
The MAX 3 Troopy is designed as a multi-role armoured vehicle. Carrying up to eight people in hostile environments, the civilian version does not need National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) permits in order to be bought or operated. SVI says it has applications in mining, security, riot control, civil security, anti-poaching and convoy protection.
In its military configuration, the Troopy is designed to be transportable in a C-130 Hercules medium transport aircraft and is fitted with weapon mounts for .50 calibre pintle mounted guns and remote weapon systems. The vehicle can also be fitted with customer required equipment such as communication systems.
Built on the Toyota Land Cruiser 79-series chassis, SVI removes the soft-skin body of the Land Cruiser and replaces it with a steel body manufactured from armour plate. The vehicle’s armour provides protection against assault rifles (B6 level ballistic protection) with additional protection against anti-personnel mines. The vehicle can be upgraded to B7 and blast protection. The drivetrain is upgraded with rims and tyres with a higher load rating, along with upgraded suspension and fitment of an additional rear anti-roll bar.
SVI said that servicing of the MAX 3 Troopy is simplified because of its standard Toyota drivetrain and powertrain, with spare parts and service items available at most Toyota dealerships. The procurement costs depend on the configuration as well as the powertrain specification of the new Land Cruiser 79 donor vehicle used. It has a 4.5 litre, eight-cylinder, turbo diesel engine, producing 151 kilowatts at 3 400 revolutions per minute. It has a top speed of around 140 kilometres per hour.