Bruisertech’s new armoured vehicle recently completed demanding incline testing that saw it climb several hundred metres over ten kilometres along the Abel Erasmus Pass in Limpopo whilst towing a truck many times larger than itself.
Bruisertech decided to carry out the test in order to ensure the vehicle’s engine, transmission and cooling systems were up to the task – the vehicle has been designed for tough African conditions where ruggedness and reliability are key.
Testing was carried out between 26 August and 5 September, with a Bruiser towing a large truck that weighed more than it did – the Bruiser 112 weights 8.5 tons whilst the truck it pulled weighed 9.5 tons. The Abel Erasmus Pass is approximately ten kilometres long with a 737 metre altitude difference, giving Bruisertech an ideal opportunity to evaluate the cooling system on its vehicle. The testing went successfully, with temperatures remaining within limits. The vehicle was fully instrumented, with sensors recording temperatures in the gearbox, radiator, transfer case, engine compartment, transmission tunnel etc.
Bruiser said the test was ‘very severe’ but the Bruiser 112 passed with flying colours on two separate runs that were carried out without a break. The decision was made to carry out the test in real world conditions as there is no equipment at present that can accurately simulate something like this.
Most competing vehicles use commercial drivelines as a base and they rely on the commercial testing to prove their credentials – Bruiser has a military driveline that is being put through tougher real-world tests. Military-grade testing needs to be more stringent, as armoured vehicles usually have enclosed systems for better protection, which can get much hotter than the open systems found on commercial vehicles.
The Abel Erasmus test is just one in a series that Bruisertech is carrying out to ensure its vehicle is fully qualified – the vehicle has previously done mobility testing at the Gerotek facilities outside Pretoria in February and March this year, including inclined, suspension, skidpan and rough track testing. The Bruiser 112 will also undergo testing in thick sand in Limpopo province, and this will be followed by ballistic and blast testing later in the year.
Once blast and ballistic testing is out of the way, production will proceed at full speed. Ten armoured hulls are already on their way to Bruisertech’s factory outside Pretoria, with these vehicles being built for stock – as such they will be available immediately should a customer require it.
The Bruiser 112 has been designed as a cost effective, reliable vehicle with only basic maintenance requirements. It can carry a crew of two plus ten equipped personnel. The armoured hull provides blast protection against mines and IEDs.
The vehicle is powered by a six-cylinder turbodiesel MWM engine coupled to an automatic transmission, giving a top road speed of 115 km/h and range of 1 000 km. The pneumatic disc brakes can be adapted to ABS.
Although the baseline vehicle is configured as an armoured personnel carrier, Bruisertech is developing other models, including ambulance and weapons carrier.