The Bruisertech Bruiser 112 vehicle has been designed with ease of maintenance in mind, which fits in with its ethos of being a cost-effective armoured personnel carrier (APC).
Bruisertech has paid special attention to accessibility to vital maintenance components – armoured personnel carriers are notoriously difficult to correctly maintain and work on due to restricted space around mechanical components in welded monocoque hulls. Indeed, monocoque hulls are typically designed with little thought to access and maintenance. Designers of the Bruiser 112 tried to avoid having complex systems like sliding powerpacks with dozens of connectors that have to be loosened, fastened and then bled.
For ease of access, two panels can easily be taken off the front of the vehicle to expose the engine for maintenance, and side panels can be removed by taking out just two bolts. All filters and ancillaries (starter, water pump, compressor etc.) are accessible with the engine still in the vehicle.
The rims are split-rims, making it easier to fit new tyres to the rims. Changing a wheel is still done the normal way, with the supplied hydraulic jack and wheel spanner.
Bruisertech has designed the Bruiser 112 for the African market where a cost effective, reliable vehicle is needed. The company has found that the more sophisticated vehicles built in places like the United States come with features that are not needed in Africa and can be difficult to service and maintain.
Military vehicles see service in remote and isolated areas, with highly complex vehicles, or vehicles with specialised electronics often being left stranded awaiting a technician with a laptop, or needing an overhead crane to change a transmission fluid filter (for an automatic transmission). Bruisertech said the Bruiser 112 is designed to keep going wherever it is deployed.
For less complexity and better durability, the base vehicle has been designed to avoid using high-tech electronics. By being streamlined and therefore more reliable, the Bruiser 112 has less or no downtime and more operational availability. This keeps military forces safe and focused on the job at hand. Fewer breakdowns in operational theatres also mean improved safety for the crew. Simplicity also makes the vehicle more cost effective.
The Bruiser 112 incorporates a high level of design maturity by using rugged, easily maintained, and well-proven military driveline components. The engine is a commercial-off-the-shelf item (COTS) and can easily be changed – removal of the powerpack assembly takes two hours, and to refit three hours, and because the front grill also detaches, this only requires a standard engine crane.
The driveline has been designed to be tough, with the axles rated for a higher payload than is standard for the vehicle, ensuring less wear and tear. Due to the overdesigned axles, should the vehicle hit a bump at high speed it’s unlikely to be damaged.
The Bruiser 112 can carry a crew of two plus ten equipped personnel. Kerb weight is 8 500 kg, payload 4 500 kg and combat weight is 10-13 000 kg. The standard armoured hull provides blast protection against mines and IEDs. Ballistic protection can be upgraded.
The vehicle is powered by a six-cylinder turbodiesel MWM engine coupled to an automatic transmission, giving a top road speed of 120 km/h and range of 1 000 km. The pneumatic disc brakes can be adapted to ABS.
Different roles can be carried out by the Bruiser 112 – a snow plough or grader or improvised explosive device (IED) system could be installed or it could be configured as a recovery vehicle, ambulance, or weapons carrier.
An initial ten vehicles are being built on stock for potential customers.