Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept 05.07.2010
Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept 05.07.2010

Mercedes introduced a new armoured truck concept to the defence industry.  The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X was shown off for the first time last month during Eurosatory 2010 in Paris.

Based on the LAPV 5.4, the 6.X was meant to carry larger and heavier cargo, while offering better protection as well as agility.  It uses an unspecified common-rail diesel engine that lets the concept hit 150 km/h (93 mph) even if carrying 1,300 kilograms (2,866 lbs) of cargo.

Various agencies would be pleased with the truck's armour plate design, that lets repair teams quickly remove and replace damaged pieces.  Additional plates of armour may be installed quickly and as needed.  This includes protection from land mines that can be added at the LAPV's floor.

Other features on the off-roader include variable air shock absorbers that can be adjusted on the fly to provide up to 450mm of clearance.  Hydraulic brakes with ventilated discs were also added to make rough terrain easier to navigate.

A cooperation with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company provides command center capabilities with a data recorder, communications system, and jamming system.

The bi-annual Eurosatory conference is geared towards "Land, Airland, [and] Homeland" defence professionals.  Aside from product unveilings and demonstrations, the exhibition features think tanks and conferences on topics like military technology, logistics, and field health services.

Mercedes-Benz is setting the new standard in armoured patrol vehicles showing the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X CONCEPT at the recent EUROSATORY 2010 event.

Improving on its cousin, the LAPV 5.4, the new Mercedes-Benz LAPV 6.X Concept now boasts greater agility, higher protection and a greater payload capacity. Weight has been minimised to increase agility while still not compromising on protection and payload capacity.

Running a high torque common rail diesel engine, the 6.X is capable of 150km/h speeds while being able to transport 1.3 tonnes of cargo with its impressive payload.

The monocoque full steel body provides ballistic protection and sits upon a compact 2850mm wheelbase. This gives an astounding angle of approach / departure of 50?/ 45? for increased mobility and off road performance.

The vehicle's modular armour plate system allows damaged plates to be removed quickly and be replaced with new or extra plates, and includes a mine deflector plate on the vehicles floor.

The variable lift front and rear coil-over air shock absorbers which are adjustable while driving, help lift the LAPV 6.X to an unprecedented 450mm of ground clearance. Coupled with the performance hydraulic braking system and four ventilated disc brakes no up or down hill slope will pose a problem.

Based on the G-Class's proven axles, the LAPV 6.X ensures thrilling off-road capabilities and low drive train wear. An individual tyre inflation system is also able to detect ground conditions and adjust accordingly for best traction.

Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with EADS, a leading supplier of military technology brings a host of innovative high performance systems to the LAPV 6.X.

This includes:

  • EADS vehicle data recorder system to automatically document vital mission data such as position, data link and vehicle usage status.
  • EADS integrated communication system for UHF or VHF bands including a mobile Tetrapol base station for radio coverage out of a range of other networks
  • EADS integrated mobile command, control and information system for seamless relay of commands through all levels.
  • EADS jamming system for greater security, flexibility and scalability.

With the LAPV 6.X Concept, Mercedes-Benz has created the ultimate "go anywhere" vehicle.

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archytype archytype
Jul 7th, 2010 8:16pm
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Ciprian_r Ciprian_r
why would you bother to paint it in those camouflage colours and then put those screaming-orange wheels?
Jul 6th, 2010 11:10am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
for wars in orange plantations.
Jul 7th, 2010 4:59pm
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A proper Tough Merc
Jul 6th, 2010 2:51am
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Soorena Soorena
i'm wondering what kind of engine it has
Jul 5th, 2010 11:01pm
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I would love to shoot at this!
Jul 5th, 2010 8:47pm
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zamzungas zamzungas
just launch some rpg and see whats happens :)
Jul 5th, 2010 6:20pm
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jale jale
this is full army off road vehicle...buying this only if you live in Kilimanjaro...
Jul 5th, 2010 6:04pm
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997-GT500-STI 997-GT500-STI
I kinda do!!! Plenty of desert/mountains where I am... :)
Jul 5th, 2010 6:18pm
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997-GT500-STI 997-GT500-STI
Now that is a sexy concept..... Remove the armour and sell me one!!! :)
Jul 5th, 2010 6:03pm
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