AM General sheds light on Humvee Saber
Shephard learned during the Modern Day Marine exhibition in Washington DC on 10-12 May that AM General aims to have a working prototype of its new Humvee Saber light tactical vehicle ready by Q3 2022.
Company representatives said that the ‘go-anywhere, do-anything’ Saber (based on the AM General 13-Series HMMWV chassis) offers 360° of kinetic and glass protection, including under-vehicle blast protection for the front and rear wheels as well as the centre undercarriage.
AM General teamed up with ArmorWorks on the seating system, which replaces the backseat windows with a 60°-120° field-of-view live feed of the outside environment via two external HD cameras.
An ArmorVision transparent armour system runs on 12/24V, meaning that Saber will not experience a significant battery drain. Also installed is the MBrace advanced occupant protection system from IMMI.
An AM General representative explained to Shephard that Saber stands apart from other platforms in terms of its increased protection features and weight; with a gross vehicle weight of 6,396kg, the new HMMWV variant may therefore be one of the lightest tactical vehicles on the market capable of operating on rugged terrain and in challenging weather conditions.
‘The size and weight make Saber easier to transport by either fixed-wing or rotary aircraft,’ the representative explained.
AM General designed Saber in versions for two, four and six passengers. The vehicle shown at MDM was a four-seater with a turret ring and rear flatbed.
Saber continues to undergo testing as AM General seeks to redefine the vehicle’s survivability in combat zones.
In terms of adding extra functionality to the vehicle, Shephard was told that AM General will display Saber with a modular C-UAS payload at Eurosatory on 13-17 June.
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