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AUSA 2018: New Havoc military variant in development

10th October 2018 - 18:33 GMT | by Damian Kemp in Washington DC

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Textron Systems displayed an early concept design for a militarised version of its commercial Havoc all-terrain vehicle at AUSA Exhibition in Washington DC on December 8-10.

Dubbed Havoc-M and described as a ‘light tactical vehicle’, the variant was at ‘an early concept stage and the initial stage of development’, according to company officials.

The vehicle on display was fitted with communications systems and a weapon station but other changes may include improved suspension and a reconfigured cargo bay.

Planned features of the Havoc-M include diesel, gas and hybrid powertrain options, two or four seat versions, four-wheel Double-A arm suspension, and a flexible cargo area configurable for multi-mission capabilities. A key aspect for the platform will be its proven operation as a civilian and commercial vehicle and existing supply chain and manufacturing base.

The Havoc platform has a wheelbase of 2.1m, a length of 3.2m and current versions have a height, with either roof, of almost 2m. The weight of the vehicle depends upon the variant but is approximately 800kg, although this is likely to increase in the Havoc-M depending upon weight of any weapon station and additional equipment.

The vehicle has a width of 1.62m and a ground clearance of 33cm. The current versions can carry a payload of 544kg, a bed load capacity of 270kg and a towing capacity of 907kg. 

The vehicle is fitted with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with 22.9cm rotors and dual piston calipers while the front and rear suspension provide movement of 32cm.

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