Armoured SISU 8x8 fire truck introduced
SISU Defence has introduced a new armoured SISU 8x8 fire fighting vehicle for fire extinguishing and rescue operations. The design for the new extinguishing concept started five years ago, and the thirty-ton vehicle is now undergoing field tests, which are scheduled to be succeeded by serial production from 2013 onwards.
According to SISU, the vehicle carries a 10-ton extinguisher container, which can be quickly decoupled from its eight-wheel carrier. Further to the comprehensive decoupling feature, the essential properties of the new fire-fighting vehicle include remote control system for the extinguisher, and high protection level for the crew.
A video camera, and a thermal camera located on cabin roof of the vehicle transmit an image to the control panel screen inside the cabin, so the water cannon can be remotely controlled from within the cabin.
SISU said that the cabin of the SISU 8x8 fire-fighting truck is NBC protected, providing protection against the potentially dangerous aerosols on the field during the operations. The SISU 8x8 military truck has also advanced mine- and ballistic protection features. The mine- and ballistic protection of the vehicle meets with the criteria of STANAG 4569 standard, and the related properties have been tested and proven in live tests in co-operation with the Finnish Defence Forces.
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