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G-Bat Personnel Carrier

4X4 Light-weight air-droppable rapid reaction vehicle

Introduction

The G-Bat body was designed and built in the Republic of South Africa. It is manufactured out of aluminium tabular sections with cladding that makes provision for add-on armour protection. The drive train components is the militarised version of the Mercedes Benz 290 GD chassis. This makes the G-Bat a formidable and highly mobile vehicle.

With the back-up of Daimler Chrysler Service infrastructure, the G-Bat life cycle cost are very efficient with service and spares available in many parts of the world. The vehicle is supplied in left or right hand drive configurations.


Transportation

The compact design of the G-Bat, lends itself to various transportation options. The overall dimensions allow for a C130 aircraft to transport four G-Bat vehicles. The mass of the G-Bat also makes slinging by helicopter possible. Various air transport actions and air dropping trails were undertaken to prove the G-Bat and it's predecessors.

Add-On Armour

The design of the G-Bat lightweight structure allows for the attachment of add-on armour for various protection levels. Add-on armour kits are fitted in less than an hour to transform the G-Bat into a well protected frontal arc vehicle.

Mounted Weapons

Depending on the role of this light strike vehicle, a wide choice of mounting interfaces for weapons are available. The vehicle may be equipped with both main weapons and secondary weapons or secondary weapons only. Main weapons are pintle mounted on the roll-bar. Secondary weapons are mounted on the interface in-front of the co-driver seat position.

Main Weapons :

  • 7.62mm light machine gun

  • 12.7mm X 98mm machine gun in single or dual configurations

  • 20mm X 82mm cannon

  • 40mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL)
  • 20/14.5mm anti-material rifle

Secondary Weapons:

The unique codriven pintle mount offers an adaptable mounting interface for various weapons such as the range of 7.62mm light machine guns.

Palatalized RO 107 MRL fired from the G-Bat vehicle

Palletized weapon systems:

  • 60mm long-range mortar
  • RO 107mm MRL (12 tube)
  • AA/AT Missile features




40mm AGL mounted main weapon and 7.62mm. LMG as a secondary weapon

Palette Systems

The G-Bat load area was designed to fit various palatalized systems. This makes the application of the G-Bat in roles of command, communications, personnel carrier, etc, possible. All pallet systems employ fitting attachments that reduce the conversion time.

G-Bat fitted with five man personnel pallet incorporating equipment stowage and foldable rear footrest.








Rear view of the G-Bat showing the personnel pallet



Predecessors of the G-Bat during mobility trials








G-Bat Technical Specifications

Engine


Type
Design
Displacement
Maximum power
Maximum Torque
Fuel Type
Cooling




Mercedes Benz Turbo with Intercooler
In-line 5 cylinder
2874 cc
88 kW @ 3800 rpm
280 Nm 1900-2300 rpm
Diesel
Liquid, pump driven circulation
Main Transmission

Type
Number of gears



Mercedes Benz automatic
4 forward and 1 reverse
Transfer Box

Type
High gear ratio
Low gear ratio



Mercedes Benz
1.00:1
2.143:1
Rear Axle

Type
Maximum load



Mercedes Benz
2400 kg
Front Axle

Type
Maximum load



Mercedes Benz
1650 kg
Steering Box

Type



Mercedes Benz power assisted
Brakes

Front and rear
Parking brake



Hydraulic dual circuit brake with vacuum servo unit
Mechanical
Suspension

Type
Springs
Shock absorbers



All wheels independent
Heavy duty coil
Twin tube telescopic
Wheels and Tyres

Rim size
Number of holes
Tyre size
Tyre type



6JX16H2
5
7.50R16XR16C
Radial
Wheel Base

Wheel base
Turning circle
Track width



2400mm
11.4m
1555mm
Electrical System

Battery
Alternator



2X12V 60 Ah-24V
28V 56A
Fuel Capacity

Tank
Total including Jerry cans



96 litre
116 litre
Vehicle Dimensions

Overall length
Body width
Overall height
Ground clearance
Approach angle
Departure angle



4000mm
1650mm
1870mm
260mm
39 degrees
45 degrees
Vehicle Mass

Un-laden
Laden



2500
3700
Vehicle Performance

Maximum speed
Fuel range
Climbing ability
Wading depth
Step climbing



130+ km/h
900+ km
70%
600mm
300mm



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