Advertorial: AMAZON – Newest Member of BMC’s Armoured Vehicle Family
Carrying its design and production of mine resistant vehicles to the next level thanks to its R&D activities, BMC has recently added the AMAZON 4×4 Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle to its product family of armoured vehicles. The design and production of the lightweight armoured vehicle AMAZON has been completed, and the first prototype has successfully completed its tests.
The main features of the AMAZON include a monocoque V-shape hull, shock absorbing seats with five-point safety belts, an air conditioning system, automatic fire extinguishing and explosion suppression system for driver and engine compartments, central tyre inflation system, runflat tyres, firing ports, cold start system and independent cabin heater. The vehicle can optionally be equipped with systems such as a remote-controlled automatic weapon station. The AMAZON has a 360 HP water-cooled diesel engine and fully automatic transmission, and is based on a 4×4 design. The vehicle is suitable for use in different roles such as combat vehicle, command and control vehicle, ambulance, and reconnaissance and surveillance. BMC also has the capabilities to transform the AMAZON into an ambulance, command post vehicle, reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle, mine detection and clearing vehicle, or other similar vehicles.
With its high power/weight ratio, low turning radius and high manoeuvrability, the AMAZON is an ideal armoured vehicle especially for use in urban environments with residential areas and narrow streets.
Technical Specifications of the AMAZON
Maximum Speed: 110 km/h
Maximum Gradient: 70%
Maximum Side Slope: 40%
Fording depth: 800 mm
Range: 600 km
Turning Radius: 7.5 m
Gross Vehicle Weight: 12,000 kg
Hull: V-shape, Monocoque
Engine: 6.7 litres, 6 cylinders, diesel, water cooled, turbo charged, common rail, intercooler, 360PS @ 2600 rpm, 1100Nm @ 1400 rpm, compatible with F34 and F54 fuels
Transmission: Automatic, torque converter, 6 forward, 1 reverse
Transfer Case: 2-speed, lockable type
Axle, Suspension and Wheels: 4×4, independent suspension, coil spring, shock absorber, transverse longitudinal differential lock, 365/80 R20 10 X 20
Brakes: Air assisted hydraulic brake, hydraulic hand brake, ABS, disc brake
Steering Wheel: Hydraulically assisted, adjustable
Fuel Tank: 230 litres, ballistically protected fuel tank
Seats: 5-7 persons; of type that can absorb blast shocks
Electrical System: 2x120A Alternator 24V, 2x12V, 120Ah, Battery
Operational Conditions: Basic Hot (A2, +55 °C), Mid Cold (C0, -32 °C), High Humidity (B1)
Full Score in Mine Tests
One of the most important features of the AMAZON, the newest member of the BMC Vehicle Family, is its survivability. This feature, which determines the mine and ballistic protection capability of a vehicle, was fully demonstrated when BMC replicated all of the experience and on-the-field knowledge gained from its mine-resistant KİRPİ vehicle on the AMAZON’s design.
Mine and ballistic protection tests were conducted to verify the design work of the AMAZON and to determine the survivability level of the vehicle. The design of the main elements of the vehicle has been completed, based on the information received form these tests.
Prior to the tests, explosion analysis was also performed on the vehicle, and results were obtained by separately and collectively evaluating the computer analysis data for different systems. These results were also reflected onto the vehicle’s design. In order to verify the information obtained from these analyses through tests, all data obtained from the tests were recorded as necessary.
Mine protection tests were conducted on actual vehicle hulls after the final configuration of the AMAZON had been determined. The aim was to qualify the vehicle through mine tests and to make the vehicle ready for serial production, following the completion of the relevant international qualification process. The tests carried out to this end were performed under the control of international independent accredited agencies, and their suitability was recorded. In addition to seeing the specified mine protection level of the vehicle, the tests also aimed at seeing the vehicle’s performance against higher grade explosives and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The tests were performed on two identical vehicle hulls. The reason for using two hulls was that all parts of the vehicle had to be examined to see the impact of possible threats of mines, or improvised explosive devices. By doing so, all parts of the vehicle likely to be exposed to an explosion could be tested. In this way, the number of explosion tests performed was higher than that specified in the standards. In addition, two human test dummies were used in the tests to perform evaluations for the human injury criteria. Force and acceleration values that the personnel could be exposed to were recorded through the measurements taken from the dummies. In addition, the level of human injury was determined based on these measurements and calculations were made.
Based the evaluations performed, the AMAZON was found to be successful at the specified mine protection level and above. In addition, non-standard improvised explosive device tests have confirmed the vehicle’s protection against these threats.
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