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Cheetah
Cheetah
Type Armored vehicle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer FPI
Manufacturer Force Protection Industries
Produced 2007-2008
Number built 13 prototypes[1]
Specifications
Weight 17000lbs (empty) with base armor
Length 18 ft (5.4 m)
Width 7 ft 7 in (2.3 m)
Height 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)
Crew 1 (gunner) +4

Armor STANAG 1 at 17000lbs to STANAG 3 at 23000lbs
Primary
armament
remote weapon station
Engine Cummins ISB series

Cummins QSB series
220 KW (300 HP) (ISB)
(275HP) (QSB)

Payload capacity 5000 lbs
Transmission Allison 2500 SP series[2]
Suspension 4x4 wheeled
Ground clearance 18"
Fuel capacity 55 gal
Operational
range
500 mi
Speed 122 km/h (75 mph), 89mph burst

The Cheetah MMPV (Medium Mine Protected Vehicle) is built by Force Protection Inc. It is the smallest of Force Protection's line-up, consisting of the (Buffalo, Cougar and the Cheetah). Its design is based on the South African RG-31 Charger class of light-armored vehicle and is intended as a reconnaissance, forward command and control, and urban operations vehicle for homeland security missions.

Specifications

  • Transfer case: Marmon-Herrington 2 Speed with 4X4 or optional ADM
  • Wheels: Hutchinson aluminum two-piece CTIS ready
  • Tires: Michelin XZL run flat tires 365/80R20
  • Electrical System: 24 V
  • Approach angle: 45 degrees
  • Departure angle: 45 degrees
  • Turning radius: 27’
  • Gradient: 60%
  • Side Slope: 30%
  • Fording Depth: 48"
  • Center of Gravity: 35"

Production history

Unlike the other vehicles produced by Force Protection, it is not currently in full scale production. Although full production was stated to likely begin in July 2007,[3] this was put in doubt by the announcement on May 31, 2007 that the Marine Corps had ordered 1200 of the rival International MaxxPro vehicles.[4] At the same time Force Protection received an order for 14 of the larger MRAP Category III Buffalo.[5] Cheetah was submitted to the JLTV competition but in August 2008 was officially rejected from the program.[6]

Operators

Not procured by any country.

See also

Sources

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