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TAIPAN - Flexible Strike Vehicle - Designed for the Paraguayan Army

The Flexible Strike Vehicle (FSV) - TAIPAN is a contemporary upgrade of a standard Land Rover 110 Pickup. The integration of a certified roll cage and integral weapon mount transformes the 110 DEFENDER into a potent, effective and highly mobile weapons platform capable of carrying a range of medium and heavy weapons configurations for offensive and defensive operations. Further enhancements include commander's swing mount for medium weapons, folding, retainable windscreen, all weather equipment, run-flat tyres, up-rated suspension, improved internal seating, increased stowage and instantly removeable doors.

Options include applique ballistic and blast protection.

Designed as a either a 'turn-key' product or as a kit for retro fitting to existing Land Rover 110 pickups. Initial conversion from standard GS land Rover 110 to full Flexible Strike vehicle can be achieved in approx 16 man hours. Subsequent de-role / re-role can be arried out in a little over 30 minutes.

This is a HIGHLY cost effective solution for the delivery of firepower and for the provision of security in hostle and inaccessible regions.

DESIGNED BY SOLDIERS - FOR SOLDIERS

See the VIDEO at the bottom of this page

SEE the TAIPAN VIDEO at the BOTTOM of THIS PAGE

TAIPAN - Flexible Strike Vehicle Details

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Following a series of presentations to the Paraguayan government and military we were requested, on behlaf of Land Rover's Paraguayan agents, to design a cost-effective, high-mobility weapons platform. Our customer had researched widely to find a suitable 'in-budget' solution but had been unsuccessful, mainly due to the price tag associated with such vehicles from some of our competition.

In addition to designing a stable, mobile and reliable weapons platform the system also had to be air-transportable inside a CASA 212 transport aeroplane; this led to us designing a fully collapsible roll cage / main armament mounting system which could still operate / engage in the collapsed state - thus permitting the vehicle crew to exit the aircraft directly into contact with the enemy and be capable of bringing all firepower to bear. Once in a secure location the full roll cage and weapon mount can be quickly erected in a matter of seconds, utilising the vehicle front-mounted winch for assistance in errecting the roll cage.

With OVIK's deep in-house understanding of combat vehicle operations, which includes staff experienced in operating weapons mounted Land Rovers and other vehicles in Afghanistan, we were quick to commence design and prototyping. The result emerged within a working week - and was further refined over the following month to produce the final design - TAIPAN. A truly felxible and cost effective weapons platform suitable for long range patrolling, offensive operations, defensive operations and attack / fire support tasks.

With a commander's medium machine gun mount for vehicle self-protection and a main gun ring capable of mounting calibres from 7.62 - .50 cal (12.7mm) and 40mm grenade launchers the vehicle is well protected whilst delivering sigificant support weaponry to the target area.

Based upon the venerable Land Rover DEFENDER 110 the vehicle is highly mobile, robust and easy to maintain (please also see our TATA XENON Strike Vehicle for an alternative platform).

Available in left or right hand drive configuration.

TURN KEY OR KITFORM

OVIK can supply TAIPAN as a turn-key vehicle - based upon a new Land Rover Defender chassis - or, if required - we are able to provide full conversion kits to transform existing vehicles from a standard 110 pick-up into a Flexible Strike Vehicle. Kits are simple to install - typically taking some 16 man-hours to complete with full instructions available - and training provision available if required.

MODULAR SYSTEM

The TAIPAN FSV system is fully modular - that means that, following intial installation - the framework, weapon mounts etc can all be removed in a matter of minutes to return the Land Rover to standard GS110 pick-up configuration.

 

VEHICLE SPECIFICATION

BASE VEHICLE

  • LAND ROVER Heavy Duty 110 or 130 Chassis                               
  • 2.4 Litre Puma Diesel Engine
  • Upgraded Suspension (Optional)
  • Upgraded Brakes (Optional)
  • Upgraded rear axle (Optional)
  • ABS brakes (optional)
  • Long range fuel tank (optional)

FIRE SUPPORT / STRIKE

  • Lightweight ring mount system for heavy support weapons
  • Universal weapon mount (soft mount) – Optional
  • Optimised for .50cal (M2HB), 40mm grenade launcher

SELF PROTECTION / AUXILARY FIRE SUPPORT

  • Modular Armour Packs are Available to Provide Crews with direct fire
  • and blast protection
  • B4 – B6+ Armour Solutions (options available)
  • Modular applique armour (optional
  • Run-Flat Tyres (optional)
  • High impact resistant, composite bonnet and wings (optional)
  • Explosive resistant fuel tank (optional)
  • Fire resistant fuel lines (optional)
  • Fire Suppression System(optional)
  • Light guards (front and rear)

PAYLOAD

  • Max 1,800 kg (with uprated suspension)
  • Personnel: Up to 4 including Driver (110 chassis) 4 including Driver (130 chassis)
  • Tow Hook (optional) – Max 1.2 tonne braked trailer.

ENHANCEMENTS

  • Integrated Emergency vehicle lighting (optional)
  • Integrated winch (front / rear / both) (optional)
  • Run-Flat heavy duty 2 piece wheel rims (optional)
  • Engine Snorkel Kit (optional)
  • Body Colour Selection (wide range of colours available)
  • Body Livery (as required)
  • NATO / DEFSTAN compliant paint system (optional)
  • Modular multi-spectral applique camouflage system (optional)

WARRANTY & SUPPORT

  • Full one year warranty (extensions optional – depending upon spec)
  • Up to three year warranty on all parts (optional)
  • Global spares and technical support system

TAIPAN IMAGE GALLERY

TAIPAN FLEXIBLE STRIKE VEHICLE VIDEO

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