Armored vehicle completes blast testing (with related video)
The BEAR Troop Transport Armored Vehicle has passed a series of underbody and side blast tests that were conducted at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Test Center. Pittsfield, Mass.-based Lenco Industries produces the BEAR unit, which holds 17 people. The vehicle is designed for military and government personnel and international security forces that operate in hostile environments.
The blast-resistant unit combines Lenco’s Mil-Spec steel armor construction with an additional composite B-Kit and engineering changes designed to deflect blast pressure. Modeled after traditional MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles, the BEAR’s V-Hull construction and armor package can withstand direct underbody blast and close proximity mortar round attacks.
U.S. government convoys and diplomatic security details use the vehicle overseas in hostile areas. In addition to the vehicle’s armor protection, key survivability features include blast seats, full fire suppression capabilities and run-flat tires. A variety of communications and intelligence sensors for the unit are also available based on customer requirements.
“Improvised explosive devices continue to be one of the most pressing concerns for military operatives and overseas diplomatic transport,” explains Lenco Vice President, Len Light. “And we’re proud to provide a blast-resistant vehicle that has proven to outperform its military counterparts in protection and survivability.”
Lenco Armored Vehicles designs and manufactures armored police vehicles for law enforcement agencies and state police and sheriff’s department SWAT teams. The firm also manufactures armored military vehicles for international police forces, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marines. The firm is also a supplier to the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Energy, FBI and other government agencies.
Lenco’s U.S. client base includes hundreds of law enforcement special response teams, including the Los Angeles police, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau, Boston police units and the New York Police Department.
The video shows the effective use of the Lenco BearCat vehicle at a recent Ottawa, Ontario, Canada post office shooting incident.