New Reconnaissance Platform is Approaching Completion

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070324-N-7949W-420 U.S. Army soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team exit their M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle during dismounted maneuvers at Warrior Valley on Rodriguez Range Complex, South Korea, on March 24, 2007, as part of exercise Foal Eagle 2007. The annual joint command post and field training exercise improves combat readiness and joint and combined interoperability. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel N. Woods, U.S. Navy. (Released)

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A new armored vehicle is approaching final development stages. The development of the Gladiador II 4×4 multi-purpose armored vehicle is nearing completion to meet Brazilian Army and local homeland security forces requirements.

The vehicle manufactured by by Inbra Terrestre, which is part of Brazil’s Inbra group, features combat weight of 9,200 kg, payload of 1,500 kg, 100 km/h top speed, and an estimated 500 km range. It has space for five personnel. The vehicle can negotiate a gradient and side slopes of 60% and 30%, respectively.

The Gladiator II is an improved model in shock actions and in terrestrial and anti-aerial missions.

Development of the reconnaissance configuration began in January 2015, the company told janes.com.

The company plans to conduct in-house testing and durability evaluations later this year. The platform has a monocoque hull, and the company is installing an ABS brake system and an LCD digital dashboard offering GPS-based mapping and video reproduction. The company hopes to test the vehicle at the Army Evaluation Centre after the development phase is complete.

Other versions are planned, including command post, ambulance, electronic warfare, workshop, radar carrier, troop carrier, and homeland security variants.

Gladiator II vehicle features extraordinary ballistic protection, superior mobility, as well as modular design adaptable to various situations, according to the company website. The project offers flexibility to reconfigure the vehicle to meet missions.