The SHERP (STREIT GROUP)
Giant self-inflating tires turn this bullet-proof combat all-terrain vehicle in a small tank that floats and swims.
Certainly, it seems to be a whole lot of fun and a must-have version of adult Big Wheels, but this eye-catching ATV, also known as the SHERP, also delivers a great off-road performance on the toughest terrains such as ice and steep rocky slopes
In a way, the massive tires act as swimmies for a control of the ATV, causing it to dominate on the water also.
STREIT has been established, the SHERP to show at this year’s Eurosatory event in Paris – one of the largest all-need-to-wages-war shows in the world. The unusual looking vehicle quickly began drawing a crowd as the vain are huge tires and the surprising things you can do during the demonstrations at the event.
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And when legendary gunsmith STREIT gets involved, then it is a SHERP can’t just be a bunch of fun … but a fierce machine reinforced against blasts, bullets and much more.
The SHERP (STREIT GROUP)
Question to all-terrain vehicles that provide access to the remote and hard-to-reach places remains high for the AMERICAN army and the allies. So what would be the SHERP bring to the fight?
It has huge wheels, but what else?
About 11 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet in height, this ATV has a spacious cabin, the basic model that fits over two soldiers.
The ride will feel like an ATV, but it is not open top. In fact, it is even designed for two beds in the back, which can be very useful for a recon team scouting movement of troops, for example. Useful, and a comfier bed than dirt.
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Without armor, it weighs about 3,000 pounds and can carry about 2,200 pounds. In addition to the basic model, there is a SHERPA “Pick-up” design.
The SHERP (STREIT GROUP)
And these giant tires? They are almost human-sized. The SHERP tires are more than five metres high. By comparison of the size of the cabin, they seem even larger.
Designed as a low-pressure tubeless tires, they make use of pneumocirculating suspension. The straps easily adjust for different types of terrain under the feet, such as ice or sand – and if it’s in the water they put in a kind of fast, so that the small tank to float automatically.
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The maximum speed is about 25 km / h, even when tackling difficult terrain. One of the many benefits of the military Atv ‘ s, such as the Polaris Defense MRZR is that they are in the air to transport. SHERP is also compact, so that it can be quickly transported by air over long distances and for a deposit to process mission specific objectives.
The standard SHERP is powered by Japanese Kubota engine and runs on diesel. It has a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.5 L 4-cylinder gets about 44 horsepower, but around 88 ft-lbs of torque.
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With its skid steer, SHERP can turn on a dime – not something you would expect from this jumbo squishy wheels – but that kind of flexibility can be crucial in battlespaces.
The SHERP (STREIT GROUP)
With STREIT armor, this ATV may offer opportunities for the use on hard to reach places, while in a fortress. SHERP also possible to access for missions that both ice and water transport in a vehicle.
Like all Atv’s for the control of the SHERP has been tested against the steep slopes. This model allows the slopes of 35 degrees.
No clear path? No problem. This unusual ATV charged straight over a fallen tree, explosion, debris, big pieces of blown-up road asphalt, car wreck zones and more obstacles in war zones, provided that they are approximately 30 cm or less.
For example, assume that a team in SHERPs is traveling a narrow path, and rocks have caused an obstacle for the bow. The SHERP can climb over a small boulder like it was a pebble beach.
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STREIT can do mind-boggling things on wheels to make them seemingly indestructible. That said, even the standard SHERP will continue to travel, even if one or even two wheels are included.
This thing is tough – a quality especially useful in war zones.
Due to the deep snow and marsh are two examples of the terrain that can be very challenging for a vehicle. SHERP design means sinking is not a problem.
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SWIMMING AND ICE WITH EASE
Ice cream is not exactly known for the traction and it can be very difficult. When the smooth water on the surface, it can be especially difficult.
But SHERP is not a burden. This guy will roll of the ice in the water and on the ice were asphalt. And then clambering back out of the water on the ice seemingly effortlessly on a smooth surface.
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Why is it not sinking when it hits the water? The tires will automatically inflate, to transform it into floating devices so powerful that they drive the vehicle.
The SHERP does not only float on the water – it swims with a speed of almost 6 km / h.
The tires are ATV ‘swimmies’ and the paddle-like pedals to help propel the vehicle forward.
When SHERP hits solid ground, the floating devices transform back to the tires automatically, and the ATV continues to roll, without any form of change or stop.
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Imagine an ATV who also swims and with state-of-the-art, maximum armor. It would be part of small, floating tank and part ATV ride, such as that enjoyed all around America – but the bullet and bomb proof.
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With that huge goofy looking wheels and off-road driving and swimming, it looks irresistibly fun, but … it just can’t help myself, this little guy is already a show stealer this week.
If STREIT well know, appearances can be deceiving. The company excels at turning ordinary cars into rolling ball and shoot the evidence formidable forts.
Take a ‘soccer mom’ car and puts in their hands. It would look exactly the same, but could its state-of-the-art bullet beat windscreens, bomb beat floor, a hatch and a host of other remarkable invisible maximum protection.
So don’t let the looks fool … the SHERP is the demonstration of only a fraction of its range at Eurosatory. Armoring at the highest level has always been closely held methodology. But one thing is for sure, STREIT armored SHERPs would still look like irresistible fun Atv to ride, but it would be exceptionally fortified fortresses.
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Eurosatory is a biennial event that is outside of Paris that attracts the delegations of the most powerful armies in the world. The edition of this year against the background of the historical United States and North Korea summit. With Russia, China, Iran, and Syria, among other potential threats, frequent headings, the rise among the NATO countries was expected to be particularly strong.
In the course of five days, there are high-level defense and security conferences. But the standout of this year is the scale of innovation on the show for the military delegations to consider.
This year, the intensity is unmistakable as the delegations in the colorful and varied military uniforms to move focus through the vast, jam-packed space of one of the greatest military show on earth.
Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries, who recommends the highest level of defence and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, to purchase, in 30 countries. Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”, where she gives listeners a direct access to the most fascinating of the Special Operations warriors each week and to learn more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist, click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.