This fast attack buggy looks like it is made of Lego – and reconfigures similar to Lego, but it is a deadly fighting machine.
Foldable weapons systems, camouflage against thermal imagers, the protection against nuclear weapons, and tech to defeat chemical attacks, armor against explosions and machine gun fire … these are just a few of the options that forces can choose for this new vehicle, the Mantis.
The external looks that are deliberately different, the inside is radically different. Instead of a typical ATV seat, the driver’s experience is as if you sat in a plane cockpit.
The Mantis is revealed by Carmor at the Eurosatory event in Paris last week.
Drawing a lot of buzz at its debut it is colorfully described as a “space buggy,” “Lego-mobile”, ” part aircraft cockpit and part sports car.” The Mantis is quite a departure in the looks of the previous Israel Defense Forces models, such as the iconic Wolf armored personnel carrier.
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For decades, the Israeli company Carmor Integrated Vehicle Solutions is equipping the Israel Defense Force and other forces with vehicles such as the heavily modified, armored and improved commercial Ford truck known as “the Wolf.”
What kind of missions could Mantis be used for?
This Mantis 4×4 can be adapted to a variety of missions from attack to reconnaissance, the intelligence, and providing a kind of mini-mobile HQ for command and control. It can also be used for missions such as medevac.
To attack, there is no shortage of weapons options too. Missile launchers and mortars are two of the hard-hitting weapons systems that could be added.
Armed Mantis can serve as a kind of fast-moving artillery truck to the enemy troops.
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Night vision and surveillance systems are further add-ons. This be able to support forces using Mantis for night flying.
At the debut in Paris, Carmor showed the Mantis 4×4 pick-up truck configuration with a rear retractable weapons mount. The vehicle was armed with a .50 caliber M2 machine gun remote weapon station.
So what has it in common with its namesake? If the predatory Mantis insect, this vehicle can ambush and strike quickly when prey is within range. They can both camouflage itself to lie in wait or actively hunt day and night.
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Instead of a typical driver ‘ s seat, the Mantis design opts for an aircraft cockpit-like approach.
The cockpit is designed to provide the driver with an enhanced field of vision and maximum control of the digital display in the cab.
The team sits in a chassis, described as a “guard capsule.”
The 4×4 Mantis will be available in three primary versions. the “pick-up” with an armored cabin can carry three troops; a second, larger version to carry five soldiers; and the “open buggy to carry up to eight soldiers in the armored shell.
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Military forces use technology such as thermal imaging cameras to hunt for the opponents. Heat signatures can be a telltale giveaway of the location.
The Mantis design includes a 360 horsepower Cummins V6 turbo-charged diesel engine is in the middle rear of the vehicle to help reduce the heat emissions. The purpose of reducing the heat signature like this is to reduce detection by an enemy force.
Mantis vehicles are designed to have multiple layers of protection for the warriors of within.
The company with the notice gives protection against kinetic, blast, nuclear, biological and chemical threats. It is also expected of you that you are a dynamic thermal and visible camouflage options.
The Mantis chassis with a monocoque armored shell. Warriors are protected behind
composite armor designed to be both light and offer maximum protection.
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Defense against chemical and biological attacks is in part derived from an airtight armored body and Carmor the air-cleaning system in the vehicle.
The vehicle also includes a ” floating floor.” This is designed to protect warriors of Explosives and mines on the road and help defend against blasts in the vicinity of the explosions.
The speed and weight may vary depending on factors such as configuration and armor levels.
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Wise, Carmor has made the choice to have the weapons to assemble collapsible, to withdraw. Theoretically, this could help with the team on board keeping a low profile and the vehicle hidden.
In addition to the .50 caliber machine gun, the Mantis can also be potentially armed with a 25/30 mm cannon or a missile system.
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As fast moving artillery, it could be armed with a mortar system like the Israeli Elbit Spear Mk 2 120mm.
Mantis may also be fitted with a number of models of drone launchers.
Folding assembly may also facilitate Mantis as an air transport of the vehicle. As vehicles, the air can be transported, this can be an important advantage so they can quickly be moved to the battleground and deposited ready to drive straight on missions.
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.