Cougar H MRAP APC
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected / Armored Personnel Carrier - United States
The Cougar H 4x4 is an armored personnel carrier in the category of MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle). The Cougar is designed and manufactured by the American company Force Protection, now a subsidiary of General Dynamics. The Cougar could be configured to complete a wide variety of mission requirements. The vehicle can serve as a mine-proof troop transport vehicle, a law enforcement special response vehicle, a weapons platform, or an escort protection vehicle. The Cougar was scalable, meaning that it could be used for humanitarian efforts, as well as combat, by detaching the arms and gun systems to look less lethal, but still protecting the crew against threats. The Cougar is equipped with multi-point, racing-style harnesses; so, if the vehicle rolled 360 degrees, the passengers inside would avoid injuries. The Cougar 4x4 H can transport six passengers with combat equipment, and can be configured for Command and Control, EOD, Patrol, Convoy Support, Forward Observation, Reconnaissance, Med-Evac, and more. The vehicle is produced since 2002. Several thousands of these vehicles are in service with the US Armed Forces. Other countries of the Cougar MRAP and its variants are Canada, Iraq, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom. The Cougar is also used by the British army under the name Ridgeback. In July 2022, the first batch of 140 Cougar armored vehicles arrived in Poland. On December 21, 2022, the United States Department of Defense announced the supply of 37 Cougar MRAP vehicles to Ukraine.
Cougar 4x4 MRAP variants:
- Cougar 4x4 HEV: Hardened Engineer Vehicle
- Cougar 4x4 ENGR:
- Cougar JERRV EOD 4x4: Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle
- Cougar JERRV EOD 4x4 CAT I A1:
- Cougar 4x4 IBPM:
- Cougar 4x4 LSB:
- Cougar 4x4 A2 ECP:
- Cougar 4x4 RT:
- Cougar 4x4 ISS:
Various types of weapons can be installed including the 7.62 mm M60 or 12.7 mm M2 machine gun or a 40 mm MK19 grenade launcher. The Cougar H 4x4 is fitted with a small open-roof turret which can be armed with a 7.62 mm GPMG, 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Gun, or 40 mm Grenade Machine Gun. In option, the vehicle can be also equipped with a remote weapon system.
|Design and protection|
The Cougar 4x4 H configuration is similar to a standard truck with the engine at the front, commander and driver in the center, and the troop compartment at the rear. There are two bulletproof windscreens in front of the crew compartment and one to each side with a single door. The troops enter and leave the Cougar 4x4 H via two large doors at the rear of the hull. The Cougar H 4x4 was designed to withstand a 13 kg blast of TNT to either the front or rear axles and a 7 kg blast to the center portion of the vehicle. The Cougar 4x4 H has a V-shaped hull, that extends to the engine bay. Such design is intended to direct the blast away from the vehicle. All-round protection is against 7.62-mm NATO rounds, however, significant ballistic upgrades are available, upon 12.7-mm armor-piercing rounds. The advanced ballistic and blast-protected Cougar® boasts an outstanding occupant survival rate.
|The Cougar H uses a 4x4 chassis and it is powered by a Caterpillar C-7 diesel engine that can give 330hp at 2,400rpm and a torque of 860ft lbf at 1,450rpm with an operational range of 675 km. The transmission of the Cougar H 4x4 is an Allison 3500 SP series and the front and rear axles are Marmon-Herrington MT-17 and R-17 respectively.|
|Cougar H 4x4 vehicle is equipped with weapons ports, an M-240G machine gun mount, engineer/ Explosive Ordinance Disposal tool storage, 2 spare tires, and a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical overpressure and filter system that also works very well as air conditioning.|
|One 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun, or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher||V-shaped hull, standard armor against small arms firing and shell splinters, armor protection against IDED and land mines.|
|Azerbaijan, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Djibouti, Georgia, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States||15,422 kg|
|United States||105 km/h on road|
|Self-recovery winch, central tire inflation, NBC filter,||675 km|
|2+ 4||Length: 6.35 m; Width: 2.71 m; Height: 3.02 m|
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