Hornet INKAS 4x4 APC
Pickup design armored personnel carrier vehicle - United Arab Emirates
The Hornet is a 4x4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicle designed and manufactured by the company Inkas Vehicles LLC based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The vehicle was unveiled in May 2020 by an Army Recognition webinar (a presentation transmitted over the web/Internet using video conferencing software). The vehicle is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser-79 chassis, a choice made because of the worldwide “off-the-shelf” availability of spare parts, as well as the cost-effective maintenance and operating costs for the military and security forces. The Inkas Hornet keeps the original design of the commercial pickup vehicle that can be configured to be used as a personnel carrier for military units as well as a surveillance and security vehicle for police forces. One of the key features of the INKAS Hornet is that it can be operated under conditions and environment not suitable for heavy armored vehicles and other oversized combat vehicles.
Hornet INKAS variants:
The Inkas Hornet 4x4 can be fitted with a one-man open-top turret mounted on the roof of the vehicle. It can be armed with a 7.62 mm or a 12.7mm machine gun. The turret is fitted with armor plates and bulletproof windows offering protection against small-caliber ammunition at 360°. The gunner position has a retractable step. As an option, it can be equipped with a remotely operated weapon station.
|Design and protection|
The design of the Inkas Hornet is divided into three main compartments with driver’s and commander’s seats at the front, troops’ compartment in the middle, and cargo compartment at the rear. There are four individual seats at the main crew compartments. Four additional seats can be fitted in the rear cargo compartment. There are two doors on each side of the vehicle, fitted with bulletproof windows protected by a metal mesh guard. Each window is fitted with a round-type gun-port allowing the crew to use individual weapons from inside of the vehicle. The rear of the crew compartment is fitted with a single door with access to the cargo compartment. There are two large bulletproof flat windshields at the front of the crew compartment that can be protected by metal mesh guards, hinged at the top in a normal situation. The cargo body is covered by canvas and its rear panel is closed by one half-door opening laterally. The hull of the vehicle provides Level CEN B6or STANAG Level 2 protection against 7.62x51mm ammunition. The bottom part of the chassis is protected against a simultaneous explosion blast from two DM-51 hand grenades. The filling of DM-51 consists of 60 grams of Nitropenta.
|The Inkas Hornet is powered by a 4.5L V8 turbo diesel engine developing 195 hp. at 3,300 rpm, coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission. The vehicle is fitted with an upgraded transmission produced specifically for armored vehicles(coil springs, leaf springs, shock absorbers, stabilizer bars, stabilizer links, stop bumps) for this specific body type and vehicle weight, upgraded HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) system that comes along with thermal insulation fitted in the main crew compartments. It has two 90-liter fuel tanks. The vehicle can reach a maximum road speed of 110 km/h and 60 km/h in off-road conditions with a maximum cruising range of 750 km.|
|Standard equipment of the INKAS Hornet includes reinforced door hinges, Run-Flat system, Independent Additional Air Conditioning System, 4-point harness seat belts, and LED lighting systems. The original OEM interior dashboard panels have been modified and reinstalled to maintain the original appearance of the vehicle. All around the hull are mounted CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) cameras linked to the main DVR (Digital Video Recorder). In option, the INKAS Hornet can be equipped with a wide range of additional equipment including roof-mounted police light bar, additional High Bright LED Fog Light, 2 remotely operated roof mounted searchlights, PA (public address) system with control panel fitted on the dashboard in the driver’s compartment, onboard GPS (Global Positioning System), fire extinguisher powder system and an extra toolbox.|
|One machine gun up to 12.7mm caliber||Protection against firing of small arms and artillery shell splinter. A blast of DM-51 hand grenade|
|United Arab Emirates||110 km/h|
|Reinforced door hinges, Run-Flat system, Independent Additional Air Conditioning System, 4-point harness seat belts, and LED lighting systems, CCD cameras||750 km|
|2 + 6||Length: 5.28 m; Width: 1.89 m; Height: 2.29 m without turret|
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