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Colombia army to purchase Hunter XL 4x4 MRAP vehicle from Armor International.

| 2020

According to Colombian media, the Colombian Army has announced the purchase of Hunter-XL, a 4x4 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle manufactured by the Colombian-based company Armor International. The vehicle was unveiled during the defense exhibition Expodefensa that was held in Colombia, December 2019.

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Hunter XL MRAP Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle at Expodefensa 2019, defense exhibition in Colombia, December 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The 4x4 Hunter XL has been developed from a Workstar 7300 chassis supplied directly by Navistar Defense and for strictly military (non-commercial) use, motorized by an International type engine with a 6-speed forward synchronized automatic transmission (also unspecified for confidentiality reasons). The vehicle has been designed as an independent monocoque mounted on a Navistar Workstar chassis, with a V-shaped floor and a protected compartment for the engine. This vehicle is based on the matrices of the TR-12, expanded to increase its operational performance.

According to its manufacturer, the Hunter XL offers ballistic protection against firing of small arms of 5.56 × 45 mm, 7.62 × 39 mm and 7.62 × 51 mm caliber ammunition, as well as explosions of anti-personnel mines, unexploded ammunition and IEDs. The roof of the vehicle can be fitted a turret armed with a Browning M2 HQC QCB machine gun, an FN Herstal M-249, an M-60E4, or a 40 mm Milkor MK-19 grenade launcher. Another option also includes the possibility to use cannon up to 20mm caliber.

The Hunter XL has thermal and reverse cameras, 12 windows, 5 doors, 11 hatches and a crane system with a winch. Its wheels are of the "run-flat".type. Preliminarily framed within category 1, the XL can transport - depending on the tactical configuration - 18 + 1 or 17 + 1 military personnel with their respective equipment.

The vehicle has a digital control panel designed by Armor (typical of the Hunter line), for the configuration of accessories, including double air conditioning, double smoke extractor, alternator, 110 and 120 V outputs.

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