April 9, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch
News release from the Streit Group:
Streit Group, the world’s largest privately-owned vehicle armouring company, is looking to Latin America as a new and potentially strong market for future growth. With over 100 models across a range of product categories – including luxury vehicles for VIP protection, cash in transit, security and commercial, and tactical military vehicles – the company is delivering a new level of quality. Proven by the extensive experience they have gained in the field, including recent war zones, all Streit Group vehicles have full test certifications.
As one of the BRIC countries, Brazil represents a particular area of opportunity for new business across the region which is why Streit Group is exhibiting two of its most versatile APCs at LAAD Defence & Security 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.
The exhibition is being held in the city’s RioCentro Exhibition and Convention Center and Streit Group will be ready to greet visitors in Hall # 3, Stand R28 where the two vehicles on display will be:
Representing a new generation of Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV), the Spartan can be configured in various models to support a wide range of military, counter-terrorism and police operations and has the off-road capability to cope with some of the most difficult terrains. Designed to accept a large crew compartment – armoured to CEN Level 7 – for up to 12 personnel, the Spartan is STANAG Level 1 certified, built to withstand ballistic attack and provide advanced protection against anti-personnel mines and grenade blasts. Field-proof, low maintenance and with superior off-road performance, the Spartan can be configured with a range of weapons platform options – including a manual or electric rotating turret – making it the ideal vehicle for mission roles ranging from command and control and military tactical operations to SWAT, riot control, counter terrorism and counter surveillance.
The Typhoon is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle offering up to STANAG 3 level protection against both blast and ballistic attack. Highly manoeuvrable, with 60% gradient and 30% side slope capabilities as well as a high ground clearance of up to 920mm, the Typhoon is equally at home in urban, mountainous and challenging rural terrains and has excellent field reparability. With the capacity to carry up to 12 personnel plus equipment, the Typhoon can be configured for a wide range of missions, including Command and Control, EOD, Patrol, Convoy Support, Forward Observation, Reconnaissance and Med-Evac.
Guerman Goutorov, Founder & CEO of Streit Group, commented:
“Security forces across Latin America are facing heightened threat levels and an increased number of attacks, and we are more than confident that we can provide them with the new level of protection they need. With our 20+ years’ experience, including developing vehicles for deployment in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa, we know how to produce high quality vehicles that offer the optimum balance of protection, performance and affordability”.
In addition to the Spartan and Typhoon, Streit Group manufactures a wide range of other tactical military vehicles, including:
The Scorpion is a fast-moving, agile MRAP armoured command vehicle with a top speed of 110 km/h. Its innovative modular design – with the engine and suspension mounted separately from the V-shaped monocoque shell – maximises both vehicle performance and occupant survivability. Its crew compartment, which can carry up to six personnel when deployed in the field, can be manufactured with a protection level of up to STANAG 3 level.
The capabilities of the VARAN 6×6 forward-fighting vehicle reflect its state-of-the-art design. Able to accommodate up to 10 personnel, the VARAN’s 400 horse power V6 Cummins engine gives it the power to cross the most difficult and hostile terrains, including deserts. Armoured to a full STANAG 4 level, its V-shaped hull is designed to disseminate the impact of mine blasts immediately.
Based on the Toyota Tundra, the Puma has a 5.6 litre engine with 6 speed automatic transmission. Fully armoured to STANAG 3 level, the vehicle has a monocoque hull with independently mounted suspension and can be fitted with a range of weapon platform options.
LAAD is the leading exhibition for the defence and security sector across Latin America, attracting widespread international attention and bringing together representatives of the armed forces, police and special forces and other government agencies with a wide range of companies exhibiting the latest equipment and services. In 2011, the last time the event was held, over 660 exhibitors from 40 different countries were represented and the 25,800 visitors came from 54 different countries