Panther on Trial
One of the British Army's newest toys put through its paces; live firing and off-road exercises.
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The vehicles are being built during the period 2006 to 2009 and will replace a range of vehicles which are reaching the end of their operational lives, for example the Land Rover, Saxon, FV432 and a number of combat vehicle (reconnaissance) tracked. The vehicles will also enter service with the Royal Air Force Regiment.
Gross vehicle weight
The vehicle has a maximum road speed of 130km/hour and the range is over 500km. The turning circle is 14m. The underbelly ground clearance is 473mm and the vehicle is able to manoeuvre over obstacles such as 0.5m steps and cross side slopes of 30% and gradients of 60%.
The vehicle can ford water obstacles to a depth of 0.85m without preparation and with minimal preparation can ford rivers to a depth of 1.5m. The air hydraulic braking system allows the vehicle to tow loads up to 4.2t.
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