Bastion Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), France
The Bastion APC is a 4x4, armoured reconnaissance and infantry vehicle produced by Acmat, a subsidiary of Renault Trucks Defense. The APC was demonstrated at Eurosatory 2010. The multi-role vehicle can be used for defence and homeland security missions including reconnaissance, patrol, command-and-control, security, escort, route clearance support, peacekeeping, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and urban or close quarters combat.
The Bastion is offered in two configurations - defence and homeland security. ACMAT introduced a new Bastion APC variant known as Extreme Mobility during Eurosatory 2012. The variant incorporates a new running gear with independent suspension powered by a 320hp diesel engine.
Bastion APC design
The Bastion APC is based on the 4x4 rigid mechanical-welded chassis of VLRA TDN/TDE all-terrain multi-role tactical vehicle and has a conventional layout with engine at the front, which ensures full length floor extending through rear for crew and troops.
The Springbuck range of armoured personnel carriers (APCs) is produced by DCD Protected Mobility, a company based in South Africa.
The economically designed vehicle shares automotive components with VLRA for easy maintenance and logistics support. The cabin can be equipped with air conditioning system, radio devices, and observation and record system. The vehicles for police service are fitted with beacon light, loudspeaker, siren amplifier, public address system and search light. Other optional equipment includes front electric winch and front obstacle remover.
The Bastion APC accommodates two crew and eight troops on blast-resistant seats. Troops enter and exit the vehicle via a double door at the rear of the hull, while two roof hatches serve as emergency exits. The vehicle measures 6m in length, 2.2m in width and 2.4m in height. It has a gross weight of 10.5t and can carry a maximum payload of 2,000kg.
The Bastion APC can be installed with a variety of remote weapon stations or a turret incorporating 7.62mm light machine gun (LMG) or 12.7mm heavy machine gun. The sides of the vehicle are mounted with two light machine gun swivel stations for 7.62mm guns.
The vehicle is also provided with smoke grenade launchers and up to nine gun ports for firing 7.62mm LMGs. Storage space is available for up to ten assault rifles.
Self-protection features of the Bastion APC
The Bastion APC can protect the crew from small arms fire, machine guns and artillery shell splinters. It is fitted with ballistic armour complying with NATO STANAG 4569 Level 1 to 3, while similar levels of protection are offered by ballistic glass too.
The vehicle integrates a V-shaped monocoque hull made of high hardness armoured steel, which enhances the survivability of the vehicle and occupants by deflecting an upward aimed blast from a landmine or IED away from the vehicle. Anti-mine protection is offered up to NATO STANAG 4569 Levels 2a and 2b. The optimised body angles and a low silhouette further enhance the survivability.
The Bastion APC is fitted with 5.0L turbo diesel intercooler engine coupled to either manual or automatic (optional) transmission. The engine develops a maximum power output of 215hp at 2,300rpm and generates a peak torque of 815Nm at 1,200rpm.
The vehicle has a maximum speed of 110km/h and a maximum range of 1,000km without refuelling, thanks to its two 150L fuel tanks.
Bastion APC mobility
The Bastion APC is equipped with hydraulic power steering, front/rear rigid axles, and suspension with parabolic multi-leaves springs and oleo-pneumatic shock absorbers. The vehicle integrates front and rear disc brakes with optional anti-lock braking system. Its tyres are optionally fitted with automatic Central Tyre Inflation System (CTIS).
The vehicle can negotiate a maximum slope of 65% and side slope of 30%, and can ford a maximum water depth of 1m. It is airportable by C130, C160, and A400M transport aircraft, and CH47 helicopter.