Rantis Komodo 4x4 Tactical Vehicle, Indonesia

The Komodo 4x4 tactical vehicle was developed by PT Pindad.

Rantis Komodo is a 4x4 tactical vehicle developed by Indonesian defence and security equipment manufacturer PT Pindad.

The vehicle is intended for counter-terrorism, monitoring and detection of bomb threats, and other special operations.

Development of the Rantis Komodo began in November 2011 and the vehicle was introduced in 2012. It can be configured for other variants such as an armoured personnel carrier, reconnaissance, ambulance, command, cannon towing and rocket launcher.

PT Pindad and PT LEN Industri signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development of communications systems for the Komodo vehicles in October 2015.

Battering Ram, a special operations support variant of the Rantis Komodo 4x4 tactical vehicle, is in service with the Indonesian Army Special Forces (Kopassus) and Indonesian Police Special Forces.

Komodo design and features

The Komodo vehicle is 5.65m long, 2.25m wide, 2.15m high and has wheel base of 3.6m and a wheel track of 1.9m. Its empty weight is 5,800kg and its combat weight is 7,300kg.

The vehicle is manned by a crew of five and features a two-door crew cabin, which has two-piece windshields at the front and one ballistic glass window on each door.

Bulletproof glass windows with firing ports below are fitted on either side of the passenger compartment. Anti-riot mesh is provided on all windows and windshields. A 2t winch is mounted at the front of the vehicle.

Equipment onboard the vehicle include a fire extinguisher, horn, air conditioning, combat lamp, towing hook, camouflage net, toolkit driver, pioneer set, and map lamp.

Komodo also features optional communication systems such as AM and FM radios, night vision goggles (NVG), global positioning system (GPS), and an intercom system.

Armament and protection features

A remote control weapon station can be optionally fitted to mount a 7.62mm calibre machine gun. Bulletproof glass and armoured steel doors offer protection for occupants against 7.62mm calibre machine guns. Add-on ceramic armour can be installed for increased protection against ballistic threats.

Smoke grenade launchers on either side of the vehicle provide additional survivability for personnel onboard.

Engine details

"The vehicle is intended for counter-terrorism, monitoring and detection of bomb threats, and other special operations."

A four-stroke inline, six-cylinder, intercooled, turbocharged engine, generating 215hp at 2,500rpm, powers the Komodo 4x4 special purpose vehicle. The vehicle can be optionally fitted with a manual transmission system with six reverse and one reverse gear ratios.

The vehicle features rigid axle suspension system and hydropneumatic control disc brakes on all four wheels.

Front suspension is provided by a bushing arm with coil spring, while rear suspension is delivered by a trailing arm with coil spring, stabiliser bar and telescopic shock absorber. The vehicle can carry 200l of fuel and has a power-to-weight ratio of 29.4hp/t.

Power steering and 12.5 R20 tyres deliver increased mobility on rugged terrain conditions. Electrical systems installed in the vehicle include two 12V, 100Ah batteries and a 24V, 100Amp alternator.

Performance of battering ram

The special operations support vehicle can travel at a maximum speed of 80km/h on flat surfaces, 100km/h on highways and 50km/h on off-road terrains. It has a maximum range of 450km, turning radius of more than 7m and ground clearance of 0.44m.

The vehicle can ford at 0.75m, cross trenches of 0.5m, and negotiate vertical obstacles of 0.4m. Its approach and departure angles are 45° and it can climb grades of 31° and side slopes of 17°.