The Buffalo is a wheeled mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) armored vehicle built by Force Protection Inc.
The Buffalo vehicle was designed based on the successful South African Casspir mine-protected vehicle. While the Casspir is a four wheeled vehicle, the Buffalo has six wheels. Buffalo is also fitted with a large articulated arm, used for ordnance disposal. Both vehicles incorporate a "V" shaped monohull chassis that directs the force of the blast away from the occupants.
Buffalo is also now equipped with BAE Systems' LROD cage armor for additional protection against RPG-7 anti-tank rounds. Glass armor is sufficient at 6 inches thickness. Run-flat tires are present in all tires. The Buffalo combines ballistic and blast protection with infrared technology to detect the presence of dangerous ordnance and a robotic arm to disable the explosive ordnance. Personnel operate the Buffalo’s 30-foot robotic arm and claw from within the armoured hull via a mounted camera and sensory equipment, to safely dispose of mines and IEDs.
In 2004, the United States had a limited number of Buffaloes in service, with an order for 15 more, at a cost of $10 million. On June 6, 2008 Force Protection, Inc delivered its 200th Buffalo to the U.S. Military.
|Weight||45,320 lb (20,560 kg) (curb weight)
56,000 lb (25,000 kg) (max weight)
|Length||27 ft (8.2 m)|
|Width||8.5 ft (2.6 m)|
|Height||13 ft (4.0 m)|
|Armor||All wheels and centerline mine protected|
|Engine||Mack ASET AI-400 I6
330 KW (450 HP)
|Payload capacity||38,680 lb|
|Transmission||Allison HD-4560P automatic|
|Ground clearance||15 in (410 mm)|
|Fuel capacity||85 gal|
|300 mi (483 km)|
|Speed||65 mph (105 km/h)|
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