SVI Engineering has unveiled its latest armoured vehicle – the MAX 3 Troopy.
Based on a Toyota Land Cruiser 79, the bulletproof vehicle can withstand fire from assault rifles while carrying up to eight people.
“The MAX 3 Troopy is designed as a multi-role vehicle with its focus as an armoured personnel carrier,” said SVI.
“As a civilian version – no NCACC permits needed – it has application in the following roles: mining, security, riot control, civil security, anti-poaching, and convoy protection.”
The vehicle follows the launch of the MAX 3 Double Cab from SVI, and when kitted in military configuration shares several traits.
This includes being air-transportable in a C130 and being fitted with weapon mounts for .50 calibre guns and remote weapon systems.
SVI said the Troopy starts life as a Toyota Land Cruiser 79, which has its body replaced with an all-steel structure manufactured from armour plates.
“The armoured construction of the vehicle provides a minimum protection of EN1063 BR6, with additional protection against anti-personnel mines.”
The company added that the vehicle is upgradeable to BR7 protection levels.
The launch model detailed by SVI is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 4.5D V8.
It packs a 4.5-litre, V8 turbo-diesel engine that produces 151kW and 430Nm.
Top speed is then rated as 140km/h.
“Although mostly standard, the drivetrain is upgraded with the fitment of rims and tyres with a higher load rating, upgraded suspension, and the fitment of an additional rear anti-roll bar,” said SVI.
In terms of maintaining the vehicle, SVI stated that parts and service items are available from Toyota dealerships – with recommended service intervals every 5,000km.
SVI also provides a 1-year/50,000km warranty for road use.
The SVI MAX 3 Troopy starts at R1.8 million ex VAT, and final prices will depend on the configuration selected and the base Land Cruiser 79 used.