Today we will continue talking about the most interesting armored vehicles that were transferred to Ukraine as part of assistance from Western countries. The Bigmir publication tells about the Mastif armored vehicles received by Ukraine from the UK. In fact, this armored vehicle is the “brother” of the Wolfhound armored car, only with a slightly different body shape.
Mastiff Armored Car – Technical characteristics
The main feature of Mastiff armored cars is their increased resistance to explosive devices, which is provided not only by reinforced armor, but also by a V-shaped bottom. It allows you to direct the explosion in different directions from under the car. In addition, Mastiff PPV has additional seat reservations in case of a collision with obstacles or a mine explosion.
The hull armor uses a unique Dyneema Unidirectional (UD) material that improves protection and flexibility. The standard armored vehicle armor protects the crew from small arms of 7.62 mm caliber, and additional armor is able to protect the crew and infantrymen from weapons of up to 12.7 mm caliber.
In some cases, additional dynamic protection of the NERA type is installed on the car, which, according to the manufacturers, is able to protect the car from the RPG-7 grenade launcher.
The Mastiff armored car has a 6×6 wheel formula, where all the wheels are driven. This armored personnel carrier is powered by a 330 hp Caterpilar engine, which allows it to accelerate on the highway to 105 km/h. The cruising range of the car on one tank is about 966 kilometers.
The interior can accommodate 2 crew members and 8 troops. If we talk about the armament of the armored car itself, then it can be equipped with machine guns of 7.62 and 12.7 mm caliber, as well as a 40mm automatic grenade launcher or a 20mm automatic cannon.
The price of the Mastiff armored car
For all the time, the British army entered into several contracts for the purchase of Mstiff armored vehicles from 2008 to 2011. The average price tag of one armored car, based on the cost of all 4 contracts, is about $810,000.