Zetor Engineering presents new Gerlach 4×4 armoured tactical vehicle
- May 21, 2018
Czech company, Zetor Engineering, has unveiled known as ‘Project Gerlach’ a prototype of its new 4×4 armoured vehicle during the defense exhibition IDEB 2018 that takes place in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The layout of the Gerlach is standard for a modern wheeled armoured vehicle with the engine at the front, crew and troop’s compartment and a cargo area at the rear. The vehicle is based on a modular armour concept and can be configured to accommodate from 4 to 6 military personnel. The crew and troops enter and exit the vehicle through four doors located on either sides of the hull.
The cabin of the Gerlach provides standard ballistic protection Level 1 STANAG 4569 against firing of small arms 7.62×51 mm caliber but can be fitted with additional armour up to Level 3 providing protection against ballistic threats of small arms 7.62×51 mm armour-piercing ammunition. For its mine protection, it has a double floor with anti-mine “V” shield offering high level of protection against mines and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) blast, up to Level 2a in standard configuration and to Level 3a/3b in option.
The roof of the troop’s compartment can be fitted with different types of weapon systems such as a simple single mount for a light machine gun or remote weapon station armed with machine gun up to 12.7mm caliber.
The Gerlach 4×4 armored is motorized with a Diesel engine developing 326 hp. coupled to a 6 speed automatic transmission. It can run at a maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km. The vehicle has a length of 5.65 m, width of 2.5 m and a height of 2.5 m. It has a payload carrying capacity o 1.5 t.
Zetor Engineering, s.r.o. was founded in 2014. The company is owned by Zetor, a.s. The main activity and mission of Zetor Engineering is the design and development of vehicles for the defence industry.
Photo by Norbert Tomasovsky