Flyer 72, also known as the Advanced Light Strike Vehicle platform, was developed by General Dynamics and Flyer Defense LLC.
Modern battlefields emphasize toughness, superior mobility, speed and capability. In 2012, the request for an off-road vehicle in rugged and extreme terrain to carry out complex tasks was given by the US Special Operations Command.
The Flyer-72 has been chosen, as one of the efforts to replace more than 1,000 Humvee in the stockpile that is becoming obsolete. The new vehicle can be transported inside the CH-47, C-130 or other transport aircraft, in addition to being transported externally by the UH-60L Black Hawk. It is configured for a variety of missions, including light attack, reconnaissance and communications, as well as rescue and personnel recovery.
Flyer-72, also known as the Advanced Light Strike Vehicle platform, was developed by General Dynamics and Flyer Defense LLC. The vehicle is designed to be able to operate with high performance at long range, off-road and in many different weather conditions.
The chassis of the vehicle has a tabular space with integrated roll cages, which protects occupants from accidental rollover. Thanks to the flexible modular design, the vehicle can be optionally equipped with a variety of weapons and has a payload capacity of up to 2.5 tons, can be configured for a range of crew sizes, up to nine soldiers.
Flyer-72 has a length of 4.57m, height of 1.52m, width of 1.52m and wheelbase of 3.1m. Inside the vehicle is designed with two front seats and two rear seats, the seats can be folded to allow more space.
Weapons can be arranged with a ring mount, providing 360º coverage. A 12.7mm heavy machine gun mounted on the vehicle’s central turret, it could be replaced by a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. Each vehicle door can be fitted with a swivel station to mount a 5.56mm or 7.62mm machine gun.
Flyer-72 also supports a full intercom with real-time access. The manufacturer also develops an armored variant, with a 4-door cabin, the rear cargo area and roof top that provide B6-level ballistic protection.
General Dynamics equips the Flyer-72 with a 1.95 liter direct injection DOHC Turbo diesel. With a power of 195 horsepower, the Flyer-72 can reach a maximum speed of 153 km/h. Operating range on rough terrain is 480km, can be increased to 800km when operating on flat roads with an average speed of 60km/h.
The engine is mated to an automatic six-speed transmission system with four-wheel drive support. The vehicle can cross a vertical step of 35.5cm and can ford a depth of 76cm without preparation. The loaded ground clearance of the vehicle is 30.5cm while its unloaded ground clearance is 35.5cm.
Each Flyer-72 costs an estimated $245,000 for the unarmed version. The US Special Operations Command plans to put 1,300 vehicles into operation. General Dynamics also expects international sales, the United Kingdom special forces reportedly are considering this type of vehicle to replace their Supacat HMT400 Surveillance and Reconnaissance Vehicle. Several Middle Eastern countries have expressed interest in upgrading their armored truck fleets, including Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
According to the manufacturer, with unmatched payload capacity and configuration flexibility, the Flyer-72 provides greater levels of maneuverability and capabilities for both special and conventional forces.
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