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  • Force Protection Cougar Troop Transport / Command and Control Communications / EOD / Lead Convoy Vehicle


    The Cougar has spawned into a new line of all-important mine-resistant vehicles for the US and British military forces in Iraq.

     Updated: 6/16/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com


    The Cougar has since expanded into a full line of militarized armored vehicles. This began with the base 4x4 and 6x6 series Cougar systems being offered in 2004 by FPI to the United States Marine Corps. The Badger ILAV (Iraqi Light Armored Vehicle) was a similar system developed and built by FPI with help from BAE Systems specifically for the rebuilding Iraqi Army. The Cougar JERRV (joint EOD Rapid Response Vehicle was formed as a designation for the collection of 4x4 and 6x6 Cougar systems for use by the USMC, USAF and the US Army after public outcry of the lack of protection being offered to US servicemen and women in Iraq. Cougars in their 4x4 and 6x6 configurations are now collectively referred to as MRAPs.

    The Cougar's power is supplied by a single Caterpillar C-7 diesel engine developing up to 330 horsepower and mated to an Allison 3500SP transmission. Suspension is full 4x4 or 6x6 depending on the chassis model with a vehicle ground clearance of 15 inches. Armor protection remains classified as of this writing. The 4x4 vehicle weighs in at roughly 43,000lbs and can seat up to 6 personnel including 2 as standard operators (drivers). The 6x6 version weighs in at a maximum of 64,500lbs and can seat 2 standard operators along with 8 additional passengers. Range of the Cougar is listed at 420 miles with a top speed of 55 miles per hour.


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    Force Protection Cougar Technical Specifications


    Service Year: 2002
    Type: Troop Transport / Command and Control Communications / EOD / Lead Convoy Vehicle
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Force Protection Industries, Incorporated - USA
    Production: 3,500



    Design (Crew Space, Dimensions, Weight, and Systems)


    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 20.83 feet (6.35 meters)
    Width: 8.89 feet (2.71 meters)
    Height: 9.91 feet (3.02 meters)

    Operating Weight: 21 tons (19,504 kg; 42,999 lb)

    Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Protection: None
    Nightvision Equipment: Optional

    Installed Power and Standard Road Performance


    Engine(s): 1 x Caterpillar C7 diesel engine developing 330 horsepower at 2,400rpm.

    Maximum Road Speed: 55 mph (88 km/h)
    Maximum Road Range: 420 miles (676 km)

    Armament and Ammunition


    OPTIONAL:
    Common Remotely Operated Weapon System (CROWS) supporting M249 SAW 5.56mm machine gun, M240 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun, Browning M2 12.7mm caliber heavy machine gun or MK 19 40mm grenade launcher.

    Also any crew weapons firing from supplied firing ports.

    Ammunition:
    Dependent armament configuration.

    Global Operators / Customers


    Canada; United Kingdom; Iraq; Italy; Hungary; Poland; United States

    Model Variants


    Cougar 4x4 - Original 4x4 Wheel Configuration

    Cougar 6x6 - Original 6x6 Wheel Configuration

    Cougar HEV (Hardened Engineer Vehicle) - Early 4x4 and 6x6 class Cougars for use by the United States Marine Corps.

    Badger ILAV (Iraqi Light Armored Vehicle) - Iraq Export Model; based on original Cougar; production by BAE Systems and Force Protection Industries.

    Cougar JERRV (Joint EOD Rapid Response Vehicle) - Later model 4x4 and 6x6 class Cougars for use by the United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force and United States Army; commonly referred to collectively as "MRAPs".

    Ridgeback PPV (Protected Patrol Vehicle) - British Export Variant; based on Cougar 4x4 models; British-specific armor and electronics; optional fitting of "Enforcer" remote weapon station.

    Mastiff PPV (Protected Patrol Vehicle) - British Export Variant; based on Cougar 6x6 models; British-specific armor and electronics package integration handled by NP Aerospace.

    MRAP - 4x4 and 6x6 class Cougars for use by US Military.