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BAe Caiman

United States (2004)
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The Caiman MRAP was born from the U.S.-led War on Terror beginning after the events of September 11th, 2001.


Detailing the development and operational history of the BAe Caiman Multi-Terrain / Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) / Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected ()MRAP Vehicle.  Entry last updated on 6/26/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Mine resistant vehicles were already a staple of military forces like that of South Africa well before the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq focused renewed attention to them. These invasions painfully showcased a limitation in durable armored vehicles capable of withstanding explosive blasts and Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) fire from ordnance and foes lying in ambush. Beyond armored, tracked vehicles such as the M2 Bradley IFV, the U.S. Army was forced to rely on lightly protected HUMVEE trucks and standard military haulers which resulted in a poor showing during the early going.

Thus began the era of the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle, a new classification by the American military covering a design capable of withstanding blasts from hidden mines, explosive devices, RPG fire, and other battlefield dangers. One product of the period became the BAe Caiman MRAP which formed a portion of a new family of American military vehicles under the FMTV name ("Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles"). Its upgraded form has become the Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV) or (CMTV). The FMTV group as a whole already numbers some 56,000 vehicles (2015).

Initial development of the product was headed by Stewart & Stevenson, a manufacturing concern founded back in 1902 and eventually absorbed under the Armor Holdings (founded 1996) brand label. Its parent company then became BAe Systems and Armaments which acquired Armor Holdings in 2007. The Caiman evolved from the original Stewart & Stevenson design to the new BAe model seen on the modern battlefield.

The Caiman MTV is a further development of the original Caiman MRAP, featuring improved survivability, a 10-person seating arrangement, automatic transmission system, and a Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS). The vehicle utilizes a conventional automobile arrangement which houses the engine at front, the passenger cabin over the rear, and the driver's position over middle-front. Ground clearance is excellent and provides strong cross-country capabilities as well as good, elevated views over the hood. Windowed panels are kept to a minimum and those panels that do feature viewports use thick bullet-resistant glass. On the whole, the vehicle is protected against small arms fire, shell splinters, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and land mines (up to Category II). Its v-shaped hull helps to deflect some of the incoming blast and blast-resistant seats provide additional crew survivability. Run flat tires allow the crew to exit contested areas under fire.

The Caiman MTV marks a new standard for the Caiman vehicle line. Beyond its new armor protection scheme there is improve engine performance/reliability, increased comfort through an upgraded HVAC arrangement, new blast-absorbing seats, and a strengthening the existing underlying chassis. The upgrade program targets some 1,700 trucks for the work.

Current marketed variants of the Caiman line include the original Caiman MRAP, the updated Caiman MTV, the Caiman MTV battlefield ambulance with rear ramp and add-on armor blocks, and the Caiman Cargo Truck (C2T) with rear flatbed section. Versions can install a roof-mounted turret for mounting small arms as well as add-on armor blocks.


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Any available statistics for the BAe Caiman Multi-Terrain / Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) / Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected ()MRAP Vehicle are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering initial year of service, country-of-origin, manufacturer and total production numbers. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed armament and ammunition carried, global users (from A-to-Z) and model variants in the series.


Supported Mission Types:
Tank-vs-Tank
Recon/Scouting
Troop Transport
Infantry Support
High Mobility
Tank Destroyer
Special Forces
Towed Artillery
Self-Propelled Artillery
Rocket Artillery
Anti-Armor
Airspace Denial
Engineering
Logistics
Prototype/Development
Special Purpose
Amphibious
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Origin: United States
Year: 2004
Type: Multi-Terrain / Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) / Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected ()MRAP Vehicle
Manufacturer(s): BAe Systems Land and Armament - USA
Production: 56,500
Global Operators:
Egypt; United Arab Emirates; United States
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Operating Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the BAe Caiman model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
24.61 ft


Meters
7.5 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
8.53 ft


Meters
2.6 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.84 ft


Meters
3 m


Operating
WEIGHTS


Tons (US Short)
30 t


Kilograms
27,600 kg


Pounds
60,848 lb

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Caterpillar C-9 6-cylinder diesel engine developing 450 horsepower at 2,100 rpm.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
68 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
110 kph


Maximum Road
RANGE


Miles
401 mi


Kilometers
645 km

Armament and Ammunition:

Variable: 1 x 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) OR 1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) OR 1 x 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL); Also any personal weapons carried by the crew.

Ammunition:
Dependent on armament fitting (for armed variants).
Optional Systems / Capabilities:

Nuclear-Biological-Chemical (NBC) Protection: Yes.
Nightvision (NV) Equipment: Yes.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Caiman - Base Series Designation
• Caiman MRAP - Standard Mine-Resistant Vehicle
• CAIMAN MTV - Improved Caiman MRAP
• Caiman MTV (MED) - Armored Ambulance; rear loading ramp.
• Caiman Cargo Truck (C2T) - Cargo Hauler variant with flatbed rear.