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Roshel Senator

4x4 Light Armored Security Vehicle [ 2020 ]

The Roshel Senator is a versatile machine capable of undertaking various roles related to military, security, government, law enforcement, and rescue.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 01/18/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The Senator is a 4x4, all-wheel, light-class and light-armored multi-mission vehicle manufactured by Roshel of Canada. The type is designed for various customer types, ranging from law enforcement and border patrol to government security and military. As such, it is an inherently versatile solution no matter what the operating environmental intended. As with other modern military-minded light-class systems, the Senator is designed with modularity in mind, resulting in a "one chassis, multiple roles" approach to the end-product.

The general arrangement of the Senator is conventional by North American standards: the engine is housed in the bow behind a grill panel and the forward section of the cabin constitutes the driver's compartment with side-by-side seating. The rear of the vehicle can be optimized for specific mission roles. Windows across the vehicle are protected by a bullet-resistant finish as well as wire screening. Six levels of protection are offered by the company: Level I, Level II-A, Level II, Level III-A, Level III, and Level IV - housing occupants under protection against small arms fire up to .30-60 AP rifle caliber rounds.

Dimensions of the truck include a running length of 5.9 meters, a beam of 2.3 meters, and a height to hull-roof of 2.45 meters.

Options for the line include a complete camera system for enhanced situational awareness as well as a heated forward windshield, cabin air conditioner, and a heavy-duty winch system under the bow (at the skid plate). One or two doors can be affixed to the rear of the cabin to facilitate entry / exit of the truck and side doors number between two and four. Over the hull roof can be seated a fully-enclosed, windowed 360-traversing armored turret / observation perch.

The wheel arrangement is traditional, utilizing an offroad-minded 4x4 configuration that sports large rubber-tired roadwheels (335/80/R20 type) set at the absolute corners of the chassis to maximize balance. A fully-suspended system provides comfort when going off road and the vehicle showcases exceptional operating performance with a high degree of maneuverability including a turning radius making it idea for urban settings. Composite materials are used through its construction to keep the Senator's operating weight as controlled as possible. Seating is up to twelve occupants depending on internal cabin configuration and can include a face-to-face (single-aisle) bench approach or dedicated mine-resistant seats.

A gas or diesel unit can be installed per customer requirements. Typical power is through a 6.7 liter diesel-fueled V8 unit if 330 horsepower for the 4x4 drivetrain with the unit mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system.

The general configuration is that of Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) but there also exists the Senator Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) for rescue services / First Responders retaining all of the excellent characteristics of the more combat-oriented cousin.©MilitaryFactory.com
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January 2023 - Canada has agreed to send Ukraine a fleet of 200 of its homegrown Senator trucks.


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Armored Car
Design, of typically lightweight nature, providing onroad/offroad capabilities for the scouting or general security roles.
Designed to withstand attacks from mines and ambushes through specialized design and survivability features.
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.
General utility-minded design to accomplish a variety of battlefield tasks, typically in a non-direct-combat fashion.
Special Purpose
Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.

Wheeled Arrangement
Wheeled arrangement gives this system an inherent road-running capability, enhancing mobility.
Primary Turret
A modern tank quality, this vehicle sports its main armament in a single turret.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
Cross-Country Capability
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Shallow Glacis
The shallow design of the glacis plate provides the vehicle with inherent ballistics protection as well as contributes to a lower overall profile - making it more difficult to disable.
Enhanced Armor Protection
Protection is enhanced by way of additional armor being installed over that of standard levels; plate steel for older designs and reactive armor for modern types.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Vehicle features an in-built anti-infantry capability for local defense of the vehicle or general troop suppression.
Troop Carrier
Vehicle (or its variants) has an inherent troop-carrying capability, providing protected cover for embarked allies in contested areas.
Vehicle's proven running gear and overall makeup lends itself well to fulfill other battlefield roles by way of specialized designs.

19.5 ft
5.95 m
8.0 ft
2.45 m
7.5 ft
2.3 m
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Roshel Senator production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x V8 6.7L diesel-fueled engine developing 330 horsepower driving 4x4 all-wheel arrangement.
Transmission: 1 x Six-speed automatic transmission system.
37.3 mph
(60.0 kph)
649.3 mi
(1,045.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Roshel Senator production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
Variable (if armed). Assumed 7.62mm medium machine gun as well as any personal weapons carried by the crew.

Supported Types

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Graphical image of the M3 Grease Gun submachine gun

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
Dependent upon armament fit.

Senator - Base Series Name.
Senator APC - Armored Personnel Carrier form.
Senator ERV - Emergency Response Vehicle form.

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