American defence manufacturer, AM General has debuted its next generation light tactical vehicle, the NXT 360, based on the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)/ Humvee platform at the Eurosatory 2018 Defence & Security International Exhibition in Paris, France.
According to the company, this new product offering highlights evolutionary changes to the already proven HMMWV platform. The company added that the evolutionary new vehicle was developed based on customer feedback for more power, higher GVW, better ride and handling and better overall protection.
“What excites me about the NXT 360 is our ability to intently listen to the customer and utilize our engineering expertise to develop and deliver a solution that builds on the core strengths of the successful HMMWV platform. The NXT 360 provides added protection, payload capacity, and superior handling performance to perform in any rugged or urban environment,” said Andy Hove, AM General President and CEO. “Eurosatory is a great venue that will allow our global customers to get a first look at this versatile truck that can enhance their light tactical wheeled fleet in a timely and cost-efficient manner.”
Much like many of the unique product variants that are offered by AM General, the NXT 360 can be delivered as a complete new vehicle that can be incorporated into new missions, or as an upgrade kit that can be integrated into existing vehicle fleets to gain the same advanced capabilities. The NXT 360 represents the next generation of the HMMWV platform, and the future of Light Tactical Vehicles.
Key Specs of NXT 360
+ Greater Survivability – Kinetic energy threat protection (360-degree B7), Blast threat protection (front wheel Stanag 2A, rear wheel and center undercarriage front wheel, Stanag +1), Blast seats and mats, Transparent armor (B7-ballistic protection level)
+ Improved Off Road Mobility – Quick transition time between soft and paved roads (Enhanced CTIS with dual air compressors), Higher ground clearance and wheel travel, Larger tires for increased traction and reduced ground pressure, Significant ride improvement, Increased approach and departure angles
+ Higher Payload Capacity – Suspension upgrade facilitates 15,500 lbs (7,100 kg) GVW
+ Enhanced Stopping Capability – Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction control and an autonomous break control interface
+ Increased Power – P400 Electronically controlled 6.5L V8 turbocharged Engine: 250 HP (186 kW), 460 ft/lbs (624 N•m) @1700 rpms and 6L85e 6-speed automatic transmission
Enhanced Tactical Indirect (ETI) – HMMWV Hawkeye 105mm Weapon System
The company is also featuring the HMMWV Hawkeye 105MM Weapon System at the show, as it continues to gain momentum and interest for its ability to provide a mobile defense platform with the same rugged capability and outstanding performance that HMMWVs are known for.
The Hawkeye 105mm Howitzer Kit adds another level of lethality and capability to the highly sought-after HMMWV Light Tactical Vehicle. This system delivers increased readiness with reduced manpower and features a compact logistic footprint to meet unique requirements of customers worldwide.
Key features include:
+ Integration of unmatched Hybrid Soft Recoil technology
+ Application of the standard M20 105mm Cannon for high reliability and accuracy
+ Fires 360 degrees (6400 mils) without stops; no other platform delivers this
+ Shoots 8 rounds/minute for 3 minutes, with sustained fire of 3 rounds/minute
+ Delivery of lightest weight, most highly maneuverable, self-propelled howitzer in the world today