Special Vehicle Innovation (SVI) Engineering displayed its MAX 3 light armoured vehicle, the MAX 9 armoured personnel carrier (APC) and it’s innovative Stopgun V2.0 armouring package at the World Defense Show held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 6-9 March 2022.
The MAX 3 is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 chassis (and inheriting its handle low-level security threats. It’s armoured cab is fitted with B6 ballistic protection, but this can be upgraded to B7. It can be fitted with a range of armament options including Reutech Rogue LITE 12.7mm remotely operated weapon station.
On the other hand, the larger MAX 9 can carry out a wide range of operations such as transportation of personnel, serve as a weapons platform, be employed in law enforcement or peacekeeping and even configured into a battlefield ambulance.
It is powered by Cummins 6.7-litre turbodiesel engine, which drives a five-speed Allison automatic gearbox, and features Stanag 4569 AEP 55 Level 3A/3D landmine protection using a V-shaped hull. The MAX 9 can carry seven passengers in addition to the driver.
SVI also displayed its semi-discreet Stopgun V2.0 armouring kit will be offered in Saudi Arabia. The Stopgun V2.0 delivers B6 armouring solution offering protection against assault rifles.
In Riyadh, SVI announced that it has expanded into Saudi Arabia, where it plans to develop and manufacture a variety of armoured vehicles and military solutions.
“Identified by its Saudi partners – Shamal Commercial Investments and Hala Auto – as a world leader in the vehicle-armouring industry, the South African firm forms an integral part of the newly established SVI Saudi Industries company, which is fully registered in the region and already in the process of setting up a factory,” SVI explained.
Benefiting from SVI’s extensive experience in perfecting products designed to combat crime and ultimately save lives in South Africa, the newly created company will focus its efforts on the growing military, security and civilian sectors in Saudi Arabia,”
“SVI’s expansion into Saudi Arabia is the latest evidence of the company’s global standing in the industry and ultimately allows it to broaden its overarching mission of saving lives to even further beyond South Africa’s borders,” the company concluded.
The company in launched SVI Systems and Solutions, a new systems integration division specialising in Level 5 system integration with qualified products. It is aimed largely at new and vehicle upgrade programmes.