In modern battlefields, every advantage, no matter how minuscule, matters. With warfare taking on a more asymmetrical nature, global military forces have turned to the latest military vehicles to pave the way in terms of operational mobility and tactical firepower.
The 6×6 armored vehicle not only features superior tactical and technical features but also has design elements which make it perfect for the scope of mechanized warfare.
With modern combat theater taking place in harsh and unforgiving battlefields, military vehicles must be able to provide increased ballistic protection while maintaining superior tactical mobility. Armored vehicles such as these enable military forces to commit mechanized forces to the battlefield quickly. This facilitates tactical advantage, allowing for the safe egress and ingress of troops.
Today’s 6×6 armored vehicle perfectly complements members of the primary mobile fleet. This article looks to profile some of the best 6×6 armored vehicles operating today, examining their role in today’s battlefield.
1. JAIS 6×6
Part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) mechanized fleet, the JAIS family of vehicles is the UAE’s multi-role mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle. Offering both 4×4 and 6×6 modular design, the JAIS 6×6 vehicle extends on the 4×4’s design of survivability and tactical mobility. With a modular platform that provides an increased payload, the JAIS 6×6 can be customized to adapt to the unpredictable nature of the modern combat theater.
The design-build of the JAIS 6×6 perfectly complements its 4×4 counterpart. And with up to 90 percent commonality with the 4×4 version, the JAIS 6×6 ensures ease of maintenance and servicing, greatly reducing total life support costs.
2. Pandur 6×6
In operational service with multiple coalition forces, the Pandur 6×6 is an armored personnel carrier (APC) that can transport up to seven troops. With multiple vehicle variants, the Pandur 6×6 has seen its role transform according to mission requirements. From overt direct action missions to reconnaissance and fire support roles, the Pandur 6×6 addresses the need for multifunctional armored vehicles with increased protection against ballistic and mine threats.
The Pandur family of vehicles can be deployed with a 6×6 or 8×8 variant, and outfitted to match specified mission requirements. Standard equipment includes weapon profiles of up to 90mm caliber. Specialized variants include two-man turrets complete with automatic tracking, anti-tank guided missiles, and 120mm mortar rounds.
3. ARMA 6×6
With its multiple configurations and numerous technical features, the ARMA 6×6 is the modern day solution to various operations, from battlefield deployment to peacekeeping efforts. Turkish-made, the ARMA 6×6 was first unveiled at the 2010 Eurosatory, an international defense and security trade show. Since its unveiling, the ARMA family of vehicles have been exported in both domestic and international markets.
Its modular design make the ARMA 6×6 a perfect fit for Turkey’s Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle programme. This enables the ARMA 6×6 to serve multiple functionalities among Turkey’s land forces. Common configurations for the ARMA 6×6 include the infantry fighting carrier, CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) reconnaissance, and mission variants requiring amphibious capabilities.
4. TITUS 6×6
A modular and versatile armored vehicle, the TITUS 6×6 is France’s mechanized response to the 6×6 armored vehicle market. An acronym that stands for Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System, the TITUS 6×6 lives up to its namesake offering an armored wheeled-vehicle solution to combat missions requiring fast troop inserts and utility support. The first iteration of the TITUS 6×6 was unveiled at an international defense and security event, the DSEI, in 2013.
Traditional combat functions the TITUS 6×6 serves includes functioning as a battlefield ambulance, cargo transport, infantry transport, and target acquisition vehicle. A cost-effective armored vehicle solution, the TITUS 6×6 has been designed to service military markets and combat theaters in the Middle East and Asia.
5. RG-35 6×6
Similar to the JAIS family of vehicles, the RG-35 is a mine-protected, multipurpose class of fighting vehicles. Making its debut through a South Africa-based concern in 2009, the RG-35 6×6 serves primarily as an infantry fighting vehicle, providing maximum combat protection against asymmetric threats.
A highly capable and rugged all-weather and all-terrain vehicle, the RG-35 can operate in the harshest operational conditions without loss of tactical mobility or superior firepower.
While the 4×4 variant has been designed for light combat duty or to serve as a fast scout, the 6×6 configuration is intended for overt direct action mission in urban settings. Its weapon fittings and armor protection scheme can be augmented according to mission requirements and operation variant.
The growing demand and improved mobility and combat capabilities of militarized armored vehicles have increased the popularity of 6×6 armored vehicle and, subsequently, their market share.
The need to replace legacy vehicle fleets coupled with global modernization initiatives and continued global unrest have seen prominent armored vehicle manufacturers create 6×6 vehicle designs that offer enhanced modularity, and superior mobility and firepower in critical combat operations.
Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager, NIMR Automotive LLC
Miles Chambers joined NIMR Automotive in October 2016 as Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager. In this capacity, Miles oversees NIMR Automotive’s expansion to Global markets, particularly into Europe and Southeast Asia. In addition to his responsibilities at NIMR Automotive, Miles is the Chairman of the Azerbaijan-South Africa Chamber of Commerce.