Bowler Motorsport, the Derbyshire based vehicle manufacturer, is announcing its entry to the Defence Vehicle market by unveiling its Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV) concept at DSEI.
Embargoed until 11:00, 13th September 2017. The RIV concept is based on Bowler’s proprietary Cross Sector Platform (CSP), a multi-use vehicle platform based on a patented chassis design, fitted with a common range of modular sub-systems and components. This allows several vehicle variants to be operated, serviced and maintained from common parts and methods.
Bowler’s 30 year history in extreme off-road competition means the CSP delivers outstanding mobility in the harshest of conditions. With up to 2000kg payload and a 4000kg Gross Vehicle Weight, the RIV is suited to Strike, Recce, Long Range Patrol, ISTAR (Drone Launch) roles, with the next generation Forward Control Variant ‘Mule’ being ideally suited for Mechanised Troop Carriage, Ambulance, C2/C4I roles, Logistic Support, Fire Truck or Light Artillery Mobility.Bowler’s vehicle research programme was enabled by support from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) via their LTASCI R&D fund. Consultation with DSO and various elements within the MoD ensured that standard and narrow track variants are included for deployment by CH-47 and C130 aircraft.
David Black, Bowler’s Head of Manufacturing and Engineering commented:“We’re delighted to announce our next generation vehicle platform at DSEI. CSP represents a whole family of vehicles we can offer to Defence, Emergency Services and Utility providers, developed with our unique know-how in high mobility all terrain performance vehicles.”
COMBAT & SURVIVAL Magazine has been told that the Bowler RIV prototype is intended to be the first of a family of vehicles that will be RAF CH-47 Chinook and C-130 Hercules /A400M Atlas transport aircraft compatible. Powered by a standard Land Rover V6 Turbo Diesel engine, as used in the Range Rover Sport, the prototype weighs less than 2 tonne yet has a 2 tonne payload and a top speed well in excess of 100mph / 160 km/hr. Various different mission modules could be fitted to the base vehicle.
The RIV’s formal introduction is scheduled to take place on at a Wednesday morning Press Conference at ExCel in Docklands.