PSEUDONAJA | LIGHT PROTECTED VEHICLE
dDesigned to meet the needs of defence forces constantly challenged by IED's, mines or small arms ambushes, the Pseudonaja Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) is a highly mobile and highly protected light vehicle that provides protection and flexibility in a complex operational environment for up to six soldiers.
The vehicle was developed as a next-generation light mobility vehicle for the New Hayesalian Military, which can be airlifted by standard cargo aircraft. Pseudonaja PMV has a maximum speed of 130 km/h, and is able to travel up to to 1,000 km in range.
The Pseudonaja has been extensively tested against improvised explosive devices (IED) and small arms fire to ensure that its design allows maximum protection. Tests were conducted by NHM personnel to gather the data and modernise the blast management system equipped in the vehicle.
The vehicle is named after a genus of venomous elapid snakes native to Southern Cynocephali. Members of this genus are known commonly as brown snakes and are often extremely well camouflaged in their surroundings. These snakes, even when young, are extremely venomous are widely considered to be the most dangerous snake in the country. With this in mind, lead designer and Yohannesian development manager Jean Dieu de Soult felt the name was fitting for the project.
The design encompasses high levels of blast and ballistic protection; the integral V-shaped monocoque hull and blast absorption system provide objective level blast protection. The Pseudonaja's hull is designed to protect the vehicle from blasts while incorporating high levels of tactical and operational mobility, and allow easy conversion between variants. The vehicle's adaptable ballistic protection technology is designed for air transportation, and is reconfigurable by a two-person crew in under half an hour without using specialised devices or equipment.
The vehicle is also designed to incorporate the future system requirements of adaptive operations with C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) capabilities, by implementing the 9LANDs Battle Management System. The modular design allows ease of configuration for specific missions.
The vehicle can be armed with a RCWS - remote control weapons station - providing exceptional lethality.
The armour protection is tuneable by the replacement of armour packs within the vehicle's external skin. The basic armour pack provides ballistic protection against small arms fire and a heavier kit provides protection against ambush including mines. The CANARM is a modular composite armour concept, developed by the Yohannesian armed forces for the Pseudonaja project. CANARM is a composite armour, making use of nano-ceramics and modern steel alloy technologies.
CANARM utilises advanced steel alloys, aluminium-titanium alloys, nano-metric steels, ceramics and nano-ceramics. The use of high-hardened steel, combined with an aluminium-titanium alloy, culminates in twice the protection as RHA of the same weight. CANARM also makes use of nano-ceramics which are harder and lighter than homogeneous ceramics, while having multi-hit capability; the nano-crystalline ceramic materials increase the hardness compared to current ceramics by 70% and the weight reduction is 30%, while the higher fracture toughness increases the general multi-hit capability.
By overlaying nano-ceramic armour against the vehicle's base armour (which is backed up by a spall-liner) a weight reduction of more than 40% is achieved and protection can be gained up to STANAG 4569/LVL 4, the higher levels of which provide effective protection against IEDs. The CANARM system also goes inside the vehicle, where specially designed multi purpose seats provide blast protection; the seats are not attached directly to the vehicle floor or roof, so shock-energy can be absorbed before reaching the vehicle occupants.
The Pseudonaja's glass is a composite of modern ceramic armour, which reduces the weight without compromising protection, and meets STANAG 4569/LVL 4.
The Pseudonaja's powerplant is a 6.1-litre inline 6-cylinder diesel engine from VLT Automotive N.V. Delivering 320 horsepower and torque of 1400 Nm, the engine is EURO V compliant. The inline starter offers sufficient level of electrical power to drive the C4I and mission equipment.
The following vehicle variations are in use in New Hayesalian service: