- Cadillac Gage Peacekeeper II
name=Cadillac Gage Peacekeeper II
type=Light Armoured Vehicle
Textron Marine and Land Systems
crew=1 Driver + 7 Passengers
engine_power=340 bhp/300 bhp
speed=112.5 km/h (road)
The Cadillac Gage Peacekeeper II (PK II) is a four-wheeled, lightly
armoured vehicle, developed by Textron Marine and Land Systems. The Peacekeeper II is designed primarily for the use of law enforcement agencies in urban environments and is an improvement of the Peacekeeper law enforcement vehicle. The vehicle can carry eight personnel including the driver, and has a 0.5 inch thick armourcite web |url=http://www.armada.ch/03-1/digest.cfm |title=PeaceKeeper II on the way |accessdate=2008-09-21 |work= |publisher=Armada International |date= ] that can provide protection against 7.62mmarmour piercing ammunition.cite web |url=http://www.deagel.com/Tactical-Vehicles/Peacekeeper-II_a000055001.aspx |title=Peacekeeper II |accessdate=2008-09-21 |work= |publisher=deagel.com |date= ] It is developed at a unit cost of approximately US$ 170,000. cite web |url=http://www.allbusiness.com/north-america/united-states-louisiana/1115331-1.html |title=Textron Peacekeeper II offers latest in security |accessdate=2008-09-21 |work=Boyer, Ellen |publisher=New Orleans CityBusiness |date=June 9, 2003 ]
The Peacekeeper II is equipped with 0.5 inch thick armour rather than the 0.25 inch armour available in most vehicles of its class. During tests, the armour proved to be capable of withstanding impacts from twenty two different types of ammunition, the highest caliber ammunition out of these being 7.62mm armour piercing round.
The windows are made of
ballistic glass, and the Peacekeeper II is equipped with run flat inserts on its tires.
The Peacekeeper II can carry a maximum of 8 personnel. This consists of the driver, one passenger in the front seat and six passengers in the cabin at the rear.
The vehicle is powered by a 340 bhp
V8gas engine. Optionally, this can be replaced with a 300 bhp diesel engine. It is equipped with automatic transmissionand power steering. It can reach a maximum speed of 70 mph (112.5 kmh)cite web |url=http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=28983 |title=Protection Equipment Demonstration: Something for Everyone |accessdate=2008-09-21 |work=Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, American Forces Press Service |publisher=U.S Department of Defence |date=May 14, 2003 ]
Apart from law enforcement, the vehicle is intended for use in
counter terrorismoperations, SWAToperations, convoy protection and base security.
In addition to the high level of protection, the vehicle also provides a high degree of comfort. It is equipped with
air conditioningand heaters, and the interior is fully insulated. Bucket seats are provided for the driver and front passenger, while bench seats are provided for the rear cabin.
Large windows made of ballistic glass and eight view vision blocks in the rear cabin are provided for visibility. Eight pistol ports are located below each of the vision blocks.
running boardswith handrails are included on each side of the vehicle and at the back, offering mobile tactical advantage and protection to the crew.
The addition of weapons is supported by a rotating cupola, mounted atop the roof. This is rotatable 180 degrees, and allows the addition of a
Squad automatic weapon(SAW), M240machine gun or MK19Mod3 40mmautomatic grenade launcher. The pistol ports also allow the accommodation of various weapons, and have the capability to disperse crowd control devices such as smoke grenades, with minimum risk to the crew.
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