Cheetah, formerly known as MUV/R is a 4x4 light armored protected
vehicle designed for reconnaissance, forward command and control,
and urban operations. The vehicle uses monocoque V shaped hull,
external lightweight armor, internal spall liners and blast
mitigation materials are used to protect the crew and vehicle
from explosion of heavy mines under the vehicle or wheels (7.5
– 15 kg of TNT explosives). It also protects against roadside
improvised explosive devices (RSIED). The basic vehicle is bulletproof
against 7.62/51 cal. Gunfire. The armor is upgradable to protect
against larger caliber, including 0.50 Cal AP. Cheetah has a
curb weight, (with basic armor) of 14,000 pounds, allowing for
10,000 pounds of payload. Its weight and dimensions allow for
two vehicles to be air-transported inside a single C-130 Hercules.
The vehicle is equipped with a Cummins ISB series 300 HP engine
running at 2800 rpm, accelerating the vehicle to 50 Mph in 13.5
seconds. At cruising speed of 65 Mph the vehicle can travel
for 700 miles without refueling.
Protection is developing a Mine-protected Utility Vehicle /
Rapid Deployable (MUV-R) as a lighter-weight personnel carrier
that incorporates the same protective capabilities as the Cougar.
The MUV-R will have speed, climb, and general off-road performance
capabilities comparable with the up-armored Humvee. Weighing
10 to 12 tons, the MUV-R will be designed to offer mine and
blast protection. The vehicle will also be equipped with a roof-mounted
remote controlled weapons station. The vehicle is expected to
be ready for field testing by the end of 2006.