The Casspir Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) was one of the first MPVs to use the V-shaped monocoque hull, and is undoubtedly still the world leader in its field with more than 2000 in service in several countries. The Casspir has an enviable record as a life preserver in mine incidents.
Casspir's mine protection, field repairability and maintenance qualities are legendary and it is currently the only general purpose MPV in service with a certified triple mine protection level for occupants and main components.
Casspir is certified to protect its occupants against the effects of a triple TM-57 mine blast (21 kg of TNT) under any wheel, or a double mine blast (14 kg of TNT) anywhere under the hull. Standard ballistic protection is against 7.62 x 51 mm NATO and 7.62 x 39 mm (AK-47) ball ammunition. Protection against armour-piercing ammunition and the
TMRP-6 self forming fragment mine are available as options.
The Casspir's hull consists of a welded all-steel monocoque capsule, within which the main automotive and other components and systems are housed and to which the highly effective leaf spring suspension is attached. The design offers maximum protection to both occupants and main components, and also facilitates rapid field repair.
In the standard APC configuration Casspir has two pneumatically operated armoured rear doors and a partially open roof with hatches above the driver and co-driver positions. A full armoured roof with hatches is available as an option. A variety of weapons can be mounted on the vehicle and firing ports are fitted below or in the armoured windows for the employment of personal weapons. Casspir is equipped with a Mercedes-Benz OM 352A engine,
and a manual 5-speed transmission delivering drive to all four wheels. With a maximum speed of 85 km/h and excellent cross-country ability, Casspir offers excellent mobility for a vehicle in this class and a versatility that enhances the capabilities of a variety of forces in different terrain conditions.
Casspir is the MPV of choice for employment in mine-infested areas by several security forces and by organisations employed in humanitarian operations.
Several variants are currently in service, all of which include triple mine protection for the occupants. These include ambulances, cargo vehicles, weapon platforms, command vehicles, tankers and recovery vehicles.