LM1 Gecko RDLV
|Land Mobility Technologies (Pty) Ltd - LMT
|Lightweight troop carrier vehicle
The Gecko 8x8 ATV Rapid Deployment Logistical Vehicle (RDLV) is used by the Parachute Regiment and Special Forces Brigade of the South African National Defence Force.
More than a hundred of these highly mobile vehicle systems are in service as rapid deployment logistical vehicles to transport personnel, equipment and heavy weapon systems from drop and landing zones to firing positions during airborne and special forces operations.
The Gecko RDLV is based on the automotive components of the Argo Centaur 8x8, manufactured by Ontario Drive and Gear, Canada, but adapted in South Africa by LMT Products to comply with the requirements of the South African National Defence Force. Typical modifications include a militarized top structure, weapon mounts, storage space, 12V/24V electrical system, communication harnesses and a strengthened lower structure to conform with air delivery and helicopter lift requirements. The vehicle also provides protection to the vehicle occupants against the detonation of 200g of TNT below any of the wheels.
Both the vehicle and the trailer have been qualified for air delivery from a C-130 (PLEDS and internal load) and helicopter transport.
A family of trailers is in service that been developed by LMT Products, consisting of a general cargo trailer, heavy weapons trailer and command and control trailer. The C2 trailer includes all the command and control equipment as required to effectively command and control at least a battalion sized airborne operation.
Logistic support for the system has been fully developed to international standards (e.g. MIL-STD-1388-2B and DEF-STAN-0060). Technical manuals and training packages for operators and workshops are available in hard copy or IETM format.
The Gecko's engine is a Daihatsu DM950T, three-cylinder in-line water-cooled turbo charged 950cc diesel engine, with a maximum output of 26kW @ 3,600r/min, 79Nm @ 2,400r/min. Its Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) has integrated dual differentials:
- High ratio: 11.5:1
- Low ratio and reverse: 30.2:1
RC60 roller chains form transmission to 8mm x 40mm diameter axles with a fully adjustable tensioner for each drive chain.
Geckos have a 12V electrical system, (24V system also available) with NATO slave plug.
Geckos are equipped with a hydrostatic skid steer system with steering wheel. Braking is via foot pedal operated hydraulic disc brakes and hand operated mechanical parking brake. The tyres are Goodyear Rawhide III AT25 x 11.50 – 9 NHS. Provision is made to carry two spare tyres. Inflation is through an electrical compressor with standard pneumatic outlet and tyre inflation hose.
The Gecko's structure is formed by a powder-coated, tubular steel, welded construction chassis frame with a vacuum formed lower hull and hull skid plate manufactured from high density polyethylene.