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RCMP takes delivery of MXT Armoured Personnel Carriers

One of the RCMP-spec MXT APCs
One of the RCMP-spec MXT APCs
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One of the RCMP-spec MXT APCs
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One of the RCMP-spec MXT APCs
A military-spec MXT APC shows off its MaxxPro semi-active suspension
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A military-spec MXT APC shows off its MaxxPro semi-active suspension
The military-spec MXT APC at speed in the desert
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The military-spec MXT APC at speed in the desert
The military version of the MXT APC
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The military version of the MXT APC
A military-spec MXT APC shows off its MaxxPro semi-active suspension
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A military-spec MXT APC shows off its MaxxPro semi-active suspension
The MXT APC features a front winch
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The MXT APC features a front winch
A military-spec MXT APC demonstrates its climbing abilities
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A military-spec MXT APC demonstrates its climbing abilities
The military version of the MXT APC
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The military version of the MXT APC
The MXT APC can carry ten passengers, including its two-person crew
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The MXT APC can carry ten passengers, including its two-person crew
The MXT APC's suspension can be adjusted to four different levels, for varying terrain
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The MXT APC's suspension can be adjusted to four different levels, for varying terrain
The RCMP version of the MXT APC includes a protected 360-degree observation tower (Photo: RCMP)
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The RCMP version of the MXT APC includes a protected 360-degree observation tower (Photo: RCMP)

The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) has become the world’s first police or security force to make use of the International MXT Armoured Personnel Carrier. Navistar Defense Canada announced yesterday that it has delivered on a US$14 million contract from the Government of Canada, to supply 18 of its vehicles to the RCMP. The police force stated that the MXT APCs “will enhance the safety of officers involved in critical incidents" – these could reportedly include hostage takings, armed standoffs, barricaded persons and search and rescue operations.

The ten-passenger four-wheel-drive MXT APC is an armored descendant of the Hummer-dwarfing MXT 4x4 Pickup – it could also be considered a larger version of the pickup-like military-spec MXT-MVA.

Its MaxxForce 6.0D turbocharged V-8 diesel engine delivers up to 340 HP, and 660 foot-pounds (897 Nm) of torque. The vehicle itself weighs in at 12,474 kilograms (27,500 pounds), with a payload capacity of 1,814 to 3,402 kg (4,000 to 7,500 lbs).

Along with its big engine, much of the MXT’s weight comes from a MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected)-standard armored body, designed to provide protection against things like ballistics fire, roadside bombs, and, well – mines.

The RCMP version of the MXT APC includes a protected 360-degree observation tower (Photo: RCMP)
The RCMP version of the MXT APC includes a protected 360-degree observation tower (Photo: RCMP)

Because of that armored construction, the vehicle’s relatively heavy doors could be rather difficult to open, so Navistar has built in an air-assisted door opening system. This allows a single person to easily pull open the doors even if the vehicle is parked sloping away from them, or – in the event of an emergency – is lying completely on its side.

Among the vehicle's other features (some of which are specific to the RCMP-spec model) are a 360-degree protected observation tower, fire detection/suppression system, front bumper winch, infrared night lighting, four-level adjustable suspension, and a central tire inflation system – this allows the tires to be inflated or deflated as the vehicle is in motion.

MXTs are already in use by the British Army, in Afghanistan. The RCMP stated that its MXTs "will be used by Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) across Canada as their primary support vehicle when responding to calls."

Source: Navistar Defense, RCMP

2 comments
Richardf
nothing new here just more better armour with remote turrets, the van needs to be merely manipulated from underneath and poof. like all the rest, nothing an imagination couldn't bypass
Slowburn
re; Richardf "much of the MXT’s weight comes from a MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected)-standard armored body,"