INKAS Huron is fast and light – for an armored personnel carrier
By Ben Coxworth
June 12, 2014
The National Police of Colombia are about to receive the first four production units of a new armored personnel carrier that may look like an angry Hummer limo, but is in fact built around a Kenworth chassis and drive train. Made by Toronto-based INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, the Huron APC incorporates "revolutionary lightweight armor" which is claimed to give it more speed and maneuverability than other similarly-sized armored vehicles.
The Huron can carry up to 16 passengers, in a compartment that (on the base model) can withstand fire from an AK-47. The engine bay is protected by that same armor, plus the floor can withstand the detonation of two DM-51 German ordnance hand grenades or equivalent light anti-personnel mines.
Along with individual gun ports along both sides of the vehicle, there's also an optional roof-mounted gun turret that can be customized to the client's needs.
Power is delivered to all four wheels by an 8.3L Paccar engine and a 10-speed manual Allison transmission. A dashboard indicator lets the driver know if a tire has been pierced, while a built-in compressor will automatically re-inflate that tire (if possible), allowing the vehicle to keep moving at up to 140 km/h (87 mph).
According to a report in The Globe and Mail, pricing for the Huron ranges between US$485,000 and $630,000, depending on how it's outfitted. Pop stars and Arnold Schwarzenegger take note, however – it can only be sold through government tenders or law enforcement agencies, given that it's intended for use in "police and military tactical missions, convoy protection and border control all over the world."
It can be seen in action, albeit moving rather slowly, in the video below.