Hidden among the hoard of vehicles on the busy streets of modern war zones are seemingly innocent trucks that are in fact camouflaging military grade abilities. These commercial-appearing vehicles have the capability to blend into developing world environments, yet can still offer power, performance and protection.
Navistar Defense has introduced the International SOTV-B, a highly-modular vehicle that looks like a common white commercial truck but is packed with high performance and mobility. Hidden underneath its exterior is a machine that has the mobility to operate in all terrains – jungle, mountain, desert and arctic.
The only thing the SOTV-B and the commercial truck have in common is their appearance. The suspension and maneuverability of the SOTV-B allows it to obtain maximum off-road speeds, makes it easily transportable in a helicopter and gives it the ability to tackle the toughest of environments.
According to FOX News, the SOTV-B is adorned with the most generic bodywork imaginable, unlike its predecessor the SOTV-A. Under its dull camouflage, it carries an armored occupant safety cell, a 3,000-pound payload capacity, a C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) electronic suite, 6-speed transmission, fully-independent suspension, and a turbo diesel engine with 250 horse-power and 590 lb-ft of torque.
All this equipment plus much more gives this heavy duty vehicle the ability to climb 60 degree slopes or take on water depths of two feet. It can carry large payloads in 3, 5 or 7-man variants.
The SOTV-B is becoming a favorite in both the military and private sectors. Armed forces can obtain or transport military intelligence, while the businessman can safely travel indiscreetly across busy and dangerous streets.