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Armored Cars: Hunter TR-12

September 8, 2014

Armored Car Hunter TR-12

When the first armored cars roared out of European factories, the infantryman faced a mechanized threat years before tanks arrived to disrupt trenches.

But the armored car as a type of vehicle is all but gone today, replaced by APCs, trucks, and various light vehicles.

Security forces and militaries are re-learning its value, however. From Baghdad to Ferguson, Beijing to Moscow, large urban-ready wheeled transports are now popular again. What are they? Armored cars.

Not only are soldiers and policemen cocooned from thrown projectiles inside armored cars, but MRAP-type vehicles appear intimidating and work as excellent physical barriers on city streets.

And today’s armored cars can support a lot of firepower. Be it a .50 caliber machine gun on an automated turret or even a battery of anti-tank missiles.

Since the criteria for an armored car is so broad, what constitutes a modern armored car?

Simply put, an armored car is a 4×4 transport with substantial protection and space for a driver and passengers.

A perfect example is the TR-12 manufactured by Hunter Armor, a subsidiary of Colombia’s Armor International.

Armored Car Hunter TR-12 variants

The Details

The TR-12 is another addition to the endless tactical 4×4’s that have inundated the defense and security market these past few years.

The TR-12 uses a mono hull mounted on its chassis to support five different variants. This bespoke feature allows potential clients to have the TR-12’s capabilities arranged depending on their needs. Its capacity is generous, with seating for 10 passengers plus the driver and co-driver.

Driver and passengers enter from four side doors and a large rear hatch. Visibility is ensured by 12 reinforced windows. These include the windshields, eight bulletproof side windows and two rear windows. Circular firing ports beside each window allow passengers to return fire during combat. An extra tire is mounted on the rear hatch at the back.

Weighing 10 tons or 20,000 lbs without additional armor protection, the TR-12 was designed for smooth driving. Front and back stabilizer bars connect the run-flat tires, the front pair being equipped with twin-coil suspension. A combination of power steering and automatic transmission allows the driver to navigate rugged terrain with ease.

The TR-12 is powered by a 300 horsepower V8 turbo diesel engine. Basic armor protection guarantees the TR-12 can resist 5.56 and 7.62mm rounds, or NATO STANAG 4569 level I.

The TR-12 is being marketed to Colombia’s security forces and is available for export.