At its first public showing at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019, Jankel said little about its Light Tactical Transport Vehicle (LTTV), but the company recently revealed additional details of the product to Jane’s.
In March 2018 Jankel was awarded a contract to supply the Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) with 199 LTTVs, based on a Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck. Full-rate production is to commence in 2020, and actual deliveries are to run over a period of about nine months.
The LTTV shown at DSEI is now understood to be one of two Jankel-owned prototype/developmental vehicles, and while it is representative of the Belgian product, a Jankel spokesperson confirmed there are a number of detail and capability differences that could not be disclosed between the example shown at DSEI and the final Belgian vehicles.
The LTTV is based on a Unimog U5000 4×4, the chassis and automotives of which remain essentially stock. Jankel announced in September 2018 that it had achieved Direct Partnership certification from Mercedes-Benz, enabling Jankel to market, sell, and support modified Mercedes-Benz commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) chassis systems and enabling access to otherwise unavailable levels of technical information and support from Mercedes- Benz.
The cab and bodywork of the LTTV, while visually similar to that of the Unimog, have been purpose-designed by Jankel. For a variety of reasons – including logistics, support, training, and cost – standard Mercedes-Benz components are retained and used wherever possible.
The open cab of the LTTV is based on an armoured tub and can be fitted with waist-height armoured doors and a fold-down split front windscreen with armoured glass. According to Jankel, the armoured tub option was selected because this offers weight saving when compared with the appliqué armouring of standard cab components. Weight distribution was also improved, the company said. The vehicle is configured for left-hand drive but is available with right-hand drive as an option. For self-defence, the vehicle commander can be provided with a swing arm-type mount for a 5.56 mm or 7.62 mm light machine gun (MG).