Israel Wolf Armoured Vehicle Review of Technical Specifications – The Israeli Hartehof Wolf 4×4 armored vehicle, introduced in 2005, uses the chassis of the American Ford F550.
Israel Wolf Armoured Vehicle Review of Technical Specifications
|Type||Hatehof Wolf 4×4 Light Armored Vehicle|
|Year of development||2005|
|Manufacturer||Rafael Advanced Defense Systems|
|Engine||The 1× V8 turbo engine delivers 325 horsepower.|
|Max Speed||130 km/h (81 mph)|
MiliatryEzyInfo.com – The “Hartehof Wolf” is an Israeli-made four-wheel drive light armored vehicle built on the American Ford F550 heavy truck series and is mainly deployed by the Israel Defense Forces.
“The Wolf” is a multi-mission design that can be used for all types of protective services, including general patrol, APC, cargo transport, command and control (C2), special forces use, and medical transport (ambulance).
In fact, the Israeli military has chosen the Wolf as the replacement for its aging US M113 APC. The Wolf’s basic design incorporates a number of proven crew protection features, providing players with a multifaceted battlefield suitable to meet the requirements of any modern combat unit.
The Wolf Hater was introduced in 2005 and is still in use by the IDF today (2014) after passing all necessary evaluations.
The 8.8-ton Wolf is a skeleton-type vehicle with an engine compartment located at the front and a distinctive front center grille.
Headlight covers are mounted on both sides of the grille to facilitate driving in low light conditions. A rearview mirror for the driver has been added to the front-most corner of the engine compartment.
The rest of the hull was occupied by the crew and possibly passengers. Windows would be carefully applied for necessary situational awareness and ballistic protection (including metal shielding).
Hinged side doors provide access to the first and second row of seats. A Long-Range Weapon Station (RWS) on the roof of the hull allows the crew to engage the enemy without exposing themselves. The external dimensions are 5.75m long, 2.38m wide, and 2.35m high.
It should be noted that wheeled vehicles have cost and maintenance advantages over the once-popular “track and wheel” vehicles, and over the past decade, the military has increasingly favored the tracked form.
The Wolf’s interior is modular and can be customized to meet the operator’s needs, allowing a single vehicle to have multiple functions, rather than having to purchase several specialized vehicles.
Air conditioning, which is useful during the hot season, and a rear camera that facilitates driving from behind, are designed for the comfort of the occupants. Armor is applied to the entire hull, including hatches for the crew and doors at the rear of the hull, in addition to the hull being protected from mines and IEDs.
In addition to the pilot, the Wolf can carry up to 12 people on board, and when equipped with MEDEVAC, two patient stretchers can be carried. The use of jets further increases the chances of survival and keeps damaged vehicles out of harm’s way.
The 4WD Wolf is powered by a powerful turbocharged V8 engine with 325 horsepower. It has a five-speed gearbox and a full suspension chassis.
The high axle position provides excellent ground clearance, and the wheelbase is well balanced. The robust construction provides users with comfortable off-road driving and reliable off-road performance.
The Wolf is manufactured in Israel under the brands of Hathoff Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. So far (2014), Wolf has been used outside of Israel, in Georgia, Macedonia, and Romania.