India has proven friendly to small vehicles in the past, but its new golf cart-sized armored car took us by surprise. The battery-powered Anti-Terrorist Assault Cart (ATAC) can carry two fully-armed soldiers or security officers along as is traverses narrow indoor corridors and rides service elevators in the hunt for evil-doers, Agence France-Presse reports.
The $45,000 vehicle also boasts bullet-proof windows that can survive grenade blasts, according to manufacturer Metaltech Motor Bodies Pvt Ltd. Its design was inspired by the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India where Islamist gunmen held off Indian commandos for 60 hours inside two luxury hotels. The final casualties included 17 security personnel among the 166 people killed in total.
Four firing ports would allow the armed driver and rider to fire at enemies from the safety of their vehicle, and could possibly offer more protection than a bunker shield carried by SWAT or elite police units.
One ATAC prototype on display at the DefExpo 2010 in New Delhi reportedly drew applause from both visitors and Indian military scientists. Metaltech hopes to offer the prototypes on a trial basis to sponsors of the Commonwealth Games scheduled for November in Delhi, as well as to India's National Security Guards.
Each car can run for about six hours on a single charge and speed along at 15 miles per hour (25 km/hr). That sounds about right for patrolling stadiums or airports; but don't expect to take one of these out for a run along the highway.
[Agence France-Presse via PhysOrg]
They wouldn't get to far after the tires got shot out. Sitting A-TAC DUCKS.
Tracks are the way to go
I worked for a place that would get the tiers of its earth moving equipment filled with foam. I'm sure India could do the same for there armored toy cars.
However what you are discribing has been made
A good idea actually, one that may come in handy should another Mumbai-style assault occur. Might have been better to have made it identical front-and-back (push-me-pull-you style), with one occupant facing the front, and the other covering the back, and with identical driving controls so that it did not need to be turned around in a tight space. Stun grenade and tear gas dispensers and run flat tires would be nice. An RPG would probably defeat the ATAC, however.
WillSpaceGeek's comment is what exactly I about to write.
1. Tyre should be shielded as well.
2. There should be automatic grenade/rocket launcher or gun attached to the vehicle. It should be like a small tank not like a Pope's protection vehicle :)
What? You wanna blow up a place and kill the civilians?
For my opinion, an "electric-controlled" machine gun should be attached on this thing, like the jeeps/humvees but still enclosed.
Yes sometype of machine gun mounted on top and shielded tires would really complete this veicule. Maybe that's for version 2.
@ WillSpaceGeek et al:
What makes you think those are pneumatic tires? They look like solid rubber to me. They could also be foam filled. Either way, they wouldn't go flat, from a few bullet holes.
it looks like very easy to turnover.
Oh no, they decapitated an AT-ST, and removed the side and front laser cannons, those pesky Ewoks
Looks slow and clumsy. After a few encounters with the A-TAC, I'm guessing most terrorists would switch to RPGs or IEDs with large warheads or shaped charges.
Still, it's better than just a shield and a plastic helmet.
I don't agree with the machine guns and RPG launchers on the thing. It'll just make it too heavy, complex, etc. What's going to power the thing? It only does 15 mph and has a 6 hour charge. If you try to power an electrically controlled turret too, well that's just going to need a bigger battery and then you'd need a mount for the gun and a place to put all the ammo which only leads to being bigger and heavier, and then...well it's just not going to work IMO. Tanks are tanks. This is NOT a tank. It's a small, lightly armored patrol vehicle. There's a reason why they didn't incorporate any of those suggestions. It's called keeping it small, light, simple, and easy to maintain.
Against an angry mob though, it'll probably end up on its side in a few moments.
T'is an Ill wind that blows no minds...
I like the mini tank created by the Howe & Howe team in Maine better, I forget what they call it, has tracks, a bobcat deisel engine, serious armour and enough power to bust down doors and climb stairs. Saw it on SatTV...I want one!
That's awesome. Heavy, but awesome
@ WillSpaceGeek Maybe you don't know but people from Michelin were able to make the Honeycomb tire that can survive explosions, gunfire, extreme terrain and even handles every day driving. So these little <a href="http://www.perlagrp.com/">armored cars</a> will have bulletproof tires for sure.