radically new vehicle, The K/15 & K/R40 JAGUARS are all weather, all
terrain aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle is being hailed as the
most advanced crash vehicle in the market today, And the experts say it
could be dominating the military fire scene for at least the next 20
The JAGUAR can accelerate from 0 - 50 mph in 17.8 seconds and combines
maximum off-road capability with the ultimate at handling at speed thanks
to a fully engineered, mission specific COLET Chassis.
The vehicle shape is one where form follows function. The triangular
shape's inherent strength dominates the cockpit's integrated crash
cage/crew module, which has been designed for frontal impact protection,
and at the same time is capable of penetrating an airport perimeter fence.
In the unlikely event of a rollover, this shape prevents violent
gyrations of the vehicle (which could result as corners of a square cab
dig into the ground) thereby lessening the chances of serious upper
extremity injuries to the crew. The aerodynamic benefits are obvious and
are combined with the utmost in practicality.
The "nose" houses the electronics
and brains of the vehicle. One could call it a technical center. It can be
very comfortably accessed via a service hatch, which opens from the
bottom, allowing the technician to literally have the upper part of his
body in the nose while standing on the ground.
The vehicle can even be raised or lowered to
suit the technician at the push of a button! All the vital systems of the
vehicle are backed up and can be bypassed.
All the glass panels in the cockpit are a
bonded and laminated type to maximize crew protection in a crash or
possibly hit from flying objects. The doors are cleverly designed, not
only to keep from easily being blown around, but also to keep the crew
from falling sideways during dismount.
You have to deliberately exit in a manner
that the fire scene is in view. These doors go outwards and back to act as
a safety device, as well as allowing unobstructed access.
construction of the vehicle, stainless steel is used throughout to battle
the horrendous corrosive problems associated with fire fighting foams. The
ultimate strength of stainless steel makes for a long life that far
outlasts alternative constructions.