by Nathan Gain
Renault Trucks Defense (RTD), yesterday, 1st December, unveiled a new command post (CP) variant of its MIDS vehicle, broadening a range that already includes troop transport and prisoner transport variants.
This command post variant is “designed to closely coordinate police operations,” RTD said. The MIDS CP is thus entirely equipped for C3I (command, control, communications & intelligence) missions. Its five work stations are coupled to a 19-inch computer screen, a white screen and a screen for videoconferences and data sharing.
Seven cameras set on the roof of the vehicle allow for close surveillance, while long-distance surveillance is possible thanks to a camera that can rotate 360° on a telescopic mast.
RTD has also integrated the BattleNet Inside mission system at the front post from where the co-pilot can access a wide range of tactical information: videos, the vehicle’s GPS position, documents etc.
MIDS also recently made the news in South America. The Colombian police force a few weeks ago took delivery of three MIDS in a troop transport variant. These vehicles were ordered in May 2014 at a cost of US$1.8m following a tender won by RTD against BAE Systems, Centigon Colombia (Cara Security Group) and Panamerican Security, thanks to its lower cost and the technical after-sales service offered. These vehicles will enable the ESMAD (Escuadrón Movil Antidisturbios), the anti-riot squadron of the Colombian national police, to provide transport for up to 10 people + 2 crew members in an armoured vehicle with a top speed of 100kph, a range of 600km, which can drive through 50-cm deep puddles and over obstacles 40cm high.
The Colombian government plans to recruit a further 1,000 men for ESMAD and wanted to be able to transport this augmented security force adequately.