Unlikely as it seems, armoured vehicles are not restricted to the road. With SVI Engineering’s history and expertise in building various types of very successful armoured vehicles, we were approached by large mining concern to develop a system to protect locomotives powering long trains carrying high value cargo against high level assault rifle attacks while en route to various destinations in the African continent. SVI’s dynamic design team once again stepped up to the plate, following many site visits and consultation with the client developed an armouring system specifically for locomotives in more remote areas.
These kits were designed with required parameters such as maximum ballistic coverage, longevity, aesthetically pleasing, functional without interfering with the locomotives operating systems (windscreen wipers/demisting elements within the glass), no loss of visibility from inside the cab, cost effective and relative ease of installation. As a result a basic crew can install a locomotive armour (steel & glass) within one day, thereby saving critical expensive downtime to the operation of the units.
Once again SVI was able to deliver a great solution to the customer’s requirement, not only meeting the required design parameters, but delivering a solution that is reliable over a long period and also able to withstand extreme climate and environmental conditions that trains are often required to operate in. The relative simplicity of the installation also means that should any component need replacing it can be quickly flown to where it needs to be and be installed very quickly, even in the field far away from dedicated workshop facilities.
With a large fleet been done to the customer’s satisfaction, we are geared to offer similar solutions to train operators throughout Africa, and beyond, where trains traveling through remote hostile areas carrying cargo or passengers cannot afford to make forced unscheduled stops resulting from violent threats and attacks on the locomotives. Many hundreds of millions of dollars of cargo, as well as lives of crews and passengers can be saved by these solutions. SVI Engineering is up to any challenge, irrespective of location to assess, design and build similar armoured solutions to operators at risk of violent attacks on their trains.