Agencies are finding alternatives to the squad car can help them navigate the community.
NAIT Manufacturing Ltd. of San Diego, California, is working with the Husqvarna Outdoor Products division to build a multi-purpose utility vehicle — dubbed the L-Wolf — intended for use by law enforcement and security agencies, says Ken Jamison, CEO of NAIT. They start with the Husqvarna 4421 G (gas) and the 4421D (diesel) and design and build up fitted versions that cover a range of law enforcement needs, says Jamison.
Some configurations include:
First Responder Series, for fire and rescue.
Rapid Responder Series, for crowd/traffic control, communication, power generation, water purification.
Force Protection Series, for patrol, force-on-target, re-supply.
Jamison explains the company takes a generic UV and customizes it through engineered adjustments and retrofits that provide application-specific solutions. For example, it will replace the dump bed with a quick change-out pallet system capable of carrying 1,300-pound loads such as armor, ammo or firefighting foam systems.
"We harden, duplicate or add subsystem as required to provide additional functionality and survivability," Jamison says, ticking off some modifications such as additional fuel tanks, run-flat beaded tires, beefed up suspension, AC converter, weapon clips, etc. At the same time, it works with customers to ensure proper compliance (such as speed, range, load stability, color, etc.) to end-user requirements.
"In general, utility vehicles, with their load, range and traction capabilities, have proven themselves extremely valuable in getting into places typical law enforcement vehicles cannot," says Jamison. "Couple that to any one of NAIT's responder, provider and protection packages, and you have a product that cover's almost any end-user's needs and demands at a huge value-to-cost ratio."