ASC International FZE, based in the United Arab Emirates, displayed its Toyota Land Cruiser-based special operations vehicle (SOV) named Hornet. Lorne Stoddart, its designer and the man in charge of the company’s business development, worked several years for Jankel, whose Fox has been bought by the Belgian army for its special forces. So, he knew what criteria are relevant for a somehow light vehicle dedicated to special forces.
Lorne Stoddart has developed a vehicle to be considered as a successor to similar vehicles traditionally built on Land Rover Defender or Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen platforms. Observing how special forces vehicles are used and on what kind of soils they most often have to drive, he chose to stress on low ground pressure, and neglect air transportability by CH-47 Chinook helicopter, the latter constraint having led to the Defenture bought for the Dutch special forces, and the Jankel Fox for the Belgian special forces. Indeed, the CH-47 requirement imposes very demanding width and height requirements which severely limit the tactical mobility and capability of the vehicle on the ground and compromises internal ergonomics and roll-over protection of the tubular frame system.