The SandCat is a composite armored vehicle designed by the Israeli company Plasan. The SandCat was shown publicly for the first time at AUSA arms fair in 2005. The latest models were shown for the first time at Eurosatory arms fair in 2018. The SandCat is based on a commercial Ford F-Series chassis. Approximately 700 SandCats have been produced since 2004, and while Plasan has never released complete details, these are known to be in service with at least 16 users across five continents, and in a wide variety of roles that range from Police/internal security to combat/patrol.
The SandCat can carry up to 11 people and serve for patrol and routine security missions. It weighs 8.5 tons with armor and people on board. Missiles and launchers can be added on; South Korea bought SandCats that it armed with weaponry from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Plasan had developed the SandCat in 2005, neglected it to make armor for the U.S. army, then went back to it. Now it sells 12 upgraded versions.Israeli Company, Hurt by U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq, Pivots and Returns to Profit
In 2020 Poland announced that Plasan’s Sandcat vehicle was selected in July 2015 in a tender conducted by the Security Department of the Military Police for the supply of light armored vehicles. In total, 14 were purchased: seven for combat, three for police coordination, one for medical evacuation.Polish Military Police using Plasan’s SandCat light armored vehicle
The Armed Forces of El Salvador (FAES) purchased 50 Sancats that will be produced in Mexico under license from Plasan.FAES tactical team reinforced by guerrilla training for gangs
Use by Israeli forces:
In Israel the vehicle is called Caracal. In 2010 Plasan supplied the Israeli Police and border police with 80 Karakal (Sandcat) vehicles.Israel Police and Border Police gets new Armoured Vehicle The deal was estimated with a worth of $54 million.Israel Police Invests 54 million shekel in Karakal Vehicles The SandCat vehicles are operational since then.
Palsan in cooperation with ELTA developed and supplied an upgraded version of the SandCat, named “Granit” for the Israeli military, which was used for intelligence and surveillance missions.Israel Police and Border Police gets new Armoured Vehicle In the same year the Israeli military conducted an operational trial of the Granit vehicles in Gaza, before taking the decision for an official purchase of the vehicles.Granit goes to Gaza Military resources reported that the “Granit” was also tried out by the Israeli army on the Lebanon border and in the West Bank.New Jeep and drone that will monitor Sinai In 2012 Granit vehicles were operated by the Israeli military on the border with Egypt.New Jeep and drone that will monitor Sinai