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  • LAV-25 (Light Armored Vehicle 25) 8x8 Wheeled Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle

    The Canadian-produced LAV-25 eight-wheeled armored vehicle is a mainstay of United States Marines land force elements.

     Updated: 6/22/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The LAV-25 eight-wheeled vehicle is classified as a light armored reconnaissance vehicle. Its wheeled nature allows it to traverse both on-road and off while an inherent amphibious quality allows it to cross water sources. The LAV-25 has seen consistent use since its arrival in 1983, delivered to the battlefronts of the 1989 Invasion of Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, the post-9/11 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq. The LAV-25 was designed and continues to be manufactured in Canada under the General Dynamics Land Systems Canada brand label (formerly General Motors of Canada). The LAV-25 design is based on the Swiss MOWAG "Piranha" 8x8 series of armored vehicles which is also owned by GDLS Canada.

    Such wheeled armored vehicles offer cost-savings measures and in-the-field simplicity when compared to their tracked counterparts. The LAV-25 has proven adaptable across many different combat environments and can be showcased in large numbers due to their relatively controlled procurement and long-term maintenance costs. Indeed, many modern land armies have moved away from expensive and complex tracked vehicles to such six-/eight-wheeled offerings like the LAV-25. Its light armor protection is offset by inherent mobility and speed while armament is sufficient to combat other lightly-armored/soft-skinned vehicles or troop emplacements in turn and the system provides warplanners with a mobile and adaptable platform to undertake several battlefield-related tasks.

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    LAV-25 (Light Armored Vehicle 25) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1983
    Type: 8x8 Wheeled Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): General Dynamics Land Systems Canada - Canada
    Production: 5,000

    Design (Crew Space, Dimensions, Weight, and Systems)

    Operating Crew: 3
    Length: 20.96 feet (6.39 meters)
    Width: 8.76 feet (2.67 meters)
    Height: 8.83 feet (2.69 meters)

    Operating Weight: 18 tons (16,330 kg; 36,001 lb)

    Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Protection: Yes
    Nightvision Equipment: Yes - Passive for driver, commander and gunner

    Installed Power and Standard Road Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Detroit Diesel 6V-53T diesel engine delivering 275 horsepower.

    Maximum Road Speed: 62 mph (100 km/h)
    Maximum Road Range: 410 miles (660 km)

    Armament and Ammunition

    1 x 25mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun
    1 x 7.62mm coaxial machine gun
    1 x 7.62mm anti-aircraft machine gun (optional)
    2 x 4 Smoke grenade dischargers

    720 x 25mm projectiles
    1,000 x 7.62mm ammunition
    8 x Smoke grenades

    Global Operators / Customers

    Australia; Botswana; Canada; Chile; Denmark; Ghana; Ireland; Liberia; New Zealand; Nigeria; Oman; Qatar; Sweden; Saudi Arabia; Sierra Leone; Swtizerland; Spain; United States

    Model Variants

    LAV-C2 - Command and Control Vehicle

    LAV-25 - Base Combat Vehicle Designation as utilized by the United States Marine Corps.

    LAV-25 "Coyote" - Battlefield Reconnassaince Vehicle in service with the Canadian Armed Forces.

    LAV-AT - Anti-tank Vehicle

    LAV-L - Logistics Vehicle

    LAV-M - Mortar Carrier Vehicle

    LAV-R - Armored Recovery Vehicle

    Piranha - Swiss-Produced Variant of which the LAV-25 is based on; produced by MOWAG.