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.
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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.