Military Factory

Military Reconnaissance Vehicles

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/10/2015

The main advancing force has benefited from proper reconnaissance of enemy positions, activity and strength.

There are a total of (118) Reconnaissance Vehicles in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

9P148 Konkurs (BRDM-2 Spandrel)
The 9P148 "Konkurs", also incorrectly identified by some as the "BRDM-3", is a variant of the base BRDM-2 Amphibious Scout Ca...
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The AH-IV was an export tankette design of Czech origins that appeared in 1936. Agile and fast, the machine gun-armed combat ...
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AIFV (Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle) / (M113A1)
In the mid-1960s, the United States Army already began looking beyond their ubiquitous M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) s...
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Alvis FV101 Scorpion
During the 1960s, the British Army adopted a tracked family concept under the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance, Tracked (CVR-T) ...
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Alvis FV107 Scimitar
The Alvis FV107 Scimitar is a light armored reconnaissance platform primarily in service with the British Army. The vehicle i...
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Alvis FV601 Saladin
The Saladin Armored Car was a British multi-role vehicle appearing in the post-World War 2 years. It was brought online after...
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Alvis Sabre
The Alvis FV107 "Scimitar" light tank proved itself a fairly successful light armored reconnaissance vehicle to the point th...
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The amphibious AMX-10RC armored car was developed and built by GIAT Industries, a French government owned weapons manufacture...
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The AMX-13 Light Tank was designed to a new post-World War 2 French Army requirement. In the post-war years, France was rebui...
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Aqareb 8x8
In April of 2015, the Iranian Army debuted its new "Aqareb" eight-wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) through a indigenous...
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ASLAV (AuStralian Light Armored Vehicle)
The ASLAV (Australian Light Armored Vehicle) is similar in most respects to the American LAV-25 and Canadian Coyote series of...
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Austin Armor Car (Series)
The armored car prove its military value during the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918) where mechanized forces were just beg...
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Autoblinda 40/41 (AB 40/41)
Land combat of World War 2 went beyond the storied engagements involving masses of tank formations. A portion of this combat ...
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BA-10 / BA-32
Armored cars played a major role in warfare during World War 1 for their ease of production and machine gun-carrying qualitie...
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Emerging from BN Constructions Ferroviaries et Metalliques (BNCFM) of Belgium during the mid-1970s was the export-minded SIBM...
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Bravia Chaimite (Series)
The Bravia Chaimite V-series of light armored vehicles is a Portuguese-designed and produced 4x4 armored personnel carrier (A...
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The BRDM-1 series of amphibious scout cars first appeared in the late 1950s and would serve as the principle armored car in s...
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The BRDM-2 primarily served as an armored scout car with the Soviet Army during the height of the Cold War. She was a direct ...
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BT-2 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
Like many of the military powers prior to World War 2, the Red Army adopted a series of light, fast tanks intended to overwhe...
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BT-5 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
The BT series of Soviet "Fast Tanks" was born out of a John Walter Christie design in the early 1930s featuring an American s...
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BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
In the latter portion of the 1920s, the Soviet Army began looking to modernize their fleet of aging tanks. As such, it held a...
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The Soviet Army adjusted their battlefield doctrine following their experiences in World War 2 (1939-1945) against the Axis p...
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BTR-40 (Bronetransporter)
The Red Army learned much about mobility in its response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union during World War 2. As su...
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Bumerang (Boomerang)
During the Cold War decades, the Soviet Army championed use of multi-axle armor wheeled vehicles among its ground force ranks...
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Cadillac Gage Commando (M706 / G-392)
The Cadillac Gage "Commando" (V-100 / G-392) was first adopted by the United States Army in the 1960s for the light armored 4...
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Cadillac Gage Ranger (Peacekeeper)
Cadillac Gage delivered their Ranger 4x4 light armored vehicle beginning in the early 1980s. The system was built atop the ex...
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Carro Armato L3 (Series)
The L3 series of tankettes primarily served the Italian Army in the years leading up to World War 2. By this time in history,...
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CIO Centauro
The Centauro B1 8x8 tank killer is in the same family line of Italian Army vehicles that include the Ariete Main Battle Tank ...
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Coyote LAV
In 1996, the Canadian Army followed the United States Marines in adopting the Swiss MOWAG Piranha eight-wheeled, light-armore...
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Crossley Armored Car
The Crossley Armored Car was the first 6x6 wheeled armored car adopted for service in the British Army (1927). The type's thr...
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D-442 FUG / D-944 PSzH
The Soviet influence is clear in the design of the Hungarian FUG though much has been added to make the FUG a wholly Hungaria...
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Daimler Armored Car
The armored car proved itself an important battlefield tool for the British Army during World War 1 (1914-1918) and also duri...
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The Armored Car found its niche on the battlefields of World War 1 in security, reconnaissance, and scouting roles. They prov...
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With its relatively recent war with Russia in 2008, it behooves the nation of Georgia to develop a self-sustaining indigenous...
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The Enigma 8x8 wheeled Armored Modular Fighting Vehicle (AMFV) has been developed by Emirates Defense Technology (EMT) to ful...
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Engesa EE-3 Jararaca (Pit Viper)
The Engesa EE-3 "Jararaca" was an compact armored car of local Brazilian design, development, and production. In the post-Wor...
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Engesa EE-9 Cascavel (Rattlesnake)
Realizing the need to replace its aged stock of World War 2-era (1939-1945), American-made M8 "Greyhound" armored cars, the B...
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FMC XR311 (G.I. Hotrod)
In 1969, the FMC Corporation undertook in-house development of a new multi-purpose four-wheeled military vehicle designed to ...
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FPI Cougar (MRAP)
The Cougar has since expanded into a full line of militarized armored vehicles. This began with the base 4x4 and 6x6 series C...
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Despite the heavy shift to tracked armored combat vehicles during World War 2, the massive Soviet Army understood the value i...
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GAZ Tigr (Tiger)
The Russian originated GAZ-2975 "Tigr" ("Tiger") is the Russian Army equivalent to the ubiquitous HUMVEE multipurpose 4x4 whe...
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General Dynamics Flyer-72 ALSV (Advanced Light Strike Vehicle)
In 2012, US SOCOM (United States Special Operations COMmand) put forth a requirement for a new lightweight, high-mobility, ai...
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General Dynamics Scout SV
The British Army is currently developing the Scout SV family of vehicles with General Dynamics (UK). Origins of the vehicle g...
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Guy Armored Car
The armored car was a critical component of field actions concerning World War 2 (1939-1945) ground-based warfare. The Britis...
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Half-Track Car M2
The United States Army learned by experience in World War 1 that trying to move men and machine through mud and snow proved a...
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Half-Track Car M9
The half-track military vehicle achieved considerable stardom during World War 2 (1939-1945) though the concept of combining ...
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Half-Track Personnel Carrier M3
No image of the American military effort in World War 2 is complete without the appearance of the M3 Half-Track vehicle. The ...
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HH Technologies Ripsaw UGV
The United States Army is evaluating various unmanned systems to field alongside its forward-operating infantry elements. The...
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HMMWV (High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle) / (Humvee)
Aside from the M1 Abrams, perhaps no other American armored vehicle has represented the American Army more than the venerable...
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Izhorsky Mgebrov-Renault
The Russian Empire Izhorsky Mgebrov-Renault was one of the more unique developments of armored car to appear in World War 1 (...
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King Armored Car
At the start of World War 1 in the summer of 1914, countries were clamoring for all types of weapons with which to find ultim...
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Lanchester Armored Car
The Lanchester Motor Company Limited produced a four-wheeled armored car for service in World War 1 (1914-1918) and this prod...
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Land Rover Defender 110
The Defender 110 is produced by the British Land Rover Company for military use. The British Army and some Commonwealth natio...
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Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT-2 / LVT-4) (Alligator / Water Buffalo)
The LVT ("Landing Vehicle Tracked") began a long line of amphibious tracked American military vehicles for the US Army and Ma...
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LAV-25 (Light Armored Vehicle 25)
The LAV-25 eight-wheeled vehicle is classified as a light armored reconnaissance vehicle. Its wheeled nature allows it to tra...
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Lynx CRV (M113-and-a-Half)
The Lynx was an offshoot of the ubiquitous American M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) developed to serve in the command an...
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M1 (Light Tank, M1 / M1 Combat Car)
The M1 Combat Car represented the rather meek beginning of American World War 2 tank development. It was an all-machine-gun t...
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M1117 Guardian ASV
After the bloodbath in Somalia during 1993, American Army authorities were convinced to rewrite their approach to armored war...
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M114 CRV
The M114 Command and Reconnaissance Carrier followed the ubiquitous M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) series into operatio...
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M151 MUTT (Military Utility Tactical Truck)
Prior to the adoption of the ubiquitous HUMVEE multi-purpose 4x4 vehicle, the US military relied on the world renowned "Jeep"...
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M2 Bradley
The M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) fulfilled a U.S. Army requirement that began in the 1960s calling for an amphi...
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M20 (G-176)
The M20 (U.S. Army identifier of G-176) was a reconnaissance/general purpose utility car adopted by the United States Army du...
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M22 Locust
After witnessing the successes of the German airborne divisions to take over most of Western Europe in the opening salvos of ...
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M24 Chaffee (Light Tank, M24)
The Light Tank, M24 "Chaffee" was the chosen successor to the M5 "Stuart" light tank line which began with the pre-war M3 Stu...
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M3 Bradley
The M3 Bradley CFV (Cavalry Fighting Vehicle) is very similar in most respects to the M2 Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehic...
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M3 Stuart (Light Tank, M3)
The M3 "Stuart" Light Tank became the primary light tank vehicle for the United States Army heading into World War 2 (1939-19...
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M38 Wolfhound
The M38 was intended as a replacement for the ubiquitous, go-anywhere, do-anything M8 Greyhound series of armored reconnaissa...
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M5 Stuart (Light Tank, M5) (Stuart VI)
The M5 "Stuart" (also "General Stuart") was an extension of the original M3 Stuart Light Tank line of 1941 and brought about ...
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M551 Sheridan
The M551 General Sheridan (or simply "Sheridan") was a light-armored and heavily-armed portable tank system utilized by the U...
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M8 Greyhound (Light Armored Car M8)
One of the unsung American heroes of World War 2 was the venerable M8 Greyhound wheeled armored car series. The type was prod...
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M93 Fox
The M93 "Fox" is a United States Army development of the stellar German Rheinmetall TPz 1 "Fuchs" 6x6 wheeled vehicle. The M9...
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Marmon-Herrington (South African Reconnaissance Vehicle)
The Marmon-Herrington Armored Car became a rare South African industry contribution to the Allied cause in World War 2 (1939-...
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Minerva Armored Car
Like other armored cars of World War 1 (1914-1918), the Belgian Minerva Armored Car was a hastily-generated mobile machine gu...
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Navistar International MaxxPro
The International Truck "MaxxPro" by Navistar Defense is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle classified as an Ar...
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Oshkosh JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle)
The United States and its allies have made excellent use of the AM General HUMVEE (High Mobility, Multipurpose Vehicle) since...
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Oshkosh M-ATV
The Oshkosh M-ATV is a 4x4 armored vehicle now in service with the United States Army. Years of combat actions shown light-ar...
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Pandur I
The Pandur I was a 6x6, multi-faceted wheeled chassis primarily serving as a fast armored personnel carrier within the invent...
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Panhard AML 60 / 90
The French Army used the Panhard AML 60 / 90 series of light armored cars to replace the 1950s-era Daimler Ferrets. Scout / A...
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Panhard EBR (Engin Blinde de Reconnaissance)
The French Panhard EBR armored car of the 1950s actually maintained design origins in the years leading up to World War 2. Pa...
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Panhard ERC 90
The French concerns of Renault and Panhard submitted designs to fulfill a 1970s French Army requirement for new 4x4 and 6x6 a...
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Paramount Mbombe
South Africa fought in the Rhodesian Bush War (1964-1979) and it was during this time that thought was given to development o...
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Putilov-Garford Armored Car
Like most other world powers in World War 1 (1914-1918), the mechanized side of the Russian Army during the conflict largely ...
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Ratel IFV (Honey Badger)
The Ratel ("Honey Badger") Infantry Fighting Vehicle was a long-running family of 6x6 armored vehicles developed and produced...
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The RG-35 is a relatively new armored wheeled vehicle offering by Land Systems OMC of South Africa, a subsidiary of BAe Syste...
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Rheinmetall Landsysteme Condor
The Condor is a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) appearing in West Germany during the Cold War (1947-1991) at which time Germany r...
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Rhienmetall Landsysteme Spahpanzer Luchs (Lynx)
The West German designed and developed Spahpanzer Luchs ("Lynx") was an 8x8 wheeled, multi-role armored vehicle appearing dur...
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Schutzenpanzer SPz 11-2 Kurz
Hotchkiss of France teamed with the West German Army to develop a new Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) based on the Hotc...
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SdKfz 10 leichter ZugKraftwagen lt
Like other German military systems of World War 2 (1939-1945), the SdKfz 10 series half-track was designed and developed in s...
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SdKfz 101 Panzerkampfwagen I (PzKpfW I) / Panzer 1
Few could have known what the inception of the Panzer I into the German Army inventory during the middle portion of the 1930s...
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SdKfz 121 Panzerkampfwagen II (PzKpfW II) / Panzer 2
While development of the of the Pz.Kpf.W. I (Panzer I) light tank (Sd.Kfz. 121) was still ongoing, the Pz.Kpf.W. II (Panzer I...
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SdKfz 123 Panzerspahwagen II (Luchs)
Germany's early collection of tanks in World War 2 (1939-1945) was made up of the Panzer I, Panzer II, Panzer III, and Panzer...
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SdKfz 221 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)
During the German military rearmament of the 1930s, the Army began to take on stocks of armored vehicles to conform to its ev...
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SdKfz 222 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)
Adoption of the SdKfz 221 series of armored cars in 1935 by the German Army eventually led to a broadened line of similar car...
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SdKfz 223 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)
The SdKfz 223 was part of a larger family of German light armored cars that began with the SdKfz 221 (detailed elsewhere on t...
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SdKfz 231 / 232/ 233 / 263 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (8-rad)
Mobility was always to play a key role in the early German blitzkrieg campaigns of World War 2 (1939-1945). Coordinated, ligh...
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SdKfz 231 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (6-rad)
Following the end of World War 1, the victors placed the blame of the war squarely on the German Empire. Austria-Hungary and ...
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SdKfz 234 (Puma)
The SdKfz 234 (generally known as the "Puma") was a key 8-wheeled, armed reconnaissance platform utilized by the German Army ...
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SdKfz 250 leichter Schutzenpanzerwagen
The SdKfz 250 series was just one in the long line of German-produced halftrack systems in World War 2. The 250 system went o...
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Supacat Jackal MWMIK
The Supacat Jackal (also "MWMIK", otherwise nicknamed "EmWimmick" though an acronym for "Mobility Weapon-Mounted Installation...
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T17 (Deerhound)
The T17 "Deerhound" from Ford Motor Company competed unsuccessfully against the Chevrolet designed-and-developed T17E1 "Stagh...
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To Red Army authorities, it was becoming painfully clear that the BT series of "fast tanks" was not the long term answer for ...
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The T-60 light scout tank was designed and developed to replace the outclassed T-38 series of amphibious light scout tank and...
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In October of 1941 - four months after the German invasion of the Soviet Union through "Operation Barbarossa" - engineers of ...
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The "Technical" is a generic name given to make-shift military vehicles crudely developed on the chassis of existing 4x4 all-...
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Type 85 (YW531H)
The PT-85 is a light amphibious tank system (may also be known as the "Type 82" or "Type 85") in service with the North Korea...
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Type 95
Heading into World War 2 (1939-1945), the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) relied largely on civilian cars and commercial trucks ...
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Type 97 Te-Ke
Developed from an early Imperial Japanese Army request for a light tank in 1937, the Type 97 Te-Ke was simply outmatched agai...
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Vickers Mk VII (A17) (Tetrarch)
With the worsening situation in Europe during the late 1930s, it behooved the British to prepare for war with its old enemy G...
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Volkswagen Schwimmwagen
None of the major armies of World War 2 (1939-1945) was complete without specialized vehicles to fulfill equally-specialized ...
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Walid (Walid Gomaa Mohamed)
In the 1960s, the Egyptian Army invested in a new armored car based on its experiences with the Soviet-era 4x4 wheeled BTR-40...
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White Armored Car
The White Motor Company's contributions to the American war effort of World War 2 became well-documented but its support went...
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