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FV432 APC

Armored Personnel Carrier

FV432 APC

Armored Personnel Carrier

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The FV432 has proven itself a useful, if unspectacular, Armored Personnel Carrier for the British Army with variants a-plenty.
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ORIGIN: United Kingdom
YEAR: 1963
MANUFACTURER(S): BAe Systems Land Systems - UK
PRODUCTION: 2,500
OPERATORS: Philippines; United Kingdom
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the FV432 APC model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 17.22 feet (5.25 meters)
WIDTH: 9.19 feet (2.8 meters)
HEIGHT: 6.14 feet (1.87 meters)
WEIGHT: 15 Tons (13,740 kilograms; 30,292 pounds)
ENGINE: 1 x Rolls-Royce K60 No. 4 Mk 4F 2-stroke 6-cylinder multi-fuel engine developing 240 horsepower at 3,750rpm.
SPEED: 32 miles-per-hour (52.2 kilometers-per-hour)
RANGE: 298 miles (480 kilometers)




ARMAMENT



1 x 7.62mm Machine Gun on roof
2 x 3 Smoke Dischargers

Ammunition:
1,600 x 7.62mm ammunition
6 x smoke grenades
NBC PROTECTION: Yes.
NIGHTVISION: Yes - Passive for Driver.
SMOKE GENERATION: Yes.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• FV431 - Armored Load Carrier
• FV432 - Armored Personnel Carrier
• FV434 REME - Maintenance Vehicle
• FV435 - Wavell Electronic Warfare Vehicle
• FV436 - Command and Control Vehicle
• FV437 - Pathfinder Vehicle
• FV438 - "Swingfire" Anti-Tank (ATGW) Missile Vehicle
• FV439 - Specialist Signals Vehicle
• FV430 "Bulldog" - Up-armored model of 2007


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the FV432 APC Armored Personnel Carrier.  Entry last updated on 8/17/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The FV432 was a solid, if unspectacular, armored personnel carrier for the British Army, seeing over 3,000 in total production completed. Much like other multi-faceted chassis of this type, the FV432 continues to serve in other roles (electronic warfare, battlefield recovery, artillery command, etc...), though not the primary frontline Armored Personnel Carrier role it was originally designed for. The FV432 series of APCs has since been supplanted by the modern "Warrior" Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) in the British Army inventory.

The FV432 became the most numerous of the FV430-related vehicles. It ended as a 15-ton system with an overall length of 5.25 meters, a width of 2.8 meters and a height of 2.28 meters. Internally, there was a standard operating crew of two with seating for eleven combat-ready troops. Armor protection shielded occupants and critical working components from small arms fire and artillery spray while local defense was through a 7.62mm L7 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG). A self-screening feature was accomplished by use of six smoke grenade dischargers.




Drive power came from a Rolls-Royce K60 multi-fueled unit of 240 horsepower output. There were five double-tired roadwheels to a hull side (fully suspended for cross-country travel) with the drive sprocket at front and track idler at rear. Two track return rollers were in play. Operational range reached 580 kilometers with road speeds nearing 52 kmh.

After early actions in the Iraq War - in which FV430 troop carriers proved susceptible to enemy IEDs and RPGs, the vehicle was up-armored to become the FV430 Mk III "Bulldog" detailed elsewhere on this site. These began service in useful numbers during August of 2007.




MEDIA