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Alvis FV106 Samson

Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) [ 1978 ]

The FV106 Samson, formed from the CVRT family vehicle initiative by the British, is still in service today despite its Cold War roots.

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The CVR(T) - Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) - concept was developed for the British Army in the middle-to-late 1960s and resulted in a family of vehicles utilizing a common chassis and powerpack. One of the type to be born from this initiative became the FV106 "Samson" and this vehicle was used in the Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV) role. The Samson was taken into service with the army forces of Belgium, Brunei, Latvia, Oman, Philippines, Thailand and the United Kingdom (used by both the British Army and Royal Air Force in the latter). The Samson variant was developed in the early 1970s and adopted in 1978.

The vehicle retained the form and function of the base CVR(T) approach. The running gear involved five road wheels to a hull side with the drive sprocket fitted forwards and the track idler at the rear. The hull superstructure was modified with a slightly raised approach in which the glacis plate met the hull roof line overhead. The plate was also home to the engine exhaust grille, driver's hatch (front left), smoke dischargers and various areas for stowing pioneer tools. At the hull roof line was the commander's cupola and over the rear of the hull was fitted an extendable powered crane arm. A powered winch was also installed to help pull vehicles to safety. The rear face of the fighting cabin contained a rectangular entry-exit door hinged to open to the right. Construction of the hull involved all-welded aluminum surfaces for basic ballistics/artillery spray protection.

Dimensions included a length of 5 meters with a width of 2.4 meters and a height of 2.8 meters.

Internally, the crew numbered three and made up of the vehicle driver, commander and an assistant. The vehicle was defending by a single 7.62mm L7 medium machine gun and could provide its own smoke screen via the 8 x Smoke grenade dischargers set at the bow. Power was from a single Jaguar 4.2 liter gasoline-fueled engine with road speeds reaching 72 kilometers per hour and ranges out to 483 kilometers.

The primary purpose of the Samson was to be able to recover its own family of CVR(T) vehicles but it also had the ability to tow/assist other light-class military types as well - adding to its already inherent battlefield versatility. Prior to beginning a pull operation, the crew would lower support legs to dig the vehicle into the earth for added stability.

The Samson remains in service today (2018) with a handful of operators including the British Army. Oman owns three of the type and the Philippines another six.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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United Kingdom


National flag of Belgium National flag of Latvia National flag of Oman National flag of the Philippines National flag of Thailand National flag of the United Kingdom Belgium; Brunei; Latvia; Oman; Philippines; Thailand; United Kingdom
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Onboard systems provide solutions to accomplish a variety of battlefield engineering tasks.
General utility-minded design to accomplish a variety of battlefield tasks, typically in a non-direct-combat fashion.
Special Purpose
Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.

16.4 ft
5 m
7.9 ft
2.4 m
9.2 ft
2.8 m
19,180 lb
8,700 kg
9.6 tons
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Alvis FV106 Samson production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Jaguar J60 No.1 Mk100B 4.2 liter gasoline-fueled engine developing 190 horsepower.
44.7 mph
(72.0 kph)
301.4 mi
(485.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Alvis FV106 Samson production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 7.62mm L7 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) on pintle mounting over hull roof.
8 x Smoke grenade dischargers.

Supported Types

Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun
Graphical image of tank /armored vehicle smoke grenade dischargers

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1,000 x 7.62mm ammunition (estimated).
8 x Smoke grenades.

FV106 Samson - Base Series Designation

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