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Textron Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV)

Armored Car / Security Vehicle [ 2016 ]

The Textron TAPV armored car is a modern Canadian Army solution succeeding an aging line of RG-31 and Coyote vehicle types.

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The Canadian Army adopted the Textron "Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle" (TAPV) as its standard armored / security car in 2016. The type is based in the proven "M1117" Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) operated by the United States military and itself debuting in 1999. Both trucks are made under the Textron Marine & Land Systems brand label while the TAPV is used by the Canadians to succeed an aging line of South African-originated RG-31 "Nyala" Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) trucks as well as "Coyote" (MOWAG Piranha 8x8) light-armored vehicles (both vehicles detailed elsewhere on this site).

The TAPV is given a conventional 4x4 all-wheel arrangement which utilizes oversized, independently suspended "run flat" road wheels positioned at the extreme corners of the design for exceptional balance. Armor protection incorporates composite technology to shield occupants from small arms fire up to 12.7mm calibers and artillery "spray". The "V-shaped" hull offers basic ballistics protection as well as inherent blast deflection. Entry-exit to the fighting cabin is by way of hinged, forward-opening doors found along the sides of the hull. Vision panels are thick and bullet resistant against small arms fire. Over the hull is carried an extra road wheel as well as additional mission equipment, pioneering equipment, and armament (if installed).

Overall weight, when loaded, reaches 40,745 lbs. Overall length is 6.3 meters with a beam of 2.75 meters and a height to hull roof of 3.2 meters. It is amphibious up to a point, able to traverse open water sources with relative ease up to 4.9 feet deep. Beyond that, it features no propulsion system for deep water fording.

A standard crew of three is used to operate the vehicle; this includes the driver, commander, and a dedicated gunner. An additional three passengers can be carried and all make use of blast-resistance seats.

Internally, the truck is powered by a Cummins QSL 365 series engine of 365 horsepower output. This is mated to an Allison MD3569 automatic engine featuring six forward speeds and a single reverse. Operational road speeds can reach 68 miles-per-hour on prepared surfaces out to a range of 405 miles. The vehicle's high ground clearance gives it good off-roading capabilities while enhancing crew survivability from under-hull detonations.

Primary armament is variable though the typical fitting is a 7.62mm C6 (FN MAG) General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) alongside a 40mm Heckler & Koch HK GMG Automatic Grenade launcher (AGL). The 40mm AGL can be replaced with a 12.7mm M2HB Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) as needed. All supported weapons are suitable for enemy troop suppression at-range. Over the top of the hull is seated a "Protector" Remote Weapon Station (RWS) which houses the armament mix. The truck is further equipped with 4 x Smoke grenade dischargers for self-screening actions.

The TAPV pilot vehicle emerged in 2011 and trials involving a handful of pre-series hulls were delivered to the Canadian Army for evaluation thereafter. After a period of delays, deliveries of operational-quality vehicles were finally had in 2016 and up to 500 are expected to stock the modernizing Canadian Army inventory.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Textron Marine and Land Systems (TMLS) - Canada / United States
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Amphibious Assault
Traverse bodies of open water under own power with / without preparation.
Armored Car
Design, of typically lightweight nature, providing onroad/offroad capabilities for the scouting or general security roles.
Designed to withstand attacks from mines and ambushes through specialized design and survivability features.
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.
General utility-minded design to accomplish a variety of battlefield tasks, typically in a non-direct-combat fashion.

Wheeled Arrangement
Wheeled arrangement gives this system an inherent road-running capability, enhancing mobility.
Primary Turret
A modern tank quality, this vehicle sports its main armament in a single turret.
Remote Weapon Station (RWS)
Vehicle supports a remote-operated weapons station, reducing crew exposure to outside dangers.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
System can enter and traverse open water sources - either rivers, lakes, and streams; Amphibious Assault operation support.
Cross-Country Capability
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Angled Armor
Angled armor at key facings adds inherent ballistics protection to the vehicle.
Shallow Glacis
The shallow design of the glacis plate provides the vehicle with inherent ballistics protection as well as contributes to a lower overall profile - making it more difficult to disable.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Smoke Screening
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Anti-Aircraft / Air-Defense Capable
System is given an anti-aircraft defense component to protect itself from low-flying aerial threats at range.
Vehicle features an in-built anti-infantry capability for local defense of the vehicle or general troop suppression.
Troop Carrier
Vehicle (or its variants) has an inherent troop-carrying capability, providing protected cover for embarked allies in contested areas.
Remote Weapons Station
Vehicle supports an unmanned weapons station controlled remotely from within the safety of the vehicle.

20.7 ft
6.31 m
9.0 ft
2.75 m
10.6 ft
3.23 m
32,507 lb
14,745 kg
16.3 tons
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Textron TAPV production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Cummins QSL 365 diesel-fueled engine developing 365 horsepower to conventional all-wheeled 4x4 arrangement.
Transmission: 1 x Allison MD3560 automatic transmission system featuring six forward speeds and a single reverse speed.
68.4 mph
(110.0 kph)
407.0 mi
(655.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Textron TAPV production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
Remote Weapon Station (RWS) on hull roof supporting 1 x 7.62mm C6 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with 1 x 40mm Heckler & Koch HK GMG Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) OR 1 x 12.7mm Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun (HMG).
4 x Smoke grenades.

Also any personal weapons carried by the crew.

Supported Types

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Graphical image of the M3 Grease Gun submachine gun
Graphical image of tank /armored vehicle smoke grenade dischargers

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
Dependent upon armament fit.
4 x Smoke grenades.

Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) - Base Series Name.

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