"The FV432 has proven itself a useful, if unspectacular, Armored Personnel Carrier for the British Army with variants a-plenty."
Power & Performance Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the FV432 APC Armored Personnel Carrier.
1 x Rolls-Royce K60 No. 4 Mk 4F 2-stroke 6-cylinder multi-fuel engine developing 240 horsepower at 3,750rpm. Installed Power
32 mph 52 kph Road Speed
298 miles 480 km Range
Structure The physical qualities of the FV432 APC Armored Personnel Carrier.
2 (MANNED) Crew
17.2 ft 5.25 meters O/A Length
9.2 ft 2.8 meters O/A Width
6.1 ft 1.87 meters O/A Height
30,292 lb 13,740 kg | 15.1 tons Weight
Armament & Ammunition Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the FV432 APC Armored Personnel Carrier.
1 x 7.62mm Machine Gun on roof
2 x 3 Smoke Dischargers
AMMUNITION: 1,600 x 7.62mm ammunition
6 x smoke grenades
Variants Notable series variants as part of the FV432 APC family line.
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.
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