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FV432 APC


Armored Personnel Carrier (1963)


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The FV432 has proven itself a useful, if unspectacular, Armored Personnel Carrier for the British Army with variants a-plenty.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 08/17/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.

Specifications



Service Year
1963

Origin
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United Kingdom

Crew
2
CREWMEN
Production
2,500
UNITS


BAe Systems Land Systems - UK
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)


Length
17.2 ft
5.25 m
Width
9.2 ft
2.8 m
Height
6.1 ft
1.87 m
Weight
30,292 lb
13,740 kg
Tonnage
15.1 tons
LIGHT
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base FV432 APC production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Rolls-Royce K60 No. 4 Mk 4F 2-stroke 6-cylinder multi-fuel engine developing 240 horsepower at 3,750rpm.
Speed
32.4 mph
(52.2 kph)
Range
298.3 mi
(480.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base FV432 APC production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 7.62mm Machine Gun on roof
2 x 3 Smoke Dischargers


Supported Types


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Graphical image of tank /armored vehicle smoke grenade dischargers


(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1,600 x 7.62mm ammunition
6 x smoke grenades


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


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