The Austrian SPz 4K 7FA was a further development of the 4K 4FA armored personnel carrier (APC) and its variants developed in the 1960's by Saurer. When Steyr Daimler-Puch purchased the line in 1970, it produced the similar but updated 4K 7FA series with many of the internal components of the SK 105 light tank / tank destroyer. The resulting design was a usable, versatile and well-accepted line of armored personnel carriers for Austrian Army use and some global Allies as well.
The 4K 7FA has accommodations for a crew of two, a driver and gunner. The driver sits front left with the powerpack to his right while the gunner is just behind the driver. Additional seating is available for up to 8 infantrymen in the rear, with entry made possible through doors in the extreme rear. The gunner mans a 12.7mm heavy caliber machine gun in the base 4K 7FA model. Additional provision has been made in the way of four roof mountings for up to 4 x additional 7.62mm machine guns for added self-defense. However, these positions require the occupants to expose their head in order to fire the weapons and are hardly ideal positions.
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Saurer / Steyr Daimler-Puch - Austria Manufacturer(s)
Austria; Bolivia; Cyprus; Nigeria; Greece (as the Leonidas) Operators
1 x Steyr 6-cylinder liquid-cooled, diesel-fueled engine developing 320 horsepower. Drive System
40 mph (64 kph) Road Speed
323 miles (520 km) Road Range
1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (anti-infantry / air-defense).
4 x Smoke Grenade Dischargers.
4 x 7.62mm Medium Machine Guns on trainable roof mountings.
4K 7FA - Base Series Designation
4K 7FA G127 - Base APC Model Designation
4K 7FA-KSPz MICV
4K 7FA FSCV 90 - Fire Support Vehicle; fitted with 1 x 90mm Cockerill Mk III main gun in turret assembly; prototype.
4K 7FA MICV 30/1 - 1 x 30mm RARDEN main gun in turret assembly; prototype.
4K 7A-Fu - Command Vehicle
4K 7FA-San - Armored Battlefield Ambulance
4K 7FA AMC 81 - Mortar Carrier; fitted with 1 x 81mm mortar.
4K 7FA AA - Anti-Aircraft Defense Platform
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