Aviation & Aerospace - Airpower 2024 - Aircraft by Country - Aircraft Manufacturers Vehicles & Artillery - Armor 2024 - Armor by Country - Armor Manufacturers Infantry Small Arms - Warfighter 2024 - Small Arms by Country - Arms Manufacturers Warships & Submarines - Navies 2024 - Ships by Country - Shipbuilders U.S. Military Pay 2024 Military Ranks Special Forces by Country

Alvis FV721 Fox

4x4 Armored Car

United Kingdom | 1973

"The Alvis Fox armored car managed a service life with British forces from 1973 until 1994."

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 02/07/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
Alvis produced a variety of armored vehicles for the British Army during the Cold War decades including several car and light tank types built upon a common chassis to fulfill a variety of battlefield roles. In 1973, the British Army began taking a stock of the Alvis FV721 "Fox" armored cars - a three-man, 4x4 wheeled armored system primarily for the for the mechanized scouting role. The vehicles replaced the aged inventory of "Ferret" light-class and the 6x6 wheeled "Saladin" armored cars then in service. The Fox line served British Army forces until their eventual retirement in 1994.

The finalized end-product became a 7.4 ton vehicle with a lightly armored hull superstructure sat upon a two-axle chassis featuring four large road wheels in a conventional configuration. The crew of three included the driver at front-center in the hull with the command and gunner in the hull superstructure/turret proper. Power was served through a Jaguar J.60 No.1 100B gasoline-fueled engine developing 190 horsepower. Operational ranges reached 270 miles with road speeds nearing 65 miles per hour. There was an amphibious capability by way of a flotation screen being arranged. Armor protection was of all-welded aluminum which provided only basic service against battlefield dangers including small arms fire and artillery spray. Unlike other Cold War vehicles, the Fox lacked any NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) protection for its crew.

Armament was rather strong for a vehicle of this type - a 30mm L21 RARDEN (Royal Armament, Research and Development establishment ENfield) autocannon fitted to the 360-degree traversing turret. The cannon was of a British design and also featured in the tracked Warrior IFV series. The weapon fired a 30x170mm shell of either HE (High-Explosive), APSE (Armor-Piercing, Secondary Effect), or APDS (Armor-Piercing, Discarding Sabot) type with a muzzle velocity nearing 1,175 meters per second out to ranges of 4,400 yards. The cannon was fed by way of three-round cassettes and a total of 99 projectiles were carried on the vehicle. The weapon was coupled to a coaxial 7.62mm L37A2 machine gun in the turret's frontal facing providing a limited anti-infantry measure. The weapon was fed from a supply of 2,600 x 7.62mm ammunition. The turret also carried eight smoke grenade dischargers in two banks of four grenades each straddling the main gun and coaxial armament.

Article Continues Below Advertisement...
The Fox was a tactically-minded vehicle through-and-through. Its relatively compact size and controlled weight allowed it to be air-transportable to any front in the world - capable of fitting within the belly of a Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" transport or similar. Speed was essential to the survival of the vehicle and crew and the Fox held inherently strong running capabilities. The 30mm cannon gave it good firepower against like-minded vehicles and other soft targets but was limited against the armor showcased by frontline combat tanks. The enemy of the day would have been the Soviet Union and its vast collection of armored vehicles in light, medium, and heavy weight classes - some of which the Fox crew could counter and others that the Fox would have been highly vulnerable against.

The Fox was not heavily produced nor widely exported. Beyond the British Army, usage centered on the armies of Malawi and Nigeria with about 325 total vehicles manufactured by Alvis. Several prototype and developmental variants emerged that went nowhere including a 25-mm turreted form, a machine-gun-only form with a one-man turret, and an Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) carrier vehicle. Some Fox turrets were reconstituted for use in the "Sabre" tracked vehicle, the work producing 136 models of this form.

Fewer than 100 Foxes are still in use with Malawian and Nigerian forces today though British Army use ended in the mid-1990s.

Content ©MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Alvis FV721 Fox 4x4 Armored Car.
1 x Jaguar J.60 No 1 Mk 100B gasoline-fueled engine developing 190 horsepower.
Installed Power
65 mph
104 kph
Road Speed
270 miles
434 km
The physical qualities of the Alvis FV721 Fox 4x4 Armored Car.
16.4 ft
5 meters
O/A Length
7.0 ft
2.13 meters
O/A Width
7.2 ft
2.2 meters
O/A Height
14,881 lb
6,750 kg | 7.4 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Alvis FV721 Fox 4x4 Armored Car.
1 x 30mm L21 RARDEN autocannon
1 x 7.62mm L37A2 coaxial machine gun
99 x 30mm projectiles
2,600 x 7.62mm ammunition
Nightvision - YES.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES.
Notable series variants as part of the Alvis FV721 Fox family line.
FV721 "Fox" - Base Series Designation; base armored and armed production model.
FV722 "Vixen" - Proposed variant sans turret installation.
"Fox 25" - Proposed variant; outfitted with 25mm autocannon in Sharpshooter turret.
"Fox MILAN" - Anti-tank vehicle with MILAN ATGM system fitted.
"Fox-Scout" - Proposed convoy escort vehicle; 1 x 7.62mm FN MAG GPMG with 4,500 rounds of ammunition; not adopted.
"Sabre" - Fox turrets installed on FV101 Scorpion light tanks; 136 conversions completed
FV432/30 - Fox turrets on FV432 hulls; 13 conversions completed.
"Panga" - Mayalsian Army export model
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Alvis FV721 Fox. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 325 Units

Contractor(s): Alvis - UK
National flag of Nigeria National flag of the United Kingdom

[ Malawi; Nigeria; United Kingdom ]
1 / 5
Image of the Alvis FV721 Fox
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
2 / 5
Image of the Alvis FV721 Fox
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
3 / 5
Image of the Alvis FV721 Fox
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
4 / 5
Image of the Alvis FV721 Fox
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
5 / 5
Image of the Alvis FV721 Fox

Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
The Alvis FV721 Fox 4x4 Armored Car appears in the following collections:
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2024 Military Pay Scale Military Ranks U.S. DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols US 5-Star Generals WW2 Weapons by Country

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

Part of a network of sites that includes Global Firepower, WDMMA.org, WDMMW.org, and World War Next.

©2024 www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-2024 (21yrs)