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Warrior

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Mechanized infantry combat vehicle

  • ORIGIN
    United Kingdom

  • NICKNAMES
    Mechnized Combat Vehicle of the 80's / MCV-80 (Warrior development program)
    FV510 (UK army designation)

  • DESIGNED
    1977 - 1984

  • DESIGNER
    GKN Sankey

  • PRODUCTION
    1986 - 1997

  • PRODUCERS
    United Kingdom - Vickers

  • QUANTITY
    A total of 1.043 vehicles were produced.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good mobility
    Powerful armament
    Non-stabilized, slow firing armament

Introduction

The Warrior is a late Cold War era mechanized infantry combat vehicle of UK origin. It was developed in early 1980's to complement the FV432, which was becoming old, lacked firepower and provided limited protection. The Warrior was used with success during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Layout

The Warrior has a conventional layout with the engine and driver in the front, the two man turret in the middle and the infantry compartment in the rear. The infantry may exit the vehicle through a single large rear door or two roof hatches.

Firepower

The main armament is a 30mm RARDEN autocannon. This fires powerful 30mm shells from three round clips, resulting in a low rate of fire. A 7.62mm EX-34 chain gun is mounted as a coaxial weapon. As both weapons are not stabilized they cannot be effectively fired on the move. The RARDEN autocannon is to be replaced by the 40mm CTWS autocannon in the future.

Protection

The aluminum armor protects the crew from small arms fire and shell splinters from all angles. Over the frontal arc 14.5mm rounds are resisted. During recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan improved armor was installed. This includes additional front armor, large spaced side armor plates and mesh shields against rockets.

Mobility

The tracked chassis provides the Warrior with a good off road mobility. The 550 hp diesel engine provides for a maximum speed of 75 km/h.

Users

The main user of the Warrior is the UK army. The Warrior has been actively used during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The sole export customer for the Warrior is Kuwait.

Variants

Warrior

The Warrior is a tracked mechanized infantry combat vehicle armed with a 30mm RARDEN autocannon and 7.62mm EX-34 chain gun. The baseline vehicle serves as the chassis for four variants.

FV510: The standard infantry section vehicle. The most numerous of all Warrior vehicles.
FV511: Command version with some additional radios.
FV514: Artillery observation vehicle with a dummy RARDEN cannon. Fitted with mast mounted artillery radar, observation systems and a laser range finder.
FV515: Battery command vehicle used with the artillery.

TypeMechanized infantry combat vehicle
Crew3 + 7 (commander, driver, gunner, 7 infantry)
Length6.34 m
Width3.03 m
Height1.93 m (hull top), 2.74 m (turret top), 2.79 m (overall)
Ground clearance0.49 m
Weight24.5 t unloaded, 28.0 t combat load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseTracked chassis, 6 roadwheels, drive sprocket front, idler rear, 3.82 m length, 0.46 m width
Turn radius?
EnginePerkins CV-8 TCA V8 diesel, 550 hp at 2.300 rpm
Power ratio19.6 hp/t
TransmissionPerkins X-300-4B automatic, 4 forward, 2 reverse
Speed75 km/h, 48 km/h reverse
Fuel770 L
Range660 km
Wall0.75 m
Trench2.5 m
Gradient60% gradient, 40% slope
Fording1.3 m
ArmorAluminum and steel
NBC equipmentYes
Night visionYes
Smoke2x4 66mm smoke grenade discharger
Remarksspecifications include appliqué armor as used in 1991 Gulf war
Armament30mm L21 RARDEN autocannon
7.62mm EX-34 coaxial chain gun
Weapon130mm L21 RARDEN autocannon in turret
250 rounds, 3 ready to fire
-10° elevation, powered
360° traverse, powered
non-stabilized
Weapon27.62mm EX-34 coaxial chain gun
2.000 rounds
traverse and elevation as main armament
Weapon3-
Weapon4-
Weapon5-
Weapon6-

Desert Warrior

Desert Warrior: The Desert Warrior is a variant developed for Kuwait. The main differences are its armament, protection level and various minor improvements for continuous operation in desert environments. The Desert Warrior is armed with a different turret which is fitted with a 25mm M242 Bushmaster autocannon, 7.62mm MAG machine gun and a TOW anti-tank missile on each side. The front and side are fitted with additional armor. Similar armor packages were later retrofitted to UK Warriors.

TypeMechanized infantry combat vehicle
Crew3 + 7 (commander, driver, gunner, 7 infantry)
Length6.3 m
Width3 m
Height1.93 m (hull top)
Ground clearance0.49 m
Weight?
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseTracked chassis, 6 roadwheels, drive sprocket front, idler rear, 3.82 m length, 0.46 m width
Turn radius?
EnginePerkins CV-8 TCA V8 diesel, 550 hp at 2.300 rpm
Power ratio?
TransmissionPerkins X-300-4B automatic, 4 forward, 2 reverse
Speed75 km/h, 48 km/h reverse
Fuel770 L
Range660 km
Wall0.75 m
Trench2.5 m
Gradient60% gradient, 40% slope
Fording1.3 m
ArmorAluminum and steel
NBC equipmentYes
Night visionYes
Smoke2x4 smoke grenade discharger
Remarks-
Armament25mm M242 Bushmaster autocannon
7.62mm MAG coaxial MAG
TOW missile launcher (2x)
Weapon125mm M242 Bushmaster autocannon in turret
210 rounds ready to fire, -10 to +60° elevation, powered
360° traverse, powered
stabilized in both axis
Weapon27.62mm MAG coaxial machine gun
420 rounds ready to fire
traverse and elevation as main armament
Weapon3TOW missile launcher on each side of turret
2 missiles ready to fire
traverse as main armament
non-stabilized
Weapon4-
Weapon5-
Weapon6-

Warrior ARV

The Warrior chassis also serves as the basis for two types of armored recovery vehicles. The two man turret is not fitted. Instead there is a small one man turret with 7.62mm EX-34 chain gun.

FV512 MCRV: The most common Warrior armored recovery vehicle. MCRV stands for Mechanzied Combat Repair Vehicle. A crane is mounted on the left side and can be used to swap powerpacks of Challenger 2 tanks or other Warrior vehicles. Futhermore it carries a wide variety of tools.
FV513 MRV(R) Similar to the FV512, but adds a large earth anchor at the rear and a 20 t winch.

TypeArmored recovery vehicle
Crew5 (commander, driver, 3 operators)
Length6.68 m
Width3.13 m
Height1.94 m (hull top), 2.30 m (overall)
Ground clearance0.49 m
Weight30.0 t combat load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseTracked chassis, 6 roadwheels, drive sprocket front, idler rear, 3.82 m length, 0.46 m width
Turn radius6 m
EnginePerkins CV-8 TCA V8 diesel, 550 hp at 2.300 rpm
Power ratio18.3 hp/t
TransmissionPerkins X-300-4B automatic, 4 forward, 2 reverse
Speed71 km/h
Fuel770 L
Range500 km on road
Wall0.75 m
Trench2.5 m
Gradient60% gradient, 40% slope
Fording1.3 m
ArmorAluminum and steel
NBC equipmentYes
Night visionYes
Smoke2x4 smoke grenade discharger
Remarks6.5 t crane, 20 t winch
Armament7.62mm EX-34 chain gun
Weapon17.62mm EX-34 chain gun in one man turret
4.000 rounds
manual elevation and traverse
non-stabilized
Weapon2-
Weapon3-
Weapon4-
Weapon5-
Weapon6-

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