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AVGP Cougar



Overview


Cougar

Two AVGP Cougar in the field during an exercise.

Source: US Army - © Public domain

Origin
Canada
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Fire support vehicle
Entered service
1976
Status
Obsolete
Production
1976 - 1980
Producer
Canada
Number produced
195
Designations
AVGP / Armored Vehicle General Purpose

Introduction

The AVGP Cougar is a reconnaissance and fire support vehicle of Canadian origin. It is one of the three types of vehicles produced under the AVGP acquisition program. The Cougar is a Canadian production version of the Swiss Piranha I design. All vehicles in the AVPG program feature a 6x6 wheelbase and are fully amphibious. The Cougar is fitted with the same turret as used on the British Scorpion light tank. The 76mm L23A1 gun can be used against light armored vehicles. In Canadian service the Cougar was replaced by the Coyote, which is a reconnaissance version of the Canadian produced LAV-III 8x8 series of armored vehicles.

Details


Facts AVGP Cougar
General
Origin
Canada
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Crew
3+2 (commander, driver, gunner, 2 passengers/scouts)
Dimensions
Length
5.97 m
Width
2.5 m
Height
2.62 m
Weight
10.7 t
Drivetrain
Chassis type
Wheeled, 6x6
Engine
Detroit Diesel 6V53T turbo-diesel
Power output
275 hp
Mobility
Max speed
100 km/h on roads, 50 - 60 km/h off-road, 7 km/h in water
Range
500 km
Fording
Amphibious
Wall
0.8 m
Trench
1.2 m
Gradient
60%
Slope
30%
Main armament
Type
76mm L23A1 cannon
Ammunition types
HESH, smoke, cannister
Traverse
360 degrees
Secondary armament
Type
7.62mm C6 machine gun
Elevation
Coaxial with main armament
Traverse
Coaxial with main armament
Protection
Armor type
Welded steel
Armor thickness
13 mm front, 8mm sides
Smoke
2x4 66mm smoke grenade dischargers on turret sides