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Commando Scout



Overview


Commando Scout

Indonesian army Commando Scout fitted with one man turret with two 7.62mm machine guns.
Source: Indonesian Ministry of Defence - © Copyright lies with original owner

Origin
United States
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Entered service
Mid 1980's
Status
In service
Development
Mid 1970's
Developer
United States - Cadillac Gage
Production
1983 - 1987 (series production)
1977 (prototype)
Producer
United States - Cadillac Gage
Unit cost
$ 200.000 in 1986
Number produced
140
Notable users
Egypt
Indonesia

Description


Introduction

The Commando Scout is a late Cold War era reconnaissance vehicle of US origin. It was developed for Cadillac Gage for export sales. The vehicle is derived from the highly successful V-150 Commando range of armored personnel and weapons carriers. However, the Commando Scout was exported in far more limited numbers.

Design

The Commando Scout is based on the wheelbase of the V-150 Commando. The silhouette has been reduced significantly in order to make the Scout less detectable on the battlefield. The driver sits on the front left and the engine is to his right. The small rear compartment can seat two people when fitted with roof hatches. Furthermore, a range of one man turrets were offered. With only the twin machine gun turret produced for Indonesia.

Firepower

The Commando Scout can be fitted with a range of armament. Indonesia acquired the Scout with a one man twin 7.62mm machine gun turret. In Egyptian service a pintle mounted 12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun is fitted.

Protection

Cadloy armor is employed on the Commando Scout to protect the crew from small arms fire and shell splinters all around. Smoke grenade launchers are optional and an NBC system is absent.

Mobility

The wheeled chassis provides good mobility on road and reasonable mobility in the field. The Cummins V-6 diesel engine allows for a road speed of 96 km/h and a range of over 1.200 km on road. This makes the Commando Scout faster than the V-150 Commando, but it no longer has amphibious capability.

Users

The Commando Scout was acquired by Indonesia and Egypt. A total of 140 vehicles was produced. Press photos indicate that both nations still operate these vehicles.

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Details


Facts Commando Scout
General
Origin
United States
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Crew
1 + 1 (driver, gunner)
Dimensions
Weight
7.24 t combat load
Length
5.00 m
Width
2.06 m
Height
2.16 m with one man turret
Main armament
Type
2x 7.62mm FN MAG machine gun
Mount
One man twin machine gun turret
Ammunition
2.600 rounds, 2x 200 rounds ready to fire
Elevation
-10° to +55°, powered
Traverse
360°, powered
Traverse rate
45°/s
Stabilizer
No
Chassis
Chassis type
Wheeled chassis, 4x4
Tire size
15.5 x21
Wheelbase
2.74 m
Tread
1.66 m
Suspension
Coil springs
Automotive
Engine model
Cummins
Engine type
V-6 diesel
Power output
149 hp at 3.300 rpm
Transmission
Allison automatic
4 forward, 1 reverse
2-speed transfer case
Fuel
378 L
Mobility
Speed
96 km/h on road
Range
Over 1.200 km on road
Turn radius
8 m
Power to weight ratio
20.6 hp/t
Obstacle crossing
Ground clearance
0.38 m
Wall
0.6 m
Gradient
60 %
Slope
30 %
Fording
1.2 m
Protection
Armor type
Cadloy
Armor thickness
76° front armor slope
Tires
Run-flat tubeless tires
NBC system
No
Smoke system
Optional 2x4 smoke grenade dischargers on turret
Equipment
Night vision
No
Radio
Optional