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Warrior



Overview


Warrior

Warrior without any additional armor installed.
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Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Mechanized infantry combat vehicle
Entered service
1988
Status
In service
Development
1977 - 1984
Developer
United Kingdom - GKN Sankey
Production
1986 - 1997
Producer
United Kingdom - Vickers
Number produced
1.043 vehicles based on Warrior chassis
576 FV510 and FV511
52 FV514
19 FV515
Designations
FV510 (UK army designation)
MCV-80 / Mechanized Combat Vehicle of the 80's (development program)
Notable users
United Kingdom - Army

Description


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, taking delivery of a modified version called Desert Warrior.

Details


Warrior

UK Warrior with additional armor on the front and sides.
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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.

Warrior 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.
Facts Warrior
General
Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Mechanized infantry combat vehicle
Crew
3 + 7 (commander, driver, gunner, 7 infantry)
Dimensions
Weight
28.0 t combat load with applique side skirts
24.5 t unloaded
Length
6.34 m
Width
3.03 m without applique side skirts
Height
2.79 m (overall)
2.74 m (turret top)
1.93 m (hull top)
Main armament
Type
30mm L21A1 RARDEN autocannon
Mount
Turret
Ammunition
250 rounds, 3 ready to fire
Elevation
-10°, powered
Traverse
360°, powered
Stabilizer
No
Secondary armament
Type
7.62mm L94A1 (EX-34) chain gun
Mount
Coaxial with main armament
Ammunition
2.000 rounds
Traverse
Traverse and elevation as main armament
Stabilizer
No
Chassis
Chassis type
Tracked chassis, 6 roadwheels,
Drive sprocket front, idler rear
Tracks
3.82 m length on ground
0.46 m width
Suspension
Torsion bar
Automotive
Engine
Perkins CV-8 TCA V8 diesel
Power output
550 hp at 2.300 rpm
Transmission
Perkins X-300-4B automatic, 4 forward, 2 reverse
Fuel
770 L
Mobility
Speed
75 km/h on road
50 km/h off road
48 km/h reverse
Range
660 km
Power to weight ratio
19.6 hp/t
Obstacle crossing
Ground clearance
0.49 m
Wall
0.75 m
Trench
2.5 m
Gradient
60 %
Slope
40 %
Fording
1.3 m
Protection
Armor type
Aluminum and steel
NBC system
Yes
Smoke system
2x4 66mm smoke grenade dischargers
Equipment
Night vision
Passive image intensifier
350 vehicles upgraded with BGTI thermal 8x sights
Radio
Clansman, later replaced by Bowman

Media


Related articles


Desert Warrior

The Desert Warrior is derived from the FV510 Warrior. It was developed to meet requirements set by Kuwait. Desert Warrior has a different armament package and was fitted with applique armor.

Warrior MCRV

The Warrior chassis was used to develope two types of armored recovery vehicles, known as the FV512 MCRV and FV513 MRV(R).

30mm Rarden

The Rarden 30mm autocannon is the main armament of the Warrior.