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Desert Warrior



Overview


Desert Warrior

Two Desert Warrior with TOW launchers in raised position during a parade.
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Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Mechanized infantry combat vehicle
Entered service
1995
Status
In service
Development
Early 1990's
Developer
United Kingdom
Production
1994 - 1997
Producer
United Kingdom - Vickers
Number produced
233 Desert Warrior
21 APC/CP/ARV
Notable users
Kuwait

Details


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.

Desert Warrior

Desert Warrior showing its turret with 25mm Bushmaster and TOW missile launchers.
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Facts Desert Warrior
General
Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Mechanized infantry combat vehicle
Crew
3 + 7 (commander, driver, gunner, 7 infantry)
Dimensions
Weight
About 29 t combat load
Length
6.3 m
Width
3 m
Height
2.8 m (overall)
1.93 m (hull top)
Main armament
Type
25mm M242 Bushmaster autocannon
Mount
Turret
Ammunition
Unknown total, 210 rounds ready to fire
Elevation
-10° to +60°, powered
Traverse
360°, powered
Stabilizer
Yes, both axis
Anti-tank guided missiles
Type
BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missile
Mount
Launcher on either side of turret
Ammunition
Unknown total, 2 missiles ready to fire
Secondary armament
Type
7.62mm MAG machine gun
Mount
Coaxial with main armament
Ammunition
Unknown total, 420 rounds ready to fire
Traverse
Traverse and elevation as main armament
Stabilizer
Yes, both axis
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
About 19 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 smoke grenade dischargers
Equipment
Night vision
Yes

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