General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS Canada) has released additional details of its latest 8x8 Light Armoured Vehicle 700 (LAV 700) vehicle, which is now in production for an unidentified export customer. This is believed to be Saudi Arabia.
The LAV 700 leverages on technology from the 8x8 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles (ICVs) and its variants built for the US Army as well as the latest LAV 6.0 currently in production for Canada.
When compared with earlier LAV platforms, the latest LAV 700 features a new and larger hull on which increased payload and protection can be carried. The gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the vehicle depends on the variant and weapons fit but the company is currently quoting 32,000 kg, including a payload capacity of 11,000 kg.
The LAV 700 hull design is of all welded steel with an applique passive armour package. Modular armour packages (MAPs) can be added for enhanced protection against rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and explosively formed penetrator (EFP) attack. There is also potential to fit a defensive aids system.
The lower part of the vehicle's hull is of the double V type to provide a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The powerpack comprises a Caterpillar C13 diesel developing 711 hp coupled to an Allison 2800 automatic transmission with seven forward and one reverse gears and a single-speed transfer case.
For a higher level of cross-country mobility hydropneumatic independent suspension with ride height control is fitted. This is augmented with a central tyre inflation system (CTIS) as well as run-flat tyres.
Other features integrated into the LAV 700 include an open electronic architecture, cameras for situational awareness, and a health and usage monitoring system (HUMS).
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