Light Strike Vehicle

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This article is about the type of military vehicle used primarily by the US military. For the Singaporean-built vehicle, see Spider Light Strike Vehicle.
Light Strike Vehicle
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Type Light Attack Vehicle
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service ?- Present
Used by

Current  United States
 Greece
 Kuwait
 Mexico
 Oman
 Portugal
 Spain
Former

 United Kingdom
Wars War on Terrorism
Production history
Designed ?
Manufacturer Chenowth Racing Products
Specifications
Weight 960 kilograms
Length 4.08 m
Width 2.11 m
Height 2.01 m
Crew 1 driver and 1 gunner + 2 passengers

Main
armament
1X 12.7 mm M2 .50 caliber HMG, 1 x 5.56 mm M249 SAW LMG, 1 x 7.62 mm M60 or M240 series GPMG
Secondary
armament
2 x AT4 light Anti-Tank Weapons, or 1 x TOW
Engine Diesel
?
Power/weight ?
Suspension ?
Operational
range
500 km
Speed 130 km/h on-road; 110 km/h off-road.

The Light Strike Vehicle (LSV) is an improved version of the Desert Patrol Vehicle (DPV) it replaced. Although the conventional US military replaced its DPVs with Humvees, special operation groups adopted the LSV for its small size and high mobility. It is part of the family of Internally Transportable Light Tactical Vehicles (IT-LTV).[1] It is used for fast hit-and-run style raids (as its name suggests), scouting missions, special forces support, and low intensity guerrilla warfare.

Design[edit]

Countermeasures[edit]

The LSV is entirely unarmored, and thus offers no protection from small arms fire. The driver and passengers sit side by side in front, with the gunner sitting in an elevated rear-central seat in front of the engine. The gunner's seat can spin around to operate the 7.62 mm GPMG.

Mobility[edit]

It can be air transported internally by CH-47 or CH-53 transport helicopters. The new ALSV has a more conventional appearance and differs from the original versions.

Armament[edit]

A 7.62 mm MG (often an M60E3) is mounted rear-facing on the back of the engines. If TOW is mounted, it replaces the third passenger and rollover cage. Two AT4 are sometimes fitted forward-facing on roll over cage bars (one on each side) above driver.

Users[edit]

Unlike the DPV, the LSV has had export success and is marketed as a light attack vehicle. The current generation model is the ALSV, with the "A" standing for "advanced".[2] It is currently used by the United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Navy, and the armed forces of Greece, Mexico, Oman, Portugal, and Spain. The UK retired its LSVs in the mid-1990s.

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