Textron Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle

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Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle
Textron Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle Concept.jpg
Type Armoured personnel carrier
Place of origin Canada
United States
(design and manufacture)
Service history
In service 2015 (projected)
Used by Canada, United States
Wars None
Production history
Manufacturer Textron Marine & Land Systems
Specifications
Weight 17 tons
Length 6.81 m
Width 2.69 m
Height ≈ 3 m
Crew 3/7 passenger

Armour Composite armour
Main
armament
40 mm Mk 19 grenade launcher, .50 calibre M2HB, 7.62 mm NATO C6 general purpose machine gun
Secondary
armament
C6 general purpose machine gun
Engine Cummins QSL[1]
365 hp (272 kW)
Suspension 4×4 wheeled, fully independent
Operational
range
644 km
Speed 105 km/h (65 mph)

The Textron TAPV (Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle) is an armoured car currently in development for the Canadian Army.[1] It is based on the M1117 Armoured Security Vehicle, developed for use by the military police of the US Armed Forces.[2] The TAPV will replace the RG-31, MRAP, and Coyote armoured cars currently in service with the Canadian Army.[1]

Development[edit]

The Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program began in 2009, and in 2012 the contract was awarded to Textron Systems, Inc. The first production vehicles are slated to enter service in 2015. An eventual 500 vehicles will be purchased, with the option to order an addition 100.[1]

Engine and suspension[edit]

The TAPV is powered by a Cummins QSL diesel engine, which provides 365 horsepower (272 kW), allowing the vehicle a maximum speed of 105 km/h, and a maximum range of 644 km. The vehicle utilizes an independent suspension axle system originally developed by Irish Timoney, and it has a central tire inflation system to prevent flat tires during combat operations.[1][2]

Armour[edit]

The TAPV relies upon composite armour to provide the maximum protection to the vehicles occupants. The armour is slated as being 20% better than the armour on the M1117. The TAPV also has a V-shaped hull, which provides protection against mine and improvised explosive device (IED) blasts. The vehicle also has a high ground clearance, which increases protection from mine and IED blasts.[2] It can withstand up to 10 kg of explosive force directly under its hull, and can resist even 12.7 mm armour-piercing rounds. Each of the seats in the vehicle are blast protected,[1] and the vehicle has vented wheel wells to disperse the energy of an explosion out from the vehicle.[2]

Armament[edit]

The TAPV is slated to have a remote weapons system based on the M151 Protector.[2] The weapon system is called the Dual Remote Weapon System, and can mount both a C6 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun and either a HK GMG 40 mm automatic grenade launcher or a M2HB 12.7 mm heavy machine gun. The vehicle also possesses numerous smoke grenade launchers located throughout the hull.[1]

Operational history[edit]

One Textron TAPV demonstration vehicle was built in 2011.[3] Currently, none of the 500 TAPVs ordered have been delivered to the Canadian Army, and thus they have yet to see combat.[1] However, four pre-production vehicles have been delivered to the Canadian Army and have undergone various trials and training exercises with plans for an additional two to be delivered. [4]

Users[edit]

  •  Canada – 500 on order, an additional 100 can be ordered[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Textron TAPV Armoured Personnel Carrier – Military-Today.com". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "CF Armoured Vehicles – TAPV project – Textron Systems". Canadian American Strategic Review. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Textron Systems, Rheinmetall Canada and Kongsberg Protech Systems Canada announce $100 Million Contract on Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle Program". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.armyrecognition.com/august_2013_defense_industry_military_army_news_uk/textron_canada_has_delivered_the_first_four_tapv_4x4_armoured_vehicles_to_canadian_army_0908133.html