FV434

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FV434, Armoured Repair Vehicle
REME Visit FV434.jpg
FV434 on display
Type Armoured Repair/Recovery Vehicle
Place of origin United Kingdom
Production history
Manufacturer GKN Sankey
Specifications
Weight 17.5 tons (17.5 t)
Length 5.88 m
Width 2.8 m
Height 2.77 m
Crew 4 troops

Armour 12.7 mm max
Main
armament
7.62 mm L7 GPMG
Secondary
armament
smoke dischargers
Engine Rolls-Royce K60 multi-fuel
240 hp
Power/weight 15.7 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion-bar, 5 units each side
Speed 29 mph (47 km/h)

The FV434 is the Armoured Repair Vehicle variant of the British Army's FV430 series of armoured fighting vehicles. Introduced in the 1960s, it is operated by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). It is still used by the REME, but is soon to be phased out.

Description[edit]

The FV434's primary role is to repair disabled and damaged vehicles, but it also has a limited recovery capability. It is fitted with a crane (capable of lifting up to 3 tons) to assist its work in repairing armoured and un-armoured vehicles. The FV434 is capable of changing other FV430 series power packs, however, it is unable to handle the power pack the British Army's Challenger 2 main battle tank - this is done by Challenger armoured recovery vehicle in forward areas and soft skin repair vehicles in base areas.

In addition to the crane, the FV434 is fitted with a fold-away work bench to the rear of the vehicle. Like its personnel carrier version, it is capable of amphibious operations with the aid of a flotation screen. Once in the water, it is propelled by its tracks at up to 5.6 km/h. It is crewed by four soldiers: commander, driver and two fitters.

Examples on display[edit]

The REME Museum of Technology has an example of a FV434 demonstrating the change of a power-pack on a FV432.

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Foss, C and Gander, T, "Jane's Military Vehicles and Ground Support Equipment" (1984)

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