Spartan tracked APCs arrived in Ukraine thanks to funds from Petro Poroshenko Foundation

According to information published on the Facebook account of the Petro Poroshenko Foundation on December 14, 2022, a batch of Spartan FV103 CVRT APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicles purchased by the foundation arrived in Ukraine.
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British-made Spartan APC Armored Personnel Carrier vehicle for the Ukrainian army. (Picture source Petro Poroshenko Foundation Facebook account)

The Spartan tracked APCs (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicles were brought by the Petro Poroshenko Foundation together with the volunteers of the NGO Sprava Hromad (Community Issue). This is not the first time that the association has acquired military equipment thanks to donations and private funds.

In July 2022, the Ukrainian armed forces received 350 Autel drones purchased by the Poroshenko Foundation and volunteers of the NGO Sprava Hromad (Community Issue). In total, 50 Autel EVO II 640T Dual UAVs with thermal imagers and additional batteries and 300 Autel EVO Lite+ UAVs were purchased.

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the Petro Poroshenko Foundation and volunteers handed over aid in the amount of almost US $46 million to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. These funds were used to purchase thousands of body armor articles and Kevlar helmets, weapons, and hundreds of combat vehicles for the needs of the front, including armored cars, trucks and pickups, thermal imaging cameras, hundreds of drones, electric generators, digital radio stations, military clothing, first-aid kits, water purification systems, and construction materials.

Thanks to the fund raised by the Petro Poroshenko Foundation, the Ukrainian army has also received Italian MLS SHIELD 4x4 armored vehicles manufactured by the company TEKNE.

The Spartan FV103 is the tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) Vehicle variant in the CVRT (Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked) family. It was developed by the British company Alvis Limited during the 1970s for reconnaissance units of the British army and entered into service in 1978.

The hull of the Spartan is made of all-welded aluminum armor and provides protection against attack over its frontal area from 14.5 mm projectiles and against 7.62 mm armor-piercing rounds over the remainder of the vehicle.

As an APC, the Spartan has a crew of three including a driver, commander and gunner, and can carry four infantrymen. They are seated on the left side of the vehicle with a fourth to the rear of the vehicle commander/gunner and section commander/radio operator, facing the rear. The vehicle is fitted with a one-man turret mounted at the front left side of the hull which is armed with one 7.62mm machine gun.

The Spartan was motorized with a Jaguar petrol engine which was later replaced by a Cummins Diesel engine. The torsion bar suspension on each side consists of five rubber-tired aluminum road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front and the idler at the rear. The vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 80 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 650 km.