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LAV-300 Cadillac Cage

LAV-300 V-300 Cadillac Gage Textron Light armoured vehicle


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General information
The LAV-300 armoured vehicle range was developed by Cadillac Gage Textron (which in 1994 became part of Textron Marine & Land Systems) as a private venture specifically for the export market in the late 1970s. The vehicle was originally known as the V-300 and builds on experience in the development and production of the LAV-150 range of 4 × 4 light armoured vehicles covered in detail in a later entry. The Cadillac Gage Textron LAV-300 is a family of American light armored vehicles including up to 15 configurations. LAV-300 offers high mobility, speeds of up to 105 km/h, and can be air-transported by a C-5 Galaxy, C-141 Starlifter, C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft. Some versions can be air-transported by CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter.The LAV-300 6x6 series is the complement to Textron’s Marine and Land Division’s (formally Cadillac Gage) 4x4 Commando series. The Philippine Marines were supplied with an armored personnel carrier version with a turret armed with a .50 caliber and 7.62 mm machine gun and a fire support version armed with a Cockerill 90 mm Mk III.
Variants :
LAV-300 machine gun : one man armoured turret with a 7.62 mm machine gun.
LAV-300 canon 20 mm : two man turret with a 20 mm gun
LAV-300 canon 90 mm : two man turret with a 76 mm or 90 mm gun.
LAV-300 TOW : no turret, but an anti-tank TOW launcher missile system is mounted to the top of the hull.
LAV-300 ambulance : medical support armoured vehicle
LAV-300 mortier : a mortar is mounted to the back side of the hull.
LAV-300 command post : command post armoured vehicle
LAV-300 air-defense : with a Vulcan 20 mm gun
Technical data
The LAV-300 basic version is armed with Cockrill Mk 3 90mm /36 cal rifled gun with 39 rounds, and an 7.62mm coaxial machine gun with 400 rounds, 7.62mm anti-aircraft machine gun with 200 rounds. The LAV-300 can be fitted with different armament. The following turrets are available for the LAV-300, 7.62 mm machine gun combined with 12.7 mm, 25 mm, 30 mm or 40 mm guns , 20 mm anti-aircraft gun, BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missile, 90 mm gun, and 81 mm and 120 mm mortars. The LAV-300
The LAV-300's armor is composed of a high-hardness steel armor employed on a minimum silhouette hull capable of withstanding impacts of 7.62 mm caliber bullets at point-blank range and from any angle. Upgradeable armor floor plating protects the crew from landmines and hand grenade blasts. The survivability is further enhanced from low observable technology to minimize levels of thermal, seismic and audio signatures, and minimal radar return.
The LAV-300 is motorized with a Cummins VT-504 270-hp liquid cooled turbocharged V-8 diesel engine. LAV-300 MK II’s turbocharged diesel engine allows for acceleration from 0 to 32 km/h in less than 10 seconds and can run on Jet-A fuel, kerosene and other lighter fuels when diesel is in short supply. The six-wheel, dual hydraulic brakes permit the vehicle to go from 20 miles per hour to 0 in approximately 12 m. LAV-300 MK II’s operating range is 925 km. The suspension is composed by a 6x6 wheels (6 driving wheels- 2 wheel steering front axle has solid beam on trailing arms.Rear axles have independent trailing arm with coil springs and 1 shock absorber
Highly mobile, the LAV-300 MK II is fully amphibious with no need for preparation for fording or swimming. The tires are radial tubeless and can be outfitted with run-flat inserts and a central tire inflation system, to further enhance mobility. LAV-300 MK II can climb a 60 percent gradient, operate on a 30 percent side slope, and tackle two-foot-high obstacles.
The basic version can be fitted with a 7,62 mm or 12,7 mm machine gun, or 76 mm or 90 mm gun.
Country users
United States production, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Venezuela.
Designer Company
Cadillac Gage, Textron
Central tire inflation system, fully amphibious without preparation.
CADLOY ballistic steel plate, proof against 7.62mm ball ammunition (vision blocks and periscopes hardened to same level)
14,696 kg
105 km/h
925 km
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