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AAVC7A1

Amphibious command vehicle

AAVC7A1 command vehicle

The AAVC7A1 command vehicle gives a mobile communication centre in water and ashore

 
 
Country of origin United States
Entered service 1983
Crew 3 men
Personnel 21 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 23 t
Length 7.94 m
Width 3.27 m
Height 3.26 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine Cummins VT400 diesel
Engine power 400 hp
Maximum road speed 72 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 13 km/h
Range 480 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 60%
Vertical step 0.9 m
Trench 2.4 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The AAV7 is an armored tracked amphibious assault landing vehicle. The vehicle carries troops during marine landing operations from ship to shore. The main mission of the vehicles during an amphibious assault is to spearhead a beach and to secure coastline for ongoing troops. This vehicle disembarks from ship and comes ashore, carrying infantry and supplies to the area to provide a forced entry into the amphibious assault. Once the armored assault vehicles have landed, they can take on several different tasks including operations in urban terrain missions, manning check points, escorting convoys or mechanized patrol.

   The AAVC7A1 is based on the AAV7 amphibious assault vehicle. The first prototype was built in 1979 and the vehicle entered service in 1983. It gives a commander a mobile communication centre to communicate between amphibious assault forces from ship to shore and to inland objectives after reaching the beach. The system consists of five radio operator stations; three staff stations, and two master stations. The command communication system contains equipment to provide external secure radio transmission between each AAVC7A1 vehicle and other vehicles and radios. Internal communication between each crew station is provided.

   It was planned that in 2010 the AAVC7A1 amphibious command vehicles will be replaced with the new EFV(C)s. However the EFV project was cancelled. Currently it is planned that AAVC7A1 vehicles will be refurbished and upgraded and remain operational until 2035.

 

Video of the AAV7 amphibious armored personnel carrier

 
AAVC7A1 command vehicle

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