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Armored scout car


The Slovakian Aligator scout car is a versatile armored vehicle, that fulfils many roles

Entered service 2001
Crew 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 5.5 t
Length 4.34 m
Width 2.37 m
Height 1.95 m
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm (optional)
Engine Deutz BF6M 1013 diesel
Engine power 214 hp
Maximum road speed 120 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 6 km/h
Range 660 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.4 m
Trench 0.6 m
Fording 1.2 m / Amphibious


   The Aligator armored vehicle was developed by Slovakian Transmisie a.s. Martin company in co-operation with many other companies and military workstations. Development began in 1992 and was finished in the late 1999s. It is a 4x4 light amphibious armored scout car, but it can provide a wide range of services for its versatility.

   Crew of this vehicle consists of the commander, driver, gunner and three fully armed scouts. The driver and commander have a single-piece hatch covers which opens upwards above theirs positions also they have side doors, the rest of the crew have bigger rear door with firing port and vision device. Driver has roof-mounted periscope.

   Vehicle is powered by a Deutz BF6M 1013 6-cylinder water-cooled turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine, providing 195 hp. It has 6-speed automatic transmission which is built in one unit with engine. It is worth mentioning, that Aligator uses a number of proven automotive components in order to reduce development and procurement costs.

   Basic armor is providing protection against 7.62 mm armor-piercing rounds, shell fragments and antipersonnel mines. It can be upgraded with steel or ceramic plates. On both side of hull there are firing ports. Vehicle is equipped with NBC protection and fire suppression systems. The NBC protection system enables the vehicle to operate in contaminated in areas. Vehicle can be also fitted with two three-barrel smoke grenade launchers on both sides of the rear hull.

   The majority of Aligators do not carry any weapons, however an optional 7.62-mm machine gun can be mounted.




   Aligator PVS - mobile command post;

   Aligator PCM - internal security vehicle, equipped with front-mounted barricade-remover, flashing beacons, public address system and tear-gas grenade discharges;

   Aligator PSO - version for peacekeeping operations. It can be fitted with a 7.62-mm machine gun, rotary periscope observation device. This armored vehicle carries driver and up to five troops;

   Aligator ZV - engineering vehicle equipped with mine detectors, VMV8 metal detector, devices for marking of mined areas;

   Aligator PPS - equipped with the observation cupola MBK-2 MOWAG which is equipped with a thermal imager FORTIS for day and night operation under all weather conditions, also its fitted with 7.62-mm machine gun;

   Aligator RCHBO - NBC reconnaissance vehicle;

   Geccon - a larger version of the Aligator, developed in cooperation with Rheinmetall of Germany. Development of this armored vehicle is now complete, however to date it received no production orders.


Vladimir Moncol


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