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Armored personnel carrier

BAE Systems Alligator

The Alligator 6x6 armored patrol vehicle is a simplified version of the SEP

Entered service ?
Crew 2 ~ 3 men
Personnel up to 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 15 t
Length ~ 6 m
Width ~ 2.8 m
Height ~ 2.2 m
Machine guns ?
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ~ 100 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1.2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m


   The Alligator 6x6 armored personnel carrier was developed by BAE Systems. It evolved from the SEP tracked and wheeled modular armored vehicle programme. This programme was started back in 1994. It was aimed to meet a Swedish Army requirement. Demonstrators were produced in 2000 (tracked) and 2003 (6x6). It was an innovative and advanced design. However it appeared that the SEP was too expensive for Sweden. Also it received no production orders from export customers. Despite all failures this programme continued. The Alligator was launched in 2010.

   The Alligator is a simplified and cheaper version of the SEP. BAE Systems refer this 6x6 APC as armored patrol vehicle. It lacks some innovative features such as hybrid powertrain and variable suspension. However it retains modularity of the SEP vehicles.

   The Alligator can be fitted with interchangeable mission modules. A number of mission modules are proposed. This feature provides multirole flexibility.

   This APC offers high level of protection. Hull of this vehicle is welded from steel armor. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Add-on armor can be fitted in field conditions for protection against heavy machine gun fire. It seems that active protection system is also available. The Alligator has a V-shaped hull for protection against landmines and IED blasts. Vehicle is fitted with automatic suspension system. NBC protection system is optional.

   The Alligator can be armed with various weapons. It supports remotely controlled weapon stations with 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine guns, or 40-mm automatic grenade launchers. It is likely that various turret options are available. Alternatively vehicle can be configured to carry anti-tank weapons or 120-mm mortar.

   The Alligator in APC form has a crew of 2 or 3 men. It accommodates up to 8 fully-equipped troops. Passengers enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors.

   Unlike the previous SEP vehicles with hybrid diesel-electric drive, the Alligator is driven conventionally. A turbocharged diesel engine is located at the front. The SEP had a pivot steering and could turn on its own axis. The Alligator also lacks this capability. This armored personnel carrier can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft.

   Due to its modularity the Alligator can be configured for various missions simply by swapping a mission module. Variants include command vehicle, armored ambulance, reconnaissance vehicle, recovery vehicle, mortar carrier and possibly some other.


Video of the BAE Systems Alligator armored patrol vehicle

BAE Systems Alligator

BAE Systems Alligator

BAE Systems Alligator

BAE Systems Alligator

BAE Systems Alligator

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