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Cougar

Armored reconnaissance vehicle

Cougar armored reconnaissance vehicle

The Cougar armored reconnaissance vehicle is no longer in service with Canadian Army

 
 
Entered service 1976
Crew 3 men
Personnel 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 10.7 t
Length 5.97 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.62 m
Armament
Main gun 76-mm
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine Detroit Diesel 6V53T
Engine power 275 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 7 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench ~ 1.2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Canadian Cougar armored reconnaissance vehicle is a part of the AVGP family. It is based on the Swiss Piranha 6x6 armored vehicle. The main function of the Cougar is to provide direct or semi-direct fire support in a combined operation. Between 100 and 200 of these vehicles were delivered to the Canadian Army. Since the end of 1990s Cougars were gradually removed from the first line service and remain operational at the reserve unit level and for training purposes only.

   This armored vehicle has a welded hull, that protects from the small-arms fire, and artillery splinters only. However Cougars do have a good mine protection, demonstrated during a number of peacekeeping operations.

   The Cougar is fitted with a complete turret of a FV101 Scorpion light tank, armed with a 76-mm main gun. There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   This vehicle has a crew of three. However it can accommodate two more troops in the rear of the hull.

   Cougar armored reconnaissance vehicle is powered by a Detroit Diesel 6V53T turbocharged diesel engine, developing 275 hp. The Cougar is amphibious, however marine propulsion system was removed from the majority of vehicles in attempt to cut servicing costs.

   The Cougar was replaced in Canadian Army service with modern and sophisticated Coyote reconnaissance vehicle.

 

Video of the Cougar armored reconnaissance vehicle

 

 
Cougar armored reconnaissance vehicle

Cougar armored reconnaissance vehicle

Cougar armored reconnaissance vehicle

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