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Coyote

Armored reconnaissance vehicle

Coyote armored reconnaissance vehicle

The Coyote is currently on of the best surveillance platforms in the world

 
 
Country of origin Canada
Entered service 1996
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 14.4 t
Length 6.39 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.69 m
Armament
Main gun 25 mm chain gun
Machine guns 2 x 7.62 mm
Mobility
Engine Detroit Diesel 6V53T diesel
Engine power 275 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 660 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1 m

 

   The Coyote armored reconnaissance vehicle is built by General Dynamics of Canada. It was developed from the licensed version of the Swiss MOWAG Piranha II. This vehicle is employed in the conduct of battlefield reconnaissance and surveillance missions. The Coyote is in service with Canadian army since 1996 and around 200 of these vehicles were built. It replaced the Lynx armored reconnaissance vehicle.

   In 2012 a contract was signed by the Canadian MoD to deliver a total of 66 LAV 6.0 armored reconnaissance vehicles to replace the Coyotes.

   Coyote's hull armor has greater slopes comparing with similar vehicles. It has an all-round protection against small-arms fire, mines and artillery splinters. Add-on armor plates protect against larger projectiles.

   The Coyote is armed with a M242 Bushmaster 25 mm chain gun. This gun fires standard NATO 25 mm ammunition. It has an effective range of 2.4 km and is used to engage soft and light armored targets. Both gunner and vehicle commander can fire the main gun. Additional armament consists of two 7.62 mm machine guns. One of them is coaxially mounted with the main gun, while another is placed on hull roof and is operated by the gunner.

   The Coyote armored reconnaissance vehicle has a crew of four, including commander, driver, gunner and surveillance suit operator.

   Coyotes are equipped with a sophisticated electronic surveillance equipment. It includes radar, infrared and video surveillance. Equipment is mounted on a 10 meter long telescoping mast. Some variants of the Coyote carry a remote surveillance suite. It has two short tripods, that can be deployed remotely up to 200 meters away from the reconnaissance vehicle. Vehicle provides an all-weather, day and night observation capability.

   The Coyote's radar can detect large vehicles, such as trains or large trucks at a distance of up to 24 km. Medium-sized targets, such as tanks can be detected at up to 12 km. In good light conditions, or using thermal imager at night it can detect personnel up to 20 km away. Currently it is one of the best surveillance platforms in the world.

   This vehicle is powered by a 6V53T turbocharged diesel engine, developing 275 hp. Unlike a Bison armored personnel carrier it is based on, the Coyote is not amphibious, but carries extra fuel for longer operating range.

 

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Coyote armored reconnaissance vehicle

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