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Armored personnel carrier


The Lockheed Martin's Havoc 8x8 amphibious APC is based upon the Patria AMV

Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel up to 12 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 17 t
Length 7.74 m
Width 2.84 m
Height 2.38 m
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine Scania DI 12 diesel
Engine power 540 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 8-13 km/h
Range 900 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2.1 m
Fording Amphibious


   The Havoc was Lockheed-Martin's contender to the US Marine Corps' MPC (Marine Personnel Carrier) Program, which aims to replace the LAV I-series armored vehicles for use in the light amphibious regiments. It was first publicly unveiled at the 2011 Gulf Defense and Aerospace exhibition in Kuwait.

   The Havoc is based upon the Patria AMV (Armored Modular Vehicle), and like the LAVs before, this vehicle is an 8x8 modular, universal armored vehicle. It can be outfitted into a wide range of different configurations, with a myriad of combinations of subsystems, depending on the requirements of the customer.

   A wide range of weapons are compatible with the Havoc, the demonstrator vehicle being showcased with a 12.7 mm H2HB machine gun in an M101 Raven remote weapon system, and an M240G auxiliary machine gun. There are currently no figures available for the full ammo load-out of a Havoc in this configuration, each of these weapons have a 100-round or 200-round capacity with standard ammunition belts and boxes.

   The accommodations for the Havoc are variable, due to the modularity of its design. The manufacturer claims that the base model has accommodations for up to 12 passengers and a crew of 2 are possible, though a production version would likely carry fewer men due to design growth and increased stowage. The interior volume of the base model is 12.3 m.

   Propulsion is via a Scania DI 12 diesel engine with 540 hp, driving 8 wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission. The engine can run on standard commercial diesel or JP-8 jet fuel, and with 540 hp propelling 17 tonnes, the base model has a power/weight ratio of 31.76 hp/tonne. Operating temperatures range from -30C to +50C.

   The Havoc is capable of a top speed of 105 km/h and a range of 900 km. It can tackle a 60% gradient, a 30% side slope, a 0.5 m vertical obstacle, and a 2.1 m trench. The turn radius is 12 m. With 17 tonnes atop 8 wheels, the Havoc thus has a ground pressure of approximately 2.28 kg/cm. It is fully amphibious without preparation, with a swim speed of 8-13 km/h. The manufacturer claims the Havoc can navigate ocean waters at up to Sea State 2, and inland water obstacles, without modification.

   A wide range of protection features are available for the Havoc, including blast protection up to STANAG 4569 level 4A and 4B. It withstands blasts equivalent to up to 9.5 kg of TNT under any wheel or anywhere under the hull. Ballistic protection is up to and above STANAG 4569 level 4 (14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds). The armor is composed of high-hardness steel, backed with spall liners. An overpressure NBC system is standard, and presumably, so is a fire & explosion suppression system. The wheels and tires have a run-flat capability, and the Havoc can move 50 km at 10 km/h on 8 flat tires. The Havoc has integral protection in its belly against threats up to a 9.5 kg anti-tank mine; rather than using a V-hull, as with most mine-protected vehicles, the Havoc employs a system referred to as a "subframe".

   The Havoc underwent full-scale testing for the MPC requirement in April of 2013, reportedly maintaining a 100% operational readiness rate throughout the tests. The future of the Havoc is uncertain though, as the US Marine Corps cancelled the MPC requirement in 2013, only to merge MPC with the ACV (Amphibious Combat Vehicle) requirement in February 2014.

   As of Summer 2014, the Havoc has not yet entered production, and the manufacturers have not released a figure for its unit cost. There are currently no sub-variants of the Havoc, though the MPC project requires a command and repair/recovery variant as well as an APC.



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