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Armored recovery vehicle

Husky ARV

Despite its age the Husky armored recovery vehicle is still in service with Canadian Army

Entered service 1976
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 11 t
Length 5.97 m
Width 2.5 m
Height ?
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine Detroit Diesel 6V53T
Engine power 275 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 7 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench ~ 1.2 m
Fording Amphibious


   The Husky armored recovery vehicle is a part of Canadian AVGP (Armored Vehicle General Purpose) family. It is based on the chassis of the Swiss MOWAG Piranha 6X6 armored vehicle. Canadian army purchased over 20 of these recovery vehicles in late 1970s. Despite its age the Husky went through the life-extending programme and still serves in its original role.

   The Husky ARV is designed to provide mechanical support for other vehicles. It was mainly employed within units, that operated other AVGP family vehicles - the Cougar armored reconnaissance vehicle and Grizzly armored personnel carrier.

   It has a crane capacity of 4.5 tons and winch capacity of 8 tons.

   Vehicle has a crew of two - driver and technician. It carries only defensive armament, including a roof-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun and smoke grenade launchers.

   The Husky armored recovery vehicle is powered by a Detroit Diesel 6V53T turbocharged diesel engine, developing 275 hp. Vehicle is fully amphibious and is propelled on water by two waterjets.


Husky ARV

Husky ARV

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