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M1117 Guardian

Armored security vehicle

M1117 Guardian

War in Iraq have given a new life for the M1117 Guardian armored security vehicle

Entered service 1998
Crew 3 men
Personnel 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 13.4 t
Length 6.07 m
Width 2.56 m
Height 2.59 m
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Grenade launcher 1 x 40-mm
Ammunition load
Machine guns ?
Grenade launcher ?
Engine Cummins 6CTA8.3 diesel
Engine power 260 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 700 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 1.5 m


   The M1117 Guardian armored security vehicle is a further development of the Cadillac Gage Commando armored personnel carrier. It is used by US Military Police. The first M1117 vehicle entered service in 1998, however production was slow and the programme was nearly canceled. However war in Iraq have given a new life for this vehicle. Currently USA operates around 1 700 of these security vehicles.

   The M1117 has a modular expandable armor system. Front arc provides protection against 12.7-mm armor-piercing rounds. In certain cases vehicle can withstand mine blasts. The Guardian has an air filtration system to protect against chemical and biological attacks, however it can't protect against nuclear weapons.

   This armored security vehicle is armed with 40-mm automatic grenade launcher, 12.7-mm and 7.62-mm machine guns. Weapons are mounted in a turret similar to that used on the Amphibious Assault Vehicle and are operated under armor.

   Vehicle has a crew of three and can carry three troops. Occupants enter and leave the vehicle via doors or roof hatches.

   The M1117 Guardian is powered by the Cummins 6CTA8.3 diesel engine, developing 260 horsepower. Engine is located at the rear. Vehicle has run-flat tyres and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. A self-recovery winch is fitted at the front. The Guardian is not amphibious.

   Variants of the M1117 ASV include an armored personnel carrier, with seating capacity for 8 troops, armored ambulance, command vehicle, reconnaissance vehicle, armored recovery vehicle and mortar carrier.

   Further development of the M1117 ASV became the Textron TAPV, which is slightly larger and better protected. In 2012 the TAPV was accepted to service with Canadian armed forces.


Video of the M1117 Guardian armored security vehicle


M1117 Guardian

M1117 Guardian

M1117 Guardian

M1117 Guardian

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