During wartime Warrior
infantry fighting vehicles are fitted with extra passive armor
Dimensions and weight
1 x 7.62-mm
Perkins CV8 TCA diesel
Maximum road speed
IFV known to the British Army as the Warrior was originally known as
MCV-80. It was intended to replace the old FV432 armored personnel
carrier. This vehicle was developed from the 1970s onwards. A series of pre-production
prototypes built in the early 1980s. Production by GKN Defence
commenced during 1986. The Warrior
has been in British Army service since 1988, seeing combat in the
Gulf in 1991 and during Iraq war. Production of this armored vehicle
ceased in 1995. The original order was for over 1
000 units but Army reorganizations reduced that to 789 of all types
sufficient to equip seven Mechanized Infantry battalions. The
British Army plans to operate these armored fighting vehicles until
model is the Warrior Section Vehicle armed with non-stabilized 30-mm Rarden
cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun in a two-man turret. The main gun
fires armor-piercing and HE-FRAG rounds. It is capable of destroying enemy armored personnel carriers at ranges
of up to 1 500 m. It can also engage low-flying helicopters.
IFV has an all-welded aluminum armor hull and laminated steel armor
turret. It provides all-round protection against 14.5-mm
armor-piercing rounds. Font arc is likely to withstand 25-mm
armor-piercing rounds. During military conflicts vehicles are fitted with extra passive armor
panels for protection against RPG rounds. But these are not normally carried during peacetime
operations. This armored fighting
vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection system.
troops carried enter through a door in the hull rear. Passengers
enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. Once they are
inside there are sufficient combat supplies carried to maintain them
in action for at least 48 hours. There are no firing ports in the
hull in order to improve armor protection.
IFV is powered by a Perkins CV8 TCA turbocharged diesel engine,
developing 550 hp. Engine is located at the front. It is mated to an
Allison 4-speed automatic transmission. Engine and transmission are
built in one module and can be replaced in field conditions within
40 minutes. Warrior is fast for its class of vehicles. With a
maximum road speed of 75 km/h it can keep up with
Challenger 2 MBTs over the toughest terrain. Warriors may be
fitted with dozer blades or light mine-clearing ploughs.
Army also operates a Warrior Mechanized Artillery Observation
Vehicle (MAOV) on which the only turret armament is a 7.62-mm
machine gun and a dummy cannon barrel. There are two repair and
recovery vehicles, the Warrior Mechanized Recovery Vehicle (Repair)
(MCV(R)) and Mechanized Combat Repair Vehicle (MCVR), both armed
with a single 7.62-mm machine gun and equipped for their roles with
winches, cranes and other equipment.
Command Vehicle was produced in four sub-variants (one for the
artillery), all outwardly identical to the Section Vehicle. There is
also Warrior carrying ATGW teams, originally armed with MILAN and
trial armament installations have been tested on Warrior including
one with a 90-mm gun turret.
hot weather version known as the Desert Warrior, or Fahris, has been
ordered by Kuwait - this model has a 25-mm cannon main armament. A
total of 254 Desert Warrior IFVs were built.
vehicles have seen frequent use and are undergoing an upgrade
programme. It includes new armor, new turret and 40-mm cannon. Over
600 of these IFVs will be upgraded to keep them in service.
Remaining Warriors will be converted to armored recovery vehicles.
Video of the MCV-80 Warrior infantry fighting