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Infantry fighting vehicle

Warrior IFV

During wartime Warrior infantry fighting vehicles are fitted with extra passive armor panels

Entered service 1988
Crew 3 men
Personnel 7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 25.7 t
Length 6.34 m
Width 3.03 m
Height 2.7 m
Main gun 30-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine Perkins CV8 TCA diesel
Engine power 550 hp
Maximum road speed 75 km/h
Range 660 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.75 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.3 m


   The tracked 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 2035.

   The base 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.

   The Warrior 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.

   The seven 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.

   The Warrior 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.

   The British 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.

   A Warrior 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 eventually Javelin.

   Several trial armament installations have been tested on Warrior including one with a 90-mm gun turret.

   A special 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.

   British 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 vehicle

Warrior IFV

Warrior IFV

Warrior IFV

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