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Stormer

Armored personnel carrier

Stormer APC

The Stormer armored personnel carrier was created by extending FV103 Spartan's chassis

 
 
Entered service 1981
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 12.7 t
Length 5.33 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 2.27 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine Perkins T6 3544 diesel
Engine power 250 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 5 km/h
Range 650 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 35%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 1.75 m
Fording 1.1 m
Fording (with preparation) Amphibious

 

   The Stormer tracked APC was originally developed by the British Ministry of Defence and first shown as the FV4333 in 1987. It was intended to be a general purpose APC or combat vehicle platform created by extending the overall length of the FV103 Spartan chassis and adding an extra road wheel station each side. Engine, transmission and suspension changes were also incorporated. This virtually doubled the carrying capacity of the Spartan and provided a much more versatile platform for further development.

   The prototypes, armed with a 7.62-mm MG over the commander's position, underwent much testing and trials before the manufacturing and marketing rights were acquired by Alvis Vehicles. Further development ensued but the Stormer has yet to be employed operationally as an APC. Instead the extended armored box hull model has been acquired fitted out as a command vehicle by Oman to support their Chieftain 2 MBTs.

   The British Army has procured Stormers in a modified form to act as the mobile platform for the Shorts Starstreak high velocity missiles (HVM). The first of 151 Stormer HVM systems originally ordered entered service in 1997. On this variant, which has a three-man crew, the Starstreak launchers are located towards the rear together with their target sensors. Reload missiles are carried inside the hull (a similar arrangement has been proposed for the Shorts Starburst air defense missile system). The Stormer HVM is the only version used by the British Army in large numbers.

   Another version of the Stormer in service with the British Army is the Shielder scatterable mine system. It uses a US M163 Volcano mine laying system. A total of 29 Shielders are in service. A Giat Minotaur mine dispensing system and Stormer flat bed combination was taken to the Gulf in 1990-1991 but not tested operationally.

   Other proposed roles for the basic Stormer are many, including an IFV with a cannon-armed turret on the roof. Several trials installations have been made.

   Another trial vehicle was configured as a forward artillery observation vehicle, equipped with suitable sensors and communications equipment.

   The Stormer armored personnel carrier is amphibious after some preparation.

 

 
Stormer APC

Stormer APC

Stormer APC

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