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Terrex AV81

Armored personnel carrier

Terrex AV81

The Terrex AV81 armored personnel carrier is one of the latest and most advanced APCs

Entered service 2006
Crew 2 men
Personnel 12 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 24 t
Length 6.8 m
Width 2.7 m
Height 2.1 m
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Grenade launchers 1 x 40-mm
Engine Caterpillar C9 diesel
Engine power 400 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Amphibious speed on water up to 10 km/h
Range 800 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious


   The Terrex AV81 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carrier was originally developed in Ireland by Timoney for Singapore Technologies Kinetics. Vehicle underwent initial trials in Ireland and United Kingdom and was shipped to Singapore for evaluation in late 2000. Production commenced in 2006. The Singapore Armed Forces acquired at least 135 Terrex armored personnel carriers.

   The Terrex is one of the latest and most advanced APCs. Vehicle has a modular protection system. All-round protection of the steel armor is against 7.62-mm NATO rounds and artillery shell splinters. The front arc withstands 12.7-mm armor piercing-rounds. Add on ceramic-composite armor plates can be added for a higher level of protection. Maximum level of all-round protection is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle has a double V-shaped hull, which deflects mine blasts. It can withstand up to 12 kg TNT explosion under the hull and the vehicle still keep on moving. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection system.

   Terrex AV81 in an APC configuration is armed with remotely controlled 40-mm automatic grenade launcher and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Alternatively it can be fitted with remotely-controlled 12.7-mm machine gun. This armored vehicle is also available in various turret-mounted armament configurations, but number of personnel carried is reduced. It is worth mentioning that the Terrex has a modular top deck and its configuration can be changed from anti-tank missile carrier to a 105-mm fire support vehicle.

   This armored vehicle is fitted with a battlefield management system, which provides situational awareness of the battlefield.

   The Terrex APC has a two man crew and carrier up to 12 fully equipped troops. It can carry up to 11 tons of cargo internally, in place of the troops. Occupants enter and leave via hull and roof hatches, while commander and driver have their own roof hatches.

   Vehicle is powered by a Caterpillar C9 turbocharged diesel engine, delivering 400 hp. Engine is mounted at the front of the hull. The Terrex has an exceptional mobility achieved using Timoney independent suspension system. It comes with a central tyre inflation system. Vehicle is amphibious and is propelled on water by two hydrojets.

   The AV81 is also offered as an infantry fighting vehicle, armed with a 20- or 30-mm cannon. This variant is fitted with a two-man turret, has a crew of three, and accommodates 8 troops. Other possible variants include mortar carrier, armored ambulance and recovery vehicle.

   The Terrex can be airlifted by a C-130 Hercules or similar cargo aircraft.

   Another variant is the Terrex AV82 APC which was completed by Turkish company Otokar. This APC is also known as Yavuz. The AV82 Yavuz has a number of changes including hull details and more advanced suspension.

   The Terrex II is a modified version, competing to meet requirements of the US Marine Corps amphibious armored personnel carrier programme.


Video of the Terrex AV81 armored personnel carrier


Terrex AV81

Terrex AV81

Terrex AV81

Terrex AV81

Terrex AV81

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