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Armored personnel carrier

Textron TAPV

The Textron TAPV was accepted to service with Canadian Army

Entered service Expected in 2016
Crew 3 men
Personnel 7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 17 t
Length 6.81 m
Width 2.69 m
Height ~ 3 m
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine Cummins QSL diesel
Engine power 365 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Range 644 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording ~ 1.5 m


   The TAPV or Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle was developed by Textron as a private venture. It is a heavier derivative of the combat-proven M1117 Guardian armored security vehicle, used by the US Army. The TAPV is intended for asymmetric warfare. Canadian Army ordered 500 of these vehicles in 2012 with an option for 100 more. First vehicles were scheduled to be delivered in 2014. However deliveries were set back to begin in 2016 and will be completed in around 2018. The new vehicle will gradually replace the RG-31, which is currently in service with the Canadian Army. Out of 500 TAPVs about 200 vehicles will be used for reconnaissance, others will be used as armored personnel carriers.

   The TAPV is designed to protect the crew and troops against landmines and IEDs. These are the major cause of death for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull, with blast absorbing belly armor and vented wheel wells. Blast protection was also improved by increased ground clearance. Crew and passengers have individual blast-protected seats. The TAPV withstands 10 kg of explosive blast anywhere under the hull. Blast protection of this armored vehicle equals to an MRAP. Hull protection is enhanced by composite armor. It seems that front arc withstands 12.7-mm armor-piercing rounds. It is claimed that the TAPV is 20% better protected than the previous M1117.

   This armored vehicle is fitted with a dual weapon remotely controlled weapon station, armed with either 40-mm automatic grenade launcher or 12.7-mm heavy machine gun, alongside with 7.62-mm machine gun. The TAPV has also mounted 25-mm cannon for arms show display, however heavy armament exceeds the brief of the TAPV.

   The armored personnel carrier version has a crew of 3, including commander, gunner and driver, and can carry up to 7 troops. Reconnaissance version has a crew of four, including commander, gunner, driver and operator. Occupants enter and leave the vehicle via side doors or roof hatches.

   The Textron TAPV is powered by a Cummins QSL turbocharged diesel engine, developing 365 hp. Engine is located at the rear. This armored vehicle uses independent suspension axle system, originally designed by Irish Timoney. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. The TAPV is not amphibious.

   Despite the basic role of armored personnel carrier or reconnaissance vehicle, the Textron TAPV can be tailored to suit many battlefield roles. Possible versions include armored ambulance, command vehicle, mortar carrier or recovery vehicle.


Video of the Textron TAPV armored personnel carrier


Textron TAPV

Textron TAPV

Textron TAPV

Textron TAPV

Textron TAPV

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