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Chaimite V-400

90 mm fire support vehicle

Chaimite V-400

The Portuguese Bravia Chaimite V-400 armored car with a 90 mm gun is still used today

 
 
Country of origin Portugal
Entered service ?
Crew ~ 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 10 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 6.1 m
Hull length ~ 5.6 m
Width ~ 2.3 m
Height ~ 2.7 m
Armament
Main gun 90 mm
Barrel length ?
Machine guns 2 x 7.62 mm
Projectile weight ?
Maximum firing range ?
Maximum rate of fire ?
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Cummins diesel
Engine power 155 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 90 km/h
Amphiobious speed on water ~ 4 km/h
Range km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Chaimite V-400 is a Portuguese fire support vehicle, armed with a 90 mm gun. It is based on the US Cadillac Gage's Commando V-150 and was built by the Portuguese company Bravia. The V-400 is used by the Portuguese armed forces, and possibly some other countries.

   In the mid 2000s Portugal ordered 30 Pandur 2  105 mm fire support vehicles from Austria to replace their V-400 armored cars. However eventually the acquisition program was suspended due to funding problems. So currently Portuguese armed forces continues to rely on their V-400 fire support vehicles.

   The V-400 is essentially a modified V-200 armored personnel carrier, fitted with a turret, armed with a 90 mm gun. This armored vehicle can be used for a number of tasks, including fire support of friendly forces, scouting, raiding, reconnaissance, escort, and patrolling.

   The 90 mm gun can successfully engage all hostile armored personnel carrier, infantry fighting vehicles, buildings and field fortifications. Though it will not be effective against modern main battle tanks. The gun is loaded manually by the loader. There was also a version of the Bravia Chaimite V-400, armed with a 75 mm gun.

   Secondary armament consists of a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun and another roof-mounted 7.62 mm machine gun. These are used for self-defense. Some firing ports with associated vision blocks are provided for the crew to fire their individual weapons.

   This vehicle has an armored steel hull, which provides protection from small arms fire up to 7.62 mm NATO ammunition and artillery shell splinters.

   This fire support vehicle is operated by at least 5 crew members, including vehicle commander, driver, gunner and loader. Crew enter and leave the vehicle via side or rear doors. Also there are roof hatches.

   Engine is located at the rear of the hull. Originally the Chaimite V-200 armored personnel carrier was powered by a Chrysler petrol engine, however in the 1980s these APCs were refitted with Cummins diesels, developing 155 hp. Engine is mated to an automatic gearbox. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. It comes with run-flat tyres and self-recovery winch as standard. The V-400 is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by its wheels.

  

 
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