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V600 Commando

Fire support vehicle

V600 Commando

The V600 offered firepower of the main battle tank with the simplicity and low cost of an armored car

 
 
Entered service -
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 18.5 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 7.8 m
Hull length 6.3 m
Width 2.66 m
Height ~ 2.6 m
Armament
Main gun 105-mm
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 7.6 to + 20 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 32 rounds
Machine guns 4 600 rounds
Mobility
Engine Detroit diesel
Engine power ~ 270 hp
Maximum road speed 86 km/h
Range 640 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 50%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.3 m

 

   The V600 Commando was developed by the Cadillac Gage company in the early 1980s as a private venture. This fire support vehicle is also referred as the V300A1 or LAV600. It was introduced in 1983. It was the most powerful variant of the Commando range of armored cars. The V600 offered firepower of the main battle tank with the simplicity and low cost of an armored car. Also due to its wheeled configuration it had much higher road speed, comparing with tracked vehicles. The V600 was proposed to various customers, however it received no production orders.

   Gun and turret of the V600 fire support vehicle are similar to those of the Stingray light tank, which was also developed by Cadillac Gage as a private venture. Vehicle was specially designed to absorb the recoil of heavy weapons.

   The V600 Commando is armed with a fully-stabilized 105-mm Low Recoil Force rifled gun, derived form the British L7A3. It is identical in performance to the one used on the M1 Abrams main battle tank. It can fire a full range of NATO ammunition. At the time of its introduction the V600 could defeat all known MBTs. This gun is loaded manually. Eight rounds are ready to use and are stored in the turret, while remaining ammunition is stored in the hull.

   This fire support vehicle was fitted with Marconi fire control system. It can engage targets while on the move.

   Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and roof-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun.

   Due to its wheeled configuration and light weight this fire support vehicle is only lightly armored. Front arc provides protection against 14.5-mm rounds. All-round protection is against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. The V600 is also fitted with NBC protection system.

   Vehicle has a crew of four, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

   The V600 Commando uses a number of automotive components of the V300 armored car. Vehicle is powered by Detroit V8 diesel engine. It is coupled with a 5-speed Allison automatic transmission. This fire support vehicle is fitted with run-flat tyres. The V600 could be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules or similar military cargo aircraft.

 

Video of the Cadillac Gage V600 Commando fire support vehicle

 
V600 Commando

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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