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LSVW

Light utility vehicle

LSVW

The LSVW light utility vehicle will be replaced no later than 2011

 
 
Country of origin Canada
Entered service 1993
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 3.35 t
Maximum load 1.5 t
Length 5.7 m
Width 2 m
Height 2.38 m
Mobility
Engine Fiat 2.5-liter diesel
Engine power 115 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 0.7 m

 

   In 1991 it was announced that Canadian Armed Forces selected Italian IVECO M40.10WM military truck for their Light Support Vehicle Wheeled (LSVW) project. It was locally built by the Western Star Trucks Inc. It is worth noting that the Italian M40.10WM is in service with at least ten NATO countries. The LSVW entered service in 1993 and replaced a number of old army trucks, purchased in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A total of 2 815 of these military vehicles were produced in various forms.

   This light utility vehicle was criticized for its mechanical drawbacks, poor build quality and reliability, however much of the difficulty resulted from original specifications, as the main emphasis was stressed on fuel efficiency and low unit price. The LSVW was originally designed to perform for a twenty-year lifetime.

   The LSVW light utility vehicle has a payload capacity of 1 500 kg. It is used to transport troops and light cargo as well as to fulfill other maintenance and support functions. The LSVW provides cargo capacity between that of the smaller Iltis and larger MLVW. Vehicles often tow an 850 kg trailer to extend carrying capacity. It can also tow a 105 mm light artillery pieces.

   The LSVW is powered by a Fiat 2.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 115 hp. Two vehicles can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft for rapid deployment.

 

 
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