LAV-300

The Cadillac Gage Textron LAV-300 is a family of American light armored vehicles (LAVs) including up to 15 configurations. LAV-300 offers high mobility, speeds of up to 65 mph (105 km/h), and can be air-transported by a C-5 Galaxy, C-141 Starlifter, C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft. Some versions can be air-transported by CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter.

LAV-300
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Cadillac
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1979
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Kuwait View
Panama View
Philippines View
United States of America 1979 View
Venezuela View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Cadillac View

The LAV-300 6x6 series is the complement to Textron’s Marine and Land Division’s (formally Cadillac Gage) 4x4 Commando series. The Philippine Marines were supplied with an armored personnel carrier (APC) version with a turret armed with a .50 caliber and 7.62 mm machine gun and a fire support version armed with a Cockerill 90mm cannon. The Marine Corps had wanted the US-built LVTP7A1 (now called the AAVP-7A1) amphibious armored landing vehicle, and 36 vehicles were offered in the 1980s; however, partisan political and financial interests shot down the deal. Instead, V-150s were secured through FMS. In 1991, LAV-300s were proposed as the Philippine Marine Corps' share in the US bases compensation package. The Marines accepted them but mandated modifications to better suit their needs: pump jets for amphibious operations, a rear ramp for the easier discharge of troops, and a trim-vane. Smoke grenade launchers and the winch were scrapped to trim costs.

Most of Kuwait's LAV-300s were destroyed by Iraqi troops during the 1990 Invasion of Kuwait.

Type Light Armored Vehicle
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1979-Present
Used by Kuwait
Panama
Philippines
Venezuela
United States
Production history
Manufacturer Cadillac Gage
Variants AIFV, Fire Support Vehicle, Internal Security, Anti-Tank
Specifications
Weight 14,696 kg.
Length 6.40 m
Width 2.54 m
Height 2.7 m (turret roof), 1.98 m (hull top)
Crew 3+9
Armor classified
Main
armament
1 x 90 mm, 1 x 7.62 mm Machinegun
Secondary
armament
2x6 40 mm Smoke Dischargers
Engine Cummins 6 CTA 8.3 diesel turbo charged engine
260 bhp
Power/weight 18.36 bhp/ton
Operational
range
925 km
Speed 105 km/h (road), 3 km/h (water)

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