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The Stridsvagn (Battle Chariot) 103 was a truly radical AFV design, introduced by
the Swedish Army in the mid 1960s to replace their Centurion MBTs. Optimised for
defensive combat operations, the tank had an exceptionally low profile and compact
overall dimensions, due to its lack of a main gun turret. A sensitive hydraulic suspension
and steering system allowed the fixed hull-
Powered by a Rolls Royce K60 diesel for normal travel, with an auxiliary Boeing gas
turbine providing extra dash power when needed, its ammunition auto-
Iraq acquired a total of 2,850 T-
The BTR60 series APC was the mainstay of Soviet forces during the early part of the Cold War. This early version has an open roof, a major disadvantage that was rectified in later versions. Equipped with a water jet propulsion system and twin petrol engines driving separate pairs of road wheels, the vehicle was used as an amphibious assault craft by the Soviet Naval Infantry (Marines) as well as the Red Army.
Urals 43203 Command Vehicle
I love the brutish look of this enormous vehicle; apparently the Urals 4320 is the current "standard" large truck in Russia. Its excellent ground clearance and powerful V8 or V6 Diesel engines mean that it has seen widespread use in the Russian (and associated) military since the early 1980s, in a range of body styles.
KMW Leopard 2A5 Main Battle Tank
The Leopard 2 is the current MBT fielded by many European nations, plus Canada. Danish
and Canadian vehicles are deployed in Afghanistan, where they have proved highly
successful, despite the tank-
The current Leopard arose from a joint US-
KMW Marder Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Revell AG 1/72
The German Marder was designed to travel with the Leopard Tank, providing protected and fast transport for Bundeswehr troops. It has seen several upgrades since its introduction, including the current remote weapons station.
FMC M113 APC
FMC's M113 is one of the most widely used AFVs across the world, and continues to be refurbished to meet the needs of the 21st Century. Bizarrely, FMC, the company that produced and designed the 113, is the Food Machinery Corporation!
General Dynamics Stryker
All I can say is that it must take a great deal of faith to drive one of these off the ramp of a landing ship into the deep sea!
The Oshkosh M977 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck is widely used by the US
Army in logistic roles. Capable of carrying over 10 tonnes of ammunition or other
loads, it has also formed the basis for several specialist conversions including
a launch vehicle for Patriot missiles and as a platform for a Phalanx anti-
The Stryker is a wheeled armoured infantry vehicle in US service. It is based on the Canadian LAV series of vehicles, which in turn are based on the widely used Swiss Mowag Piranha vehicle.
The Zil 157 truck was a mainstay of Warsaw Pact military forces in the late 1950s and 1960s, seeing use in a wide range of applications as well as licence production in China as the CA30.