11 April 2009

LAV-300 For Phillipine, Panama, and Kuwait


The LAV-300 armoured vehicle range was developed by Cadillac Gage Textron (which in 1994 became part of Textron Marine & Land Systems) as a private venture specifically for the export market in the late 1970s. The vehicle was originally known as the V-300 and builds on experience in the development and production of the LAV-150 range of 4 × 4 light armoured vehicles covered in detail in a separate entry. Production of this has been completed and currently in production is the M1117 Guardian Armoured Security Vehicle of which over 1,000 have been built.

LAV-300 of the Philippine Marines (photo : PDFF)

The first two prototypes of the LAV-300 were completed in 1979 and the first customer was Panama which, in 1982, placed an order for 12 LAV-300 vehicles in four different configurations including fire support vehicle with a two-person turret armed with a 90 mm CMI Defence Mk III gun, APC with twin 7.62 mm machine guns and recovery. All of these were delivered by the end of 1983.

LAV-150 of the Philippine Marines (photo : Trimawa)

In 1984, the Kuwait National Guard ordered 62 LAV-300 Commandos. These were lost during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.Production of the LAV-300 resumed in 1993 as, late in March 1993, the US Army Tank Automotive Command awarded Cadillac Gage a contract for the supply of 24 LAV-300s (6 × 6) for the Philippines.Of the 24 vehicles, 12 have a two-man Cadillac Gage turret armed with a 90 mm gun and a 7.62 mm machine gun, and the remaining 12 a Cadillac Gage one-person 1 m turret armed

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