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Light Armored Vehicle-Mortar (LAV-M)

The LAV-M is an all-terrain, all-weather vehicle with night capabilities. It provides indirect fire support to light infantry and reconnaissance forces; providing high explosive area fire, covering smoke and illumination for first line-units. It is air transportable via C-130, C-141, C-5 and CH-53 E. When combat loaded there are 5 ready and 94 stowed 81mm bombs as well as 200 ready rounds and 800 stowed rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. There are 8 ready rounds and 8 stowed rounds of smoke grenades. The base plate and bipod for ground mounted mortar is stowed on the vehicle. The vehicle can be made fully amphibious within 3 minutes.

Marine Corps Inventory: 50
Unit Replacement Cost: $667,000

Specifications

POWER TRAIN & SUSPENSION

  • Engine 275 hp Detroit Diesel 6V53T
  • Transmission Allison MT653 (5 speeds forward - 1 reverse)
  • Transfer case (1)
  • Differentials (4) automotive, (1) water drive
  • Suspension (8) wheel independent.
  • Full time 4 wheel (rear)
  • Selective 8 wheel drive
  • Power steering
  • Power brakes
  • Selective water drive

Water drive:

  • (2) propellers
  • (4) rudders

VISION:

Driver:

  • (3) M-17 periscopes
  • (1) night vision AN/VVS-2(V)4

Vehicle Commander:

  • (5) M-17 periscopes
  • (1) night vision AN/VVS-2 (V) 4

Crew Compartment:

  • (2) vision block MIL-B-11352

AIR TRANSPORTABILITY:

  • (1) C-130
  • (2) C-141
  • (5) C-5A
  • (1) CH-53E (helicopter lift)

TOWABILITY:

  • The only variants with the ability to tow are LAV-R and LAV-L.

FIRE SUPPRESSION:

  • Halon 1301 (manual system in crew & engine compartments)

NBC SYSTEM:

  • M8A1 ventilated face mask system
  • M43A1 detector/alarm system

AMPHIBIOUS:

  • Capable of fording streams, rivers, and inland water ways with minimal preparation.

ATGM WIRE CUTTER:

  • (1) at driver's station

PAINT:

  • Interior sea foam green
  • CARC-exterior camouflage pattern

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

24 volts positive ground

  • Waterproof
  • Radio suppressed system
  • Wiring, connectors, breakers, harnesses IAW MIL-STD's
  • MIL-STD 220amp alternator
  • (4) batteries per MS 35000 (500 amp slave receptacle)

PERSONNEL:

  • (5) total
  • (1) driver
  • (1) vehicle commander
  • (3) mortar crew

PERFORMANCE @ GVW

  • Maximum speed 62 mph
  • Swim speed 6 mph
  • Mazimum range 410 miles
  • Minimum turn diameter 51 ft.
  • Maximum trench crossing 81 in.
  • Maximum grade 60%
  • Maximum side slope 30%

FEATURES:

SIZE/WEIGHT

  • Length 251.60 in.
  • Width 98.4 in.
  • Height 84.30 in.
  • Curb weight 23,520 lb.
  • Gross weight (max.) 26,720 lb.

ARMAMENT:

Primary:

  • M252 81mm mortar (360 degrees traverse)

Self Defense:

  • M240E 7.62mm machine gun

Ancillary:

  • (2) M257 smoke grenade launchers

Ammunition:

Ready:
  • (8) L8A1 smoke grenades
  • 200 rounds 7.62mm
  • (5) 81mm mortar rounds
Stowed:
  • (8) L8A1 smoke grenades
  • 800 rounds 7.62mm
  • (94) rounds 81mm mortar plus 20 fuses

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT:

  • AN/VIC-2C Intercom System
  • (2) VHF SINCGARS Radios
  • (1) VHF Radio AN/PRC-68 (stowed)
  • (1) UHF Position Location Reporting System
  • (3) Antenna

DOORS/HATCHES:

  • (2) rear without center post
  • (2) rear roof
  • (1) driver
  • (1) vehicle commander
  • (1) winch

SELF-RECOVERY WINCH

  • Hydraulic (front-mounted 15,000 lbs. dynamic pull)

ON VEHICLE EQUIPMENT:

  • Tools, camouflage nets, utensils

EQUIPMENT:

  • Stowed baseplate & bipod for groundmounted mortar

The LAV-M(S) light Armored Vehicle Mortar System (Saudi) is a Type-1 vehicle configuration. The basic vehicle configuration consists of an eight-wheeled automotive structure which is common to the Saudi Arabian National Guard family of light armored vehicles (FOLAV). The mission role hardware features a two-man turret with the principal weapon being a breech loaded 120-mm mortar. The vehicle has a crew of four and is capable of carrying forty 120-mm mortar rounds. The LAV-M(S) has the same cross-country characteristics as the other members of the FOLAV. The LAV-M(S) will carry out attack, base defense, and anti-personnel operations. The intended use of the LAV-M(S) is to provide the capability to rapidly engage and destroy targets by highly effective direct and indirect fire. Configured as the LAV-M(S), the weapon system is designed to provide heavy mortar support out to 9200 meters. The LAV-M(S) incorporates the 120-mm Delco/Royal Ordnance LAV-120 Armored Mortar System (AMS) turret which is designed to provide firepower for mechanized forces while offering protection for the crew. The LAV-M(S) turret shall be capable of 360-degree traverse and allow the weapon to be fired through 80-degree elevation to 5-degree depression.

Specifications

Crew - Four:

  • Driver
  • Commander
  • Ammo Preparer
  • Loader

Dimensions:


  • Combat Weight - 31,000 lb
  • Length - 265 inches
  • Width - 99 inches
  • Height - 106 inches
Armament:
  • Primary: 120mm Smooth Bore Mortar
  • Secondary: M240E1 7.62 Pintle Mounted Machine Gun
  • Ancillary Weapon: Two Grenade Launchers
  • Ammunition (Ready): 200 rounds 7.62
  • Ammunition (Ready): 8 L8A1 Smoke Grenades
  • Ammunition (Stowed): 40 rounds 120mm
  • Ammunition (Stowed): 400 rounds 7.62
  • Ammunition (Stowed): 8 L8A1 Smoke Grenades


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