Amercom ACBG74 British MCV 80 Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle - 7th Armoured Brigade, Iraq, 2003 (1:72 Scale)
"We will carry out a campaign characterized by shock, by surprise, by flexibility ... and by the application of overwhelming force."
- CENTCOM commander General Tommy Franks commenting on the conduct of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, March 21st, 2003
The FV510 Warrior tracked vehicle family, are a series of British armoured vehicles originally developed to replace the older FV430 series of armoured vehicles. The Warrior started life in the MCV-80 project that was first approached in the 1970s, GKN Sankey won the production contract in 1980. GKN Sankey is now a part of BAE Systems Land and Armaments. The Warrior incorporates several design features in keeping with UK battlefield experience.
Passenger access is through a single electric ram powered door at the rear of the hull, rather than a drop-down ramp as in the American M113 and M2 Bradley APCs. There are no firing ports in the hull, in line with British thinking that the role of the APC/IFV is to carry troops under protection to the objective and then give firepower support when they have disembarked. Another reason is that it is not possible to fire accurately out of the ports of a moving IFV and access to firing ports would require internal stowage to be moved from behind the seated soldiers in the rear of the vehicle.
Warrior Section Vehicles are able to carry and support 7 fully-equipped soldiers together with supplies and weapons including a number of anti-tank weapons for a 48-hour battlefield day in nuclear/biological/chemical conditions. The protection against small arms, missiles, RPGs and anti-tank mines was proven during the UN operations in Bosnia. Additional (applique) armour can be fitted.
Warrior is driven by a Perkins-Rolls-Royce V8 Condor engine through a 4 speed automatic gearbox. It is capable of a road speed of 46 mph (75 km/h). The fully rotating turret carries a 7.62 mm calibre coaxial chain gun machinegun alongside the conventionally powered RARDEN 30 mm cannon. Thales Optronics BGTI battle group thermal imaging sights have added to upgrade the night fighting capability. All Warrior vehicles are now equipped with BOWMAN radios for enhanced communications command and control.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a British MCV 80 Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle that served with the 7th Armoured Brigade, then deployed to Iraq during 2003. Pre-order! Ship Date: Summer 2014.
Length: 4.5 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: ?