Commando Scout

Notes: The American firm of Cadillac Gage manufactures a number of vehicles for export, some of which have been picked up for US service. The 4x4 Commando Scout is not one of the latter, but is in service with a number of military and constabulary units throughout the world. The vehicle has a driverís hatch on the front deck, a commanderís hatch on the turret deck, and an exit hatch on the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle can be armed with a machinegun or 20mm autocannon. In some models, a single remotely fired TOW II ATGM is also mounted on the turret, or a Mk19 grenade launcher may be fitted in place of the main armament. The command variant does not have turret-mounted weapons, but does have a pintle-mounted weapon on the turret, and has a firing port on the front, rear, and both sides of the turret, as well as three radios in the hull.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

7.62mm Turret

$22,037

D, A

200 kg

6.58 tons

2+1

2

Headlights

Enclosed

M-2HB Turret

$31,348

D, A

200 kg

6.66 tons

2+1

2

Headlights

Enclosed

M-2HB/MAG Turret

$29,443

D, A

200 kg

6.69 tons

2+1

2

Headlights

Enclosed

20mm Turret

$31,028

D, A

200 kg

6.63 tons

2+1

2

Headlights

Enclosed

Mk-19 Turret

$39,201

D, A

200 kg

6.66 tons

2+1

2

Headlights

Enclosed

ATGM Carrier

$35,336

D, A

200 kg

6.56 tons

3

3

Headlights

Enclosed

Recoilless Rifle Carrier

$44,508

D, A

200 kg

7.13 tons

3

2

Headlights

Enclosed

Command Vehicle

$24,633

D, A

200 kg

6.54 tons

3

4

Headlights

Enclosed

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

7.62mm, M-2HB, M-2HB/MAG Turrets

186/74

47/19

208

55

Trtd

W(2)

TF6 TS4 TR3 HF7 HS3 HR2

20mm, Mk-19 Turrets

184/74

46/19

208

55

Trtd

W(2)

TF6 TS4 TR3 HF7 HS3 HR2

ATGM Carrier

186/74

47/19

208

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF7 HS3 HR2

Recoilless Rifle Carrier

176/70

44/18

208

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF7 HS3 HR2

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

7.62mm Turret

+2

None

2xMAG

2600x7.62mm

M-2HB Turret

+2

None

2xM-2HB

2200x.50

M-2HB/MAG Turret

+2

None

M-2HB, MAG

1100x.50, 2400x7.62mm

20mm Turret

+2

Basic

20mm Rh-202 Autocannon, MAG

200x20mm, 2600x7.62mm

Mk-19 Turret

+2

Basic

Mk-19 AGL, MAG

200x40mm Grenades, 2600x7.62mm

ATGM Carrier

None

None

TOW II Launcher, MAG (C)

6xTOW II ATGM, 2000x7.62mm

Recoilless Rifle Carrier

None

None

M-40A2 106mm Recoilless Rifle Carrier, MAG (C)

15x106mm Rockets, 2000x7.62mm

Command Vehicle

None

None

MAG (C)

2000x7.62mm

Dragoon Light Combat Vehicles

Notes: The LFV (Light Forces Vehicle)-90 is designed around a 90mm gun in a two-man turret. The turret is constructed from a hard steel ballistic design that is resistant to 7.62N armor-piercing rounds. The LFV-90 is equipped with a fire control system that is also coupled with a secondary backup in case of damage or power loss (the rangefinder requires two damaging results to knock it out). The US Air Force adopted the LFV-90 in late 1996; they required a lightweight armored vehicle that was capable of defending Air Force installations around the globe. The Air Force contracted with AV Technology for 125 LFV-90s, but specified that they must also be equipped with ERA (the LFV-90 has lugs for ERA on the HF, HS, TF, and TS).

The MEWS (Mobile Electronic Warfare System) is a Dragoon basic APC with modifications to allow it to conduct electronic warfare. The passenger compartment is largely filled with radios, multiband radio jammers, radar jammers, radio and radar direction finders, and electronic listening devices to intercept and analyze enemy radio broadcasts. Radius of jamming is 1 kilometer, and it makes radar use two levels harder and radio use three levels harder. Externally, the MEWS can be distinguished by its many antennas and large retractable jamming antenna mast.

The VOSV (Video Optical Surveillance Vehicle) version of the Dragoon basic APC contains advanced surveillance devices coupled with a radio datalink to higher headquarters. The sensors are contained on a 3-meter mast, and include TV, video, night vision, shotgun microphone, and radio direction finders. The purpose is to provide a scout vehicle that can provide the commander with a real-time picture of a remote area. This requires an equivalent datalink and equipment at the higher headquarters, and is included in the cost of the vehicle. The VOSV is equipped with no less than three radios, one dedicated to the datalink.

Twilight 2000 Notes: It is believed that all LFV-90s were delivered by November of 1997; they were distributed across the European theater, Korean theater, and Middle Eastern theater.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

LFV-90

$263,103

D, A

500 kg

12.7 tons

4

5

Passive IR, Thermal Imaging

Enclosed

MEWS

$103,695

D, A

500 kg

11.5 tons

4

8

Passive IR

Enclosed

VOSV

$64,180

D, A

500 kg

11.5 tons

5

6

FLIR, Image Intensification

Enclosed

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

LFV-90

176/70

44/18/5

341

109

Trtd

W(4)

TF4 TS4 TR3 HF5 HS3 HR2

MEWS

164/66

41/17/4

341

99

Trtd

W(4)

HF5 HS3 HR2

VOSV

174/70

44/18/5

341

98

Trtd

W(4)

HF5 HS3 HR2

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

LFV-90

+2

Fair

90mm Cockerill or Mecar Gun, MAG, MAG (C)

50x90mm, 4000x7.62mm

MEWS/VOSV

None

None

MAG (C)

1000x7.62mm

HMMWV Light Combat Vehicles

Notes: The M-1118 HMMWV FSV (Fire Support Vehicle) was an experimental version of the armored HMMWV. Production was greatly hastened in the latter stages of the war, with many conversions made from existing HMMWVs. The FSV is a standard M-1114 model armored HMMWV fitted with a casemate-mounted M-242 25mm ChainGun of the same type that is mounted on the Bradley. The gunner controls the gun via a downlinked television monitor connected to a sight on the gun. The rear area of the vehicle is largely taken up with the turret mechanism and ammunition for the gun.

The M-1109 is an armored HMMWV version focusing on crew survivability. Though lacking in payload, the "Oh Niner" has been retained for its protection. Though not issued with a winch, many were back fitted in theater. The M-1109 has a NHT mount (C), or it may carry a TOW II ATGM. Damage to crew from mines or HE blast is halved due to extensive installed measures (blast shields. collapsible seats, etc.).

The M-1114 is an armored HMMWV version focusing on crew survivability, restoring the favorable payload lost in the M-1109. Though not issued with a winch, many were retrofitted with one in theater. The M-1114 has a NHT mount (C), or may be fitted with a TOW II launcher. Damage to the crew from mines or HE blast is halved due to extensive installed measures (blast shields, collapsible seats, etc.).

The M-1116 is an armored HMMWV version focusing on crew survivability. It was specifically designed for the US Air Force with provisions for crew comfort (better heat and air circulation), and has an armored cupola with an NHT mount (C). Many were retained when air base security needs faded. Though not issued with a winch, many were retrofitted with one in theater. Damage to the crew from mines or HE blast is halved due to extensive installed countermeasures (blast shields, collapsible seats, etc.).

Twilight 2000 Notes: The HMMWV FSV was produced by the thousands for use by Light Infantry Divisions.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

M-1118

$35,602

D, G, A

500 kg

4.85 tons

2

2

Passive IR

Enclosed

M-1109

$17,685

D, G, A

570 kg

4.53 tons

2+2

1

Headlights

Enclosed

M-1114

$17,708

D, G, A

1.04 tons

4.56 tons

2+4

1

Headlights

Enclosed

M-1116

$18,953

D, G, A

545 kg

5.1 tons

2+4

1

Headlights

Enclosed

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

M-1118

222/88

56/22

95

47

CiH

W(4)

TF2 TS2 TR2 HF4 HS4 HR4

M-1109

222/88

56/22

95

44

Stnd

W(4)

HF4 HS4 HR4

M-1114

232/92

58/23

95

47

Stnd

W(4)

HF4 HS4 HR4

M-1116

212/86

53/22

95

47

CiH

W(4)

TF2 TS2 TR2 HF4 HS4 HR4

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

M-1118

+2

Basic

25mm ChainGun

297x25mm

Lancer

Notes: Looking very much like an armored SUV, the Lancer APV was developed in response to a US Air Force request for a new airbase patrol vehicle to replace the Ranger armored cars in use until recently. It was not chosen by the Air Force, but sales were made to undisclosed recipients. The vehicle is protected by a low-weight synthetic armor known as ArmaCore. There are doors on either side of the cab and another in the rear. On the roof, at the rear, is a ring mount for a weapon. The vehicle is usually equipped with flashing lights and a siren.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$10,220

G, A

300 kg

2.82 tons

2+2

1

Headlights

Shielded

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

344/138

86/35

70

110

Stnd

W(2)

HF4 HS2 HR2

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

M-60 (Rear)

1000x7.62mm

LAV-300CS

Notes: The LAV-300 series is a 6x6 wheeled armored vehicle manufactured by Cadillac Gage and used by Kuwait and Panama, but it was not adopted by the US Army. The CS (Combat Support) version is a type with a 90mm gun turret. The V-300 is fully amphibious. The vehicle has one small side door on its left side and a rear exit ramp, plus a commanderís atop the turret.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$186,697

D, A

400 kg

12 tons

4

4

Passive IR

Enclosed

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

170/68

43/17/5

265

101

Trtd

W(3)

TF5 TS6 TR6 HF8 HS5 HR4

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

+1

Good

90mm gun, MAG, MAG (C)

44x90mm, 2400x7.62mm

LAV-600

Notes: The LAV-600 was begun by Cadillac Gage as a private venture. The LAV-600 features better armor and vision devices than the LAV-300 and LAV-AG, as well as heavier armament, and has the complete turret of a Stingray tank mounted on it. The driver sits on the front left, and at the rear of the hull are two large doors, each of which has a firing port. The LAV-600 has a very efficient Halon fire suppression system and CARC (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating) paint. Run-flat tires are standard. This vehicle is also in the service of the Thai Army.

Twilight 2000 Notes: When the Twilight War began in earnest, the LAV-600 was picked up for service by the US Marines as a tank destroyer.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$253,783

D, A

700 kg

18.5 tons

4

6

Passive IR

Shielded

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

120/48

30/12

460

81

Trtd

W(4)

TF8 TS7 TR7 HF10 HS5 HR5

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

+4

Good

105mm M-68 gun, MAG, M-2HB (C)

34x105mm, 2400x7.62mm, 400x.50

M-3A1 (White) Scout Car

Notes: This is a 4x4 light scout car produced during World War 2 for US forces. It was replaced in US service during World War 2 by the M-8 and M-20, but some copies remain in service with Columbia, Guatemala, Liberia, Madagascar, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, and the former Yugoslavia. It is a simple vehicle with light armor. The driver and commander have bullet resistant windshields to the front and sides. The vehicle is open-topped. The weapons are mounted on a track around the troop compartment, and can be moved to fire in any direction.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$38,337

G, A

600 kg

5.62 tons

2+6

2

Headlights

Open

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

128/52

32/13

113

51

Stnd

W(2)

HF2 HS2 HR2

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

M-2HB, M-1919A4

750x.50, 8000x.30-06

M-8/M-20 Greyhound

Notes: The M-8 version of the Greyhound was used as a light scout car. It has a turret with a 37mm manually fed cannon and a coaxial machinegun. Turret traverse is slow, as it is done with a manual crank. The commander and gunner sit in the turret, while the driver has a hatch on the front deck.

The M-20 is an unturreted version of the World War II M-8 Greyhound reconnaissance vehicle, still used in a number of foreign countries. Its armor is inferior compared to other vehicles, but it is cheap and mechanically reliable.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

M-8

$52,421

G, A

300 kg

7.89 tons

3

3

Headlights

Enclosed

M-20

$17,393

G, A

300 kg

6.58 tons

2+4

2

Headlights

Enclosed

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

M-8

118/48

30/12

212

64

Trtd

W(3)

TF2 TS2 TR2 HF3 HS2 HR2

M-20

132/52

33/13

212

64

Stnd

W(3)

HF3 HS2 HR2

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

M-8

None

None

37mm gun, M-1919A4, M-2HB (C)

80x37mm, 1500x.30-06, 400x.50

M-20

None

None

M-2HB (C)

1260x.50

M-750 (Cadillac Gage LAV-350)

Notes: Unlike most Cadillac Gage armored cars, the LAV-350 was type standardized in the US Army and Air Force as the M-750. It was primarily used for airfield security, to patrol perimeters of large compounds in hostile areas. The M-750 is a variant of the companyís LAV-300 series; in this variant, the vehicle has a small turret mounted on the front deck armed with two machineguns. A heavier weapon is mounted on the rear deck behind a set of hatches. There is a hatch on the sloping part of the front deck for the driver, and another hatch on the turret deck. The M-750 has a front-mounted winch with a capacity of 9.07 tons, and optionally, air conditioning.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$36,406

D, A

1 ton

10 tons

4

3

Passive IR

Enclosed

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

194/78

49/20/5

265

101

Trtd

W(3)

TF3 HS3 TR3 HF8 HS5 HR4

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

2xMAG, M-2HB (R)

1120x7.62mm, 525x.50