Spartan Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV), Canada


Spartan is a 4x4 light armoured vehicle (LAV) designed and built by Canadian armoured vehicle manufacturer Streit Group. The vehicle can support military, police and law enforcement missions.

The new generation Spartan armoured personnel carrier (APC) can conduct military tactical operations, command-and-control, counter terrorism, riot control, and counter surveillance missions. It can also be used for special weapons and tactics (SWAT) operations. The vehicle offers high speed and enhanced off-road mobility.

Spartan was launched at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference 2013 (IDEX 2013) held in Abu Dhabi. Streit Group also demonstrated the vehicle at the International Armoured Vehicles 2013 (IAV 2013) exhibition held in Farnborough, UK, and at the LAAD Defence & Security 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Spartan LAV design and features

The flexible, multi-purpose 4x4 vehicle features integrated all-welded steel armoured body. It is based on the chassis of Ford F550 4x4 vehicle and can be configured to perform variety of missions under difficult terrain conditions.

The light armoured vehicle has an overall length of 6.02m, width of 2.43m and a height of 3.10m, whereas the height without turret is 2.37m. The kerb weight is 7,870kg and the gross vehicle weight rating is 8,970kg. The vehicle can carry a payload of 1,100kg.

The Spartan APC can accommodate six people and can be reconfigured to carry up to 12 troops. The vehicle is fitted with two doors on either side, each door has a firing port and an armoured window. Two small armoured windows with firing port on each side of the vehicle are also provided for observation and firing purposes. A single door at the rear allows the easy ingress and egress of troops and two roof hatches serve as emergency exits.

The vehicle is equipped with heavy duty bumpers for protection from damages caused by ramming obstacles in combat environment. It also incorporates main and auxiliary air conditioning systems to minimise crew fatigue. Other equipment include OEM climate control system, global positioning system, surveillance and monitoring systems, UHF/VHF radio communication systems, heavy duty electric winch, and public address system.

Spartan LAV armament and self-protection features

The Spartan APC is equipped with a manual or electric rotating turret on the roof. The turret with armoured glass can traverse through 360°. It can be fitted with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

"The Spartan APC is equipped with a manual or electric rotating turret on the roof."

The APC offers enhanced protection for the crew and troops against ballistic threats, light anti-personnel mines and grenade blasts. The crew compartment is armoured with up to CEN Level B6 standard and the floor offers STANAG 4569 Level 3 protection.

Engine and mobility

The Spartan APC is powered by a 6.7L V8, turbo diesel engine, which develops a power output of 400hp at 2,800rpm and generates a torque of 1,085Nm at 1,600rpm. It is coupled to an automatic, electronically controlled transmission system.

The vehicle can attain a speed of about 110km/h and has a range of approximately 800km. It is equipped with power assisted steering, a heavy duty electric winch, and augmented suspension and braking systems. It integrates four military standard 335/85 R20 or 12.5 R20 run-flat tires and 20 x 11 wheels with rims, each wheel weighs 3,075kg.

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