Bovington Tank Museum – FV515 Combat Vehicle Royal Artillery Tracked Battery Command Vehicle : Warrior
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 as the MCV-80 project that was first broached in the 1970s, GKN Sankey winning the production contract in 1980. GKN Sankey is now a part of BAE Systems Land and Armaments. The Warrior has the speed and performance to keep up with a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank over the most difficult terrain, and the firepower and armour to support infantry in the assault.
The Warrior plays a crucial role in military operations carried out by UK forces. The vehicles, which were built by GKN Defence - which is now known as Alvis Vickers Ltd, have a strong and proven track record. It carries a driver, commander, gunner and seven fully equipped soldiers. The vehicle's main purpose is the transportation of infantry during patrols, or towards the frontline. And its weaponry enables it to perform a dual role, as it can be used as a fighting vehicle. It carries a 30mm Rarden cannon with a range of up to 1500m, as well as a 7.62mm Hughes Helicopter Chain Gun and smoke grenade launchers. And the vehicle carries an electrically operated turret, which can turn through 360 degrees.
The armour is designed to withstand an explosion from a 155mm shell at 10 m and direct fire from machine guns up to a caliber of 14.5 mm. During the first Gulf War and Operations in the Balkans and Iraq, additional armoured protection was fitted for additional protection. Collective CBRN protection is provided when closed down and the section should be able to remain fully closed down for 48 hours. A toilet is also provided in the vehicle.
The Warrior was used in the Gulf War and in Bosnia. The Warrior has a nuclear, chemical and biological attack-resistant compartment for the crew. It also carries protection against mines. The crew compartment has an air filtration system, in addition to a heating and cooling system.
The UK has 550 Warrior vehicles currently in service. Most of them were delivered between 1987 and 1995 and have been used in the Gulf War and Bosnia. Since their introduction, the armoury has been upgraded to deal with numerous threats, such as rocket-propelled grenades. Warrior vehicles are powered by a 550 horsepower Rolls-Royce diesel engine, which provides a maximum road speed of 47 miles per hour (75 kph). And it has a four-speed fully automatic transmission, in addition to hydrostatic drive steering. The suspension system enables these vehicles to cross rough terrain at higher speeds than most battle tanks.