Armoured Personnel Carrier

The FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier

Manufacturer: GKN Defence (formerly Sankey), Telford, England.

Developed for the British army in the late fifties, the FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier was produced between 1962 and 1972, by which time over 3000 had been built. Although the FV432 has now been supplemented in its fighting role by the Warrior, it is still in service in Britain (and India), and is expected to remain so for some time. It has much componentry in common with the FV434 recovery vehicle and the FV433 Abbot self-propelled gun. The FV432 carries two crew the driver and commander/gunner plus ten passengers on the inward-facing bench seats in the rear compartment. The 240hp Rolls-Royce K60 six-cylinder engine lives next to the driver and powers the vehicle to a maximum of 52km/h.

Technical specifications

Engine: Rolls-Royce K60 No. 4 Mk 4F 6-cylinder two-stroke liquid-cooled multi-fuel producing 240hp at 3750rpm
Maximum speed: 52km/h
Fuel capacity & range: 454l, 480km
Armament: 7.62mm MG, 2x3 smoke grenade dischargers
Combat weight: 15.28t
Length: 5.251m
Width: 2.8m
Height: 1.879m (hull top), 2.286m (including MG)
Armour: max. 12mm
Crew: two + 10 passengers