Alvis Saladin armoured car

The Alvis Saladin FV601 armoured car

Manufacturer: Alvis Vehicles Ltd., Coventry, England.

The Saladin shares much componentry, including an extremely thirsty Rolls-Royce eight-cylinder petrol engine, with the Saracen armoured personnel carrier. Road range is a respectable 400 km, courtesy of a very large fuel tank. Indonesia (!) has upgraded its Saladins to diesel power.

The Saladin was developed for the British army by Alvis in the 1950s. Nearly 1200 were built during its 13-year production run from 1959 to 1972. In the British army, its role has now been taken on by the tracked Scorpion (FV101) and its derivatives.

Technical specifications

Engine: Rolls-Royce B80 Mk 6A 8-cylinder liquid-cooled petrol producing 170hp at 3750rpm
Maximum speed: 72km/h
Fuel capacity & range: 200l, 400km
Armament: 76mm main gun, 7.62mm MG coaxial, 7.62mm AAMG, 2x6 smoke grenade dischargers
Combat weight: 11.59t
Length: 4.93m excluding gun (5.284m gun forwards)
Width: 2.54m
Height: 2.39m
Armour: max. 32mm
Crew: three