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Cougar 6x6 Wheeled Fire Support Vehicle


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Canada
First Produced/Service Dates: 1979
Manufactured by: General Motors of Canada (now General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada)
Crew: 3-5
Armament:

Turret: 76mm Cannon; Co-Axial: 7.62 mm Machine Gun.

Engine: 6 Cylinder Turbo Diesel
Miscellaneous Info:

The Armored Vehicle General Purpose Group (AVGP) series is based on the MOWAG 6x6 Piranha 1 APC platform and was initially developed only as a less expensive training option (vs. tracked vehicles) by the Canadian military. Ultimately, the AVGP did see extensive operational service and performed well.

The AVGP family consists of three vehicle types, the Cougar being the fire support variant. The Cougar's turret is the same fitted to the British FV101 Scorpion CVR-Tracked Recon Vehicle.  The other two AVGP types are the Grizzly APC and Husky Armored Recovery Vehicle.  Although only fielded by Canada, the USMC trialed the AVGP series in 1981, but did not accept them for service.  Following the adoption of the Bison and LAV III families of vehicles, the AVGP series was retired from service.

Data Sheet Available:   Cougar FSV Data Sheet - by Dave Haugh

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Cougar FSV Vehicle Booklet Pages Canadian Defence Forces via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
Cougar FSV Photos Ken Adolphe - Bristol, UK
Cougar FSV Photos Don Allen - Ottawa, Canada
Cougar FSV Exterior Detail Photos Don Allen
Cougar FSV Interior Detail Photos Don Allen
Cougar FSV Photos Patrick Keenan - Editor
  Cougar FSV Photo MOWAG via Dave Haugh
    Cougar FSV Photos (USMC Trials) US Navy via Dave Haugh
  Cougar FSV Photo (Fitted with 25mm? Turret at USMC Trials) US Navy via Dave Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
AVGP Cougar Fire Support Vehicle Information and Photos Canadian-American Strategic Review
AVGP Cougar Fire Support Vehicle Information and Photos Military Today Website
AVGP Cougar Fire Support Vehicle Photos Don Busack's Prime Portal Website

Printed

Reference Author
Canadian Wheeled Project: AVGP Series DVD Anthony Sewards
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher F. Foss
LAV & Piranha: The Extended Family (Concord Mini-Color Series) Gordon Arthur & Steve Hearn
MOWAG Piranha: Wheeled Armour for the Modern Battlefield (Tankograd Publishing) Stefan Marx
UNITAF In Somalia: Vehicles of Restore Hope Forces (Concord Publications) Barry Beldam

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Cougar Fire Support Vehicle Model Kit (72409) ACE Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
Canadian Cougar 6x6 AVGP Model Kit (35051) Best Value Models (Affiliated with ADV/Azimut) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic, resin and Photo Etch Details.
Cougar 6x6 AVGP Model Kit (35052) Best Value Models (Affiliated with ADV/Azimut) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic, resin and Photo Etch Details.
Canadian/NATO Cougar 6x6 AVGP Model Kit (HFN23) 1/35 Multi-Media.
Cougar 6x6 AVGP (Early Version) Model Kit (01501) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Cougar 6x6 AVGP (Improved Version) Model Kit (01504) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
AVGP Cougar Late Update Set (35388) Azimut 1/35 Multi-Media; For Trumpeter AVGP Cougar Kit
6x6 AVGP Front Spare Wheel Holder (35389) Azimut 1/35 Multi-Media; For Trumpeter Series of AVGP Kits
6x6 AVGP Early Wheel Set (35386) Azimut 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Series of AVGP Kits
6x6 AVGP Late (XML) Wheel Set (35387) Azimut 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Series of AVGP Kits
Cougar 6x6 AVGP Detail Set (36199) Eduard 1/35 Photo-Etched Stainless Steel; For Both? Trumpeter Model Kits

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
1/35 Trumpeter AVGP Canadian/UN Cougar FSV Model Kit Photos Wayne Cassell - Littleton, Colorado USA