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Dragoon/AM300 Series Armored Vehicle


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Country of Origin/Used by: United States, Thailand, Turkey & Venezuela
First Produced/Service Dates: 1976-2002
Manufactured by: AV Technology (Now Owned by General Dynamics Land Systems)
Crew: 3+6
Armament: Main: (1) 20mm Cannon; Co-Axial: (1) 7.62mm Machine Gun
Engine: (6) Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: Although originally developed as a private venture by the Verne Corporation (as the AM 300 Series of Armored Vehicles), it had only limited service with the US Military, mostly with the US Navy patrolling nuclear weapons storage sites.  However, the Dragoon did have some success overseas and with police organizations.  The story of the Dragoon is complicated due to the name changes, diffferent variants and the number of different companies "involved" including Arrowpointe Corporation, AM General, AV Technology and General Dynamics Land Systems (Besides Verne Corp.).

Variants of the AM300 Series include the AM301 APC, AM330 Armored 20mm Weapon Station and AM 331 Armored 25mm Weapon Station. Some of the main Dragoon variants include the Armored Command Vehicle, Armored Mortar Carrier, Armored Personal Carrier and Patroller Armored Security Vehicle. In 1997 the latest version, Dragoon 2, was released.  It can differentiated by the lengthend hull (121 vs. 110 inch wheelbase) and double-width side doors.  Although the production run ended in 2002, new vehicles can be manufactured at the GDLS Santa Barbara Sistemas plant in Spain.
Data Sheet Available:   None

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
    AM 301 Armored Personnel Carrier Photos Dave Haugh - Content Editor
AM 301 APC Data Sheet AM General Corp. via Dave Haugh
AM 330 Armored 20mm Weapon Station Data Sheet AM General Corp. via Dave Haugh
  AM 331 Armored 25mm Weapon Station Photo Dave Haugh - Content Editor
AM 331 Armored 25mm Weapon Station Data Sheet AM General Corp. via Dave Haugh
    AM 300 Series Promotion Brochure AM General Corp. via Dave Haugh
  Dragoon APC Photo AV Technology Corp. via Dave Haugh
Dragoon Vehicle Photos AV Technology Corp. via Dave Haugh
Dragoon Vehicle Promotion Brochure AV Technology Corp. via Dave Haugh
  Dragoon Vehicle Advertisement AV Technology Corp. via Dave Haugh
Dragoon Vehicle Photos (Taken at the US Army's Platform Performance Demonstration  - Ft. Knox (1999-2000?)] Neil Baumgardner - Arlington, Virginia USA
  Dragoon Recovery Vehicle Photo AV Technology Corp. via Dave Haugh

References Available

Online

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Dragoon Armored Vehicle Information and Photos Army Guide.Com Website
Dragoon Armored Vehicle Information and Photos Army Recognition Guide Website

Printed

Reference Author
Armored Car: A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.P. Hunnicutt
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher F. Foss

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