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Grizzly 6x6 Armored Personnel Carrier


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+6
Armament:

Turret: (1) 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun and (1) 7.62mm MG.

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 Grizzly being the APC variant. The other two AVGP types are the Cougar Fire Support Vehicle 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:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Grizzly APC Vehicle Booklet Pages Canadian Defence Forces via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
Grizzly APC Photos Don Allen - Ottawa, Canada
Grizzly APC Photos Canadian Defence Forces via Dave Haugh
Grizzly APC Photo (Above) General Motors of Canada via Dave Haugh
    Grizzly APC Photos (1980 US Army Demonstration - Ft. Drum, New York) General Motors of Canada via Steve Hearn - Ontario Canada
Grizzly APC Photos Patrick Keenan - Editor
      Grizzly APC Photos (UN-Cyprus) S. Markides via Dave Haugh
  Grizzly APC Photo US Army via Dave Haugh
    Grizzly APC Photos US Marine Corps via Dave Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
AVGP Grizzly APC Information and Photos Canadian-American Strategic Review
AVGP Grizzly APC Information and Photos Military Today 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
Grizzly AVGP Model Kit (72408) ACE Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
Grizzly 6x6 “SFOR” AVGP Model Kit (35053) Best Value Models (Affiliated with ADV/Azimut) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic, resin and Photo Etch Details.
AVGP Grizzly (Early) Model Kit (01502) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
AVGP Grizzly (Late) Model Kit (01505) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
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
Grizzly 6x6 AVGP Detail Set (36232) Eduard 1/35 Photo-Etched Stainless Steel; For both Trumpeter Kits?
Grizzly 6x6 AVGP Mask Set (XT194) Eduard 1/35 Vinyl Mask; For both Trumpeter Kits?

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
1/35 Trumpeter AVGP Grizzly (Early) APC Model Kit Photos Wayne Cassell - Littleton, Colorado USA