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US Light Armored Vehicle (LAV)

USMC LAV-25 APC


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates:

Initial Vehicles= 1983

LAV A1/SLEP = 2003

LAV A2 = 2007

Manufactured by: General Dynamics Land Systems of Canada (Was GM of Canada)
Crew: Various depending on the Vehicle
Armament: Various Armament Configurations depending on Vehicle.  
Engine: 6 Cylinder Diesel
Miscellaneous Info:

The US LAV series of vehicles is based upon the MOWAG Piranha 1 8x8 APC design Originally, the US Army (vehicles to be designated M1047) and US Marine Corps were both slated to receive the LAV, but the Army order was cancelled and the USMC received them instead.

Over the years the LAV fleet has been steadily upgraded and improved.  The first major armor upgrade was completed in 1991 which added Light Appliqué System Technique (LAST) ceramic armor.  A second up-armoring effort was initiated in 1998 adding the more capable Composite Ceramic Armor (CCA) system.  Then in 2000 the USMC enacted the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) that would upgrade the entire LAV fleet making them more cost effective to operate yet more capable, reliable and survivable.  Upgrades included new add-on camouflage panels, exhaust system, electrical/electronic systems and the addition of a Heads-Up-Display (HUD).  After a vehicle was fitted with the SLEP upgrades, they were re-designated as an LAV-A1 vehicle.

In 2005, the USMC decided to increase their number of Light Armored Recon Battalions which resulted in having to purchase additional LAV vehicles.  These new LAV-A2’s were based on the newer MOWAG Piranha 2 chassis and incorporated substantial upgrades to the entire vehicles including armor package, suspension, weapons and fire control systems.  In addition, the USMC decided to upgrade all the LAV-A1 vehicles to A2 standards; which are ongoing at this time. Similar non-US vehicles are the Australian ASLAV 25 and Canadian LAV-25 Coyote Armored Recon Vehicle.

Data Sheet Available:   None Available


US LAV Variants (Vehicles with Hyperlinks available at WarWheels.net)

Vehicle Vehicle
  • LAV-AG/LAV-105 (Assault Gun)
  • LAV-MEWSS/PIP (Mobile Electronic Warfare Support System/Product Improvement Plan)

 


Other Photos

Reference Source/Provider
XM-1047 Prototype Photos US Army via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
  US LAV with 75mm ARES Gun and "Large" Turret Photo (ARES also produced a "Small Turret") ARES Corporation via Dave Haugh
   
US LAV with MECAR 90mm KEnerga Gun & Turret Photos (MECAR's submission for the LAV-AG unfielded variant)
Dave Haugh
   
  US LAV with Delco with TOW 2 Add-On-Concept Upgrade Sales Brochure
Delco Systems Operations via Dave Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
  "Armored Cars and the Marine Corps" (Fall 1991 Issue of Fortitudine - The Bulletin of the Marine Corps Historical Program) Col. Brooke Nihart USMC (Ret.)
LAV Information and Photos Federation of American Scientists
LAV Information and Photos General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada
LAV Information and Photos Olive Drab.Com
LAV Information and Photos US Marine Corps Website

Printed

Reference Author
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
Battle Griffin: Multinational Exercise in the Land of the Vikings  (Tankograd Publishing) Clemens Niesner
Encyclopedia of Modern US Military Tactical Vehicles (Tankograd Publications) Carl Schulze
Jane's AFV Recognition Handbook Christopher F. Foss
LAV-25: The Marine Corps' Light Armored Vehicle (Osprey Publishing: New Vanguard #185)

Patrick Keenan's Review at the AMPS Website
James D'Angina
LAV & Piranha: The Extended Family (Concord Mini-Color Series) Gordon Arthur & Steve Hearn
Marines on the Ground: Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 (Concord Mini-Color Series) Gordon Arthur
Marines on the Ground: Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 (Concord Mini-Color Series) Gordon Arthur
MOWAG Piranha: Wheeled Armour for the Modern Battlefield (Tankograd Publishing) Stefan Marx
US Military Wheeled Vehicles (Concord Publications) Michael Green and Greg Stewart
Vehicules Blindes de Combat Roues (Wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicles) 8x8 (Histoire & Collections) Youri Obraztsov

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
For products useable with specific LAV variants we have indices available for (shown above), go to the applicable vehicle page.      
       
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
LAV Road Wheel Set (8) Wheels (C006) Accurate Armour 1/35  
LAV Family Anti Reflection Coating Lens Sticker (AC35018) AFV Club 1/35 Stick & Peel Decals; For all Trumpeter LAV Variants. Enough to finish 8 Models.
USMC Large Sagged Tire Set with New Rim (BL35132K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin.
USMC LAV A2 Iraq & Afghanistan Update Set (BL35157K) Blast Models 1/35 Multi-Media; For Trumpeter Kits
USMC WARLOCK DUKE EWS FOR LAV25/ MORTAR/C2 (BL35159K) Blast Models 1/35 Multi-Media; For Trumpeter Kits
LAV-25 Piranha Tire Set (8) CAM Resin 1/35  
LAV-25 SLEP Sagged Wheel Set (DW35011)

DEF Model

1/35

Resin; For Trumpeter Model Kit.

LAV-25 XL Sagged Wheel Set (DW35093)

DEF Model

1/35

Resin; For Trumpeter Model Kit.  Wheels represent Michelin XL Tires.

LAV Mirrors (Two Different Releases: 357014 & 357114)

Echelon Fine Details

1/35

For Italeri/Revell of Germany Model Kits; "Peel and Stick" Series.

LAV Mirrors (357132)

Echelon Fine Details

1/35

For Trumpeter Model Kits; "Peel and Stick" Series.

LAV-SLEP Exhaust Cover (36039) Eduard  1/35 Photo Etched Brass; For Trumpeter Kit
LAV Weighted (Narrow) Road Wheels (ER35-018) ET Model 1/35 Resin
LAV Weighted (Wide) Road Wheels (ER35-017) ET Model 1/35 Resin
USMC LAV Blast Shield (EA35-055) ET Model 1/35  
USMC LAV-25 SLEP Exhaust Cover (EA35-062) ET Model 1/35  
LAV-25 Series Tires (Early Type) 1/35 Resin
US LAV (Wide) Tires with SLEP Rim(LF1199) Legend Productions 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter LAV Kit (349)

LAV25 Stowage Set 1 (LF1113)

Legend Productions

1/35

Resin

LAV25 Stowage Set 2 (LF1224)

Legend Productions

1/35

Resin

LAV SLEP Muffler (LF1202)

Legend Productions

1/35

Resin

LAV 25 Stowage Set (MT72143)

Product Review by Rob Teubert
ModellTrans Modellbau 1/72 Resin; For Ace Model Kit
Mowag/LAV Wheels (8) MR Models 1/35  
LAV-25 Aerial Mount (35A006) RB Model 1/35 Brass? 2 Pieces.
LAV Stowage Set (RMA 35140) Real Model 1/35 Resin; Looks like it can be used on any LAV ore even on most modern vehicles.

LAV Lense and Tail Light Set (SKP128)

SKP Model

1/35

Resin and Photo Etch Brass; For Trumpeter Kits.

LAV Series 8x8 Tires (325/85 R16 XML) (06607) Trumpeter Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic and Vinyl.
LAV-II Series 8x8 Tires (325/85 R16 XML) (06608) Trumpeter Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic and Vinyl
US Marines LAV Stowage Set (2052) Verlinden Productions 1/35  
LAV Family Smoke Discharger Set (PEA228)

Voyager Models

1/35

Mutli-Media Set.

US LAV-25 ECM Telescopic Antenna (PEA242)

Voyager Models

1/35

Mutli-Media Set.

USMC LAV-25 Family Road Wheels (Wide Size) (PEA243)

Voyager Models

1/35

Resin; For Trumpeter Kits

USMC LAV-25-SLEP Exhaust Cover (PEA250)

Voyager Models

1/35

Multi-Media Set; For Trumpeter Kits

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider