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General Dynamics Land Systems Reveals LAV-700 Desert Viper Wheeled Armored Vehicle

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General Dynamics Land Systems Reveals LAV-700 Desert Viper Wheeled Armored Vehicle

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General Dynamics Land Systems Reveals LAV-700 Desert Viper Wheeled Armored Vehicle
General Dynamics Land Systems Reveals LAV-700 Desert Viper Wheeled Armored Vehicle

General Dynamics Land Systems has officially revealed its latest creation, the LAV-700 “Desert Viper” during the Doha International Maritime Defense Equipment Exhibition (DIMDEX). Representing the new of wheeled armored vehicle capability, this formidable machine combines combat-proven technology with cutting-edge innovations, showcasing General Dynamics’ unmatched expertise in systems integration and performance. The LAV-700 “Desert Viper” is not just another armored vehicle; it’s a game-changer on the battlefield. Boasting unparalleled protection, power, and versatility, it sets a new standard in armored warfare. From its high-performance engine and driveline to its patented Double-V™ hull, every aspect of the LAV-700 has been meticulously engineered to deliver superior mobility and survivability.

At its core lies a robust 711 hp engine, a significant upgrade from its predecessor, the LAV-6.0, ensuring unmatched agility and speed. This powerhouse is complemented by a state-of-the-art suspension system, allowing the LAV-700 to traverse diverse terrain with ease. Whether scaling steep gradients, navigating side slopes, or fording water obstacles, this vehicle excels where others falter. But the LAV-700 isn’t just about mobility; it’s also a force to be reckoned with in terms of firepower. Equipped with a formidable array of weapon systems, including the devastating 50mm Bushmaster XM-913 cannon, it packs a punch that can obliterate enemy defenses with ease. Enhanced ballistic protection for its fuel tanks further ensures its survivability in the heat of battle.

General Dynamics Land Systems - Light Armoured Vehicles LAV 700
General Dynamics Land Systems – Light Armoured Vehicles LAV 700. (Photo by GDLS)

Weighing approximately 21 tons, the LAV-700 offers comprehensive protection from a range of threats, including 14.5mm caliber projectiles. Its frontal armor can withstand 30mm caliber projectiles, providing unparalleled safety for its crew and passengers. With a top speed of 110 km/h and an impressive range of 1000 km, it combines speed and endurance like never before. One of the most remarkable features of the LAV-700 is its versatility. Whether deployed as a personnel carrier, combat vehicle, or combat support platform, it adapts seamlessly to various mission requirements. Its spacious interior accommodates 6 to 8 fully equipped soldiers, with convenient access provided by a rear power-operated ramp and roof hatches.

Furthermore, the LAV-700 incorporates advanced safety features, including an automatic fire extinguishing system and protection against chemical, biological, and radiological threats. Optional enhancements such as a laser warning system and active self-protection system further augment its defensive capabilities, ensuring its crew’s safety in hostile environments. Perhaps most impressively, the LAV-700 is designed for rapid deployment, capable of being airlifted by aircraft such as the C17 Globemaster III or Airbus A400M. This means it can swiftly respond to emerging threats across diverse operational theaters, giving military forces a decisive advantage on the battlefield. With its unmatched combination of protection, power, and versatility, it’s no wonder that the LAV-700 has already garnered significant interest from military forces worldwide.

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