The FV432 Armoured Personnel carrier (APC) first came into operational service in 1962 as a replacement for the wheeled Saracen. Since then it has remained in service right up to the present day. The model represents a Mk.2/2 version with the later style of NBC filter (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) fitted to the right side. The original role of Personnel Carrier for a Section of eight Infantrymen, plus a crew of two was taken over by the much larger Warrior when it entered service in November 1984. Since then, the FV432 has been used in the support role, working side by side with Warriors, although a lot slower. FV432s can be found in use as 81mm Mortar Carriers, Ambulances, command vehicles, and Royal Engineers Section vehicles. A number of FV432s have been converted into OPFOR vehicles (OPposing FORces) based at the Combined Arms Training Centre at Warminster on Salisbury Plain. They have been fitted with various dummy turrets to represent former Soviet vehicles. The standard colour scheme for FV432s is green with black disruptive pattern around outer edges and near the centre of the vehicle. The vehicles are also used in the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Canada where they are spray-painted sand and green. Some of the Range Safety FV432s at BATUS had their upper hulls painted bright red. A considerable number of them were deployed in both Gulf Wars (Operation Granby and Operation Telic) as well as serving in Bosnia and Kosovo.
22 grams (hover for ounces)
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