The Armored Combat Vehicle (ACV) is the generic designation for a tracked, diesel engine powered, heavy armored platform in the 13-15 ton class, capable of performing combined arms operations with main battle tanks. The platform design allows integration of different subsystems for fulfilling a variety of different roles. The Armored Personnel Carrier (ARC) chassis forms the base vehicle for all other members of ACV Family of Vehicles.
The ACV-15 is a full tracked (5 road wheels), lightweight, low silhouette armored vehicle capable of high-speed operations on desert conditions, poor infrastructure, roads and/or highways. Movement of the tracks propels and steers the vehicle on land. Access to the vehicle is through a hydraulically operated ramp, with personnel door on the rear of the vehicle or through the driver and commander's hatches on the top deck. A large cargo hatch cover is provided in the top deck, behind the weapon station opening. Access for servicing and maintenance of the power plant, located in the right front section of the vehicle, is through internal covers and through a cover on the front of the vehicle. Two armored fuel compartments are located in the rear of the vehicle for weight distribution and crew safety. The compartments are separated from the vehicle by armor plate.
The hull is constructed of ballistic aluminium plate. Plate thickness varies on the different planes of the hull to meet ballistic requirements. The all welded construction provides a watertight hull, and hatches, doors, and other openings have watertight seals. The power plant and the driver's and commander's compartments in the forward area utilize about one-half the space, while a weapon station opening located on the right middle section, and the personnel compartment in the rear utilizes the remaining one-half.
Mission specific features
- Multi-mission capable vehicles
- Mechanized/Armored Infantry
- Independent Infantry Operations