Estrella WarBirds Museum

© 1990-2014 | 501(c)3 Tax ID 77-0324714

Estrella Warbirds Museum Welcomes You! Come Visit Us

ewm logo

Got Questions? Contact Us

Estrella Warbirds Museum is one of the fastest growing museums in CA

Got Questions? Contact Us

There is always plenty to do and see at Estrella Warbirds Museum whether you are 3 or 93!


"Warbirds Over Paso" Air Show
Pics & Comments

Armament & Ordnance


Got Questions? Contact Us

Aircraft at the museum can be privately owned and on display, on loan from military organizations or belong to Estrella Warbirds Museum

Watch this space for upcoming additions!

Welcome to the Woodland Family Automobile Display


Got Questions? Contact Us

Missiles On DIsplay at Estrella Warbirds Museum

Got Questions? Contact Us

Vehicles on display are frame up restorations. Got talent? We've got more to do.

Got Questions? Contact Us! Our vehicle displays are always changing. You will find something new with each visit.

Estrella Warbirds Museum is one of the fastest growing museums in CA

Got Questions? Contact Us

Estrella Warbirds Museum is one of the fastest growing museums in CA

Got Questions? Contact Us

Stay Connected to Estrella Warbirds Museum. Find something you like? Share the page with your friends!

Tweet

Contact Webmaster

British Saracen APC

small logo
British Armoured Personnel Carrier


Model FV603

Shortly after WWII the British began to develop the FV600 series of 6X6 armored vehicles. The initial vehicles were the Saladin armored car, an armored command vehicle, and the Saracen APC. Alvis Ltd completed the first prototype in 1952 and the first production vehicle at the end of the same year. The Saracen was the standard APC in the British Army until it began being replaced by the FV432 in 1963.

The Saracen was used for many years as an internal security vehicle. Reportedly 1838 Saracen APCs were produced. A variety of variants were built including the APC, the command post vehicles, and an ambulance. The Saracen is of an all-welded steel hull with primary access gained thru the double doors on the rear. The driver sits centered in the front with the commander/gunner immediately behind him. Four troop seats line each side of the rear. The APC normally has a machine gun (MG) turret as well as a ring for an externally mounted MG over the top rear hull. Two sets of three smoke dischargers are mounted on the front fenders. The Saracen has no amphibious capability other than a deep fording kit.

British Armoured Personnel CarrierThe Saracen would have to be considered as a medium size wheeled vehicle. It has excellent cross country performance but on the down side the extra axle increases the amount of maintenance. Several Saracens are used by law enforcement agencies across the US. As with any armored vehicle.



The Alvis Saracen was a British six-wheeled armored vehicle which provided units with the ability to move personnel (such as Assault troopers) within an armored vehicle and signaled a change in role towards transporting personnel around the battlefield. It weighed nearly 10 tons and could reach a top speed of 70 km/h. It had a crew of two, could carry 10 personnel and was armed with a .30 cal machine gun. The Saracen carried a crew of two plus ten passengers protected by 16 mm thick armour and was armed with two 7.62 mm machine guns. A Rolls-Royce B80 Mk 6A eight-cylinder petrol engine provided a top speed of 72 kmh and a range of 400 km.

British Armoured Personnel CarrierThe Saracen series also includes:
* FV 604 Armored Command Vehicle (ACV): with extra radio equipment and distinctive "penthouse" roof extensions to support .
* FV 610 Armored Command Post (ACP): higher sides to the armored rear compartment allowed radios to be racked above the map tables. There were also fittings for canvas awnings to the rear and sides. A small generator was also carried on a front wing.
* FV 606 / FV 611 Armored Ambulance.

Manufactured by: Alvis Vehicles Limited, Coventry, West Midlands, UK

SPECIFICATIONS:

Crew  2 +10
Length 16' - 4"
Height 8' - 0" (w/turrent)
width 8' - 3"
Weight (empty) 19,180 lbs or 9.59 tons
Top Speed 45 mpg
Electrical System 24 volt
Tires 12. x 20 Run Flats
Smoke Launchers 2 sets of 3 smoke grenade dischargers at front fenders
Country of Origin United Kingdom
Armament: 1x7.62 mm MG (turret)
1x 7.62 mm MG
Ammunition 3,000 x7.62 mm
Side slope 30%
Armor Type  16mm Thick Steel
Power to weight ratio 15.73 hp/ton
Fuel Capacity 200 liters
Engine Rolls Royce B80 inline 8 cylinder /gas
Ground Clearance 0.432 meters
This web site is hosted on a FatCow Web Server - Web Site Design by SeeWord Technology