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HAVOC MPC 8x8 Fighting Vehicle

Unitied States America

HAVOC MPC

HAVOC MPC 8x8 Fighting Vehicle 2
Unveiled / Entered Service
2012
HAVOC Wheeled APC
Status
former-prototype
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Introduction

The US Marine Corps has operated their model of the LAV II, designated the LAV-25 8×8 Fighting Vehicle, since the early 1980’s. Though the vehicle has served the Corps well, it lacks the modern day digital architecture, modular armor and has an almost obsolete calibre chain-gun.

Background

The HAVOC MPC is a former 8×8 wheeled Fighting Vehicle developed by Finnish Company Patria and US Company Lockheed Martin as a joint project.

Based on the Patria AMV and incorporating Lockheed Martin technology, the HAVOC was developed as a joint project for the USMC “Marine Personnel Carrier” (MPC) program. Both companies have withdrawn from the joint project and the HAVOC is no longer offered.

The Corps created a replacement program for the LAV-25 called “Marine Personnel Carrier” (MPC), which out laid their requirements and made available funding for development contracts with key international defence contractors.

In 2007 Lockheed Martin teamed up with the AMV manufacturer Patria, producing the “HAVOC” which was based on the AMV. In August 2012, the USMC awarded development contracts to four companies, 1 of which was with Lockheed Martin/Patria for the HAVOC.

Each company received $3.5 million contracts for a demonstration and study vehicle for water performance evaluation, survivability testing, and an analysis of human factors and stowage capacity starting in fall 2012 lasting 8 months. Evaluations took place at the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch aboard Camp Pendleton, California,  with further evaluations at the Nevada Automotive Test Center in Carson City.

In June 2013 the Marine Corps officially put the MPC program on hold.

in February 2014, General Jim Amos decided to postpone development of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle program (seeking a tracked replacement to the AAVP-7A1) and return funding to the MPC program, but is now known as the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Phase I program.

In September 2014 The Havoc successfully completed the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s challenging Butte Mountain Trail course, one of the most severe off-road test tracks in the world.

Over the course of 10 days of testing, we performed more than 40 test runs up and down the mountain while demonstrating the vehicle’s ride quality and crew comfort,” said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Not once did the Havoc fail. And we were told numerous times that this course has stopped many vehicles over the years, including tanks.”

However, in July 2015 partnership between Patria and Lockheed Martin came to an end. Patria is not competing in the ACV program, however Lockheed Martin has submitted their own vehicle, which they unveiled at the 2015 Modern Day Marine expo.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
N/A
ATGM Capability
N/A
Secondary Weapons
remote-weapons-station-with-mg
Ammunition Storage
N/A
Engine
543hp DI 12 Scania Diesel
Transmission
7 speed Automatic
Top Road Speed
100 km/h
Road Range
600 – 800 km
Fuel Capacity
?
Vertical Obstacle
0.7m
Water Capability
Fording 2m / Amphibious 6 – 10 km/h
Trench Crossing
2.1m
Gradient
60%
Side Slope
30%
Length Gun Forward
N/A
Length Hull
7.9m
Width
2.8m
Height
2.4m
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
17 – 27 tonne depending on variant
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
steel, laminate
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
commander, driver, gunner
Infantry
8+