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FV603 Saracen
FV603 SARACEN ingame
Info
Nation Flag United Kingdom United Kingdom
Class Armored Personal Carrier
Cost 5 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 1 / Side 1 / Rear 1 / Top 1
Icon WALB Strength 10
Size Small
Optics

Poor

Speed 70 km/h
Road Speed 150 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Poor
Fuel Capacity 80 L
Icon WALB Autonomy 400 km
Icon WALB Year 1952
Icon WALB Type Motorized, Support
Weapons
MMG M1919 (7.62mm)

The FV603 Saracen is a six-wheeled armored personnel carrier built by Alvis and used by the British army. The FV603 Saracen is a cheap alternative to the faster and armoured FV103 Spartan APC. The FV603 Saracen has only 5 hitpoints unlike most infantry transports, but possesses acceptable speed and a weapon for only 5 points, making the FV603 Saracen attractive for it's price range.

HistoryEdit

The FV603 Saracen was the armoured personnel carrier of Alvis' FV600 series. Besides the driver and commander, a squad of 8 soldiers plus a troop commander could be carried. Most models carried a small turret on the roof, carrying a Browning .30 machine gun.

A .303 Bren gun could be mounted on an anti-aircraft ring-mount accessed through a roof hatch and there were ports on the sides through which troops could fire. Although removed from active service, it saw extensive use into the 1980s in Northern Ireland and was a familiar sight during "The Troubles". At times they even appeared on the streets of Hull, a less-hostile atmosphere for driver training in a city of similar appearance to Belfast, and only a few miles from the Army School of Mechanical Transport.

As a member of the FV 600 series it shared a similar chassis with the FV601 Saladin armoured car, the Salamander fire engine and the Stalwart High Mobility Load Carrier. The chassis, suspension and final drive remained similar, but the engine, transmission and braking systems varied significantly.

The Saracen was in turn used as an armoured personnel carrier, armoured command vehicle and ambulance. The FV 603 model saw many variants in detail, including radio or command fitments and specialist equipment for Artillery or Signals use.

Saracen was produced before Saladin because of the urgent need for a personnel carrier to serve in the Malayan Emergency, entering production in 1952. The Saracen was produced both with and without turrets fitted.

WeaponsEdit

European Escalation Edit

Weapons
Type MMG No Weapon No Weapon
Name M1919
Caliber 7,62mm
Ammo x 8000 rounds
Range Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 3
Icon WRD Stabilizer N/A
AP Power 0
HE Power 1
Icon WALB Suppression N/A
Rate of fire 600 r/min

Red Dragon Edit

Weapons WRD Icon M1919
Type MMG No Weapon No Weapon
Name M1919
Caliber 7.62mm
Ammo x 1500
Range Ground = 875 m
Helicopters = 525 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 15%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 5%
AP Power N/A
HE Power .5
Icon WALB Suppression 55
Rate of fire 652 r/min

See AlsoEdit

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