|Product type:||Armoured Vehicles|
|Name:||Tracked armoured personnel carrier|
The FV 430 family of vehicles is rapidly approaching the end of its service life. There are currently three funded vehicle programmes which will replace role vehicles currently provided by the 430 series.
All current 430 vehicles will be replaced by a vehicle providing the appropriate protected mobility within the armoured and mechanised forces.
The replacement families of vehicles are:
a. The Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV); in service date (ISD)2007.
b. The Future Command Liaison Vehicle (FCLV); ISD 2005.
c. Armoured Battlegroup Support Vehicle (ABSV); ISD 2009.
In addition, the recognised requirement to provide a 'Future Rapid Effect System' (FRES) will result in a programme to provide an essential number of airportable or air deliverable light armoured vehicles for mechanised infantry in a rapid reaction scenario. FRES dedicated vehicles are expected to be delivered in the time frame 2007 to 2011.
The AFV432 is NBC proof and when necessary, can be converted for swimming, when it has a water speed of 6km/h. Properly maintained, it is a rugged and reliable vehicle with a good cross country performance. The most serious drawback is the lack of vision ports for the crew and their subsequent disorientation after dismounting.