The Staffordshire Regiment Museum Armoured Vehicles

Armoured Vehicles

The museum has an excellent collection of armoured vehicles on display, ranging from World War 2 up until the first Gulf War in 1991.

Examples of the vehicles can be seen in our photographic collection below.

FV 432 Mk 1/1 Personnel Carrier

FV 432 Mk 1/1 Personnel Carrier

The Mark 1 entered service in 1963. It was a multi-purpose vehicle with many varients including troop carrier, command centre and ambulance. It could also be used on water with a flotation screen attached and was designed to be used during chemical warfare.

Vehicle

FV 432 Mk 1/1 Personnel Carrier

Entered Service

1963

Key Specification

  • Crew 2-10 depending on the role
  • Engine Rolls Royce K60 no 4 Mk 4F multi Fuel
  • Armour 12.7 mm
  • Performance Speed 32 mph; on water 10 mph
  • Makers GKN Sankey

Spartan MCT Personnel Carrier

Spartan MCT Personnel Carrier

This Vehicle entered service in 1978 as a specialist infantry carrier. In 1986 several of them were modified to carry two MILAN anti tank missiles. It was designed to be used by Armoured Infantry battalions.

Vehicle

Spartan MCT Personnel Carrier

Entered Service

1978

Key Specification

  • Crew 3 with 4 passengers
  • Engine Jaguar J60 No. 1 mark 100b Petrol Engine
  • Armour 2 MILAN missile launchers and 1x 7.62 machine gun
  • Performance Speed 50 mph
  • Makers Alvis
  • Combat Weight 8.3 Tons

Iraqi MTLB- Personnel Carrier and Gun Tower

Iraqi MTLB- Personnel Carrier and Gun Tower

This Russian built vehicle was originally designed for the cold Siberian Tundra and had a very good heating system which was useful in the cold desert nights. It has many uses as a vehicle and is fully amphibious, using its tracks to propel it through the water. This particular example was captured from the Iraqi Army during the First Gulf War.

Vehicle

Iraqi MTLB- Personnel Carrier and Gun Tower

Entered Service

1970’s

Key Specification

  • Crew 2 + 11
  • Engine YaMZ 238V, V-8 Diesel
  • Armour 3-10mm
  • Performance Speed 27 mph; on water 9 mph
  • Range 310 miles
  • Armament 1x 7.62mm machine gun

Universal (Bren Gun) Carrier T16

Universal (Bren Gun) Carrier T16

The original planned use for this vehicle was that it would be fast, lightly armed and assist the movement of troops across ground denied by small arms fire. Other uses included towing anti-aircraft guns and assisting mortar sections. It was used extensively during the Battle of Normandy in 1944.

Vehicle

Universal (Bren Gun) Carrier T16

Entered Service

1934

Key Specification

  • Crew 2-5 people depending upon the role
  • Engine Ford V8 water-cooled petrol engine
  • Armour 12mm
  • Performance Speed 31 mph with a range of 160 miles
  • Makers Major UK automobile manufacturers
  • Armament usually one .303 Bren Gun or .55 Boyes Anti-Tank rifle

Ferret Mk 2/3 (VHF) Scout Car

Ferret Mk 2/3 (VHF) Scout Car

The first Ferret was produced in october 1952 and remained in production until 1972 by which time over 4,000 had ben built. The Ferret is not an amphibious vehicle although a deep fording kit is available. Various different types of Ferret were used by the Staffordshire Regiment from the 1950’s and up until the 1990’s, and were used by the Regiment during the First Gulf war.

Vehicle

Iraqi MTLB- Personnel Carrier and Gun Tower

Entered Service

1952

Key Specification

  • Crew 2
  • Engine Rolls Royce B69 Mk 6A petrol engine
  • Armour 6-16mm
  • Performance Speed 58 mph
  • Range 190 miles
  • Armament 1x 7.62mm or 1 x .30cal Browning machine gun and 6 grenade launchers

Conbat Anti-Tank Gun

Conbat Anti-Tank Gun

This type of gun was introduced in 1954 and was capable of knocking out any enemy armoured vehicle at that time. It was designed to be used by weapons companies of Infantry Battalions and could be towed behind a Land Rover. Developments in armour meant that the gun was declared obsolete in 1984 and replaced by the MILAN missile system.

Vehicle

Conbat Anti-Tank Gun

Entered Service

1954

Key Specification

  • Calibre 120mm
  • Range 1,200 yards
  • Noise 200+ decibels