Academy Warrior MCV Iraq 2003 Armoured Vehicle Plastic Model Kit (AY13201)
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Academy Warrior MCV Iraq 2003
The Warrior tracked vehicle family is a series of British armoured vehicles, originally developed to replace the older FV430 series of armoured vehicles. The Warrior started life as the MCV-80 project that was first broached in the 1970s, GKN Sankey/Defence winning the production contract in 1980. GKN Defence was subsequently purchased by BAE Systems (via Alvis plc). A total of 789 FV510 and variants were manufactured for the British Army, and 254 of a modified version (Desert Warrior) were produced for the Kuwaiti Army.
Warrior Mechanized Combat Vehicle was developed in mid-1970's by GKN Defense for the British Army.
The hull of Warrior is of all-welded aluminum construction and the turret of Warrior has vertical sides with long barrel 30mm RARDEN cannon with 7.62mm L94A1 Chain Gun mounted in external mantlet.
The Warrior Mechanized Combat Vehicle (MCV) was developed in the mid-1970s by GKN Defence. Designed as the next generation combat vehicle for the Royal Army, the Warrior was actually a parallel development to the US-made Bradely. With all of the developmental problems that the US was having with the Bradley, the Warrior was the only available solution with over 1,000 produced.
Construction was welded aluminium, similar to the US M113, making the vehicle light enough to be transportable on the RAF Hercules. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Warrior would not enter its own until Operation Desert Storm. Upgraded with applique armour, no Warriors were lost to enemy fire (though two were destroyed in a friendly fire incident with an A-10 firing Maverick missiles at the vehicles).
Improvements to the Warrior continued as experience was gained in peace-keeping operations such as Bosnia in the mid-1990s and more recently in Iraq. As with any successful combat vehicle in military service, the Warrior has been adapted and/or modified to serve other missions such as artiller observer, recovery vehicle, and command vehicle (with additional radios).