Kev Smith appraises Takom’s FV 432 Armoured Personnel Carrier…a vehicle he knows intimately through his own Army service


In 1962, GKN sankey(now BAE Systems) was awarded the contract to design and develop the FV432 Family of armoured personnel carriers (APCs).

The first production vehicles were delivered to the British army in 1963 and, besides standard troop carriers, the company was also charged with producing the FV 434 ArmouredFitters Vehicle Around 3,000 FV432s were built by 1971 when production ended and remarkably, approximately 1,500 are still in frontline service The first production vehicle was the Mk.1, followed by the Mk.2 and finally the Mk. 1/2. Late-production ’432s are distinguished by the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) pack on the right side of the vehicle, which is almost flush against the hull. The ’432 replaced the Saracen 6x6 APC, but in turn was usurped extensively by the GKN Sankey/BAE Warrior.

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