Commando Ranger1-3

Commando Ranger: General
Date of first acceptance April 1980 Total acceptances 708+
Manufacturer Cadillac Gage Company Crew 2-8
Commando Ranger: Dimensions
Combat weight 10,800lbs
4900kg
Height overall 89"
230cm
Length overall 198"
503cm
Width overall 104"
264cm
Ground clearance 8"
20cm
Commando Ranger: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Elevation
One or two 7.62mm MGs Flexible on roof 1000 rounds 360°
(manual)
Manual
Commando Ranger: Armor
Assembly
Welding
Hull
Cadloy high hardness homogeneous steel
Commando Ranger: Automotive
Engine Dodge; 8 cylinder, 4 cycle, vee gasoline
Horsepower 180@3600rpm Fuel capacity 32gal
120L
Transmission Automatic, 3 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Steering wheel
Commando Ranger: Suspension
Type Road wheels Shock absorbers
Leaf spring 2/side On each wheel
Commando Ranger: Performance
Max level road speed 70mph
110kph
Cruising range ~300mi, roads
~480km, roads

The Cadillac Gage Commando Ranger was designed to meet a US Air Force requirement for an airbase security vehicle. A 4x4 Chrysler truck was used as the basis; its wheelbase was shortened and an armored body proof against 7.62mm ball was mounted to the frame. Armament for the roof hatch can vary; single machine guns or even twin MG turrets can be fitted. Two rear doors allow six passengers to enter, sitting three on each side. Firing ports are provided in the passenger compartment. Called Peacekeeper by the Air Force, the vehicle was also purchased by the Navy and different versions were produced for foreign users including a command vehicle, ambulance, personnel carrier, and weapons carriers. Seven hundred eight vehicles had been produced for the US by 1994.

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References

  1. Hunnicutt, R.P. Armored Car: A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2002. Reprinted from Armored Car, R.P. Hunnicutt ©2002, available from Presidio Press, 505B San Martin Drive, Suite 160, Novato, CA 94945.
  2. Crismon, Fred W. U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles. Minneapolis: Victory Publishing, Ltd., 2001.
  3. "Cadillac Gage Textron Commando Ranger / Peacekeeper." GlobalSecurity.org. 1 Sep 2013. 13 May 2017 <http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/ranger.htm>.

Last updated 13 May 2017.
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