Light Armored Vehicle, Command and Control1-3

LAV-C2: General
Date of first acceptance 1987 Total acceptances 55 by 2003
Manufacturer General Motors Canada Crew
7 men:
  • Commander in hull left front
  • Driver in hull left front
  • Battalion commander in hull left center
  • Staff officer in hull right center
  • 3 radio operators in hull right rear
LAV-C2: Dimensions
Combat weight 28,200lbs
Height 110.0"
Length 259.0"
Width 98.4"
Tread Front: 85.8"
Rear: 86.8"
Front: 218cm
Rear: 220cm
Wheelbase Front to 2nd axle: 43.3"
Front to 3rd axle: 95.9"
Front to rear axle: 136.8"
Front to 2nd axle: 110cm
Front to 3rd axle: 244cm
Front to rear axle: 347.5cm
Ground clearance 14.9"
LAV-C2: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Elevation
7.62mm M60 or M240E1 MG Flexible in pintle mount 1000 rounds Manual Manual
Night vision
Image intensifying periscope for driver, commander, and battalion commander
LAV-C2: Armor
Rolled hard homogeneous steel
LAV-C2: Automotive
Engine General Motors 6V53T; 6 cylinder, 2 cycle, vee, supercharged diesel
Horsepower Gross: 275@2800rpm Torque Gross: 586 ft-lb@2000rpm Fuel capacity 71gal
Transmission Allison MT653, 5 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Steering wheel
Brakes Pneumatic-hydraulic
LAV-C2: Suspension
Type Road wheels Shock absorbers
Front 2 axles: Independent coil spring
Rear 2 axles: Torsion bar
4/side On each wheel
LAV-C2: Performance
Max level road speed 62mph
Max water speed 6.5mph
Max trench 68.4"
Max grade 60%
Max vertical obstacle 19.7"
Min turning diameter 50.8'
Max fording depth Floats Cruising range ~400mi, roads
~640km, roads

The LAV-C2 featured a raised roof over the passenger compartment similar in purpose to the M577's. The driver and vehicle commander were provided with stations in the hull's front left corner, and a hatch was provided for the company or battalion commander in the raised roof behind the vehicle commander. The vehicle's machine gun was mounted at the vehicle commander's cupola. The rear doors were modified by making them overlap, doing away with the separate frames found on other LAV vehicles. Smoke grenade launchers were mounted on the side of the raised roof near the rear of the vehicle.

The LAV-C2 underwent upgrades to -A1 and -A2 standard like the LAV-25.

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  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. D'Angina, James. LAV-25: The Marine Corps' Light Armored Vehicle. Botley, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2011.
  3. Estes, Kenneth W. Marines Under Armor. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000.

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