Light Armored Vehicle, Recovery1-3

LAV-R: General
Date of first acceptance 1986 Total acceptances 46
Manufacturer General Motors Canada Crew
5 men:
  • Commander in hull left front
  • Driver in hull left front
  • Rigger in hull rear
  • 2 passengers in hull rear
LAV-R: Dimensions
Combat weight 27,920lbs
Height Crane stowed to rear: 109.0"
Crane stowed to front: 106.0"
Crane stowed to rear: 276.9cm
Crane stowed to gront: 269.2cm
Length Crane stowed to rear: 290.4"
Crane stowed to front: 256.0"
Crane stowed to rear: 737.6cm
Crane stowed to front: 650.2cm
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-R: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Elevation
7.62mm M60 or M240E1 MG Flexible in pintle mount 1,000 rounds Manual Manual
Night vision
Image intensifying periscope for driver and commander
LAV-R: Armor
Rolled hard homogeneous steel
LAV-R: Automotive
Engine General Motors 6V53T; 6 cylinder, 2 cycle, vee, supercharged diesel
Horsepower Gross: 275@2,800rpm Torque Gross: 586 ft-lb@2,000rpm Fuel capacity 71gal
Transmission Allison MT653, 5 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Steering wheel
Brakes Pneumatic-hydraulic
LAV-R: Suspension
Type Road wheels Shock absorbers
Front 2 axles: Independent coil spring
Rear 2 axles: Torsion bar
4/side On each wheel
LAV-R: 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-R featured a 6600lb (3000kg) hydraulic crane in the center of the vehicle with 360° traverse and a 30,000lb (13,600kg) winch at the rear. The rear compartment had a raised roof and was fitted with a workbench, lights, and welding equipment. The roof was only taller for about the last third of the vehicle, in contrast with the LAV-L and LAV-C2. Like those vehicles, however, the rear doors overlapped for unfettered access to the rear compartment. Outriggers were mounted on the sides for use when the crane was operating, and spades were carried for winching. The machine gun was mounted at the commander's station, and the smoke grenade launchers were mounted at the front of the raised roof.

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




  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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