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FV438 Swingfire
FV438 Vehicle.JPG
Type Anti-tank vehicle
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Specifications
Weight 16.2 t
Length 5.1 m
Width 3 m
Height 2.7 m
Crew 3

Armor 12.7 mm max
Primary
armament
Two Swingfire ATGM launchers

2 ATGM in launchers with 12 more missile stored inside. Launchers could be reloaded inside the Vehicle.

Secondary
armament
7.62 mm L7 GPMG, smoke dischargers
Engine Rolls-Royce K60 multi-fuel
240 hp
Power/weight 15.7 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion-bar, 5 road wheel
Operational
range
480 km
Speed 52 km/h

The FV438 Swingfire was an armoured anti-tank vehicle of the British Army.

It was derived from the FV430 series of vehicles by converting the FV432 to accommodate a launcher for Swingfire anti-tank guided missiles.

It had two firing bins and could carry fourteen missiles, which could be reloaded from inside the vehicle. Instead of using the mounted guidance system a control unit could be deployed and the missiles aimed and fired from up to 100 metres away, allowing the vehicle to remain completely hidden from the enemy; the Swingfire missile was capable of making a ninety-degree turn immediately after firing.

When it first came into use in the 1970s, the FV438s were operated by specialised anti-tank units of the [British Infantry and Royal Armoured Corp). The role was transferred to the Royal Artillery in the mid 1980s, and the FV438s were taken into service as guided-weapon troops of armoured regiments, nine vehicles to a regiment.

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