LAV-25 armored vehicle of Saudi Armed Forces is showcased at WDS 2024
At the World Defense Show (WDS) 2024 in Saudi Arabia, the light armored vehicle LAV-25 was presented to the public in attendance. This vehicle has become a crucial component of the Saudi Armed Forces, providing an excellent opportunity for us to learn more about it.
The Saudi armed forces took advantage of their defense exhibition to showcase a series of vehicles, among which was the LAV-25.
Designed and manufactured in the United States, the LAV-25 stands out for its armament, including a 25mm M242 cannon, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, and an anti-aircraft machine gun of the same caliber. These features make the LAV-25 a versatile platform capable of addressing various threats on the battlefield, from ground targets to aerial threats.
It incorporates NBC (nuclear, biological, and chemical) protection systems, day/night vision devices, automatic fire extinguishers, a self-recovery winch, and a wire cutter, thereby enhancing its ability to operate in hostile environments and challenging combat conditions. Its design considers the protection of the crew and transported troops, providing accommodation for 3 crew members plus 6 soldiers, while ensuring protection against small arms fire and shell splinters. With the addition of extra armor, the vehicle offers increased protection, capable of withstanding 14.5mm projectiles over the entire vehicle and 30mm projectiles at the front of the hull.
The LAV-25 has a maximum speed of 100 km/h on road and 12 km/h on water, making it quite mobile across a variety of terrains and situations. Weighing 13,400 kg, with a range of 660 km and maximum dimensions of 6.39m in length, 2.50m in width, and 2.69m in height, the LAV-25 skillfully combines power, mobility, and protection.
At the WDS 2024 in Saudi Arabia, the LAV-25 represents the continuation of innovation in the defense sector. The Saudi vehicle was adorned with the classic camouflage of the Saudi Army seen on each of their vehicles. Its outdoor display allowed us to appreciate its finest details up close.