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PMRS Armored personnel carrier

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PMRS Armored personnel carrier


Date: 2015-11-13
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The Protected Mobility Reconnaissance Support vehicle, or PMRS, was developed by General Dynamics. It is a member of Specialist Vehicle family of tracked armored vehicles. Essentially the PMRS is an APC variant of the ASCOD 2 infantry fighting vehicle. Development of the whole family of vehicles commenced somewhere in 2010 to meet the British MoD requirement. Initially the British programme was known as the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES). Later it was split into two separate procurement programmes. One of them was the Specialist Vehicle programme for a new reconnaissance vehicle and a family of tracked armored vehicles.

In 2014 British MoD ordered a total of 59 of PMRS armored personnel carriers, alongside with a number of other vehicles of the same Specialist Vehicle family. These armored personnel carriers will replace the FV103 Spartan in service with the British Army. Deliveries are planned to commence in 2017. All armored vehicles should be delivered in 2024. Vehicles will be produced in the United Kingdom. The new armored vehicles are planned to remain in service for at least 30 years.

The PMRS is a specialist combat team carrier. It means that this vehicle will be operated not as an infantry section carrier vehicle, but as a combat engineer, battlefield reconnaissance or air defense missile team carrier. This vehicle will deliver under armor and support specialist troops.

This armored personnel carries has a crew of three, including commander, driver and gunner, and accommodates up to 7 troops. Also there is a space for specialized and personal equipment of the soldiers. There are internal racks and boxes. More equipment can be stored externally. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit.

This new armored personnel carrier is technologically advanced. It has a modular armor and innovative protection against mine blasts. It is claimed that it is the best in terms of protection and survivability in its class. It offers high level of protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters and mine blasts. Crew and passengers are seated on mine blast resistant seats.

Add-on armor kit will be fitted when needed. Newer armor modules can be fitted once these become available. The PMRS vehicle weights about 30 t. With add-on armor its weight is increased to about 40 t. Vehicle is also fitted with electronic counter measure system, laser warning system, local situational awareness system and some other systems. It seems that the PMRS is one of the most protected armored personnel carriers, available today.

This APC is armed with remotely-controlled 12.7-mm machine gun.

This armored vehicle is powered by a German MTU V8 199 TE21 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 805 hp. Engine is located at the front of the hull. It is mated with a German Renk 256B 6-speed fully-automatic transmission. The Specialist Vehicle has excessive power. During trials the test vehicle has towed additional 62 t weight over 300 km. So the PMRS has a growth potential for the next 30 year.

Specifications of the PMRS Armored personnel carrier

Entered service Expected in 2017
Crew 3 men
Personnel up to 7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 30 t
Weight (with add-on armor) ~ 40 t
Length ~ 7.62 m
Width ~ 3.35 m
Height ~ 2.5 m


Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Engine MTU V8 199 TE21 diesel
Engine power 805 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range ~ 500 km


Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.9 m
Trench ~ 2.5 m
Fording 1.5 m

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Date: 2015-11-13
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